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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, December 30, 2011


What a week this has been and it's only Friday.  Sorry if I haven't been around much but it has been a kind of busy crazy week. I got myself so tired burning the candle at both ends that I got myself a nasty cold for Christmas and have been working sick. I'm on the mend but still have a bit of phlegm in my chest. I've been eating raw onions to stop the coughing. Thanks to my daughter Christine, for the tip, it works.

Since Christmas Eve we've have had 7 cows giving birth and 7 calves.  4 heifers and 3 bulls. I still have 3 more cows that are due  to calve tomorrow. I hope that they wait a day or two.  I now have 14 small calves and 8 larger calves to care for and calving cows that comes in my area of the barn on a regular basis on top of my other chores. We even had a calf born on Christmas Day but we managed to make it to my daughter and son's in law house for a great turkey dinner anyway. We've had late nights working at the farm almost all week.

On Christmas Eve we had family visiting and everyone was glad to see James and his parents of course.

On Christmas morning James opened his many presents. I didn't take many pictures as I was totally wasted from the cold and a run down feeling. Christmas was a routine work day for my husband and I.

James tasting some of his Tubby toys with his mom, my daughter Christine.

Here, he opened his wall mount bubble maker for the tub. Bath time is really going to be fun for mom and dad too.
Already he's turning the dial. A typical boy, he wants to know how things works. 

Here is a present from James. I had no idea what it was but what a delightful surprise to see his very own baby photo book.

The front cover.

Some earlier photos of  a sleepy baby with mom. Most of the photos in the book have been posted on my blog at some time.

You may recall these photos that I posted on my blog earlier. Halloween photos and James and his dad at the Ottawa Blues Festival.

James having fun playing and my son Vaughan holding hims. I think that James has a serious concerned look on his face, lol...

There were many other photos in the book that has already been on my blog so I won't bore you with more but this is one of my favorites on the back cover. He looks like he telling a story worth listening to. What a cool little dude.

One of his many toys that I discovered in the sunroom after they left for Prince Edward Island for a few days.

At our house our down time is making puzzle after the Christmas stir is over. It has become a tradition. Nothing relaxes me than working on a good puzzle.

  As promised here is a book that I won in a give away by author Margaret Andrews of the blog                           Nanny Goats in Panties   and hosted by our wonderful blogger friend Nezzy of Cow Patty Surprise. I read the book and found out that I used most  but not all of Margaret's suggestions in the book.  I don't always use metaphors because it's just not my style but occasionally I do. Thanks so much Margaret and Nezzy.  Go check out their blogs.

This book is a gift from Patrice at Everyday Ruralty blog.   It wasn't a give away, just a nice friendly and generous gift from a very nice blogger friend who is a good listener... She remembered my interest in the book. Now that is a special blogger friend. THANK YOU SO MUCH PATRICE FOR YOUR THOUGHTFULNESS. I so appreciate it.

Patrice's blog is always interesting and she is known for her Wednesday posts link up for chats on her porch. Check her out. It's a lot of fun learning tid bits from other blogger friends.

I'm looking forward to reading this book. I had it in bed and fell asleep after reading one page. No, it's not a boring book. I'm just so tired.

I haven't watch the TV news lately but someone  I ran into at  the grocery store, told me that the Triplet Story was one of three Highlights of the year of 2011 in the CBC TV News because it made international news. Apparently they showed a picture of me and the triplets. Who knew that someday my picture would make Highlight of the year, thanks to the triplets of course. It's all about them, ha ha ha... I'm just abroad for the ride. lol...

I sure hope that I'll post more often in the new year with shorter post but life gets in the way sometimes. I'm trying to visit your blogs but I had just to post this evening. I know that you'll understand.

Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment.  HAPPY NEW YEAR, stay safe and warm.  JB


  1. Hi Julia,
    I wish the cows would give you a little break so you could get rid of that cold. Those pics of James are great. He is getting so big and looks so cute under the tree in his candy cane pj's.
    Happy New Year dear friend.

  2. That is so amazing that you were featured on CBS! Wow! Famous!

    I love the book. So cute and something he'll love forever!

    Looks like your holiday season was full of fun and love. (baby calves are full of love aren't they?) You must be so busy!

    I hope you get feeling better soon!
    Happy New Year!

  3. What a neat gift! You will treasure that book forever!
    I sure hope you can shake that cold Julia!! Eating raw onions should cure about anything! Don't they give you heartburn? LOL!!
    Congrats again on being INTERNATIONAL celebrity!!! You are so deserving for all the hard work!!
    Hugs and Happy NEW Year!!
    Cathy G

  4. Hi Julia, My last comment is somewhere in cyber space.Lol
    My Hubby has the same cold. Wishing you a wonderful New Year and Baby is so cute. Keep the pictures coming!You are a super busy lady those calves need to time their births better. Lol Hugs Cheri

  5. Julia, I know you need those baby calves to keep your farm going, but I hope those cows quit giving birth for a few weeks and give you a break! So sorry to hear you have a nasty cold and aren't feeling well. It must take every ounce of your strength to keep on working.

