My Thoughts

Some random photos!

Just some randomness today! 🙂

He doesn’t look like he is having ANY fun, does he?!

My baby in her tee from the lovely ladies of Junk Gypsy Co!!! (thanks again girls!)

And my “arm party” (term coined by Crystal Cattle) and the horseshoe bracelet is a gift from the lovely ladies of Bella Spur made by the TALENTED Shelagh of Designs by Shelagh!! (thx!)

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Our newest baby…

Nope, not going to bore you with baby ultrasound pictures that you can barely make out…

This is our newest baby….

Betty!

Hope you have a great day and don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY!!!

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Canvas prints…

Not sure if you heard or not…

But Crystal (of the fabulous http://crystalcattle.blogspot.com/) and I are doing a giveaway tomorrow!!

And here is a little hint of what is to come…

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Out of curiosity…

Out of curiosity, are you darling readers, closed cabinet type of people….

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Or open shelving types?

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Because, I love the look of open, but the handiness of hiding all my stuff behind doors….

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Help!!

Hello my dear friends!!

I am in need of some help…

Ok, actually, a reader named Shell is…

She wrote me hoping I could help her come up with a fabulous name for her fledgling cattle farm and since my ideas are okay…

I’m SURE yours are much more creative!

” I am such a GIRLY GIRL! I am the kinda girl who will be out there in uggs boots and LV ear rings! LOL! 😉 I am slowing learning the farming isn’t working with shorts and bikini top! Everybody I know been trying to come up with ideas, but just nothing is like WAM BAM HELL YEA! =) For the most part I want girly. I am super girly and I think my farm name should reflect me.  I grew up on the lake and honesty know nothing ’bout cattle but I always say life and learn, that’s just part of life, if there is a will there is a way.Sounds GREAT! Just remember GIRLY! GIRLY GIRLY GIRLY! It’s going to be a cattle farm (with) some goats here and there if that helps. Maybe later on a some pigs and chickens..whatever else.  I don’t want the plain jane like people use their name or area names.  Catchy and SCREAMS buy my big beautiful beefy cows Farmer Shell, too hot to trot, raised! LOL! 😉 Thanks!” ~Shell

So I thought what better way to come up with a FABULOUS name than throw it out to you all!!

Thanks all and we look forward to hearing your suggestions!!!!

Cathryn

 

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Rustic love…

 

I adore this….

Not sure if it’s the antlers…

The wood wall…

or the combo with the girlie curtains and wallpaper.

But I LOVE!!!

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What do you think?! Love….Hate?!

xoxox

Me.

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The Garden Fairy…

Well…

It happened again.

Just like clockwork, this time of year my garden magically gets planted while I am off doing something (or in bed!).

How do you get this magical, wonderful fairy to appear?!

Well…this was my method….

Ever since we moved into the family farmhouse,  I lucked out in the yard lottery, as the lawn and flowerbeds are gorgeous. This is fantastic for me because I do not own a green thumb, I like to plant and fugetaboutit. Give me something beautiful that grows in hot, dry conditions, that grow year after year all by itself, that likes to spread and fill a flowerbed, and I am in love. I will weed and water…but anything that requires maintenance above and beyond that = bad luck for the plants.

Sunflowers are my absolute favourite and nothing makes me happier (garden wise) than a bunch of random growing sunflowers in a flower bed. This, however, makes my farmer husband’s skin crawl. He can’t sleep at night knowing that outside things are growing and they aren’t in a straight line….I like chaos and he does not. I like random and he does not. I like wild and he DOES NOT…so, you can see where this is going! I plant wildflower seeds by throwing them in the general direction of the dirt…then I hide the packages so that my secret will stay just that until they turn into lovely romantic flowers…

My husband then, just as secretly, while I am away from home, sprays my flowers into submission…

“I just thought they were all weeds…” is his common line of defence.

And the garden….

I attempted to plant this by myself our first year here.

Rookie mistake!

I spent hours out in the freshly rota-tilled dirt, happily planting stuff willy-nilly, and then proudly announced my accomplishment at dinner that night. My husband visibly cringed and then patted me on the back. “Good for you honey!” and went back to eating.

A few minutes later, “I’m sure you remembered to put the rows wide enough for the rota-tiller, right?”

Me… “Huh?”

“You know, so that we can rota-till most of the weeds and then you only will have to weed the rows.”

“Hunh?”

“You will have to weed the garden you know…how many rows did you do?”

“Ummm…4 rows of corn, 3 of carrots, 4 of peas, 2 lettuce, 3 green beans, 5 zucchini plants and 24 hills of potatoes.”
Needless to say…I had planted enough to feed 9 families and did not leave room to rota-till between the rows. The rest of that year I ended up ignoring the 4 foot high weeds, ran in, picked my veggies and ran out.

And my husband religiously avoided that area of the yard all summer.

I have yet to plant a garden since, because somehow, magically, every spring, my garden plants itself while I am away. And in beautiful straight lines with the perfect amount of rota-till-able space between each row.

It’s amazing!

And so easy to weed!

The Farm

Branding season….

It’s that time of year again….

The cows are (mostly) calved out, the bulls are getting ansy and the pastures are growing great (so much RAIN!).

So, we have to get the heifers and babies ready for sending out to pasture…

This means treating anyone who is sick and vaccinating against those common bugs that they can get while out on grass.

Oh.

And branding!!!

These pics are from when my darling ran the heifers (last year’s girl babies) through and got them ready to head out for their first year with a bull!

 

Our little helpers….

 

 

And how they kept themselves entertained for an hour….

 

*sigh*

So much laundry, so little time!!

XOXO

Cathryn

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Our Adventure…

Last Sunday was (finally!) a nice day out here and still to wet to finish the last 600 acres we have to seed. So we decided to go check on the bulls and take the kids.

When we want our girlie to go with us and not complain, we tell her that we are going on an adventure.

This works wonders.

But she’s three…

I’m waiting for it to stop working….

So we went out to one of the north pastures and wandered around for a while looking at flowers….

Checked out our bulls….

Who are apparently stuck on one side of a slough that is now about 6 feet or so deep.

They’ll be fine…

And we checked out what once was the dugout….

And this is the loner bull.

The others don’t like him very much, so he hangs out by himself.

And was the only one who didn’t get stuck on the other side of the slough….

HA!

And then…..

The “adventure” that we promised started….

Yes…my husband let our 1 1/2 year old drive….

And so we were STUCK….

As in not moving an inch….

So my darling carried out the girlie…

And then took this video…

Funny….

Sorta.

My hubby managed to carry me part way till he “tripped” on a clump of dirt and dumped us both in the water.

Nice.

But then while we were waiting for our lovely, fantastic and wonderful neighbours to come pull us out….

We caught frogs!!

It was actually a REALLY fun afternoon….

The sun was shining, we had our mosquito spray and then had a great visit with our rescuers….

Not to bad!

Thanks again Holger and Ingrid!!!

~Cathryn~