Dear Farm Journal,

I just really enjoy Thursdays on the farm. The pressure of the CSA is behind us, Rufus and I are both on the farm, we don’t need to go anywhere, there is no harvesting, and we can just do what we love, hang out and take care of our plants. It feels like the first chance we get in the week to start catching up on garden tasks. Rufus focused in on getting Field B in order. We could spend almost an entire day in just that garden. When Rufus came in for a drink of water, he said, “I’m going to get those beets weeded if it kills me”. I thought, “This heat just might kill us both”. As we go about our gardening tasks, Balio is our constant companion, even in the hot weather. He follows us, well mostly me, around the farmstead from when I wake up to feed the chickens until we call it a night, always finding his go-to shady spots. His adorable antics distract Rufus and I from our work, and sometimes we just have to take a “Balio break” and give him a big hug, play in the grass, or wrestle with him a little bit. And he is getting so big! It’s hard to believe he is only 6 months old. We attempted a little photo shoot to show how large and in charge he is, and he showed us who was in charge. It’s not so easy to pick him up anymore, but it is kind of fun. Now, if we could just get him to dial back his guard dog barking to only like 6 hours per night. I should be mad at him, but I guess he’s just doing his job. 



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