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Re: My journey in the last couple of weeks/months

Postby mrj » Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:19 pm

My family had milk cows for our own use when I was growing up. I preferred anything outdoors to doing anything in the house! However, I never got really efficient at milking the cows and didn't do it a lot when we got one here. None of our kids got any good at it either, so when they were leaving home for college, we sold the last milk cow. Still miss home made cream, but not the being tied down to being home all the time. We did always keep the calf so we could escape the job for a few days if we needed to.

Sweet Basil, that retreat sounds wonderful! Such a pretty place and the luxury of being able to focus on whatever thoughts and reading or praying you chose surely was a blessing for you. So far as you finding a cow to milk, would a goat do? While I don't know anyone who has one of those, I read that it is getting more popular for 'back to the land' type families to have a milk goat. My family did that for a while, but I was very young. Think my brother was allergic to cows milk, but he apparently out-grew that problem. I do know goats can be a problem. Ours pushed me into a feed cabinet and wouldn't let me out when I was maybe age three. A frightening experience! Oddly, I can remember all that, but no being rescued, which I obviously was!

I will try to call you when I know our schedule for being in SF. Probably be there the night of the 29, maybe the 30th, too.

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Re: My journey in the last couple of weeks/months

Postby sweetbasil » Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:54 am

Big Muddy rancher wrote:Everybody wants to milk a cow, until you have to do it twice a day everyday.lol


:D :D :D I guess everthing good requires work. It is indeed something I hope I will get to do before I kick the bucket.

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Re: My journey in the last couple of weeks/months

Postby sweetbasil » Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:56 am

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Big Muddy rancher wrote:Everybody wants to milk a cow, until you have to do it twice a day everyday.lol
Who wouldn't appreciate being swatted in the face with a dirty tail? :lol:


:lol: :lol

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Re: My journey in the last couple of weeks/months

Postby sweetbasil » Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:02 am

Faster horses wrote:I remember well the time I milked my first cow. Mr. FH was guiding hunters and hadn't returned. The milk cow was at the barn, bawling. I had tried to milk several times in the past. Just couldn't seem to get the hang of it.
But I went to the barn to milk the cow.She was a gentle thing and when she let her milk down,
milk would flow out of her teats. I put her in the stanchion and gave her grain.
Just normal stuff. Then I sat down to milk. Oh my. That cow had patience. But it took a lot more grain. :nod: She would change the weight on her feet. She would cough. She would turn her head around and look at me, seeming to say "what's taking you so long?" I finally finished. Took 45 minutes but I found out there was a lot of difference between "want to" and "have to" when it comes to milking a cow. :?

I honestly think that if I put the bucket under her bag, she could have done it herself faster than I did. :D

After that, I could milk her in 10 minutes, she was that easy. One of life's things that I will never forget.



Thank you, for sharing your experience with milking a cow. I loved reading your post :) I would think cows have their own personalities. What happens if you don't milk a cow on-time?

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Re: My journey in the last couple of weeks/months

Postby sweetbasil » Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:07 am

mrj wrote:My family had milk cows for our own use when I was growing up. I preferred anything outdoors to doing anything in the house! However, I never got really efficient at milking the cows and didn't do it a lot when we got one here. None of our kids got any good at it either, so when they were leaving home for college, we sold the last milk cow. Still miss home made cream, but not the being tied down to being home all the time. We did always keep the calf so we could escape the job for a few days if we needed to.

Sweet Basil, that retreat sounds wonderful! Such a pretty place and the luxury of being able to focus on whatever thoughts and reading or praying you chose surely was a blessing for you. So far as you finding a cow to milk, would a goat do? While I don't know anyone who has one of those, I read that it is getting more popular for 'back to the land' type families to have a milk goat. My family did that for a while, but I was very young. Think my brother was allergic to cows milk, but he apparently out-grew that problem. I do know goats can be a problem. Ours pushed me into a feed cabinet and wouldn't let me out when I was maybe age three. A frightening experience! Oddly, I can remember all that, but no being rescued, which I obviously was!

I will try to call you when I know our schedule for being in SF. Probably be there the night of the 29, maybe the 30th, too.

mrj


Yes, milking a goat would certainly be a unique experience. Do you eat goat cheese? I don't like goat cheese, I have tried eating it but I can't develop a taste for it. It seems like my taste buds go into a panic attack just like when I have tried hot dogs.

