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Slow in the blog lately

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Seems like time flies by lately, usually I try to do several blogs a week, but this month I have slacked off, too busy I guess.

I still need to move a bunch of hay bales and sort out the garage, but I have accomplished a lot in the last few weeks. The pens are all done, the lambs are in the barn, the ram is in with the ewes. I also need to dismantle the temporary fence before winter sets in. Sunday I got the rest of the barn picked up,and all the wood and construction stuff brought it up the stairs. Monday I cleaned out the chicken pen and the cow manure ditch, so I think the critters are about ready for winter.

I have tried quite a few times to get the calf into the barn but he is a stubborn cuss. I wanted him in because I felt he wasn’t getting enough nutrition. The farrier was here along with my neighbor and the three of us tried for about an hour to get him in, but he must be the most stubborn calf in the world, and did not want to go in the barn. I tried a few more times but no go, we even brought the whole herd in, he refused! Sunday I was determined, he was looking miserable out there and I was worried about him. It was raining, I was not feeling too great, but I persisted and finally got him to the door by bribing him with oatmeal bread, his favorite. I grabbed him around the neck and my neighbor got his butt end and we got him to the stoop. He decided he was not going in and calasped on the door stoop. He refused to get up, so we tugged and strained for about an hour, used a rope around his butt, put a ramp under him, then stood on the other end, he finally slid into the barn. I got the door closed and he laid there for about 2 minutes, then jumped up and ran down to his pen. That is a cow for you!

I am still having fits on the electric fence, I have spent days out there and fixed tons of things but still not getting the charge I should have. There have been a number of 3rd wire breaks, and I know just who is responsible, the stubborn calf! I am sure it is a bottom wire problem, but you can walk around pastures for hours and miss a small thing like that. While I was playing with the fences I noticed something odd, we had early cold and then it got warm. I glanced down and noticed that there were strawberry blossoms. Strawberries in November???

Then I noticed that there were baby dandelions growing, how weird is that?

I haven’t had time to work on the fairy stump lately, mostly because of the cold, and I have still a lot of sanding to do. I am working on placement of doors and windows. To take a side trip I found a tiny knitted bedspread pattern that was delicate and airy, just what I wanted. It is knit with size US 0 needles and crochet cotton. I will show you a picture that was included in the pattern. It is knitted in several parts, the center square is 4 squares, then you knit 4 sides and finally the the ruffle. I have the 4 squares done, and the 4 sides and am about half done the ruffle. The whole bedspread is 7” x 7.5”.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I think I will just ignore the whole thing this year. I had many memories of thanksgivings, we have had up to 30 people here for dinner. The last few years that I have been alone my parents would come for dinner, now they live 6 hours away and I find myself without any family around, for the last two Thanksgivings I did cook a dinner for one but this year I still have the hanging on cold/flu and think turkey soup would taste good! I got a really good deal on turkey backs and necks, 10 cents a lb, and have a big batch of soup simmering now!

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    That bedspread is gorgeous!! Just the thing I would want on my bed if I was a fairy princess!!

    That is one stubborn calf. Can you put a halter on a calf, and tether it?
    Or is there a market for veal? Imagine what he'll be like when he's full grown! Oy!!
    592 days ago
    I was sick as well on Thanksgiving a few weeks back. I am recovered now, hope you are as well~
    593 days ago
    So glad you finally got the calf in! Gosh how stubborn can it be!!!

    Love the little bedspread, so pretty!

    Get better Barb, I think not blogging too much is because you haven't felt good. I hope you are at 100% soon!
    602 days ago
    Your blogs are so interesting They are like a modern Little House of the Prairie. Your knitter bed spread is just beautiful, so delicate. Hope your cold goes quickly and you stubborn calf stays put.
    603 days ago
    Enjoy your soup and hope you feel better. emoticon
    603 days ago
    It should be nice to have a filling bowl of soup. Enjoy!!
    603 days ago
    Hubby and I are doing Thanksgiving alone also. Boys all live to far away for just a day trip. Hubby is out discing and corn ground and me, just sitting here. Will fix a turkey, had the meat department guy cut one in half, and that way it is just the right size and lots of left over for other meals later. Turkey Pot-pie, Turkey Noodle soup, or etc. I love just cold turkey, also. And yes, I think we have everything all buttoned down for the winter, if not we will surely find out when it really settles in. That is one stubborn calf.
    604 days ago
    Awwww, hope ou feel better. Turkey soup sounds like it will fit the bill.

    Oh my, that tiny crocheted bedspread and pillow covers are gorgeous!

    I hope you have a bit of a breather for Thanksgiving to get better.
    604 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/23/2017 9:28:37 AM
    Lots doing on a farm, for sure. I'm down with a cold too and that turkey soup sounds great. That calf reminded me of my youngest girl. Her thing to say at age two was, "MY-DO". emoticon emoticon emoticon
    604 days ago
    Happy Thanksgiving emoticon
    604 days ago
    Beautiful and Sweet bedspread ! Hope you feel better !
    Happy Thanksgiving !
    604 days ago
  • ARMY_MOM17
    Oh I just LOVE that beautifully feminine...if only I could knit or crochet, that would be my next project... alone times can be the best times!...enjoy yourself this Thanksgiving and be thankful for it...who knows, next year you might get that crowd of 30
    604 days ago
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