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Waiting on a Dairy Calf

January 12, 2012
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Waiting on a Dairy Calf

We’ve been waiting on one of our milk cows to have her calf.  It’s sorta like a “watch pot never boils” scenario.  I was sure she was going to go last week…. and then she didn’t.  And then I was absolutely sure she was going to calve the other day… and then she didn’t.  So…

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2010 Spring Time on the Farm

April 21, 2010
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2010 Spring Time on the Farm

It isn’t a understatement that we have been swamped with activity here on the farm. This year has brought us many changes….many good changes for our family and we are starting to feel like we are gaining traction once again. This spring, we are enjoying all the babies being born. We’ve had several different sets…

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Feed Corn, Winter Snow and Boyhood Farm Work

January 29, 2010
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Feed Corn, Winter Snow and Boyhood Farm Work

Feed corn, winter snow and boyhood farm work are beautiful sights!  The boys went up to a new feed store that just opened up in town.  They bought some bags of corn for $5.75 for a 50 lb bag.  They were doing good to get the trailer unloaded and the feed put away in the…

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Ice Weather

January 12, 2010
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Ice Weather

We are very thankful the temperatures are supposed to be pulling up into the 40’s tomorrow!!!   We’re wondering if that is going to happen! We’ve enjoyed the winter wonderland.  We had 3 days of snow falling from the sky last week…not accumulating much on the ground…but definitely beautiful!  We’ve had I’ve-lost-count-how-many days of below freeeeezing weather. …

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Farm Boy Milking May the Milk Cow

January 8, 2010
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Farm Boy Milking May the Milk Cow

Our boys are the main milkers here on our farm.  They have strong hands to prove it.  I am very grateful to them for all their hard work around here. Having a milking animal changes life pretty dramatically.  She’s a big part of the family.   She requires attention and care daily, but we are rewarded…

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Winter Ice

January 6, 2010
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Winter Ice

  The ponds have been frozen.  Not yet frozen enough to ice skate all the way across.  Although they have had some good laughs at the ducks slipping and sliding all over the pond.   The kids are sure hoping the drop in temperature coming up later this week will do the trick.

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A Cold New Year Brings Babies

January 3, 2010
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It’s cold…very cold.  The boys enjoy updating me on how cold it is outside.  It’s been below freezing for a couple of days.  We’ve had a busy first few days of the new year and all very eventful.  The boys heard coyotes out one night while doing their chores that they said they were so close…

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Winter Thoughts

December 27, 2009
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Winter Thoughts

My, how quickly late fall turned into the full force winter we are in right now.  I took this picture about 7 weeks ago…when we had some fall color left and short green grass.  Here’s our milk cow, May, with her calf, Luther, who was born on October 31st…Reformation Day.  Now, we bundle up for winter…

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Pondering 2009

December 26, 2009
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Pondering 2009

…pondering 2009 while sitting on a carpet of bright green moss overlooking the wintry pass in the deep woods of Tennessee on this blustery day…

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Milk and Meat Cows, Pigs, Eggs and Boys

December 8, 2009
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We love May the Milk Cow.  She has a bull calf that is about 6 weeks old now.  They are doing wonderfully.  We have an abundance of winter milk for which we are all thankful for.  Having that milk drastically cuts our grocery bill as well.  Of course there is a lot of work that…

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Conversations with Our Children

November 10, 2009
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Conversations with Our Children

It’s a busy time…farming and home schooling and livin’ life.  We’ve had a full Fall already with difficult funerals and happy weddings.  We’ve tried to slow down.  I’m beginning to think that is not possible. So we’ve been hitting life full speed ahead and making progress some days…and other days not so much. As the day…

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Guernsey Giants

October 29, 2009
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Guernsey Giants

One of our boys read an article outloud to the family this morning about cow gestation and how to tell impending labor.  It was quite informational and much more interesting than an A Beka reader.  Then we went outside to check on her.  No baby yet, although, she is definitely showing signs.  We are anxiously awaiting. …

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This Animal…

October 29, 2009
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This Animal…

  7 year old is surveying the damage and replanting the overturned grass. What happened to our pasture? Our children like to play a game called, “This Animal….”.  You go on to describe the attributes, characteristics and description of your secret animal and see who can guess what animal you are talking about first.  Then the…

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Autumn 2009: The Burning Bush

October 29, 2009
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Autumn 2009:  The Burning Bush

Autumn is in full swing here.  We are having a hard time believing that winter is fast approaching.  We are not ready.    We’re still learning all the important seasonal things your supposed to do when living in the country.  One of the big important ones is gathering wood well before winter arrives.  We didn’t chop enough firewood…

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Bow Making

October 16, 2009
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 More on this later… but wouldn’t it be fun to make your own weapons from your own land?

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