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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.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


I'm pretty tired as I got home late last night after attending a banquet with my husband , my son and his girlfriend at the Delta Hotel  in Fredericton for the 37th Annual Meeting of Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick.

Our farm won two awards. The first award was for the Most Improved Milk Quality and the second award was The Excellent Milk Quality. The two awards were $500.00 each. There was four hospitality rooms before the banquet hosted by the banks and Farm Credit Canada and lots and lots of free drinks but I limited myself to one glass of white wine. The buffet was fantastic. I overate but so did everyone else.

It was about 10:30p.m. when I got home and checked my blog and commented on everybody else's. It was past midnight when I got under the blankets and was up at 6:30 a.m. this morning. I've been doing too many late nights lately.

Today I worked my butts off, (well there isn't much left there to work off) lol. I cleaned some pens and today I scrubbed and disinfected them and did my other chores too. It's been raining all day here and the snow is going down fast. Can't say that I'm sorry.

I aged my overflow bottle of Gewurztr for a full two days and I must say, it went down smooth as silk. I love my Gewurtzr. I only had a glass at supper time though.

I had some photos that I took of my holiday plants and couldn't upload them the other day because of my Picasa fiasco but here they are now.

Started from a broken segment from my large Christmas Cactus. I got the parent plant started from a piece of my daughter 's plant. 

I got this red Poinsettia for Christmas last year from our employee and I meant to repot it along with the other but never got around to it. It's starting to change color.

I got this pink one from our church last Christmas too after the Holidays and it's doing it's thing too.

Another one from the church that someone gave me last year. This one is a cream color and is starting to change color too.

                                                         A fushia color Christmas Cactus.
                                        A scarlet  color Christmas Cactus.
                      All my Christmas Cactus were started with a small segment.

I finally attached some pads under my frame to protect my floor. No more old towels under to prevent scratches on the floor. What took me so long???

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.  JB


  1. Great job on the awards. I'm so glad you had a great night out. The holiday greenery looks so festive. We haven't got a poinsettia plant yet this year but I'm sure one or two will be arriving at the door soon. It doesn't feel like Christmas without one.

  2. Oh Julia, how nice to get the awards. Doesn't it make you proud? Ilove your Christmas plants. I cannot seem to get poinsettia's to last thru the years. Just don't have the golden touch but I do OK with the Christmas cactus altho they always bloom for Thanksgiving.

  3. congradulations on the awards. I too need sleep I have a hard time getting a good nights sleep. Not sure why.

  4. Julia,
    Congratulations on those awards! You folks are such hard workers on your farm....you most certainly deserve it!
    The Christmas plants are lovely! I've noticed a lot of ladies buying big red poinsettia's this year at the stores. It was fun to get a glimpse of your rug again even if it was under the frame!
    Get a good nights rest tonight!
    Cathy G

  5. Well I hope you are getting some rest tonight. You have been so busy, That is great winning two awards, especially at Christmas time.

    Your stand looks good too and your flowers are so pretty. I had never heard of a Christmas Cactus until I read your blog.
    I hope you have a quieter day on Friday.

  6. Good for you and your farm! I love the plants in bloom.Good pictures! Cheri

  7. Congrats on the awards, how wonderful. My dad's cousin had a dairy and I remember how exciting it was to visit there when we were all kids.
    Love your flowers too!

  8. Congratulations on your awards Julia! Our friends used to have a dairy farm so I know how much hard work you go through (they grow our hay now, and it is really beautiful alfalfa/grass hay!) I love reading about your farm...I feel like we're old friends!

  9. Congratulations!!!
    You work so hard keeping your farm in excellent order. I'm glad that your efforts have been recognized.
    Love the pictures of your Christmas plants. You certainly have a green thumb!
    Hope you were able to get some rest!

  10. Thanks everyone for your comments about the awards. My son Vaughan is the one who deserves the award as he's the one who milk the cows everyday except every second Sunday.

    Kim, I usually never have to buy poinsettias either as I always get some from someone too every year.

    Doris, I keep my pointsettias on the cold ceramic floor in my sunroom on the south side and they bloom for a very long time . They usually suffer a bit of neglect as with the rest of my other plants now that I seem to be busier than before.

    Thanks, I had a great sleep last night.

    Cathy G. Thanks for your sweet comment.

    Kim (Farm Girl) those plants are called by different names, Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus, Crab Cactus., but their botanical name is Schlumbergera.

    Cheri, thanks for your comment.

    Karen, My grand kids also enjoy visiting the farm too. There are all kinds of places that kids love to climb and hide and have some plain good fun.

    Kris Miller, Thanks and welcome to my blog, I'm glad that you enjoy reading my blog.
    Pat, Our farm is old and delapitated but we do have a new bedding barn for the dairy cows. I only wish we had a new modern and computerized farm though. Our very old computer system crashed last year and to replace the system would cost over $100,000.00. JB