TIM ZWEBER

The shoe cobbler’s children

There’s a saying I’ve heard from time to time that the shoe cobbler’s children are the worst shod.

Joyous mediocrity

    I was half listening to a podcast not long ago while mixing cow chow and thinking of something else.

Towing tanks

I spend some time each morning reading the news highlights and guessing the day’s Wordle on my phone.

The importance of friends

    Our truck engine decided to quit functioning after a decade of mostly trouble-free service hauling cattle and hogs to-and-fro. It wasn’t a surprise, or maybe it was.

Young entrepreneurs

Growing up, I always assumed I’d run my own business. I tried to sell people wood projects I made and hired myself out for farm work on other people’s farms.
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Prepping for winter

It’s the time of year where brisk mornings and warm days have changed to cold mornings and, well, also cold days. The kids get excited every time the weather forecast mentions snow, and I feel a tiny bit of panic.

Knowledge is valuable

There are things to be said for knowing a small area of the world really well.

Welcome to the club

I am having a midlife crisis or at least that’s what my family keeps telling me.

Dairy good ambassadors

The Minnesota State Fair is a great state fair. Don’t miss it. Don’t even be late.

The county fair

    Many county fairs have taken place already, and 4-H kids are getting excited to bring their animals or projects they have worked hard on all summer.
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Hearing protection

    An awful lot of farmers I know over the age of 50 need hearing aids. Same goes for my friends in excavating, construction, cabinet making and a number occupations involving running loud machinery all day, every day.

Cows of grazings past

    The other day I was out in the pasture getting cows in for evening milking, and out of the corner of my eye, I swore I saw Hollywood.

Fixing what is broken

    It’s been one of those weeks at our farm. No, it’s been one of those years or maybe a decade or possibly a century where there is always something in need of repair.

Planting season

    Planting season seems to sneak up on a person or maybe just on me.

Spring time brings mud

    I have never been in a hurricane. I have watched a tornado throw a trampoline into a tree and a straight-line wind distort a hoop barn into a shape I didn’t know was possible without it breaking
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