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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hi..the cold snap really brought on the calves..must be the low pressure...last night we had 2 more before midnight , one at 1 am and one more at 5 am... sleeping is so over rated...haha..

I slept in until 8 am and hubby is catching a morning nap on the I have to do quiet drink coffee and Spark :)

When I weighed this morning I was down one pound..woohoo...

I'm enjoying the 5% challenge..this week is travelling to Vancouver, glad to have you all come here to Canada on this leg of our trip! I love Vancouver but haven't been there for years and years!! 1975 to be exact..haha My grandparents used to live there and we'd visit every other year when I was a kid. I still have 2 Aunts living there and numerous cousins and a couple friends too...ahh Vancouver in the Spring....I just have to close my eyes and picture the beauty...such a great virtual holiday..just what I feet are killing me today....

The other part of this week's challenge is weighing and measuring which I need to do more of....

Well, off to fill my coffee cup again and start my day..have a great weekend everyone thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/26/2012 5:16PM

    Congrats on the weight loss, the new additions, (why do they never come during the day?) and the trip to Vancouver!! Woweee! Your having a busy busy time. I was looking at your blogs from last year during this time & looks like you had over a 100 new calves. Hope you get many more healthy ones in 2012.
Glad you two are getting some down time to relax and refresh. Seems like your working graveyard shift lately.
Stay well and enjoy your wonderful time!
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RANCHGAL9 3/24/2012 2:59PM

    Hey Donna

Congrats on your weight loss. Hope your hubby is feeling better soon. I am down to the last 20 cows and they are taking forever 2 or 3 a day. Sunny here this a.m. but minus 9 - yikes I am ready for spring.

That is exciting that the 5% Challenge is heading to Vancouver - yeah B.C. I live about 300 kms east of Vancouver on the other side of the Cascade Mountains so no coastal weather for me.

Have a great week

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GETTHERE135 3/24/2012 1:41PM

    Whoo Hoo, congrats on the weight loss.

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We now have 35 calves...

Friday, March 23, 2012

Hi..thanks to 4 calves yesterday and 6 today we now have 35 calves....last night I took the midnight check and there was a cow calving so hubby said he'd stay up for an hour and then check on her..well her calf was backwards and she was having hubby woke me up to go out to help ...we finally got the calf born and with a few chest compressions and rubbing with rags the calf was doing off to bed 2:30am...

...Soo I'm kinda dragging today..and hubby's cold/flu is still bad. All the new babies have kept us busy today...I rode my bike for 30 minutes in 2 parts, did lots of out walking about..tagging and treating calves, checking, quadding, putting out salt..moving herds around..even did a bit of gardening..what I didn't do is any house work and the place shows it!! Supper dished still on the cupboard, tomorrow's another day...

The porch is in desperate need of some cleaning!! Reminds me of the time when my oldest granddaughter was really little and came to visit during calving..she walked in the porch and I said to you don't step in the cow poop...she answered..Grandma why did you let the cow poop in your porch? Haha..little kiddos can be soo cute!!

We are having Easter on March 31 so that really doesn't leave me much time to get ready...I work better with a deadline..haha..Just don't let me get sick like hubby!!

I've been trying to shake up my meals a bit to jump start a weight loss...I feel so stuck...I get lots and lots of exercise and try to keep the calories in the range but I'm soo stalled..damn menopause and bad metabolism!!

I've been having an egg for breakfast with some whole grain toast..either rye or ww raisin...lunch was pancakes (I'm still doing meatless Fridays for Lent) One of my Spark friends..KEEPITMOVIN_H2O posted a recipe for Brownie Batter Pancakes..they were very yummy!! Supper was a small piece of microwave salmon, steamed asparagus, cauliflower and 1/2 cup rice...

I'm hoping the 5% Spring Challenge will help get me back on track..this week we've been tracking water..I've had 10 cups every day :) next week is tracking if we measure our portions....I'm looking forward to doing that this week :) I have new measuring spoons..when I cook or bake I usually eye ball (or as hubby says a glug of this....) I have a little cheap diet scale and measuring cups too...I have some rubbermaid food storage containers that have the sizes on the bottom so I use the 1/2 cup size for measuring and eating out of....