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Re: My journey in the last couple of weeks/months

Postby sweetbasil » Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:20 am

Good morning, Everone,
May this post find everyone safe and heathy. I was amazed how quickly the weather turned yesterday. I went to Mitchell after work to have dinner and found myself driving back in a very bad storm. I didn't know if I ever mentioned it here, but lighting and thunder scares me ( lol). I need a jacket like they have for pets to keep me calm! I stopped under some bridges for a bit to let the storm "pass" but no luck. Luigi was once again faithful but more than anything, my Lord was faithful to watch over me. Lighting was taking place in every direction and I kept cool as a cucumber, but my Spirit was very nervous. I have a worship CD and I quickly retrieved it and the song "Be Still My Soul" because a light guiding me until I arrived home. I have no desire to go anywhere today, but to be "still" and pray. My week was comprised of a lot of different events. The friend who I am very close at work is leaving us for a better role at another company. I am happy for her, but sad because she has been a light to me; she was the only person who invited me to lunch on the first day. She is a paralegal and helped me navigate some of the initial steps of finding a lawyer when I was going though the divorce. I will miss her greatly :( Uncle Sam also decided to remember me by sending me some correspondence and asking for $600 plus from my 2014 taxes. My mom told me this is not uncommon for Uncle Sam to question some things, just need to have my Accountant look into it. It is interesting how some people go and intentionally work under the table to get disability and don't have to report any other I come. I have done everything right and Uncle Sam decides to remember me.I don't understand "why" they didn't tell me right away if I was missing something. They are even charging me interest even though I was just notified. :shock: Once again, I placed the situation at the feet of Jesus.

I have a friend who I reached out early when I loss my job in 2015. He didn't get back until a couple of months ago or so (lol) due to not being active on LinkedIn. I worked with him on a quality project where I was the project manager and reported to him. I learned that he is currently leading the furniture division at Amazon. He asked to connect yesterday. Our call turned into a phone interview for a position in his team. I was asked to follow-up with the application and he will coordinate the second phone interview. It is a role for a project manager and sole contributor. The role requires for someone to be able to drive for results, ability to build relationships, manage execution, solve problems, have drive, analyze data, and need minimum supervision. It sounds more in alignment with my skills. He said it is difficult to get in but it can serve as a good opportunity to get back into the industry and open more opportunities. In the call, he gave me one of the best pieces of advice, when I asked him " are you planning to change roles anytime soon?" He replied, " never pursue a role because you like the manager, make sure the role is something you will like and is a good fit" I was reflecting on his words of wisdom, and it makes sense. I like my manager and director, the only two people that are part of my team. I have done some very good work and "exceeding expectations" as my manager has said repeatedly; however, most days I am treated as an intern. My director just said to me last week, " you are the only person in the company that knows the most about our new business", yes, his statement is very true; however, if they truly would value what I know, they would have defined my position by now and provide me with the proper tools and authority to close the gaps I have identified. I have good relationships with people, but my two key partners that are responsible for managing our Resources, are used to doing what they want. Before I came onboard, we didn't have quality meter data for the external resources, Sweetbasil has now established this process. The reason was "the operators are very difficult to get anything from them" well, that is bull, it only required for me to know what I needed to get and build relationships. We were using estimates for the Market Settlements and now, we are using what is exactly taking placed in real-time. I also established a process to housed it in our internal systems for reporting. I am amazed people that manage these plans did not have such process established before.

