I had to make a decision to end Festus' life last night. Now it turns out I'm the one responsible for his seizure and eventually death. I didn't know that he was eating something he couldn't digest. I'm sorry and sad to lose Festus. He was a good friend and companion to all our calves and lived quietly ;] with our cows for 10 years. He'll be missed by the whole surrounding neighborhood. His brays and heehawing are legendary around here. 22 isn't old but he lived it well till yesterday.
I have a kid not doing well. He must have been off teat for awhile but I couldn't tell. I'm sorry for that too. I let him in my kitchen for 5 hrs. He slept by heater vent after drenching with milk replacer and then sucking some from a bowl. He stood up after 5 hrs and screamed and peed everywhere while hollering for his mom. I put him back outside with his mom but will be feeding him replacer every few hours.
I'm also responsible for waking up to a 7 month pregnant cow aborting/slipping calf/fetus. Apparently we have disease here (from some old herds of roping steers) I should have vaccinated for but I didn't know about it till now. Another 1st time heifer is 3 weeks from due date. I pray .... she makes it safely with a live healthy birth. You can bet I'll be vaccinating for alot this spring. I feel so responsible.
SOB I'm mad and sad. I know now but why didn't person who knew tell me before this?
Or about Festus eating issues?
I can't stand to hurt or see animals in pain. Decisions need made. Alot of deaths and sickness that should have been preventable need accountability solved.
One of our nannies Marvina (don't ask ;] ) has 3 week and a few day old triplets. One side of her bag has a large funnel type nipple that is large hourglass shape. I'm sure there is a technical name for it but I don't know it. That side works and she's raised 3 sets on it counting this years. This morning I found her biggest triplet crying and lethargic. He prefers that teat and has been draining it. He's 2x the size of the other 2. Apparently he has caused a sore to pop up right beside the nipple and she hasn't been letting him suck since sometime yesterday. Now I'm putting udder cream on it and milking her out for him and letting him suck on her a little bit. This requires tying her up short and high. One person holds her leg up tight and other holds head while 3rd milks her. What a pain literally for both of us, humans and her. It will heal but till then alot of work.
I quilted the inside main body of the kid quilt and made one pass around the smaller
border before running the bobbin out. Decided it was a nice start so felt better
stopping to do the evening feeding.
This is the reason I didn't sew earlier. It's an addiction really! Reading makes me lose track of time.
After morning feeding I was lost in the Kat Martin world.
Yesterday I finished another Kat Martin book, this morning I started this one.
After LN got home at noon R & S2 came up with a friend that helps us fit cattle.They looked at LN's steer and feeder calf to see what clipping needing doing this week. They also checked out R's cattle to figure the work it'll takes to whip 2 all white heifers into shape with their 4" long hair coat.
Seems like they are figuring on 3 full nights this week to get clipping done.
Girls walked their cattle and then whole clan went to look for pigs.
We put a hold on a few and will go back in a few weeks to reevaluate but I am definitely feeling good about our options. I didn't take pictures because it wasn't my place and I don't want to upset the breeder.
Yesterday at the fabric store with my 50% off coupon I bought LN these....
She's in love.
It matches her 4-H shirt and her Snuggie she won for selling ads to support 4-H.
She's a sock freak. Maybe I should do a sock post someday.
And yes she is laying upside down on the couch. It's normal around here.
I'm waiting on dinner to show up. S went to get take out.
I know it's bad and not homemade or healthy but still sometimes you just gotta have some.
Quiet night alone. Just me and a longneck and its been awhile since I had one. Tastes good, had leftover pizza so beer works with that.
This afternoon went to fabric store and craft store. Both had good sales so I restrained myself. Bought a few battings at 50% off and another rotary cutter at 50% also. At craft store got a set of short needles and a needle case at 50% off so I was happy.
I need to treat ewe's foot tomorrow she's limping. What a pain in both ways.
Off to read another Kat Martin book. I love when I'm alone and I can read undistrubed.
Kids were dehorned/debudded. They are only 2 weeks old so they forgot about the indignity of it all very fast. Within a few minutes they were back to racing around and climbing the steps in their pen.
I built creep feeders in both goat and sheep pens and rehung a gate trying to minimize the goats running all over the loafing shed when I put them in their pen at nights.
Otherwise I almost got on LN's bad side. I forgot to send her entry form for 4-H Favorite Foods Contest that was due by 4:30pm. It's been 75% done for awhile just needed 2 minutes to complete it and email to 4-H office. Thankfully neighbor called with questions for her sons' form that hadn't been started.
That made me take the 2 minutes to keep myself out of trouble and finish the form and I emailed it by 3:00pm. WooHoo early ! I hate procrastinating but I do sometimes.
I'm working on it! OK?
and because I am....
Tonight me and LN did this.... early too, its not due till mid-April.
We went to get her outfit for 4-H Fashion Revue at least started. A friend of ours A is helping again this year. She helped R a few times some years ago and this is 2nd year for helping LN.
She lives 1 1/2 hour away so we meet at her MIL's house near our house. Grandma gets to play with new 7 month old grandson while A helps LN and me get going.
LN is making a tan pair of pants like the upper left pair on the pattern and the pink coat on pattern she'll be using the blue/tan houndstooth for. LN has a bright orange as well that we may be able to get a vest made off time permitting. All the fabrics are Wool. LN is entering the MIYWW contest as well as her 4-H contest. MIYWW is Make It Yourself With Wool which is a state and then if lucky, a National contest for young people to enter that sew their own outfits of wool. There are prizes such as scholarships, savings bonds and sewing machines, etc. awarded. It is a great contest.
