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104 Calves...

Monday, April 09, 2012

Hi...we had 5 calves today so far..one was born dead so we have 104 calves so far. We have just over 30 left to calve..hubby is taking some open and late cows to market tomorrow so then we'll see how many we have left..really feels like we're in the home stretch now!! Been calving for just over a month...

Last night was a long night ...just before we went to bed, hubby went out to check a bit after midnight and that's when he found the dead calf..also a first calf heifer was calving..so he came back in to give her some more time and then we both went out..she hadn't calved yet so we put her in the chute and helped her. By the time we got back in the house it was almost 3 am...I'm dragging today!!

Today I helped with tagging and treating and turning out more pairs...I think tomorrow we'll be turning the big herd of cow/calf pairs to a larger pasture so they have a bigger, cleaner place to be..they didn't get too sick with all the cold and wet snow..just a couple with scours and a few with pus in their eyes..dang wind!! Today was fairly calm for a change :)

Lately I've been having my microwaved oatmeal and dates for breakfast..lunch today was a meal replacement shake..found a couple cans in the cupboard and want to use them up (part of my spring clean/ lighten up plan) Then supper was some pasta and meat and tomato sauce with extra veggies (celery, onions, mushrooms) and a tossed salad...

Did lots of walking and chores today so easily got over the 120 fitness minutes I tracked...I did some laundry and housework..and did some computer surfing too.
Yesterday's treat for me was a pedicure and I'm sporting pale mauve sparkly toe nail polish..today's treat for me was a facial scrub :)

Well..better run and take a night check...thanks for dropping by and for all the comments, goodies and encouragement...Keep on Sparkin'

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Read this on facebook today...

How to have a Beautiful Easter...

Enjoy fresh spring colors
Appreciate changing weather
Spend time with family and friends
Taste special treats
Express gratitude for your blessings
Revel in new growth!

-BJ Gallagher

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/11/2012 4:26AM

    Busy all day & night. No wonder your tired. I sometimes stay up way to late online but you are always busy doing such hard work.
So sorry you lost one little baby. I know everyone is important.
Sounds like things are going well for you!
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SARAHBACKTO52KG 4/10/2012 3:53PM

    Hi Donna,
Your post struck a chord with me because we recently moved to property and we're considering what animals to get.
We already have a flock of chickens, one is sadly not well though. I am sorry to read about the calf you lost.
Your day sounds busy and long but like BSTOIBER1 says, how fulfilling!
Take care and I hope to speak with you again soon.
Sarah
PS - I'm gonna pedicure today too - you inspired me!

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BSTOIBER1 4/10/2012 3:17PM

    Wow! I can't imagine a busier, or more fulfilling life! emoticonBut I am sorry about the dead calf! Poor mama!

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Happy Easter!!

Sunday, April 08, 2012




Hi...I thought I'd share my Easter bouquet of orange tulips with you :) Hope you all had a great Easter!!

Most of the snow is gone..but the wind is still sticking around..I helped with chores and opened gates and cut twines...then tonight I walked the main herd and checked for sick ones..the muck is hard to walk in..what a work out!!

We had our regular Easter meal (leftovers from last weekend...frozen ham, turkey,dressing and hot cross buns..fresh sweet potatoes and fresh coconut cream pie) Way easier than making everything from scratch again!!

This week's 5% challenge extra for tracking is to use a 9'' plate..so I've been having my meals on my desserrt plates that came with my new dishes..8'' so that's perfect! Tonight's supper was on a small paper plate..no dishes to do that way...

I talked to my oldest daughter on the phone for awhile today...son is holidaying in Montana so I'll phone him tomorrow....

Just a couple more calves so we are almost up to 100...

Well..I better go for now..hope you all had a blessed Easter and keep on Sparkin'

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DUSTYGIRL25 4/11/2012 4:16AM

    Hopefully the cows & calves birthing is winding down. Also, hope you get some warmer weather soon. Seems like we had warmer weather in Jan/Feb than we are having in April.
Hmmm. . . the leftovers sound yummy. I made sweet potatoes for Easter and htey were so good. This is a first for me, I always use canned yams. Real tastes so much better.
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DOLPHINFAN1334 4/8/2012 11:06PM

    HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK AHEAD!! emoticon

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Easter blizzard....

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Hi..we got lots of snow overnight to go with our rain and freezing rain from yesterday....stayed home from the funeral...took a few pics while out doing chores this morning..no body was born in the storm and we have one new calf this morning..cozy in the barn..the sun is out but the wind is howling so it's not too pleasant here..the snow should mostly melt today as it'll get above freezing!

Glad we bedded all the sheds and buses (calf shelters) yesterday...

enjoy the pics...









Hi..I'm still having trouble uploading the pictures..I had 9 I was going to put on..will try again later...










Hope this worked now..thanks for dropping by..keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna!









  
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PHEBESS 4/8/2012 10:44AM

    Brrrrrrr!!!!!! Cute little calves, though! I like the strawberry blondes!

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WATERMELLEN 4/8/2012 8:37AM

    Love the photos . . . those little calves must get really clever, what with their special school bus!! Sorry about the snow . . . not fair!!

And: thanks so much for your birthday boots comments and good wishes!