I talked to oldest daughter tonight and they can come for early Easter..they'll come Friday night and then have to leave early on the Sunday as littlest granddaughter has gymnastics that afternoon..son and the inlaws can come too, not middle daughter (she's still not talking to us)

We watched a couple hockey games tonight and now hubby's got the remote and channel surfing to all bad shows..glad I have my laptop to keep me busy :) the last show had this awful rap music that hurt my head...oh no..I hope I'm just tired and not getting sick...

Well...I guess I should go for now..thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon emoticon

I read these inspiring words today....




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PARKERB2 3/24/2012 10:33AM

    What an intersting life you have. I'm surprised you get planned exercis in, treadmill, bike, etc. But we do what we must, don't we. I suppose the calves will be sold and the mothers will moo for awhile. So plan to wear earplugs. Have a great day Donna.

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DOODIE59 3/24/2012 10:27AM

    Oh, I like your finishing quote: The difference between who you are and who you want to be is WHAT YOU DO. I might have to try that ...

Have a great weekend;) (Maybe get some rest ... Is that possible?:))

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GOPINTOS 3/24/2012 8:25AM

    That is fantastic!

Smile & Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Dr. Oz Show Fans

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/24/2012 7:02AM

    I'm not surprised that your body is feeling not so well. You keep a pretty busy schedule young lady! Between birthing calves, taking care of your farm/ranch, cooking, cleaning, expercising, planning for holidays, and getting ready for guests, I'm in shock your still able to stand up. I think I would pass out for a week or two. Just drink lots of chicken soup & vege's and maybe a daily vitamin hopefully you'll make it through all of these busy times without any more illness's
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. Wish I could come and help. It's 4:00 am here. I could have done your middle of the night checks. Well time for me to zonk out.
Take good care of yourself.

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VIMVIGOR 3/24/2012 6:02AM

  You certainly sound busy but take care of yourself as the flu is nothing to ignore. My DH and I have had it for over a week, just cannot seem to shake it. It comes in waves, start to feel better, boom back to hurting. Oh well, this too will pass. Anyway my point was take care. emoticon

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HELLODANAE 3/24/2012 12:22AM

    wow!! 35 calves emoticon

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BEATLETOT 3/24/2012 12:00AM

    35 calves!!! What do you do with them? I guess I always imagined you had two or three, and you just, I don't know, kept them, like I do Sammy. It looks silly now as I'm writing it. =) Enjoy them! They are so sweet!

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Hi..just home from visiting friends...

Friday, March 23, 2012

Hi..I just got home from spending the evening with friends...hubby stayed home as he is feeling worse..fever and chills, running eyes, nose and ears and coughing and sneezing..he also aches all over and holds his head alot..hope he's better soon and that I don't get it..

Our friend's Dad had passed away and several couples went over for a visit...on the way there I saw 4 deer and on the way home the stars are beautiful out tonight!!

Hubby is asleep on the couch so I'm catching up on Sparkin' and watching a bit of tv until the midnight check...

While hubby fed cows today I rode my bike and did housework as usual, then we went out and tagged and treated the newest calves...I just had a quick lunch of peanut butter on rye and an orange..hubby had leftovers....

Then I was off to town to get a tire repaired or replaced (ended up being replaced) got the mail, went to the library, got a few groceries..stopped at the drugstore and got a magazine, then the tire was ready..I got drinking water on the way home.

Before supper I walked through the cow calf pairs and checked them all..then hubby was bringing up the herd and had 3 more new calves so I walked over to help him bring them up. too.

Supper was pork chops (I put 1/2 of mine away for Tuesday's stirfry) green beans, sweet potatoes, spinach salad..dessert was fresh strawberries and homemade yogurt....

For those of you who asked what saskatoons were..they are a berry similar to blue berries..they grow wild on our ranch so I pick lots and freeze them to use year round..yum yum!!

Well I tracked a night snack of cereal and milk..since I was below my calories for today so I better go eat my snack before midnight..then I'd have to track it on tomorrow's..haha...

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

Love Donna emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/23/2012 7:03PM

    All best with that sick DH!! Don't go catching it yourself, now.

