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Happy Sunday...

Monday, April 29, 2013

Hi.. had a quiet, relaxing Sunday :)

Went for a walk this morning to see the water run..the creek ice and snow broke and the water was filling up the small lake by our yard..alway a highlight of spring around here..

Then I quadded the herd and hubby shredded bales. I did a bit of yard work..lots to clean up as the snow disappears. We had a quick lunch of eggs and toast...I helped hubby catch and treat a few sick calves.

I visited with my sister on the phone and we set up a get together for Tuesday in Regina...looking forward to seeing their house addition and the Mexico trip pictures. Then do a bit of shopping and out for lunch. Then I'll do my May's OAMS (once a month shopping).

Just before supper I went out to help with some bale chores and one of the heifers was calving..I carry some calving straps in my pocket so I helped her a bit..then she got up and ran away and the poor little baby was born mid-stride...he is just fine tho! We are almost at single digits left to calve :)

Supper was oven baked chicken and a big salad and some carrot sticks :)

Hubby was late coming in after supper..he serviced some equipment and gave one of the trucks an oil we are just vegging in front of the tv.... actually I'm on the computer and he's asleep already lol.

Think I'll be going to bed early again today..starting to feel sleepy!!

Tomorrow we are off to Assiniboia with cattle again and to retrieve the pasture truck. Maybe have lunch at the yummy new buffet we found last week!!

April has just flown's almost time for the recap and May's goals...I've been working on those :)

Thanks for dropping by and for all your kind comments..Keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

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ROSEWCI 4/30/2013 7:15PM

    Happpy Spring! emoticon

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RANCHGAL9 4/30/2013 4:32PM

    Hey Donna - you are so right - where the heck did April go???? But I have to say, I am looking forward to Spring/Summer. We did not have the snow that you did early in the month but yikes for the past few days we have been waking up to 4 and 5" every morning with a lot of the major highways closed. And the wind - good grief gusts to over 30 km hr definitely not what we are used to.

Have a great day

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/30/2013 2:47AM

    I always love to hear the Cow & Calf stories. I guess you just never know what they are going to do next. Sounds like Spring is just on the horizon!
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LADYMARCIA1 4/29/2013 1:03AM

    Wow! I'm so intrigued with your life! I always wanted to live on a farm so reading about your calves being born and baling, I'm jealous. You are a lucky woman. Keep up the great work on yourself, you deserve it.

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DOVESEYES 4/29/2013 12:48AM

    What a wonderful day!!! I'm looking at my May goals as well, but I'm happy with progress so "if it aint broke don't fix it"

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Branding at the neighbors..

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hi..Woke up bright and early and a neighbor and our best friends phoned and asked if we could come over and help them brand some of their calves today.... We finished morning chores.. I quadded the pairs while hubby shredded bales.. then we were off to the neighbors..a big job and lots of exercise and lots of laughs and some bumps and bruises... good times with good friends.. we needed that today.. funny how it works like that.

We thought that yesterday's get away would be fun and refreshing (well it was somewhat) and it turns out that today was the more fun day.. helping our friends and really working up a sweat..

My friend got kicked and stepped on several times by calves and I got banged up a bit too..slipped on the ice under the poo and fell down in the calf pen.. also sprained my thumb while pushing calves up the chute.. and hubby got really roughed up trying to wrestle an escaping calf..

Then we had a delicious meal of chicken, oven cheesy potatoes and corn with lemon pie and beer..yum yum and more visiting and laughs..

We went on to town to get a few supplies and the mail and some drinking water..

For the rest of the day I have been resting on the couch and now watching Edmonton's last hockey game..they are beating Vancouver but are out of the playoffs :(

Earlier this evening hubby and I went together for a quad ride and check on the melting snow and running water..sloughs and dugouts are filling up nicely..

Now I'm about ready to head to bed early..the cows are to the point they don't need so many checks now..hubby checked just before dark and will check again first thing in the morning...woohoo!!

First time in 2 months I could go to bed before midnight!!

Thanks for dropping by and for all your kind comments..Keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

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PS Today was a beautiful, sunny day..........

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ROSEWCI 4/30/2013 7:17PM

    What fun w/neighbors!!! And you are one busy lady!!!

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MONAKIN314 4/29/2013 11:48AM

    Sounds like a great day!

