Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Of course, the fun part comes now in that all the small squares need unloaded. And I got drafted to help, as everyone that normally helps is on vacation or busy with their own hay. My job is to toss them from the wagon (or the ground - wherever they end up with the kids dragging them to me at the front of the wagon) to Todd, who stacks them. I moan and groan about it, but really, it's not bad - a great form of exercise...
bales we will unload tonight or tomorrow night:
15 acres to go - but that hay is not ours. The guy we "rent" the field off of, we get first cutting, he gets 2nd cutting, we get 3rd, and we bale it (he has kids to unload it).
My finish #5 is just about done - I just may get it done this afternoon when I get home. Hopefully.
PS - and to my winners - I'll be contacting all of you within the next couple days - I can't email you from work with my home email, so I have to do it from home, but we've been so busy...
Monday, July 28, 2008
look at that nice butt!
The girls who are showing them at the fair in just about 6 weeks came over last night and washed and blowed them out (think high powered hair dryer). Both calves are so calm, really - we have had some really wild ones in past years, but these, they just might do the trick.
I also spent some time on finish #5, and freezing more green beans. I'll have pictures of finish #5 by tomorrow hopefully.
Tonight we are going to look at some new calves to possibly buy - more on that later, but never, ever let hubby convince you after 15 years of raising cattle that it is necessary to switch breeds....
Thank you to Lyn, Lib and Arizona for this wonderful award! And I pick..... wait, does that mean I get to pick more than 7 since I received this from all 3 of you? While I can certainly think of that many, here's as many as I can do:
And really, anyone who has ever commented on this little old blog is SO deserving of this reward - you all have made my day! I do go and read each of your blogs, and enjoy ALL of them. I've loved having a whole new circle of friends here in cyberspace.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I have so appreciated everyone's comments over the months I've been blogging! And since I am now settling back into a more relaxed life style (read kids camp, weekend working, and girl scouts are done) - I'll be making something special for each of you. I'll be contacting each of you via email - or you can send me an email (tkjtbair at verizon dot net) with your address and any color preferences you may have.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Our county fair is in 43 days. We have friends who girls are showing 2 of our calves as feeder calves at the fair (and then Jessie will show them as steers next year at the fair).
P.S. Unfortunately, the 30's pinwheels will probably not be one of my 5 in July - but it is getting closer to being done. I have another project in the works for my 5 by the end of July - and it's fitting for a patriotic couple of months.....more later on that though.....
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
and the little tags I put in the garden are no more.
I think this is cilantro:
I think this is some sort of basil:
And I have no clue what this is:
Edited to add (10:00 p.m.) - the bottom one is a weed. I had it all picked to put in the dehydrator after the cilantro and basil, and Todd came home - why in the heck are you drying a weed?!?!?!? LOL - like I said, the weeds are growing good!!!
Anyone think I am wrong??? If so, please speak up!!
Some of my herbs were flowering (the oregano I think) and if I am remembering correctly, they aren't the best harvested when flowering, so I just cut them off below the flowering parts - is this true? Or can I dry them in the dehydrator while flowering and use them???
Like I said....HELP!
And it's amazing how quickly the weeds take over after being away from the garden for a week!! Oh well - I know where I will be for an hour or so each evening for the next week....
Monday, July 21, 2008
I think it's time for them to go outside some....
Todd baled straw, we unloaded straw Saturday as well, then loaded some of it back up Sunday morning before church for my FIL to take some home for his donkeys. We spent all afternoon Sunday moving cows around, getting rid of our rent-an-Angus-bull, loaded up a steer to take to the butcher (since I am totally out of beef), went to a farm about 15 minutes south of us to look at heifers, and came home.
And my water garden has blooming water lilies:
2 blooms Saturday, 3 on Sunday. It looks a little wild in there - this weekend we are hoping to dig another pond - right now you cannot find the fish for all the vegetation in there.
The 3rd and final batch of chicks comes today - and the first 2 batches are growing amazingly fast. I think I can tell the roosters apart - there are 3 that have very definite combs compared to everyone else:
But - I'm planning on working on my 30's pinwheels this week - I've sent my registration in for our County Fair, so there is no backing out now. That and another picnic quilt for my Mom. And working on my seeing stars Quilt A Long Quilt.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tyler is in the green tshirt - Jessie in the pink tank top.
Of course, by the time I got home from dropping all the girls off, it was 4:30 usually, and we had to leave for VBS by 5:30 - so dinner was a LOT on the fly. For myself, I forget what dinner tastes like....maybe tonight.
I did find some time to do a little retail therapy - on my way to pick up the girls, I drove right by my favorite quilt shop - so of course, I had to stop and support the local economy, right? And they were having a Anniversary sale - 30% off of all fabric!
11 yards doesn't look like much, does it (she sells a LOT of fat 1/2's and a few fat 1/4's)? This will be made into a bagsket, pincushions, knitting needle holder and who knows what else.
We also did 4-H on Wednesday night - field trip to a local dairy - before VBS. Jessie was impressed, and came home asking if she could show a dairy calf next year at the fair. We'll have to work on that one....
And Todd decided to bale straw. Actually, we have friends that combined their wheat, and didn't want the straw - so it was ours for the baling. 14 big squares and 200 small squares. He arranged with a local farmer to bale the big squares for us - at $10 a bale to bale it, I'm happy.
Now this weekend it's clean my house, harvest some herbs to dry, work with the 2 calves going to our county fair (more Todd's job than mine), and do some sewing. This will seem relaxing after this week!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
So, for my error, a give away is in the works. Haven't a clue what I will make the lucky person, but leave a comment before July 25th (on this post or any post after this one) and I will draw a name or 2 and make the lucky person(s) something.
(Asphalt grindings from a recent-road-resurfacing- around-the-corner-dirt-cheap-turned-into-barn-flooring to prevent a pond in the barn when it rains).
Which we will stack our roundbales on once it is packed down (eventually the whole barn floor will be like this - no more mud).
And we finally got calves weaned, which I will post about later. And I worked out in my garden, and we had friends and Grandparents over for dinner both nights. But that has been it for the weekend.
And of course, it was so stinking hot, we had to do this as well:
Friday, July 11, 2008
Patchwork Block of the Month
Which one do you think??? Am I insane?
(And of course, none of them are finished yet - I do have the backing, batting and binding for the pinwheels - I'm just procrastinating on actually finishing it).
Leave me a comment or vote on the sidebar. Help me decide if I should stress myself out and do this, please!!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Every year, we get a little bit of a break in farm activities - which is always nice.
Our corn is growing:
The calves are growing:
Hay is made:
The garden looks decent (note - I did NOT say my garden looks wonderful - I need to get out there and control the grass in some spots):
But, we are at the point where we can take a little breather.
Of course, straw will be ready to bale in the next couple of weeks, and probably our second cutting of hay will be ready at the same time.
On the game plan for this week:
*get a few cows ready to ship to auction (we are upgrading our herd in anticipation of the kids showing steers at our County Fair)
*garden, garden, garden
*AND try to avoid the rain!! Last night coming home from Jessie's physical therapy, we were deluged with a horrific lightning storm/rain combo. Bad enough that even I pulled off the road to wait it out. 1 inch of rain in 45 minutes. No power for most of the evening so we enjoyed a nice, QUIET evening.
That's about it 'round here.