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!