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SILVERWITCH59 4/28/2013 10:35PM

    WOW why are the days we get banged up the most fun. I would kill for a day like that. It is always so quiet and lonely here. Rest well sweet lady :)

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/28/2013 10:29AM

    I am glad you had fun helping friends it is great to get out even if you get bandged up. bruises heal getting the heart to be happy is a lot of work. Glad you had a good meal, and fun times I really lkove the quote at the end awesome. ANd getting your sleep in is the best woo hoo. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 4/28/2013 8:59AM

    You had a lot of fun,welldone!

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/28/2013 3:42AM

    Wow! I must say it does sound like fun (well most of it anyway). Sounds like you all have the best of friends. That's a lot of work but so wonderful that everyone pitches in and makes the best of it. Sounds like everyone survived & had a good time!
Glad you are getting a good rest after a long and busy day.

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DOVESEYES 4/28/2013 1:13AM

    What a lovely day !!! emoticon

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ZRIE014 4/28/2013 12:52AM

  have a great weekend

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SUSANBEAMON 4/28/2013 12:52AM

  sounds like a fully enjoyable busy day.

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Home from road trip..

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Hi..we are home from our road trip to was a long day with lots of glitches.

First a cow was calving when we got done morning chores so we weren't sure if we'd go...then she finally calved so we were late leaving...

..We stopped at Plentywood for snacks and then headed to Williston...we did some shopping first then went to hubby's favorite pie place and it wasn't open :( Then over to Walmart where I started shopping and hubby went for a snack..when we met up again he still didn't get his snack..he said the line up was too long :( So with out finding any food hubby was not a happy camper :( So I hurried and finished shopping where I couldn't find most of what I was looking for (well at least I saved money and didn't bring home too much stuff)

Then we popped over to buy some beer and head back to Plentywood for supper... well we went to one of our favorite places and the service was horrible..a new waitress lost our order and then it took least she gave us the salads for free (although hubby's salad came with his meal)

You'd think that was enough but there was the border the agent told us we had too much beer (and have never been told that before...) and the highway home was rough and broken up...we had gone down on the grid roads...'s been a long and frustrating day..not the fun get away we were hoping for!!

On the plus side it was very warm and sunny..Williston has hardly any snow and we did see one farmer out seeding...luckily when we got home no other cows had calved and all seemed fine on the home front..that would have been the cherry on top if we had lost a calf!!

Perhaps just too over tired and stressed to enjoy the get away...oh it just feels like one more thing to cross of the list of stuff to's been one of those years!!

Better run..almost time for the midnight check and then off to bed and I'm pooped!!

Thanks for dropping by and for all your kind comments..Keep on Sparkin'

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SILVERWITCH59 4/28/2013 10:31PM

    Holey Smoley. What a trip :/ At least you made it home safe and sound ! YIppie at least for the warmer weather ;)

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/28/2013 3:49AM

    Awww...What a day! Doesn't that just figure. Seems like everytime we plan something special something goes wrong to ruin it. You had many things go wrong.
I'm wondering if the border guys were just wanting some beer to drink. Maybe they were planning a party that night. Seems like a trivial thing for them to worry about doesn't it?
Hope you have a nicer weekend coming up.

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PARKERB2 4/27/2013 4:42PM

    Maybe the change of scenery was refreshing anyway.

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MARITIMER3 4/27/2013 3:07PM

    It seems like you two never have any really "free" time. Did you both grow up on farms? And can farmers ever take a vacation? I know it would mean that someone else would have to stay there and do all the work. It sounds like a very difficult life. Can you at least look forward to retirement? Or do farmers retire? I know there are rewards... like the calving... but even those are stressful times. I worry about you, Donna.

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/27/2013 12:10PM

    wish you had a better day life seems very hard lately for all of us and we cant enjoy as much when we are tired sad or mad and especially when we are stressed . Hopefully with a good sleep things will seem better. I had a bad day yesterday and could not find any enjoyment in my life. after 12 plus hours of sleep i fell different but still . hope after a good sleep you find some enjoyment. border patrol way funny bothering people about to much beer and letting terrosrist into the country .

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GETTHERE135 4/27/2013 12:07PM

    Too bad your day away was not would it should have been, I hope your next one can be a lot more fun. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 4/27/2013 8:44AM

    Really wish it had been better for ya: we need those getaways to be blissful not stressful!

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NEWCHINELO 4/27/2013 7:08AM

    You are always busy,nice!

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DOVESEYES 4/27/2013 3:06AM

    What a day so sorry it turned out that way.