Really loved your funny comment on my red rainboots blog (someone pointed me to the Raffi version on You Tube with a great trumpet solo . . . ) and thanks so much for the ORANGE rainboots: duck feet!

Our version of the manure thing would be cleaning up the back yard after a winter of Charlie . . . ("silver white winters that melt into dog poop"). All done, though, thanks to my DD!!

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BEATLETOT 3/23/2012 11:06AM

    Love reading your blogs about your daily life! I hope your husband feels better soon!

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DOODIE59 3/23/2012 9:08AM

    Sounds like you live in a lovely and supportive community ...
I hope your husband gets better quickly:)

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Tiring day...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hi..we turned out cow calf pairs today to a small dry pasture and boy was that a lot of work..

Hubby shredded bales first for the cows to calve and the heifer calves that are replacements..I did a bit of house work and rode my bike..then after a quick quad ride around the fence to make sure it didn't need to be fixed anywhere we had a quick lunch..hubby had left over KFC and I had my new favorite.. asparagus, lightly steamed and a spinach, mushroom and green pepper salad with some skinless chicken bits added to it, then a grapefruit for dessert.

Then we started on the cattle..a few cows needed to be put in the chute to get new eartags and they all needed to be debugged with a pour on...once we had all that done and the ones sorted out and mothered hubby wanted turned out the chasing began..cows are easy to chase..calves not so much..they just go in all directions and we had to chase them through about 4 different several loops around each corral with different sets of calves..(tonight I have aching calves, and feet..etc haha) I should have had on my pedometer!! We finally got them all out in time for coffee...

Hubby did a bit more chores..he says he's feeling better but he doesn't sound like it..he took all the checks last night..said he needed the fresh air to feel better.. he has lung problems so breathing with a bad cold/flu is never good. I really didn't argue with him as I was pooped from my busy day yesterday.

Supper was Salisbury steak, potatoes, peas and I had saskatoons and homemade yogurt.

After supper I walked through the small pasture and checked the newly turned out pairs..all were fine...

Our friends didn't call about going over to the other friend's place so either they didn't go or didn't let us know after all.anyway..we watched some hockey and had a beer and then we started to watch some videos from the library I got for hubby..he watched a couple of the stories and fell asleep so I turned it off until he's more awake..I had phoned to renew them since they were due tomorrow.

I'm planning to go to town tomorrow for mail and drinking water..the extra tracking item for the spring challenge this first week is water..I've gotten 10 cups each day so far..not hard for me..I like to drink it.. just need to remember to. We haul drinking water that we use for only drinking and making coffee, all other water we use tap it's boiled, between the 2 of us, and hubby does drink a lot of water..we go through 4- 5 gallon jugs a week..and yes we drink a crazy amount of coffee!!

We had two calves today, so far...I plan to take the midnight and 3 am checks tonight..unless hubby talks me out of them..wink wink...

I've only had time to do a little bit of gardening but an itching to start more yard work...I did start some peppers for the garden inside a couple weeks ago and they still aren't up yet..maybe the seeds were duds? I bought a little 4 shelf green house for the family room and have to bring it up from the basement and start some flowers and maybe tomatoes...bought some asparagus seeds but need to research how to grow them...I know they are perennials and not to pick any until the third year...

Found this cute quote...

Gardening is better than therapy and you get tomatoes emoticon

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

Love Donna

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I just did spell check and when it came to the word eartags it suggested erotica.... no I think I meant eartags..haha..gotta love the suggestions some times :)

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KAYTIE22 3/22/2012 10:25PM

    I am amazed at the amount of work you and your husband must do each day and all your energy to do it. It sounds so fascinating and interesting to me. I also think it must be very rewarding although it is a lot of hard work. I really like reading your blogs and reading about your life.

Have a really nice weekend.

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ANNIEONLI 3/22/2012 8:44PM

    I am exhausted just reading this! LoL And I'm a bit envious too - I love hard work - stacking wood, doing projects around the house, gardening...makes you feel like you accomplished something at the end of the day!

Enjoy your evening!!

And yeah....what ARE saskatoons??

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GOPINTOS 3/22/2012 6:33PM

    Love the quote!! Will have to remember that!

