Monthly Archives: June 2005

Blooms

Madeline’s been working on creating a perennial garden next to my garage this summer. It’s one of the perks of having a kid in 4-H. They get a project to do, and you get something done for you. I’ll wait … Continue reading

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Colorado Potato Beetles

A couple of weeks ago I was out admiring the rows of potatoes (and ignoring the weeds). Until the 1700′s potatoes were grown for their flowers, not for eating, and considered botanical exotics. When what to my wondering eyes should … Continue reading

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Spring Work

After all the calves have been born, and before we turn the bull in for breeding, we “work” the cattle. This involves putting number and fly tags in their ears, vaccinations, treatment for internal and external parasites, and castrating the … Continue reading

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Still Here

Had to take a little break to do some resuscitative surgery on my computer. I’m back up and running, but have yet to reinstall my photo editing software. Stay tuned… Oh, and the new calf’s name is Spunky. He lived … Continue reading

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Tardy, Slow-Poke, Lollygagger

The cow we call Wild Thang finally popped her calf today. No pictures or a name yet. I was in the garden around 8:00 tonight and noticed that newborn calf in the pasture. So Matt and I walked out to … Continue reading

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For your reading pleasure

Some blogs I’ve been reading lately… That’s a Cute Little FarmhouseThis blog belongs to my cousin and his wife, and documents their restoration of a rundown Iowa farmhouse/methlab to its former glory. It’s an amazing house (it’s neither little nor … Continue reading

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Mmmmmmmm, Good!

Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper poured over vanilla ice cream. I’m addicted.

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Life Skills

WARNING: Don’t scroll down if you’re easily grossed out!Today we discuss chicken butchering and there are photos. After picking up the chickens from the processor on Wednesday, Madeline helped me load them into the freezer. “I’d like to learn how … Continue reading

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Things That Made Me Happy Today

NeighborlinessI took Ike for a walk this morning at 6:00. Our farm is just 1/2 mile outside town, so we walk to town and around town a bit and then back home. I met 3 or 4 other early morning … Continue reading

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Hair, Hair, It's Everywhere

(anyone else’s three-year-old love “The Hair Book”?) Ike is blowing coat and it’s a sight to behold. Madeline’s been raking his coat out every day this week, in preparation for showing him in the 4-H dog show at the county … Continue reading

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