Sunday, January 13, 2019

Ice And Aggravation

We woke up this morning to find everything covered in a thick layer of ice. 
 It is continuing to rain and so far we have accumulated about 1/4 inch of ice.
 It is making everything just a little more difficult.
 The net wrap is frozen to the hay bales.
 J gave up trying to unwrap it and just cut it.
 But it still didn't want to let go.  It took a couple of inches of hay with it. 
 Not wanting to leave it and risk the cattle ingesting it, J picked it up with the spear and carried it to the barn.  Once it thaws he can wad it up and throw it away.  Just 4 more bales to go. 
At least it makes for some pretty pictures. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Coupon Saturday #23

It's been two months since I have posted a coupon Saturday.  There wasn't much good stuff over the last few weeks.  But new digital coupons came out making a bunch of stuff FREE!
 There was a deal on the Pepsi/Lays products, $2 off when you buy one of each.  There was a different chip that was $1 less but I splurged on the Cheetos instead.  The Revlon coupon gave $1 overage, so $0.85 plus tax for everything.  Like I said, I splurged.  I would have gotten more on different accounts but the stores around here were wiped out.  I am hoping to catch them restocked before the coupons expire.
Then I needed something to go in the free Air Wick warmer, but the only cheap thing I found came with another warmer, 25 cents.  Toothpaste free at CVS.  Does anyone pay for toothpaste anymore?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Time To Come Home

First off I would like to thank everyone that participated in the rug voting.  I had some personal emails and comments too that I will take into consideration.  It seems the vast majority vote for keeping.  I am still on the fence thinking it might limit future decorating choices.  I'll give it a few more days. 

J had a couple of bulls out with the fall calving cows at our other farm.  Breeding season is over and it was time to bring them home and back out to the bull lot. 
 J already had them sorted out of the cows.  Whenever he gets me to help, he makes it as easy as possible.  Isn't he sweet?
 Anyway, there was a little scuffle but nothing too bad.
 And they headed on into the barn lot.
 Our trailer has a cut gate so one when on front and one on the back so they wouldn't fight on the way home.
 Once we turned them out with the other bulls, there was a lot of bellowing, head scrubbing,
and mud throwing, but everything settled down quickly.  Now we just have to feed them for 6 more months until we need them again.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Additional Pictures To Aid In Voting

I had a couple of requests to take pictures of the rug in place.  Maybe this will aid in the voting.  Also, even though it was made it India, I bought it on Overstock.com.  I have read some very bad reviews about returning things there.  But, you can pretty much read bad reviews about anything.  I should have 30 days to make a request to return. 




It is very frustrating to think you have made a decision, only to be faced with yet another decision.   Voting can continue, Should it stay or should it go?

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Should It Stay Or Should It Go

Ok, I am taking a poll.  I have tormented over what kind of rug to get for the living room.  I could never be one of those people that just goes to the store and furnishes an entire house, or even one room for that matter, in one trip.  It takes months, maybe years for me to make a decision on these things.  So now what do I do when I finally decide,  order something and it is clearly the wrong thing that they send but it was on my list of rule outs. 
                                                                                                                                      Because I usually trend toward neutrals, this is the rug I ordered.  It is made from strips of cow hide with a felt backing.
 The color is listed as grey/ivory.
This one is listed as Ivory/Brown.  I liked it but it was pretty bold, maybe making too much of a statement for me and it was $117 more than the Grey/Ivory one.
 This is what showed up.
Clearly, it is the brown one even though the label on the back says grey. 
It was made in India so maybe there was some sort of language issue with inspector "SM" understanding the difference between brown and grey.  But whatever the problem, I am left with the decision to keep what I got or go through the hassle for trying to return it.  So, time to vote.  Should it stay or should it go?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Second Group Weaned

J and I spent our New Year's Day with E sorting and weaning calves. 
 We started with the big roundup.  J already had them in the field behind the house so it really wasn't much trouble from there.
 The barnlot was muddy but it's been worse.  E helped with the sorting while J was at the gate deworming the cows as we cut them out.
 Then the same with the calves.
   E and I worked them back the the gate for J to squirt with the dewormer.
 Then the cows got turned out into another field while the calves went back behind the house.  This way they still have some fence line contact which is supposed to make the weaning less stressful.  I have still been hearing plenty of bawling at night though. 
Then we moved some feed troughs into the field to start getting the calves onto grain.  We have one more group to wean, maybe this weekend depending on the weather.

Monday, December 31, 2018

De Decorating

Taking down the Christmas decorations is always a mix of emotions.  Sad that it all has to come down and the celebration is over.  Overwhelmed that I have to fit it all back in the closet.  And maybe looking forward to a little calm, with clean surfaces and no clutter before anything else is put out. 
 I very much enjoyed my tree this year.
 I did have to tie up a few branched with fishing line.  No wonder with all this that it had to hold.  (several boxes had already been put away)



E left her ornaments for last.  Maybe she will have enough for her own tree in a few more years.   Happy New Year.
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