first_imgBABY STEPS WITH ÁINE: Hi everyone. As father’s day is nearly upon us, I’ll be sharing some simple ideas to help make it a special one.I’m sure a lot of you mums will agree that far too often we take fathers for granted; we’re too quick to huff or point out something they haven’t done or something you’ve done “wrong.” In the hectic world of parenting, we often forget to slow down to recognise and acknowledge all the things dads do right and well.Being a dad is no easy task. As a new mum, I now have a better understanding and appreciation of fathers. They do so much for us from the minute we are born and most of it, we’ll never even know.So, father’s day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and thank dads for everything they have done.I’m sure you’ll agree when I say dads are probably the hardest people to buy gifts for. But don’t worry, showing your love and appreciation doesn’t always have to come in the form of a gift. Here are some simple thing I’m sure dads will appreciate.Breakfast in Bed When you think of breakfast in bed, Mother’s day is a natural association. But what about dad, doesn’t he deserve it too? I don’t think there are many dad’s out there that would say no to this one. It doesn’t have to be perfect. They’ll be so surprised they’ll probably be happy with a cup of tea and bacon butty. If you’re feeling a bit more generous why not go for a fry or something sweet. With the Sunday papers and some peace and quiet, it will go down a treat.Quality timeTime is one of the most precious things that can be given. It is the quality of that time rather than the quantity that will matter the most. We often find it difficult nowadays to give people our full attention. We are too easily side tracked by the world of social media rather than enjoying the moment. We’re all guilty of it. Father’s day only happens once a year so abandon your phone for a few hours. Take this day to focus on spending time together as a family. Celebrate your dad.  Go for a walk, have a picnic, share stories and just have a laugh. If you’re away from your dad this father’s day, why not plan a day another day for some quality time. A quick phone call or meaningful text will also brighten up his day.A day off When asking Will what he’d like for father’s day, he did not hesitate in telling me he’d love a day off. I’m sure this is the answer most dads will give….if they’re brave enough. Although it’s always a great idea to have that quality time I spoke about , you can also show them you care by allowing some time for him to relax on his own. Maybe all he’d like is to snooze, go for a cycle or enjoy some tv. Let’s be honest though, it will more than likely involve some beer and the Euros. They’ll appreciate the short break. They deserve it after all.Tell him you love himThis is probably one of the simplest but most important ways of showing your appreciation. As a child I remember telling my dad I loved him every night. As we get older, we fail to use these words as often. We should be proud to love our fathers. When said with sincerity, these three words are the most powerful words in existence. So if you love him, tell him.For all you fathers who are reading this, you guys are great and we’d be lost without you! Have a lovely Father’s Day!Thanks for reading,Áine  xBABY STEPS WITH ÁINE: SIMPLE WAYS TO MAKE THIS FATHERS DAY A SPECIAL ONE was last modified: June 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Baby BlogBaby Steps with AinecolumnDaddyFather’s DayFeatureslovenewslast_img read more

Wet weather slowing harvest efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Zach Profit, Van Wert Co.We have had some freezing temperatures. It got cold enough that we could run all night after we started back up on Saturday. We had enough wind that it is starting to dry off again. We have been happy to get some days to run.We finished soybeans and we are 72% done with corn. We hope we can finish in the next week. If you get outside of Van Wert County, there is still quite a bit of corn out in the fields.Corn yields have been pretty strong. We will be better than last year, but not by much. This year will probably be the best corn we’ve raised and the best beans we have raised. We are pleased.The moisture in the corn increased. It seems like we picked up a point of two of moisture. It bottomed out around 17% and I doubt it will get dryer than that. The yields are still good and quality has been good. There has been talk of vomitoxin here and there. There is nothing major or widespread, but the elevators are testing for it and apparently they have had it in hog houses. When the pigs sense the vomitoxin, they scoop the bad feed out of their feeder and put it in a pile until they find the good stuff. They started testing and found some loads with elevated levels. It sounds like it is really bad in Canada where they are even leaving corn stand in the fields because they don’t know what to do with it.As a whole farm average I am hoping to see around 210. Most of the average yields we have seen are from 200 to 230. We have not had much under 200 bushels. Storage wise I think we can hold what we have left.There is really not a ton of field work done around here. If you didn’t get in during that window there before Halloween, you haven’t done much since then. This is about the first window in the last couple of weeks. Not a lot of spraying was done either. It will be interesting to see what kind of messes we have in the spring. I have only seen one sprayer out this entire fall. We haven’t done any. I think most guys have already winterized their sprayers.It looks like a lot will get done with harvest this week. I still think most guys around there will finish up before they did last year.For the rest of this week’s reports click here.last_img read more

Lok Sabha bypoll: ex-Sikkim governor pitted against NCP’s royal turncoat

first_imgSenior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and ex-Sikkim Governor Shriniwas Patil will take on ex-NCP MP and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate, Udayanraje Bhosale, in the Satara Lok Sabha bypoll to be held along with the Assembly elections in Maharashtra on October 21.Mr. Patil, a former IAS officer and a close associate of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, staged a show of strength in Satara after filing his nomination on Thursday.Mr. Pawar had earlier urged senior Congressman Prithviraj Chavan to contest the by-election. However, Mr. Chavan, the sitting MLA of Karad South (in Satara) had declined, preferring instead to focus on the Assembly elections.Mr. Patil has been elected MP twice, in 1999 and 2004, from the erstwhile Karad Lok Sabha constituency in Satara before its delimitation ahead of the 2009 polls.Political equations have changed overnight in Satara, which was completely dominated by the NCP before this year’s Lok Sabha polls after the defections of both royals — Shivendrasinh Bhosale, the former NCP MLA from Satara and Udayanraje Bhosale, the ex-NCP MP from Satara Lok Sabha constituency — to the ruling BJP.The NCP currently holds three of the six Assembly segments in Satara — Koregaon (Shashikant Shinde), Wai (Makarand Patil) and Karad North (Balasaheb Patil) — while Mr. Chavan holds the Karad South seat, the sole Congress borough in the district.Mr. Chavan, a former Maharashtra Chief Minister, too filed his nomination on Thursday, accompanied by Mr. Patil and other supporters. He is pitted against the BJP’s Atul Bhosale, who staged a spectacular show of strength in Karad before filing his nomination.“Our aim is to weed out the BJP’s socially divisive policies. Karad has been the wellspring of progressive thought. I am confident that the people here will reject the regressive ideology of the current government in the upcoming elections,” Mr. Chavan said.last_img read more