Friends, Sunshine and Work!

Celebrated Memorial Day in Webster yesterday. The Hagens (who I am living with) told me about the parade and program the town was having and I figured that I should go with them. The parade was small, but was great, it was a perfect picture of small town America. The boy scouts, girls scouts, and 4-H members walked in the parade, a fire truck, and a old Oliver tractor pulled a load of Veterans.

I also was able to see a familiar face on Memorial Day. My friend Tiffany who goes to school at North Dakota State was passing through and we had lunch at the local A&W. It was so nice to see someone I know, even if it was just for a short period of time.

Today was my first day of work in the field. I met my trainer and manager for breakfast at a local cafe and we discussed my projects for the summer. We then when and looked at some Channel vs. Pioneer tests plots that have been put in recently then around lunchtime I was told to go home. I was a little bummed after all I was expecting to put in a full day’s work. I went home and around 5:00 was asked to go and pick up some seed in Aberdeen which is about 50 miles away. I was thankful to have something to do.

The first 3 1/2 days I have been in South Dakota it has been very gloomy weather. Fog most of the day, rain, and wind blowing the rain sideways. I was beginning to wonder, “does this place ever have sunshine?” This afternoon my question was answered: yes! I was able to drive to Aberdeen and enjoy the beautiful scenery and was so thankful to see farmers out in the fields planting. They have had so much rain here recently the farmers are very behind on planting, corn should be in the ground by now, but a lot of it is not. They are getting there. The sun definitely brightened my day and I am glad to know the sun does shine here.

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