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Spring has Sprung!!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Hi..time to blog..I don't know if I have ever had a month long blogging streak so I want to keep this up..5 more blogs..woohoo!!

It is finally spring here..rubber boots instead of felt liners, no coat..warm sunshine, snow melting...and the pairs are turned out to a larger place..

Today was a much better day..we tagged and turned out more pairs from behind the barn. I did lots of quadding and helped with chores...

While I was in the house I did up the farm books and phoned in the first quarter for the GST refund...baked some bread in my bread machine, baked a lemon cake and had a pork roast cooking for supper.

Outside I also helped hubby shovel out the pasture quad from a snow bank, boosted my car but couldn't get it out of the snow bank :( Haven't driven it since fall....

Well if everything goes good tomorrow we will go to Williston for our day trip/get away :) We'll do up the morning chores and head down..I can't my fortune cookie on Tuesday said I will find happiness on a trip south..although hubby said I should just go 2 miles south and visit my neighbor lol

Well, best sign off for tonight...time for some relaxing couch time and veg with some late night tv and scrabble with all my fb buds.

Thanks for dropping by and for all your kind comments..Keep on Sparkin'

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SILVERWITCH59 4/26/2013 9:54PM

    Yippie for Spring :) Hope it stays sprung. I have never had a 30 day blogging streak ;) You are amazing.
Enjoy your down time :)

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/26/2013 5:54PM

    Wow! I have so missed reading your wonderful blogs. You are still as busy as ever. Working outside then inside to work on the books and baking & cooking. You are truly the most energetic person ever! I have about 8 months of your blogs to catch up on so I better get started. I will read everything.
Missed you,

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MONAKIN314 4/26/2013 12:29PM

    So glad to hear you finally have Spring!!

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MARITIMER3 4/26/2013 10:33AM

    Finally! You two really deserve some sunshine. Hope you got in your road trip... at this end, I hope to start cleaning up the garden tomorrow.
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GETTHERE135 4/26/2013 8:25AM

    Well I am certainly enjoying your almost month long blogging, I always enjoy reading them. Have a great time on your day trip.

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SUSANBEAMON 4/26/2013 12:53AM

  must be spring, my cat wants to look out the windows again. he hates looking out during the winter.

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DOVESEYES 4/26/2013 12:50AM

    Mmm...home baked bread is the best. Hope you get a lovely day out.

You've done really well with the blogging, I'm going to miss it if you SLACK OFF next month :) :) No pressure!!!!

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Happy Hump Day...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hi..what a crazy day!

First I just realized I have blogged every day in April so far..yeah me!!

Our crazy day started with heading to town to get our tractor that has been in the repair shop for 17 months!! and it was finally I went along to drive the truck home, while hubby drove the tractor home..but it didn't make it home .. something else broke down :(

Before that hubby wanted to take the older truck in since the tractor needed new batteries and the old ones were coming home with me..well that truck didn't start :(

When we got home, I had to go back and find him on the road broke down and he had phoned...we had a quick late lunch of leftovers..he did chores and I drove to a different town to get new batteries for our other home, got batteries installed, went to hook up the trailer to haul broken tractor home and trailer and truck get stuck..out comes another tractor to pull out truck..oh what a circus!! Then we got the tractor hauled home...

In the meantime the pasture truck we took to Assiniboia for repairs..apparently has nothing wrong with it says the service manager..except it over revs for no reason and dies on the road :('s been quite a day... least it was SUNNY!! lol

Thanks for dropping by and for your kind comments! Keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/28/2013 3:55AM

    Wow! That's a lot of broken vehicles. Seems like there's always something going wrong with them. I'm sure hope you can get them all fixed real soon. I'm sure getting back to normal would be real nice. What would that feel like right?
Take care & get lots of rest!

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/25/2013 6:41PM

    what a day you had !!! YOu are still sunny and postive yeah way to be. tomorrow will be that much easier . hugs my friend.

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NEWCHINELO 4/25/2013 11:04AM

    I love sunshine!

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RANCHGAL9 4/25/2013 9:40AM

    Oh the joys of ranching. Glad to hear that sunshine is finally heading your way

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ROSEWCI 4/25/2013 5:26AM

    Wow! Never a dull moment!!! Glad you've got the emoticon in your days !!!

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DOVESEYES 4/25/2013 12:56AM

    What a day!!! "life is what happens when you have something else planned" Days like this you don't expect.

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