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FarmingFridayRecent statistics show that just 1% of the U.S. population considers farming their primary occupation. Since John & I fall into that 1% group, I believe it is important to share about our work in food production. Since 100% of American’s eat, every Friday I write to those who may wonder: Where does my steak come from? What does a farm look like? Who are the farmers and ranchers? What do they do?

This week…

My sister Schyler came to visit! We have been having a wonderful time. It was fun having a tag-a-long on our regular weekday work & play. On Sunday, we met our friends and went to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead. DSCN6037

John also found three baby bunnies while he was mowing. We looked at them for a few minutes, but then decided they were far too wild to keep as pets. So, after marveling at their soft fur, we put them back in their home. DSCN6070

Before we put them away, Schyler just had to put one in her pocket! Crazy kid!DSCN6072John also gave Schyler a ride on the furniture mover! DSCN6077And, we made homemade ice cream with one of our wedding gifts. It was delish (and easy)!DSCN6078As for working on the farm this week, John finished hauling hay. The majority of our hay for the year is now cut, raked, baled, hauled and stacked. This load was the last one for a while. It is quite a relief. DSCN6081

Schyler rode with John as he unloaded the bales.Riley and Moda finally figured out how to climb on the bales. These bales will provide feed for our cows all winter long. That’s why it is such a good feeling to look out and see all the tidy rows!DSCN6083Schyler tried to put Riley in her coat to keep him warm. He wasn’t a fan. It was hilarious watching him try to squirm out of her coat. DSCN6080Schyler and I raced down the bales! We tied. I think. Okay, maybe I lost. Maybe. DSCN6098

On Tuesday, we had problems with the same cows getting out that I mentioned last week. After they got out a second time, we decided to build a new fence. Instead of one that goes through the lake, we put one around the lake.

Here is the old fence, the ice was very hard on it last winter & the water has risen, too! It is mostly gone in the center. It is easy to see why the cows could escape through this (mostly-missing) fence, but it is surprising that the whole herd would swim across the lake! DSCN6177

In the early 80’s there was a road that went through this lake (where the cattails are sticking up). The little lake filled up and has never gone down since. This lake is right on the middle of a property line, so we coordinated with the other ranchers to come up with a new plan for a fence around the lake.DSCN6134DSCN6148

Before we could build our fence, we had to move the cows back AGAIN (time number three). DSCN6123This little calf almost got left behind, but Schyler and I spotted him. Then, John went back to get him on the 4-wheeler. DSCN6120In the photo below, the sage is the tallest plant. It is a light green slightly bushy plant. It has a very strong, cologne-like smell. Our sister Selestia’s middle name is Sage so it was neat to finally see the plant after all these years!

Selestia Sage (if you’re reading), here is your namesake plant. You’re a pretty lucky girl, not everyone gets a namesake plant and a pretty middle name. DSCN6182

We finished the fence and we are glad that the cows won’t be escaping anymore.DSCN6178

Thanks for reading!



  1. Robyn

    How fun to have your Little Sister come visit, Sierra! Looks like both of you had fun.

    There is never a dull moment when dealing with cattle. Hope the new fence works.

    We are done haying, but have not hauled any home yet. J wants to start pecking away at it. We don’t like to haul hay too early because of lightning and fire risks.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    • Sierra Shea

      Yes, never a dull moment! I am hoping the new fence works too! It was starting to take up our whole summer :) Good luck hauling your hay home!

  2. Pam Hojer

    What a great week you had. I’m curious if you got John to take the photo of you and your sister racing? Great memories.

    • Sierra Shea

      Yep! He did take that photo! He’s actually quite the photographer :)


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Hey, I’m Sierra Shea! I am so glad you are here. 

Where do I start with writing to introduce this blog? At the beginning, I suppose: I’ve been writing on various platforms online since 2013. I started blogging shortly after moving to South Dakota.

I am a mother and a maker at heart. I’m so grateful to be married to John and mother of three: Joslyn, J.D. and Jesse.

I am a self-taught decorator and designer. I am a brand new shepherdess and a Spiritual Director.

I love living in South Dakota, even though the winters & the wind can be a near-daily struggle.

Blogging is a grounding force in my life and it helps get me out of my head, unstuck and moving in the directions I always hoped I’d be going!