    Glad you had a nice Christmas with baby James. That book is a delightful gift that you will treasure forever. He is such a cute little boy!

    Hope you and your family have a peaceful New Year's Eve and a happy and prosperous 2012.

  6. I think you and I got the same illness, and I wish I had known about onions. I have never coughed so much or so hard for so long. It looks like though you had such a nice Christmas. I am so impressed with the baby book. James is so handsome. So is your son in law related to the MacDonald's on Prince Edward Island?
    I am so glad your calves made the news for 2011 sometimes life just needs good news like those triplets.
    So glad you posted, it always makes me happy when you share your very, very busy life. I look forward to more.
    Wow, you have had so many calves this year so far. I bet you are so tired at night.
    Well, rest my dear friend.

  7. Seriously, onions? Never heard of this one. I do hope you are on the mend soon, I know all too well that farmers work regardless of their health issues. James is simply a beautiful little cherub and what a wonderful idea of creating his own picture book. Happy New Year to you and yours, greetings from Maine, Julie.

  8. I think I have the same cold you do...but finally it's getting a little better. I hope the ladies give you a break soon! I haven't read enough to know just how large your farm is...we have a very small farm, but I know, it's exhausting taking care of those mama's and babies 24/7/365! Hope you have a Happy New Year!
    PS Your grandson is so handsome!

  9. It's so good to have a long delicious post from you! Plus, all those wonderful James pictures. He has the best expressions. I just love it! Sorry to hear that you're sick. I don't know how you do all you have my admiration! You must be exhausted, though. Hopefully you can rest up and get better soon!
    Have a Happy New Year!

  10. hope those raw onions are helping the healing
    go faster
    and that your rest is deep and sweet.
    and that those calves are born healthy
    and grow up big and strong.
    and that this year ahead
    is the sweetest sort of adventure
    your heart has ever known:)
    bright beautiful beginnings to you,

  11. I do hope you get healthier by the minute! That sure is a nasty bug going around... James is such a sweetie pie! If his words are as entertaining as his facial expressions... we are sure in for some good quotes in the months to come! :-) Congrats on making the highlights of 2011! I wonder what's in store for 2012? *grin*

  12. Julia ~
    How lucky that James was with you on Christmas! It is so much fun to have a little one around! That book is wonderful. AWWW. Such memories to cherish.
    Hope your cold is much better. People just don't realize that a farmer's work is NEVER done.
    Happy New Year!
    Hugs :)

  13. what a clever gift that baby book is! Happy New Year!

  14. need a break!! Hope you feel better soon! How adorable James is! Happy New Year to you and yours!
    Karen & the Hounds

  15. Hope you are felling better every day,James is sure a cutie and the book looks wonderful what a treasure for years to come.I know what its like when you get a run of calves, look after yourself.Saw the first CBC story missed this one,you are a star! Happy New Year and look forward to more posts in the future.

  16. That should say feeling better,hit the wrong key in a hurry to go do chores. Take care!

  17. What an adorable baby and wonderful pictures. Hope you have gotten some rest. We wish you all a very Happy New Year. May nothing but wonderful things come your way in 2012. Hugs

  18. what a fun Christmas you had! babies always make it fun...although I'll take the human ones, those calves sound like a lot of 'cold' trouble. Speaking of colds, i have one too and it is making this holiday miserble! (spoken in a nasel, stuffed up tone!)

  19. What a cutie James is! Nanny Goats in Panties? HAhaaa... well? I gotta check that out.

    I hope your cold takes a powder! You taking any Vitamin C? With all your activities... your immune system prolly needs a little help...

    Happy New Year!

  20. Wohoo sweetie, ya sure know how to pack a post!!!

    Looks like ya'll had the best Christmas, especially with at precious James 'round. Aren't they great.

    Now maybe you can breathe sister! Come up for air...

    God bless and have yourself a wonderful weekend! :o)

  21. Hope you are feeling better. I had that nasty cold over Christmas, too, but thankfully didn't have any cows giving birth! I'd ove to see photos of the calves.


  22. Gosh honey I have missed you! You made my night by posting these pictures of James. I always love seeing his pictures on here.
    Hope by now that cold of yours has gone away. How you do all you do with a bad cold is beyond me.
    I can't believe I missed the news about your babies on the TV. Maybe I will see it yet.
    Happy New Year