LN would bein the junior division if she competes.
Tonight they got the patterns set up for her small size and everything cut out for the coat and pants.
A sent LN home with homework she needs to complete before they meet again to actually start sewing.
All and All a much better day today than yesterday. I hope the weekend remains as such.
Tomorrow LN is attending the Livestock Overnighter to complete her PQA training she needs to show pigs with this year. After I finish at noon at the feed store I hope to finish the quilt for Quilts for Kids.
Joanne's is having a 50% off sale on battings so I'm going to try to run there and stock up as well.
Sunday after LN comes back we are going to look at some possible pigs for her to show this year.
Time starts to fly this time of year as projects are gearing up.
This day bites a Big One! I don't know why either. It's dreary, trying to rain but not kinda day. I hurt all over and I don't wanna be positive or upbeat. I just want to curl up in a ball and sob. Of course I can't but I wanna... . I hate, hate , hate drunks and the destruction they leave behind in their wakes. I'll write about it someday but not today. I hurt too much.
This is what drunks do to innocent people...
this is where they pulled me and my 2 girls out of
4 1/2 years ago.
I still hurt with each step I take and my girls will never be the way they were
So lambs tails got banded anyway, told you when girls got home we'd do it.
We band the tails to prevent problems later in life such as issues with lambing and disease. For hygiene reasons short tails are necessary. It pinches them for a few minutes but they get up and take off after their moms shortly after that. Tails will fall off in a 2 or 3 weeks.
I was the one banding as girls brought me lambs so no pictures, sorry.
this is a supermarket food display rack we were given few years ago. The kids love running up and down it and diving off the top. When we wean them we'll put them in another area that has 2 back to back and some large electric spools to climb on. The lambs don't bother with any of it when the lambs & kids are put together after weaning. The kids climb the hay elevator in the background too. So far noone has bailed out at the top. We did have 2 nannies climb it and it tipped down with their weight so they bailed off at the bottom before it bounced back up and never climbed it again.
This is a homemade feeder for the goats made of a cow trough and baby crib panels for the hay rack.
We had the parts (trough from previous roping steers, crib panels picked up free left at auction) so it was free to assemble and works ok. I wish the kids would stay out of it
but they only do this when they are young. Table in the background was my Dads' he left with me when he moved out of state. It's heavy steel with a thick plexiglass top.
Nannies love to sleep on the shelf and on top too.
Aces' halter breaking is still going but very slowly. LN pulls trying to keep his head up
while R gives a lil bit of assistance.
Uh -Oh ,the coat is off. LN means business now!
Put a round bale to cows to finish a full night of animal chores. I kinda scraped paint off SIL S2's truck cab
while I was trying to push hay bale off truck flat bed with the tractor bale spike.
It was half dark. He didn't seem worried, said it was a farm truck so ...
It's a room my husband and I built in the basement when we had all 5 kids still around. The girls shared the room upstairs. Our craftsman style 1915 house technically only has 2 bedrooms so with 5 younguns we needed more space.
Now it's mine...and everyone elses" craft/excersise/den
one side with sewing machine and bookcase overfilled with paint for crafts and kids sears mini old sewing machine and tins of buttons and serger, iron, cool tin lamp and gobs of quilt & cross stitch books
opposite wall has table I cut and pin on, TV for when I'm bored (left over from R when she had her bedroom here before she married) Dresser has patterns and stuff in drawers
open closet area has bins of fabric, spinning wheel I need a refresher course in, radio cause I love me some tunes and R's clothes she didn't want to deal with!
Right in the Middle in the way is the
LN & I use it if we watch TV or I handsew or knit down there
it folds up when it annoys me
That's it, if you want to share go to A Pairie Sunrises' blog to link up!
I finally had a few hours to straighten up dewing/craft/den so I could do this...
I finished the top of the "Quilts for Kids"
I need to buy the batting, I only have pieces left but I'm picking up a new pressure foot that should make my little basic machine purr a little when I cram 3 layers through it. I'll get batting this week.
The backing which becomes the fold over binding is...
The top picture seems lighter but best I could do in my basement room at night under flouresent light.
It does coordinate better than the 2 pics show.
The wrinkle in the top left hand bottom part is from this...
She likes to help check out the stiching in case there's an issue!
Why would people pay BIG money for their children to play travel sports when
A: they tell kids its just for fun
B: their kid is more worried about looks, gossip or boys than game
C: kid is a rec player not travel and parent knows but can't tell jr cause of modern day pc crapola ?
It doesn't benefit your child and it hurts mine who
A: is very competitive, hence mom shells out big bucks for travel
B: she s serious enough to CARE whether she loses or wins
C: She a travel level player being held back so your kid can mess around on field
Diary, If you know the answer please enlighten me.
This afternoon the haltering , walking lessons with Ace continued. After 10 minutes of trying to pen him to be caught R gave up and took his Mama in pen hoping he'd go to her. Wrong the 1st time but eventually he wised up. LN worked with him but dang he's stubborn but she stayed right there.
He made a few steps then dug in his heels and dropped his head.
So funny to watch, LN will get there but Ace is going to claw and scream the whole way.
Even R with some grain and a pet didn't trigger a nice response.
To keep the frustration down LN goes to her kids for some loving and wrestling.
They love her now but will they after de-horning this weekend?
Necessary evil for us. LN does not like her hand being spiked or twisted against horn in the show ring.
We find if we burn them early they forget quickly.