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VICIOUS421 4/8/2012 4:48AM

    Stay Warm!!!!!
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DUSTYGIRL25 4/8/2012 1:04AM

    Beautiful pictures of the snow (so glad I'm not in it). I really don't like the cold weather.
But. . . I love the little calves, aren't they just the cutest. Sure hope you get some warm spring weather soon. I'm still waiting for warm weather also.
Happy Easter!!
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DOODIE59 4/7/2012 11:58PM

    Those cattle sure look content, and clean and warm:) But still -- a storm -- argh!! Still those trees sure look pretty covered in snow ...:)

We've had unusually warm weather -- it's rather unsettling, actually, although I'm enjoying seeing GREEN grass. Very weird in April. We've had frost overnights since our hot spell in March but not enough to kill the flowers that have started growing (Whew).

Have a happy Easter:)
Deirdre

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Happy Good Friday..all..

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Hi...we haven't got the snow storm yet but it rained most of today and now it's freezing so very slippery...hope everyone who has to travel stays safe!! We probably won't be going to Regina tomorrow..with all the ice and the blizzard forecast...

We've had 6 more calves today..at 97..last night we had a set of twins when hubby went out at 1 am (we slept through the midnight check) One of yesterday's calves has a deformed nose....guess he'll be good to eat..since he will be deeply discounted at the market!

When I went out to help with chores today, I opened gates and took off twine and we put 4 straw bales out so I forked straw into 3 sheds and 3 school buses (we use them as calf shelters) It's been a very tiring day...

Today for meals I had oatmeal and dates since it's so cold here...for lunch I decided to use up some of the powdered meal replacements..and some green grapes for dessert....supper was something I found on Pinterest..an asparagus pizza..made with herb flavored cream cheese instead of pizza sauce and use a veggie peeler to make thin strips of the asparagus and topped with grated cheese, all on a personal size pizza crust..I made a cheeseburger pizza for hubby! Quite yummy.

Hope you are all having a great Easter weekend!! Hope the snow stays away and we just get rain...

Thanks for dropping by..and keep on Sparkin'

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Found this on Pinterest today, too...

Eat Less Crap..

C-carbonated drinks
R-refined sugar
A-artificial sweeteners and colors
P-processed foods

Eat More Food...

F-fruit and veggies
O-organic lean protein
O-omega 3 fatty acids
D-drink water

  
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DUSTYGIRL25 4/8/2012 1:10AM

    Ha Ha Ha! Love the end part from pinterest. The crap part is my husbands diet.
The second part is me! Guess who's planning on living longer?
Me Me Me! emoticon
So sorry your weather has turned so COLD! It's gotta make those late night treks really hard.
Let's wish for a warm Easter day for you.
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Ok that's just gotta work.
Happy Easter!
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GOPINTOS 4/7/2012 5:09PM

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Happy Easter!
Melinda
Dr. Oz Show Fans

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SMWATRMLON 4/7/2012 8:58AM

    I saw on the news the weather there emoticon
Hope things calm down a bit for you soon!!

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VICIOUS421 4/7/2012 3:09AM

    Sorry about your travel plans!!!!! Loved The Pinterest Quote!!!!!!!
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The calm before the storm...

Friday, April 06, 2012

Hi..today was a beautiful day!! We finished the rest of the retagging and tattooing the cows and heifers...

We had 3 calves today so far so we have 91 calves now...

I went to town today to put up the bridal shower lists, get the mail and some groceries and pay some bills and then get drinking water on the way home.

I got lots of new magazines in the mail so looking forward to the new reading material :) Especially if we get the huge snow storm we may have coming...yikes.
If it does storm we won't be leaving the ranch..too many babies to take care of so then we may not make it to the funeral on Saturday...

It's already cooling off a lot tonight so I may start a fire since I hauled a load of firewood to the house this morning while hubby shredded bales for the cows...

We both fell asleep on the couches last night so hubby ended up taking the check at 1 am...I guess I thought I needed some extra sleep to get over this flu...

Actually hubby has been taking all the 3 am checks since I got sick..so that helps ....

Well..I should go start the fire...Hope you all have the best Easter weekend .... and hope you get nice spring weather and not an Easter blizzard like us...

Thanks for hopping by..Keep on Sparkin' emoticon


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GOPINTOS 4/7/2012 5:24PM

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Happy Easter!
Melinda
Country Living Team

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WATERMELLEN 4/6/2012 8:27PM

    Oh my goodness: an Easter blizzard would be most unseasonal!!

Here's hoping you (and I) lick our ill health completely this weekend: did get to the gym and took Charlie for a shortish walk too, so I must be getting better. Your activity level puts me to shame!!

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LUCINDARW 4/6/2012 9:52AM

    Have a Happy Easter week-end hope you don't get the snow predicted. Thank you for the update on your 91 calves that's allot of babies to keep track of. Hope you get over the flu soon. Lucinda
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LYNKIN 4/6/2012 8:45AM

    Happy Easter Donna! An Easter blizzard... ahhhh! I visited Canada once in August and couldn't get over how cold it was, especially during the night. Stay warm! Enjoy! emoticon

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MARITIMER3 4/6/2012 7:54AM

    Happy Easter to you, too, Donna. I hope you have just enough snow to keep you safe by the fire, enjoying your new magazines, but not enough to make a lot of extra work for you.

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