It has been nice around here lately (NO SNOW!!) so
we’ve my husband has managed to get a lot of fall work done! The cattle are all home and the calves have been weaned and shipped..lots of mooing and such for a few days, but all are happy and settled now. We also had our cattle preg-checked…which means we had the vet out to let us know which ladies were or weren’t pregnant and when exactly to expect these little babes…very handy info for my husband. (Here is a link that explains the how and why!) Makes life a little easier to plan come calving season! We even had a few vet students come out to help…great learning experience for them and a compliment to my husband. If the vet likes your handling system enough to want to have some students learn, you know you did a great job!
This is my boy watching….I think he was either concerned or confused….
Then the kids and I met up with a neighbour and went for a walk…
It was FREEZING!! So this is us “walking” home….
Hope your day is going fabulous and THANK YOU to all the past and present men and women who serve our countries.
Ok, this should be titled “The past two weeks on the farm” because I didn’t get my rear in gear and post this earlier. Will you forgive me if I say I was busy?! Do you believe me?
Last week was both slow and busy around here. With rain just about every day, haying slowed down to a crawl. And since haying was on again/off again, my husband kept busy with the 100’s of other projects that pile up when we aren’t looking. (Changing oil, fixing fence, mineral out to cattle,etc.)
*another thunderstorm moving in*
We also got to go into the Calgary Stampede with the kids (on a day that it POURED!) and had a blast. The grounds were empty and no lines for food. Love that! And we all really enjoyed all the indoor activities, lots to look at and do. My daughter’s favorite were the miniature horses and chicks…
my husband enjoyed visiting with all the friends we ran into and I loved the…wait for it….shopping! In the past I’ve been disappointed with the trade show that the Calgary Stampede hosts. In years past all there seemed to be were Sham-wows or food processors. Not my idea of fun shopping. But this year, was by far the best I have ever been to. There were numerous western wear booths and home decor ideas. Yay!
A couple of days last week the hay was a little closer to dry (the hay has to be dry or else it rots inside the bales once they are stacked), so we were able to get out and do a few rounds….the next picture is of square baling. We don’t make a lot of these as they are too little to feed the number of cattle we have, we would have to use A LOT everyday. We mostly make large round bales as this way more hay per bale = less trips out to feed cattle. The square bales that we do make we keep for just in case situations…cows calving in the barn or for the horses if they stay in the barn for whatever reason.
And then, thankfully, this week has been a little more sunny, so we got out to do a little more baling…this time with the round baler.
Have a great day!
Browsing the web one day, I came across this great site called FarmOn, which “is a social networking community offering tools that assist both farmers and consumers to buy, sell, educate and explore information and resources.” It covers everything from a social profile page to blogs to articles written by farmers….
My favorite is “The Farm Virgin”…a series where Ben Wilson (a non farmer) gets out and shadows farmers for a day. He video blogs his experience and shows what really happens out on the farm!
Don’t Demonize My Steak!! Is just one of the many blog posts that caught my eye and I thought it was a great post about the real numbers and facts behind what cattle do and don’t contribute to the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. To read more, click here…
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to put some fabulous Canadian beef on that BBQ!!!
*today I linked to these fab sites…the shabby nest & a few of my favorite things*
Ok…I have several, but the one I’m indulging in right now is…reality tv.
I LOVE it!!!
I only watch a few though….
Amazing Race!!! (so sad that Jet and Cord McCoy didn’t win 😦 )
and I watched Dancing with the Stars…but only till Kate Gosselin was kicked off (wasn’t her dancing a train wreck?!?)
and my ultimate favorite……
I’m so serious about this show that I refuse to answer the phone during it, no one is allowed to talk during the show, and heaven forbid ANYONE who watches it early and then attempts to tell me what happens (ARGH!).
My husband thinks this is hilarious and repeatedly tries to tease me during…in fact…he just called me from the tractor (out seeding!) just to tell me he loves me.
I answered the phone…
…but only because it was a commercial break! 🙂
So, I’m just a tiny bit excited about the newest members to our farm…I managed to post pictures on Facebook and Twitter within an hour of their arrival!! (I didn’t get my kids pictures up this fast!) We are the proud new owners of a team!!
Chester and Danny seem like pretty calm guys and I can’t wait to get to know them…and for the memories to start filing away in our kid’s minds. This is an adventure that my husband and I always talked about; am I a lucky girl or what?! Not many people get to cross things off their bucket list at age 30!!
Growing up, my best friend lived on a huge ranch where they spent just about every day on horses. I loved going there and doing everything from either horseback or with the team. They fed all their cattle with a team and wagon, and in the winter would take all (7!!) of us kids out for sleigh rides, pulling our sleds behind the wagon and out to the hills. There we would have bonfires and toboggan till we couldn’t see the top of the hill anymore. I LOVED those times and think about them often! One memory is that S., my friend’s dad, would never stop the wagon if you fell off your sled…we did a lot of running to catch up!! (Good exercise…could you imagine the kids now a days?!?! They would never make it!)
This world that my kids are growing up in is so different than the one I remember from my childhood, and it really wasn’t that long ago that I was a kid…it scares me how much kids are missing because they are walking around with those (stupid) earphones in listening to an ipod, or face buried in a video game as they sit in a restaurant eating dinner with their family. What kind of memories is this making for a kid?
“Remember the time we drove to the Grand Canyon?”
“Ummmm….was that when we watched Nemo 77 times in the car?”
What happened to campfires and playing kick the can in the dark? Or laying out in your sleeping bags on the trampoline and looking at the stars? Building forts in the bales and scaring the pants off your city cousins when the coyotes began to howl? Or skating for hours and hours on the dugout while your parents sat visiting around a bonfire? Camping in a coulee and hauling everything down there on your horse? Or Riding bareback everywhere all summer?
Memories like those don’t just appear…you have to make them. How much time and effort my parents put into making sure that we got to go fishing or camping or riding…I’m only starting to realize now how much work that must have been, but at the time, I just got to have the time of my life.
This is the first step in making that happen for my kids…
I am so excited!!