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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.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


I can't believe that it's already the weekend  and that Mr October is here in all his splendor and blowing the colorful leaves around. Where does the time goes?  I seem to be on a fast treadmill and there is no getting off until the snowflakes comes.

Last evening my husband treated me to a nice Chinese buffet at The Hilltop, our local pub and we each had a large beer. The place was jam packed as it always is on a Friday night. They usually have a Happy Hour between 5 and 6 pm and you can buy a pitcher of beer cheaper during that hour but the Happy Hour was over when we got there. Luckily I had blog earlier than usual for no reason at all.

Today the hoof trimmer came back to finish trimming hooves and I watched for a short time as he did his job with great efficiently. He backed up his truck and trailer in the back shelter and set up his contraption ( I don't know what he calls it and I was not about to ask him).  The area was scraped clean and my husband spread some fine saw dust on the ground in case some feet bled a bit if they have some wounds or abscess or something.  Very quickly he opened the back gate of his contraption and arranged the large leather supporting straps with chains and the first cow walked in, he closes the back gate and pressed a button and the cow is hoist off her feet and the side where she leans against becomes a flat bed and she is turned on her side and he takes his electric rotating rasp tool that looks like a rotary grinder and in a couple of minutes he's done shaving a layer off the hooves. He take another tool to clip a little more.  Depending on the condition of their hooves or if they have an injury or other foot problems, he wraps the feet. He trimmed 67 cows and off that number he wrapped 15.  This is done twice a year and our cows have a very good record of healthy feet. Very important when ones weigh 1200 pounds and over.

I managed of putting a little time cleaning the shed this afternoon but had visitors and then had to get back to work at the farm. This job is taking me a little longer than I thought it would but most of my son's stuff that he had in storage is at his house.  There are still some stuff that I can't lift by myself and will need to get some help with it.
I did some more laundry and even though the sun was shining and there was a nice breeze, I didn't had enough time to hang my cloths outside.  I also managed to hook about 20 minutes after supper. And since I had a request to show my progress, here it is.

I need to fix the left skate. So far I haven't needed to dye any wool for this project but my white and blue dyed wool is in limited supply.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading my blog.  JB


  1. Do you use Scotch Burlap for the backing? It looks really good, I like the blue and white. Oh, you made me remember the hoof trimmer. I hadn't thought about that is ages. We would have the guy come to our house, and trucks would line up all the way down our street. We did it for our show cattle. My Mom would cook lots and lots of food and coffee and it would be like a huge party all day. That is a very nice memory.
    I loved to stand and watch the steers get their feet trimmed.
    You are one busy lady. I really do love reading about your day. It makes me think of a safe harbor in a storm. It seems just so normal to me. Like coming out of the cold to a warm fire.
    Thanks for sharing. It touches my heart.

  2. Hi Julia,
    I thought a left you a comment a few minutes ago but it didn't show up. I've been having problems with my computer keyboard but I thought that was solved. Maybe I'm losing what little mind I have left!
    I wanted to tell you that I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner about your question of how to put pictures on your Blog List.
    Please email me at and I will explain it.

  3. You amaze me. You are always busy and still find time to hook. The rug is coming along great. A brave woman to hook it in a 3 cut.

  4. Farm girl thanks for your thoughtful comment. I send you an email in response quite by accident but I'm glad that I did.

    Pat you didn't loose your mind, you did left me a message on yesterday's post WHAT'S AGE GOT TO DO WITH IT. remember now?

    Thanks for your sweet comment KIm. I always enjoy hooking with #3 and 4. Congratulations to the lucky winners of your giveaway, JB

  5. Well.... I learned quite a bit from this post Julia! I really enjoy all the detail you go into on raising your animals. Extremely interesting! Also, your memory rug is wonderful... can't wait to see more!

  6. Thanks so much Dulcy. I appreciate your comment and feedback from my readers. I don't know if it annoys my readers that I respond to comments but to me it's like opening the door to my friends when they come to visit. I wish that there was a separate place to response to comments that wouldn't interfere with the comments people send. JB