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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Friday, November 16, 2018

NATURE IS GETTIG IMPATIENT WITH US, AND WHO CAN BLAME HER?

Are we ready for winter yet? Not I... I don't mind a nice light snow on Christmas Eve to give a special glow to the celebration of Christmas but this year, it seems to come faster and more furious.
This is our second snow storm this month and we are only in mid-November. It's still snowing...



On a happy note, my Christmas Cactus is blooming.




The first snowstorm was mixed with rain and suddenly it turned bitter cold like in January and the slush froze, leaving patches of ice. Now walking outside can be very treacherous for us old fragile bone women because the new snow covers all those patches of ice. I hurt my shoulder badly last year and I had a fall in the barn recently while moving hay. I fell ever so gently in the hay but my shoulder cannot take any more trauma so I'm in constant pain when I move my arm. We got two new calves on Wednesday but I can manage with my son's help.

We had a huge windstorm on November 4 that cut power to about 90,000 households in our area. There was a power surge at the farm that fried our water pump in the deep well and we had to use a garden hose hooked to my sister in law's well for water to wash the milk tank and equipment, milk bottles etc. and to water the herd. It took so long to get our work done. We could not have any plumber to come to remove the pump from the well for another 2 days. My daughter and son in law were without power for several days. I can't remember how many hours, but it was a long time.

As if this was not enough, on the weekend the bull injured his hind leg and had to be put in a pen in my end of the barn. No one can figure out how he injured his leg. He's a big mean bull but somehow, he has never given me the evil eye like the old one did so I took care of him. The vet came and said that we would have to get rid of him but the guy who picks up our cull cows only comes once a week so we had to wait. So now we have no breeding bull. To make a long bull story short, he broke the connection to his water bowl and when I came in that morning I found a large pool of water where my two round bales of hay were and all the newly cleaned cow beds full of water. It's not the first time it happens. The problem with these water bowls is that they have plastic connectors instead of metal ones.

I just got a call from my son telling me how slippery it is out there and to be careful.
I'm off to the farm to feed my little ones.



I'm looking forward to my retirement at the end of the month but I'm not expecting any gold watch and or gold pens. I'll be just happy to hang up my barn boots.
Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe and warm.
Hugs, Julia

Thursday, November 8, 2018

FIRST THING FIRST, RETURNING TO BLOGGING AFTER A LONG ABSENCE.

Hi everyone, not much has changed since I took my sabbatical from Blogger. Every day brings its own challenges and I keep going, for better or worst. I have visited my favorite blogs and have had lots of emails asking me to return back to posting. Thank you for your encouragement. OK, maybe I will return back to blogging.

I have had tons of things to share but every time I sat at the computer, my inner voice would say,  "Nah, not tonight"... Instead, I would play Freecell or watch inspirational youtube videos. I thrive on learning the truth in whatever areas that feed my soul in a  Christian positive way.

What's happening this week.  Well, I'm back from my two-week vacation in Ottawa at my Daughter Christine. A wonderful, relaxing vacation. I rested a lot, THANK YOU CHRISTINE... I attended an elementary school Halloween dance with her and the grandkids. I was dressed as a witch, lol... my daughter was dressed as a big black bird and she was shedding feathers all over the place. We danced to The Monster Mash, Ghost Busters, Gangnam Style, the Chicken Dance and many more.  We had a blast with the kids. This was an annual fundraiser for the school. I enjoyed every minute of it...

On another day, I volunteered with my daughter at an elementary school to be a teacher assistant to help teachers prepare scholastic projects, like making 100 math assignment booklets, that we sorted, cut and stapled, we worked on getting folders labeled, stapled and three other projects.
We were so busy, we didn't take pictures.

 When we were done, we volunteered to deliver $500.00 worth of pizza to classes, to each child who had ordered a piece. I never saw so many pizzas in my whole life. In all, between the two of us, we gave 6 hours of our time to help the teachers. It went rather fast and was pleasurable and I would do it over if I had the opportunity.

Moral of the story, teachers are so busy and never have enough time to prepare all the things that need to be done to help the children learn better. They have so many children that need special help, especially the little ones. If you have a few hours to spare now and then consider volunteering your time to help the teachers prepare their projects. If you don't know what gift to give to the teacher of your child, give them a gift card from Walmart or the Dollar Store or from an art supply store. Did you know that some teachers use their own money to buy supplies for their class? This, I learned from my daughter.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Halloween, I know it's passed but being with the kids on Halloween was so very special to me.

Hugs, Julia