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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.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


How time flies  since I've been so busy all week with regular chores and hooking on my Grandmother's Trunk Challenge rug and cleaning out calves pens, yes all 10 of them and 10 poop crusted gates too. Now I only need to clean 20 pails but today I'm taking a break.

This morning I went to feed my big girls, yes,  once my small calves are moved to the large pens so they can socialize with each others, I call them my big girls. This is the first time since I've been taking care of the small calves that I had a totally empty nursery.

When I was ready to leave I asked my husband if he would go out back to see if by any chance a cow would have calved. I really didn't thought that there would be a new calf but I was wrong. There she was all cold and standing, hiding behind the other cows.  My husband carried her in, yes , she's  a heifer, thank goodness.
We put on a calf jacket  on her to warm her up. Since we had planned to meet with friends for breakfast we had to go and my son fed her 2 bottles of Mama's warm milk.  Sorry, no pictures this morning.

Last evening after work I attended a Luau and  dinner auction at our church as fund raiser. I bid on 10 hours of labor  by a renowned tile installer to install floor tiles. I bid up to $280.00 and let it go, as the girl who I was bidding against has been fighting cancer for the last couple of years and I really didn't need to have those tiles installed right away and I wanted her to win the bid.

Then I bid up to $600.00 on a three day  renovation by another  renowned carpenter and I got my bid. I was so happy. The two previous  years I bid up to $625.00 and still never got it. The donor for this offering was donating 2  bids valued at $500.00 each and so many wanted him that I abandoned the bid. This year he was offering only one bid as he's getting on in years. So now I'm looking forward to having my other bathroom renovated. It looks pathetic  right now.

Tomorrow I'm off to an all day farm meeting so I won't get much done and I also need to calculate 3 months of HST (harmonized sales tax) and revenue for the farm business and I need to get some wool ready and pack my bags for the Maritime Fiber Artist Retreat at the Atlantic Hotel Marina Oak Island Resort  for the weekend. I've got my list made up and only need to pack but what wool to bring. I'm gonna try to work on my neglected Childhood Memories rug when there and also take photos.

I almost forgot to show you my blanket and my husband's journal that we won.. I had promised to show you pictures.

I won this blanket, it has a fluffy soft lining and  I love the  convenient handle on it.

My husband won this hard cover journal with removable leatherette cover with ribbon page marker.

This morning my Electronic Engineer son in law stopped by to check if my flood damaged  ceramic kilns could be salvaged. Since he took a pottery course with my granddaughter he's interested at getting a kiln and I would like to get one working at least as I love doing ceramics and I have items that were glazed and gold applied but never fired. They are electronic kilns and may prove quite a challenge to fix.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment and have a good week.


  1. Thank you for your tip Julia, I never thought about using the 10 minute day challenge and working on the Winnie the Pooh thing. I will do that.I will get my frame set up and start doing that every morning.
    I am so glad you got a heifer calf. You need replacement cows always. I am so excited that you get to go on your retreat. I wish I was going with you. Sounds so nice.
    I hope you get your kilns working too. I kick myself because someone was going to give me one and I turned it down.
    Thank you for your nice comments to my friend. Now I need to go put my groceries away and get lunch fixed.
    I like all of the goodies you won too, that is so nice.
    Have fun buying wool too. I need to start getting some stash builders too.
    Have a lovely day, my friend. You are such a blessing to me.

  2. Hi Julia, You too are a blessing to me. I love hearing about your life and Cows. I sure wish I could go to a wool get away someday it sounds fun. Cheri

  3. Wow, you are a very busy lady. I recall fondly bottle feeding my bulls, a wonderful memory. Congratulations on your auction win, $600.00 for three days of work, especially if you are know the carpenter's work, sounds like a wonderful deal. I walk by my latest hooking project daily and never seem to find the time to pick it up. I too am going to make a grand attempt at being a ten minute hooker! Looking forward to seeing photos of you childhood memory rug, sounds very interesting. Have a great week!

  4. Julia ~
    I'd love to see a picture of the calf in the jacket :)
    Oh, that retreat sounds like great fun. Please take lots of pictures to share.
    You've been so busy have you met yourself coming and going?
    Hugs :)

  5. You are a busy lady!! So many projects and irons in the fire! Have a great time at the retreat! It sounds great. I'm still waiting to hear if I got into a hook-in in April. Keeping my fingers crossed! Hope the little calf is okay.

  6. I love your posts so much you are so busy. I hope your new calf does well and looking forward to hearing about your retreat.

  7. You are one busy lady.
    Congratulations on the new calf and the bid for the bathroom renovation.
    Great winnings.

  8. Would love to see a picture of the calf in the "calf jacket"....my great-grandparents had dairy cattle and I saw lots of calves, but never in a calf jacket. Now you've got me curious!

  9. Thanks for your comments everyone. I'll try to remember to bring my camera to the farm if I can remember early tomorrow morning to take a picture of my calf wearing a calf jacket. I hope that my new calf will be alright. She was making grunting sound after I fed her and gave her a vaccine at supper time. She drank her two bottles so fast that I think her little stomach must be too full too fast. My son said that he would check on her. I just have to wait it out. JB

  10. Hi Julia,
    Oh the fun I could have with a carpenter for a few days. The "I wish" list of little jobs is long in this house.
    Have a great time at the retreat and take lots of pictures. Maybe another year for me.
    Hope the little calf gets stronger soon.

  11. I have to say just reading your post made me tired. You must be something else. All that energy + all that creativity? Sheesh!

  12. No Spring Chicken, your statement made me laugh. Really I'm just one of those person who has to be doing something because I just get bored easily if I can't produce. Right now my house needs a spring cleaning but I don't have the time but I'll have to find it somewhere. Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment. Thanks to everyone else too. JB