I was tasked with another project; to get a city manager who are company has worked for 5 years to try to get information to perform an analysis and solve an issue in questioned. I was encouraged to "bring the legal department if I didn't get though this person" while I was listening, I was thinking, " no, I don't need legal, I need God!". It only took me two months to get what I needed from this person and in the process, I made a friend. The analysis was done and it helped clarified what was in questioned. We didn't have any monthly reporting before and it was another project that was given to me. It was like pulling teeth out from my Accounting partners. One of the things I have come to hate is hearing " we didn't do this before, why we have to have it now?" Any person with some common sense will know that if you don't have some type of reporting to measure performance, you are walking in the dark. The Accountants were pushing back so hard when I was asking questions to where the fuel inputs could be retrieve from. I established a monthly reporting tool and process that shows the total delivery costs per month, MWh, the costs trends for different a areas such as generation, load, etc from previous years and months. It has been used to present to the Executive Board. Everything is real time monthly information presented in the report, except the fuel, those are estimates due to being in month rear when the actuals come in. There was some push back from the Accountants as to when they can make the estimates for the fuel available in July and their story is that because we are using the fuel estimates we are not presenting the exact thing they have in the books. They saw this reporting as something written in stone. My director just communicated that the Accounting manager was anxious about this report and we will not continue with our current process, but wait until they have they information posted. I can't believe it; getting all of the data consolidated and creating the reporting dashboard was a big project and it took a lot of time and effort. Now, because some woman in charge is not getting her way, we need to stop our business to let her get way. My director said that we might have to create a different type of report. I just wanted to tell him " go and have the Accountants do it, at the end of the day, they should know the cost per MWh for the day and month. If an Accountant does not know this nor has this process established, I think he/she is incompetent at his/her job!" I am a good fit for my current role because I am driven, drive for results, and perform well in a fast pace environment, which is exactly what the new Market is. Before the other Market Adminstrator dictate the company when to go potty, and this Market is on,y going to point you to the direction where they have information available to operate our business in this new business environment. I am getting to the point that I don't know if this is good for me. I am working 60 hours a week and the 20 additional hours is not because of me not managing time, but because people are not willing to get engaged in the new business, they want Sweetbasil to do their job. My manager and director are aware and nothing has been addressed. My manager keeps saying " I am so impressed with your work ethic" but what he does see is that even the best working horse at some point has enough. I do a lot of things on top of projects and then I end up picking the slack for others given to me by my own manager and director. For example, it has been a little over two months that I coordinated a call with my partners in the Market and director and another woman who is repinsible to establish the process for acquiring additional transmission and interconnection. My director and this person have been working with the Market, and did not make any progress. My manager comes to tell me " x is so frustrated that no progress has been made and since you have good relationships in the Market, we would like for you to drive this process!" I have been asked to put a procedure documenting exactly every single step and piece of information required to submit to the Market and what we need to do internally. I wonder, what is that woman's real role? I was given two weeks to get this done. I am making up for the time that was loss. The same link that my partner sent after that call that I participated has most of the necessary information. It only took me 20 minutes at a maximum to confirmed the information. People want to be "spoon feed" as my manager said because the other Market Adminstrator did everything for us, unfornatuly, there is only one me, and I am being pulled in all types of direction. On top of my daily operations. Invoice reviews, managing the vendor, driving my own projects, I am also asked to not only project internal partners with the tools and resources needed to execute their functions that pertain to the Mrket, but also document and establish procedures related to those functions. I put my name in the Amazon hat and will start praying for other opportunities. I have been praying a lot about the situation and will trust that God will direct me. Once Dr. Charles said in one of his sermons, " if God has a ribbon with your name on something you want, no matter what happens, nobody can take it away from you, because it belongs to you!" I figured, if it is part of God's perfect will for me to continue here, He will work everything for my good. I am learning to speak up and take care of myself, because nobody in this earth will do it if I don't.

I want to share a sermon from Dr. Charles that blessed me. I hope that it will bless many of you as well.



Regards,
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Postby sweetbasil » Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:46 pm

