Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Adventures in Calving Part 2

We had our first set of twins for the season.  J thought it would be a good idea to separate them out into a smaller field without any other cows and calves so as to avoid confusion, both on the cow's part and ours.  
She had them down in some old pine trees on a step hill.  But what isn't steep around here?
A bull and a heifer, both nice and lively. 
Walking up the hill and through all the down trees, they got separated. 
So J picked up the laggard and carried him.  Just zoom in on J's face to see how he enjoyed this part. 
We herded the cow and one calf out, 
then J carried the other through the group on onlookers. 
The togetherness was short lived.  A little while later, they managed to get separated by the length of the field, about 1/4 mile.  We rounded them back up with the cow an put them in the smaller lot next to the new barn.  So far so good.  

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Adventures In Calving

Spring calving is going full force now. 
A few days ago we had a heifer not progressing in her delivery.  
Time to get her to the barn so we could help out.  Everything was coming right but it was just a tight fit.  No pictures of the procedure, sort of hard to hold the camera and help with the chains and calf jack at the same time. 
But everything came out fine, the heifer got up albeit a little staggery at first.  
Then it was back out with the others the next day.  Then Sunday, the story repeated itself only this time J was by himself.   Good thing he has some awesome skills. 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Trail Cam Scavengers

We went to feed the dogs the other day and noticed blood on some of their faces.  J was immediately worried that they had killed a calf.  We went looking and all the calves for fine.  I finally found a dead deer in a gully.  We set up the trail came to see what all would come to the feast. 
Mr. Fox showed up, 
and in color too. 
The coyote was a frequent visitor. 
Lots of black and white, no color. 
Of course the dogs were there at varying times. 

And lets don't leave out our birding friends.  There were crows, 
and ravens.

Looks like the raven and turkey vulture were not getting along. 
I think we have a vulture selfie. 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Another Spring Calving Season Has Begun

It's not officially suppose to start here until April 1st, but it really started March 17th.  This just happened to be the first heifer to calve today and easy for me to go get a picture. 
And it was a bull calf which required banding. 
J had that done in short order. 
And then snapped in an ear tag.  I think he tags them more for my benefit because he pretty much knows all the cows as individuals.   We really don't use the tags in any form of record keeping so J is always saying he doesn't even know why he bothers.  He has talked about just getting an ear notcher instead.  But for now, it is still a tag. 
All done and ready to run back to mom. 
Plus the grass is greening up!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

In Bloom At the 4Rs

I think our spring is 1-2 weeks behind normal.  But we finally have some blooms to share.
Little daffodils, 
bicolored daffodils, 
and regular old daffodils. 
And the forsythia at the top of the stairs is trying pretty hard to bloom.  Looks like Spring has sprung. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Beefed Up Art

I was riding Otoelene earlier this week and saw this down tree.
And what exactly is tangled up in the top of it?
Looks like a lot of grape vine to me. 
So I got on the 4 wheeler and pruned out some of the vines.  There is still a lot out there and I left all the vines that went back up into other trees.  Could be nice to have a source of more in the future. 
I took down my original wreath and wove the new vines into it.  These were much thicker than my yard clippings and only took a few to make a big difference. 
I think it doubled the size and weight.  Now I might need to make another one to add to the interest.  

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Coupon Saturday #55

I have the best reason in the world to coupon now.

(It says "Too Cute to Pinch")

Little babies need lots of diapers.  I found out V was paying about 25 cents per diaper.  I was sure I could do better than that. 
123 diapers total, plus some razors and puppy food to round out the scenario.  
And I know $7.80 seems like a lot for my usual couponing but there was also $6 back on another couponing app Ibotta.  So that brought it down to $1.80.  Less than 2 cents per diaper!
And then just because I could, and J wanted some dark chocolate, I did this one.  
minus 10 cents, not too shabby.  

Monday, March 15, 2021

Just Kit Sunday #165

Kit had to inspect the new artwork that appeared in the yard. 
He approached bravely.  
Looked around
and went around. 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Grapevine Project

My grapevine has finally made it all the way across the pergola.  But it is now time to prune it. 
I don't think I have been pruning it back hard enough because we just get little grapes.  
I still probably haven't taken enough off but it is more that usual I think. 
Now what to do with all the vines.  I normally just haul them off and dump them with the other yard waste.  But this year I decided to try something different. 

I saw this magical arrangement on Pinterest and thought I would give it a try.  Apparently, an artist in a French forest made this and many more natural sculptures.  This is the link HERE

So I laid out the vines and started weaving, 
and twisting, and braiding, 
until I had used up all my vines.  I thought about going into the woods and cutting down more, but I didn't like the idea of the extra work.  So I decided to just go with what I have and maybe add to it next year. 

Not quite as magical but I like it.  I think it will look more substantial if I can beef it up next year.  Or maybe I will head to the woods after all.  
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