New Baby!!!

If you have problems with graphic birth pics you may want to skip this post! We had an idea but not an exact date for our cow to deliver.

This pic was from Friday afternoon. She looks ready to pop!

Doesn’t she have a beautiful udder? Hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

Hey, can I see what you have?

When Michael came home from work Saturday evening he went to check on her as usual. This was a little before 9. He actually saw her water break and so came to get me to help bring her in from the upper pasture. Luckily he had just bedded the barn but we really weren’t ready because we thought she had almost two weeks to go!

We encouraged her to slowly come down the hill and into the barn. She labored but not real hard and I hoped we hadn’t stalled it because of moving her.

Another water sack.

After almost two hours the first foot appears!

I think this calf was twisted some. The foot was almost upside down from how it should have been positioned. When I could hold the foot I kept some traction on it so the baby wouldn’t slip back.

I’m not pulling hard but just helping as she has contractions. She was pretty tired by this time. (Me, too!)

And out she comes!!

Welcome to the farm, little girl! 🙂

Come on. You can do it!

She was up within 15 or 20 minutes and nursing.

We were exhausted and left her with mom overnight even though the plan was to bottle feed her.

5:30 Sunday morning. Isn’t she stunning!

A couple of long, exhausting days but that’s life on the farm. And I wouldn’t trade it for ANYTHING!!

I have more garden stuff and kids and cookies from last week and frustration with a calf who wants mamma and not a bottle but will save that for another post.  God bless and have a great week!





Garden Addition Almost Finished

The fencing is about done except for wiring the chicken wire Michael put up to the field fence.

I tilled two rows today and Hannah and I set out 17 Mortgage Lifter tomato plants this evening. I love the taste of them. They’re more of a pink tomato.

The corn is almost knee high. We hoed and weeded it and the beans yesterday. Pretty soon it’ll be high enough to plant some half-runner beans.

The onions are doing ok but there’s a lot of empty spaces. I’ve never had so many not make it.

The peas are starting to bloom. I never seem to do well with peas. We’ll see if it gets too hot for them.

The dill is getting seed heads. I don’t know if I should leave them or take them off. Anyone know?

The caterpillars are eating my cabbage! I missed a couple when I picked the other day. I drop them into a small jar with water and a film of oil.

These are the green ones. I’ve also had some striped ones on my broccoli and cauliflower plants.

Getting some small heads of broccoli. Yippee!

The potatoes are about the best we’ve grown. Praying they’re not all tops. I’m about to try to sneak a few and see!

We’re not seeing many adult potato beetles but lots of larva. Picking them off every two or three days.

We have all those beautiful potato plants and then this. What happened? I think I’ll dig it up and see.

Melissa and I walked to the upper garden to water the 6 Roma tomato plants there and saw that the Yukon Gold potatoes are starting to come up. I still need to get the heirloom corn planted up there the first of next week or it won’t have time to mature. I’ll also plant two more rows of bush beans tomorrow and try to prepare the hills for the butternut squash. I also need to plant at least one row of okra. Yikes! I think we’re going to be busy! But it’s a good busy.

How’s your garden growing?

Time to shut down for the night. God bless and have a great week-end!



New garden section

We’ve started working on the new section of garden. It won’t be completed until we get a few t-posts.

Pounding in the corner posts.

A little too tall to pound in.

Chain saw, please!

That’s better.

This section is about 20×25 feet. It will be very good soil because last year Michael pushed the litter from the barn cleanings out here to compost. Unfortunately it is also filled with fist sized gravel that was picked up from in front of the barn along with the straw and manure. Kids and a wheelbarrow will be sent to the rescue.

Before and after removing some of the weeds.

Chickens have been enjoying the bugs that are being exposed by the work!

This is located at the end of the existing 25×175 foot lower garden. We’ll be planting butternut squash, cucumbers, and maybe some tomatoes here.

I’m hoping with about 50 feet and a patch of corn separating them my two types of heirloom tomatoes will stay pure. I’ll be trying to save seed for the first time this year. Exciting stuff!

I’ll update as we finish the fencing and get this planted. If my seed ever gets here!

The weather is supposed to be beautiful this week. Low to mid 70’s for highs and low 50’s at night. Great for working outside! And for sleeping!

And now for your (or maybe my) viewing pleasure.

A rose growing where we’ve never had one. Where did it come from?

Don’t know but it sure is a little beauty!

I think I’ll just have to dig some up – there are several- and move them up by the house!

Melissa walked to the upper pasture on Saturday and found Honeysuckle and Wild roses. She brought me a small bouquet. They smell fantastic! HMM. I wonder if I can transplant some of the wild roses?

I hope you’ve enjoyed a glimpse of our life this week.

Time to head to bed soon. I’ll be a very busy day tomorrow. Our 1st rabbit is due to have those babies tonight and we have roosters to butcher tomorrow in addition to garden, housework,etc., etc., etc.!

Have a great week. God bless!