Greetings Everyone,
May this post finds everyone having a good week. First and foremost, I want to apologize for my last post; I let my glass get to full with my work situation and let my flesh lead me. I could spit bullets that day, but if I am going to serve the Lord, I must learn to bite my tongue much more. I don't like getting angry and especially about things related to work. The events that led to me being so angry that day served me as reminders that there are things that are not for me to solve but God. Only God can use the circumstances to help me grow and for my good. It is not easy, but it is easier than being sold into slavery as Joseph experienced. I am just required to take each day and let God direct my steps. Work has been busy and lots of crisis have come up, not related to my functions, but being brought up to assist partners in helping with their functions that have an impact to the business I am overseeing. It appears that I will be assisting on a project to help transition to a new business in the west that is similar to the business here that I am involved in. My mom was here for two weeks and we got to do some fun things. We visited a little town in Illinois known for being a tourist destination.
My Minnesota friends go there for a "girls weekend" every year and always wanted me to go. It is about 7 hours from here, so I though going there with my mom would be ideal since we could split the drive. The drive was just beautiful and always, I get loss in though looking at the country. We got there and after realizing it is all about shopping, I couldn't wait to get back. I couldn't believe the markups on all things, and it now makes sense "why" my friends like to go there. There was nothing there that I couldn't get here. My mom and I decided to stop at a cute casino at the border of Minnesota and Iowa on our way back. Actually, we stopped at the rest stop that is next to it on the way there, and she saw that they had a pie shop. Knowing my mom, later I realized that the reason for wanting to have supper at this casino was in hopes she could get a pie. I love to drive and did most of the diving there, but since my age is catching up, my right leg tends to throw a fir every so often and goes to sleep on me while driving. She enthusiastically volunteered to drive us back to the casino! Oh that was the brightest idea ever.... You all have taught me to keep things in my car in case of an emergency, and that includes maps, even if I don't use them. I love to use the Google Map application on my phone, because it is so accessible and easy to work it if I am loss. I was riding shot gun and she was driving, so as usual, I used my phone for directions to the casino. I was in heaven just taking all of the surroundings in and nor needing to worry about the road. It was not long into the drive when I looked up and saw my mom's expression full of anxiety. Seeing corn fields around is normal to me, but to her, it was a different story. "Maggie" (navigator's voice) said "get out of your car and walk to your destination!" The destination was dead end surrounded by a corn maze :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

She sounded like a broken record and my mom's expression was priceless!! :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :nod: She looked at me in disbelief with a dose of fear! It was so difficult to contain myself from laughing. I kept pointing to her that we were not lost because I could see Roland's Iowa water tower from the distance. After a couple of U-turns in and within the corn maze, I surrendered and got the maps out! I though she was up for the adventure, but apparently a corn maze is not her thing. We didn't get home until around 2 AM that day, but 10 AM came around, and she was ready for the Stampede rodeo in Mitchell. Sometimes, the most memorable moments are those that you didn't planned for. I hope that she enjoyed her visit here. She did fall in love with SD even more.

I couldn't sleep, so I though would write about a few adventures, but my computer crashed again, so I won't be able to write more today. My mom managed to send me balloons and a little cake to "celebrate" my birthday today. The "Basil Squad" aka "Mr. Bear", "Big Red", and "Sparky" couldn't wait until today to get cake, so we had our celebration yesterday. Even though I don't have anyone to celebrare with, I am thankful that God loves me so much to have given me this many years of life. I have health, a place to live, and a job, and I won't be getting texts messages today telling me that "all you will get for your birthday will be divorce papers!" It is through God's love, grace, and your prayers that I made it this far.

Thank you for being part of my journey,
Sweetbasil



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Re: My journey in the last couple of weeks/months

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:58 pm

Guess wishes of Happy Birthday are in order. :D :D :D :D :cowboy:

Anything new in your life?

Busy haying here, Tammy and Britt took 4 days off and flew to Alaska for a wedding, should be back Saturday.
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Re: My journey in the last couple of weeks/months

Postby sweetbasil » Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:13 am

Big Muddy rancher wrote:Guess wishes of Happy Birthday are in order. :D :D :D :D :cowboy:

Anything new in your life?

Busy haying here, Tammy and Britt took 4 days off and flew to Alaska for a wedding, should be back Saturday.


Hello "Uncle BMR!",
Yes, thank you. Today is that day of the year again.
I have some neat things that have happened and will share soon.

Have a blessed day,
Sweetbasil

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Re: My journey in the last couple of weeks/months

Postby Faster horses » Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:30 am

Happy Be-lated birthday, SB. I just now read your post. I hope you had a great day and here's wishing you a wonderful rest of the week.
I pray more good things will come to you!
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Re: My journey in the last couple of weeks/months

Postby sweetbasil » Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:43 am

Faster horses wrote:Happy Be-lated birthday, SB. I just now read your post. I hope you had a great day and here's wishing you a wonderful rest of the week.
I pray more good things will come to you!
Faster horses wrote:Happy Be-lated birthday, SB. I just now read your post. I hope you had a great day and here's wishing you a wonderful rest of the week.
I pray more good things will come to you!


