Sunday Round-up for June 26, 2011

Sunday Round-up for June 26, 2011

With the onslaught (negative connotation intended) of harvest upon us here in Kansas, my role as a rancher’s wife has seemed to trump all other roles right now. Balancing the investments of ranching can sometimes be tricky with emergency expenses popping up daily.

Between storms that blew our greenhouse 300 feet from its original resting place and lug nuts actually pulling through tire rims, everyday seems like a loss with no gain in sight. So, what keeps us farming?

On clear nights, I can ride my horse under the stars and take in the peace and quiet that can only be found miles from town. No city lights compete with the stars and the Milky Way. Only the sound of Rebel’s hooves and the occasional coyote howling accompany the experience.

When I get back in, it’s cuddle time for me and the hubby. We sigh, we smile, and we know tomorrow will bring more trials and tribulations, but in the end, we enjoy the bliss that comes with knowing we’ve put in a good days work. Truly no words need spoken.

Then, he usually gets his daily news updates and I sit back and read your blogs. Here are some of my favorite reads from this last week:

Afford Anything “Elmo Says: Save!

Balance Junkie “Is This a Good Time to Invest in Banks?

Cash Flow Mantra “Four Ways to Make Money in Real Estate

Debt Free By 30 “My Wants are Showing

Invest It Wisely “Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School

Minting Nickels “Why We Put in Twice the Effort and Get Half the Results

Money Cactus “Are You Overdoing the DIY Mentality?

Money Cone “The Next Hottest Investment – A ‘One-of-a-Kind’ Opportunity – YOU!

Money Reasons “Is Clutter Keeping You from being More Successful

Move to Portugal “Clutter Free Finances

Options Dude “I Sold Most of my Portfolio

Perfecting Parenthood “Too Many Secrets: Why Privacy Ruins Marriages and How to Save Them

Prairie Eco Thrifter “Your Diploma Guarantees You Nothing

Retire By 40 “Frugal Fatigue Hits Home” << I like the new look!

Spruce Up Your Finances “9 Quick Facts about the Traditional IRA Contrubutions

Sustainable Life Blog “Friends and Finances

Wake Up To Frugality “Well-Being

Wealth Pilgrim “What is the Best Car for a Teen?

Young and Thrifty “How to Organize a Clothes Swap

MomVesting this week:

Photo Source's picture wrote:

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 12:25 Comment #: 1

Thank you so much for the mention. I enjoyed several of these posts as well.

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MoneyCone wrote:

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 12:53 Comment #: 2

"On clear nights, I can ride my horse under the stars and take in the peace and quiet that can only be found miles from town. No city lights compete with the stars and the Milky Way"

Poetic and sounds magical!

I hope you weren't too badly affected by the storms.

Thanks for the mention.

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Miss T wrote:

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 14:41 Comment #: 3

Thanks a bunch for another inclusion. Much appreciated.

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Jessica Schmeidler wrote:

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 16:30 Comment #: 4

Miss T, MoneyCone, and cashflowmantra, you're welcome.

As far as the storms went, no one got hurt, and we can't ask for more than that. The wind pushed some of the bales around, nearly tore down one of our barns, threw a tree branch through the Summer Kitchen's storm door, and just simply played havoc. We lost one calf, but all the other living creatures survived. Oh, and we had a bale get hit by lightning about half a mile north of the house--I think I'm still deaf. At least the rain put out the fire. LOL

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Lindy Mint wrote:

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 17:33 Comment #: 5

Thank you so much for including my link in your round up.

I've always wanted to live on a farm. Or a vineyard. Anywhere surrounded by fields that could be wandered through.

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Laura|move to portugal wrote:

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 20:05 Comment #: 6

Thanks for the shout out Jessica :)

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Jessica Schmeidler wrote:

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 23:59 Comment #: 7

You're welcome, Laura and Lindy. There's actually a vineyard about four miles south of us that was just started about two or three years ago. Supposedly, the conditions and soil type in Kansas is comparable to Italy, insofar as the ability to have successful vineyards. (Or so I've been told. *Cough*) We shall see... He-he. If they're right, though, you can bet I'll be planting at least a few grape vines!

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Shaun wrote:

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 13:23 Comment #: 8

Hey Jessica,

Thanks for including the Money Cactus post in your round up. Hope everything gets back on track at home, I'm jealous of your lifestyle!

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Invest It Wisely wrote:

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 23:56 Comment #: 9

Those are some crazy storms, but it sounds like it's all worth it in the end. Thanks for the mention!

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youngandthrifty wrote:

Tue, 06/28/2011 - 05:41 Comment #: 10

That is so beautiful- thanks for sharing your "day in the life" :) Sounds like a lot of work, but very very rewarding.

I haven't seen the milky way and sky full of stars in a few years, I think! Need to get into the country :)

Thanks for the mention!