Smile & Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (GoPintos)
Dr. Oz Show Fans

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MRS_PALMER 3/22/2012 10:05AM

    I found this fascinating, we have pigs and one cow, so not nearly as big as your place, but isn't it fun, exhausting and rewarding!

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CELLISTA1 3/22/2012 3:08AM

    It's fun to read about your ranch life. You must be burning a zillion calories! What are saskatoons??

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3 more calves today..

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hi..I was up bright and early and off to Weyburn for my day of errands..9 am oil change and truck recall..they said it woud take 2 hours so FIL came over and picked me up and I went to their place for coffee..then I started the rest of the bills, shop for me and hubby and groceries and cattle vaccine and tractor parts and brought home chicken for supper..I actually got home around 3 pm so I had a good trip...

I found asparagus!! so perfect for my spring supper..I had it lightly steamed with a spinach and mushroom salad and some chicken..without the skin..and fresh strawberries and homemade yogurt for dessert.

We had 3 calves today and they were all born this morning before I left at 7:30 am. Hubby had a busy he's sleeping on the couch..and feeling sick with some kind of cold or flu :( It's my night for the midnight and 3 am checks so hopefully he'll feel better after some rest...and I don't have any trouble with my checks.

It's still mild here but windy again..that snow storm stayed in the west and missed us...

I did lots of walking today and then rode my x bike for 30 minutes when I came lots of water in, too.

Almost every place I went today I ran into someone that I knew so lots of visitng today besides the 2 hour coffee at the inlaws :) When I got home and got the truck unloaded a friend phoned to tell us another friend's Dad had died last night so tomorrow a group of us are going over to their house with some kind of basket of goodies and offer some support..the man was over 90..still living in his own home with his wife and died in his sleep..he had a long and healthy life.

Tomorrow after chores we're going to turn out some cow calf pairs to a drier small pasture...

..I still have 2 hours until the midnight check, I baked a batch of cookies ,did supper dishes, watched 2 hockey games and caught up on emails and Spark... maybe I'll read a few more blogs...or read a magazine..need to stay awake for 2 more hours...I have had a bit of a headache and stiff neck today and some fever and chills (or maybe just hot flashes?) that sounds like the flu hubby has and one that has been going around a time to be sick, too...

Well thanks for dropping by and for all your comments..Keep on Sparkin'

emoticon emoticon Love Donna

Hope you are enjoying the first day of SPRING

Happiness is.... calves
....warm weather
.....birds singing
.......geese flying over my dream on the ranch..surrounded by nature
...........and married to my best friend to share it all with

I am truly blessed and I have all you Spark friends, too

Life is good!! emoticon emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/21/2012 10:27PM

    Awww....So busy bust still time to reflect. A lot of people would complain about all the work involved but so nice to hear you say your living your dream life. I'm sure many would agree with you.
Hope your hubby gets well real soon. And hope all the calves are doing good too!
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BEATLETOT 3/21/2012 10:20PM

    Your life sounds so beautiful and awesome! New lives, errands, quiet home, good do have a lot to be happy about. =)

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GOPINTOS 3/21/2012 9:01PM

    Love it!


Dr. Oz Show Fans

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PARKERB2 3/21/2012 3:53PM

    I admire the way you work everything in to a busy day. Hope you have a wonderful afternoon.

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DOODIE59 3/21/2012 2:45PM

    I love your Happiness is ... paragraph. I bet your husband is just as happy to live with you and YOUR positive ways:) Not too many people can say out loud or on paper that they are living their dream life. That is AWESOME.

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BLEGNER1 3/21/2012 4:58AM

    Donna, you are so special and I am in hopes to be able to keep up with all you wonderful adventures. i had an adventure today. I actually walked out of the house to the patio and sat in the fresh air for about half an hour and that was with no 02!! The spinach and lettuce that i planted before i went to the hospital are up and almost ready to start eating. I haven't walked that far yet, but Jeff checked on them for me while I was sitting out.
Keep good care of you and the hubby so that the two of you can take good care of the new little ones.
God bless you my friend

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XRSIZE18 3/21/2012 2:33AM

    Love the gratitude. It's so nice to reflect on happinesses. :)

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