Thank you! You are not late, just in time! My birthday is today, July 27th :)

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Re: My journey in the last couple of weeks/months

Postby mrj » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:26 pm

A very happy birthday, Miss Ella! It is sent from under the leading edge of lots of very angry looking clouds boiling around above our house. I knew it was a bit cloudy but have been ironing in the basement with a curtain over the window to keep the sun and heat out, so didn't see the progress of those clouds. A quick trip out to get my laundry off the line was in order! I came upstairs and threw a question over my shoulder to Shorty as I passed his office, and got no reply. Then remembered he was going out to the shop area to help grandson Bryer do something with some of the haying machinery being cleaned up for the season. Now, I believe they are putting vehicles and machinery into the shops, fearing we may get hail. Think there are a few big rain drops starting now. We surely could use some rain, but none of those ice cubes from the sky!!! Or as our grain farming friends say "that big white combine in the sky". I hope most of the wheat has been harvested because even a hard rain can be very damaging at this stage. Not sure how it treats sun flower seeds and other crops, but probably doesn't do it any good. Matthew has cows standing in our corral, and their calves in another pen beside the cows. They are being weaned. They are Longhorn cattle and he is going to use the calves for calf roping practice, so weaned them a little earlier than we normally do.

Not sure what time I started this, but is now 7:45MDT. The storm is over. Lots of wind, thunder, and .49" rain. No damage that I can see and the rain is very welcome. The cows mentioned above are none the worse for it. Probably found the 'shower' refreshing! Now, there is a dark cloud building in the east, so may not be finished with us yet. There have been wild T-storms in the area for a week or more. Very scattered and widely varied rain amounts, a little hail....way too much in some places, none in others. We've heard rain amounts a few miles north of hiway #14 west of Midland up to 8" and some believe it was more than that but couldn't measure that much. Small areas, with some high water on the small creeks and Bad River up a little. I didn't check the monitor on the internet and won't have time tonight. Need to get some sleep as we drive to Cheyenne tomorrow for the last three days of rodeo there. Then have to stop in Rapid City on the way home and consult a surgeon for back problems. I could do without another surgery, but the first one I had really cured the problem, so unless there are other options, will have it repaired.

Ella, did you hear shrieks of fun from the direction of the zoo today? Our son and dau. in law took their four year old grand daughter to see the zoo today and are spending the night in SF, so maybe she will get to see it again tomorrow before they return home. Think they had a full schedule and are spending the night with relatives there. That little girl has had a busy few days, going to the movie "Dory" on Sunday, a Steer Tripping event at the Days of '76 in Deadwood yesterday, and now Sioux Falls fun for her. Too bad events like that come so close together, but when the opportunity presents itself, in this part of the country one has to act, or it is gone! Shorty, one of our sons, and my brother also went to the event in Deadwood. They enjoyed it a lot.....is an understatement! They also saw quite a few friends. One was a college friend of my bro and they hadn't seen each other in about 50 years.

Our family had an 80th birthday party for Shorty on July 9. It was hot, just like 1936, but this is a better year, as we had at least half a hay crop. His dad always said Shorty was the only thing on Brave Bull Creek that grew that year! Guess we have had more rain, and the heat hasn't been terribly intense, but plenty warm enough, too. We had a tent with the sides up, and a porch with a roof over it, so there was some shade for those who stayed out near the chuck wagon and saddle display, and the AC kept the house nicely cool for the dozens of people who stayed inside. More than a hundred people signed the cute guest book one of our sons made. There are about 120 cards now, and some of them are LOTS of fun to read. Those will be fun to go through whenever we need something to laugh about. All our kids and all but two of our 'grands' were here.....we missed the one in Lincoln, and the 'California/Sioux Falls' one, too, Ella. At ages 76 (mine was July 24) and 80, we especially appreciate the family members and friends who are even older that were able to attend. My 92 year old uncle, and friends in their '80s and more who were able to come to the party are treasures for whom we are thankful.

Well, I need to work on getting packed, hopefully getting to sleep early tonight, too. All this fun we are having and trying to do a bit of yard work is tiring on a 'seasoned citizen'. Everything seems to take way longer than it used to......wonder why that is???
In addition to other blessing to count, this little rain sure washed the dust off the grass, trees and brush up the hills and valley south east of my window! And will keep that green color on the hills for a little longer, even as the seeds ripen and turn brown in places, a little green at the base lifts my spirits.

Have a great birthday WEEK, Ella!

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