On the Farm

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Every night while it’s cold, Hubby needs to make sure the tractor that he uses at the farm for feeding is plugged in.  Over the weekend we were going out but did a quick swing into the farm to make sure he had remembered to plug it in.

For those of you who are farm or mechanical savvy, there is a heater on the tractor motor that is ran via electricity.  In the really cold, the motor won’t start unless the tractor is warm.  To warm the motor, the tractor has to be plugged in.  Recently we’ve had a warmer stretch of weather but it’s still below freezing every night.

If the tractor doesn’t start, he can’t feed the cattle.

Anyway, we stopped by to make sure it was plugged in.  While there I snapped a few photos and asked a few questions thinking I’d write a blog post about the farm.

Typically when I write about the bunker of silage, I write about it in the summer when they are filling it and Hubby is doing this…Packing down the silage during harvest.

I’ve never shown a picture of what the bunker looks like at this time of year.  It’s emptying out.

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There is more feed in the silo so there’s no worry that there isn’t enough feed for the cattle, but the bunker is emptying out.

Growing up on the farm, our kids loved an empty bunker.  They would roller skate or play tennis against the high walls.

The cattle are doing pretty good.  The struggle when temperatures fluctuate from going above freezing to below freezing.  They actually do best when temperatures stay in the teens above zero.  This batch will be going to market soon.

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This is a pen that’s been at the farm about two months.  I talked with Hubby about rate of gain and what they like to see.  He said that they like to see them gain just over 3 pounds a day or at least 100 pounds a month.  These came in as 300 pound calves and have worked their way up to about 500 pounds.

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Cattle are ready for market at about 1300 pounds.  Previously they liked higher weights…they’ve gotten so they like lighter weights now.

The majority of these will eventually end up at the packing house in Green Bay Wisconsin.   That’s about the best place in the area for Holstein cattle for the best prices.

At this time of year, most of Hubby’s time is spent with the cattle.  There is some time working on equipment and getting ready for spring planting but a lot of time is spent scraping manure and cleaning the pens.

I like this time of year…I see Hubby a whole lot more.  I need to treasure this next six weeks because after that…He’ll be back to working lots of overtime again.

My Mailbox

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Lots of goodies have come in over the last few weeks.  I am a little late on writing about all of these.  This treasure box came from Marly in NC.

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There is lots of fabric that’s cowboys..even a started kit.  She thought I might like it for Carver but honestly, it’s applique and I’m not an applique girl…at least not yet.  I think I might add it to the silent auction fund raiser we have in conjunction with the retreat.

This little fabric is a keeper.  I think it will have to go in a Carver quilt someday!!!  It’s adorable.

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I got another box.  This one had two finished quilt tops and one not finished.  The colors of the fabric are really fun and the unfinished project is going to be my leader and ender I think.  I have no idea what the original pattern idea was but I think I am going to finish putting white borders on them and that will be it.

These goodies all came from Jennifer in Newark, DE.

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I also got in another box.  It was chuck full of scraps.  There was so much stuff jammed into the box.  The kids were here when I opened the box.  They started pulling pieces out.  Then before I knew it they were sorting it.  They were having a blast.  I took one of the boxes away and put the note from the giver in the box.  Before long, the kids left.  The next day they got the box down.  I showed them a couple of my crazy wonky blocks that I was making for my baby quilt and told them to pull out pieces that would work for the blocks.  They had so much fun.  I snapped a picture of the boxes…see? [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: Mischiling

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I finished up the audio book Mischling by Affinity Konar.  As soon as I had seen this book listed on my on line library I grabbed it and put it on my holds listing.  I was eager to get to the book as it sounded like something I would like.

Happily I did enjoy the book.  It seems like more and more books are out there that are Holocaust themed.  I have read so many and think there can’t possibly be more out there but then again, I find another and another.  This one, unlike most that I’ve read is fiction.  There were events that happened during the Holocaust that inspired the book but the actual people didn’t exist.  That’s a relief.  The Holocaust stories are all so hard to read but something in me keeps me reading and listening to them.  It’s strange but I almost feel that by listening to their story, door open towards the authors healing….silly I know but I figure it’s the least I can do…listen to their story.

This one focus’ on Joseph Mengele and the awful tortures he did in the name of science and Hitler.  I didn’t know a lot about this but tins were taken to him and he would “experiment” on them doing one terrible thing to one and other terrible things to the other.  Then he would compare the twins.  UGH.  YUCK.  I don’t know how a man like that could live with himself.  Anyway…

Here’s what Amazon had to say, [Read more...]

Charity Quilt Finish

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We are on a roll with charity quilt finishes.  We some last week and again this week.

This baby quilt was pieced by Ruth P.  I love the colors.  The binder was Karin in Florida.

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The backing on this one was an attempt on my part to use up fabric from left overs from previous backings.  I have backing from previous quilts that were exactly the same.  I saved left over from both of them and was able to to make this small backing.  It was perfect.

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Here’s the next quilt that Karin bound.  The piecer was Dee in Ohio. [Read more...]