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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, September 23, 2012


The weeds are winning the war and my Irises are in desperate need to be divided. This is the before picture.  I made the mistake of planting a small potted Bugleweed perennial plant a few years ago because I love the blue color in the spring but it was a mistake. Even though I pulled all the small plants that seeded everywhere, they keep coming even on the lawn...

This is a view from the left side.  Dandelions and Blackeye Susan are sprouting everywhere, yes even on the lawn also and Creeping Charlies aren't shy either.

I raged through that flowerbed like a mad woman on a mission.. I stuck some Bearded Irises in but I want to change them location because they are so tall for this flower bed.

This is another nightmare of a flower bed gone wild. Chickweeds  and dandelions have definitely taken over  and even Creeping Charlies weren't far behind in the invasion.

Here's a better view of my invaded territory.

I'm reclaiming what's mine and I'm stepping on any toes that gets in the way. I'll show them weeds that I mean business.

These  Blackeye Susan I pulled out of the tier bed and stuck them in an old plastic pot. I have to dead head them before they self seed like crazy again.

Some of my bearded Irises that I divided from the tier flower bed. I had taken the trouble of cutting some plastic labels and written on them with what said was a permanent ink for plant marker  when they were in bloom this past spring  but the sun faded every trace of ink. That's what I get for buying it at the Dollar Store.  Now I have no idea what colors they are. Serves me right for trusting labels...

Another flower bed weeded and I decided to pull my clump of old fashion Daylilies and you can see them by one of the compost bins. That was a hard job to divide that big clump. I want to pull the serendipity lungwort that self seeded there and is getting bigger. but had to go to the farm and it's been raining ever since.

Now here is a fine piece of work if I ever saw one. I had weeded one section of my vegetable garden and cut the excess of the melon vines as they seemed to have been drying up and had to quit because of the rain and the next day my son Vaughan called me to tell me that I better check my garden as something had eaten my watermelons.  I can se that they were ripe even though they were rather small and they left the larger one for me with a few bite on the rind.

What ever ate my melon also dragged some of my cucumbers and ate part of them too.

This week has been a busy one for me and especially on Friday.  Saturday, I worked most of the day at the barn  had to clean calf pens too and my son help which was good.

 I have 5 new calves to bottle feed and all this milk to deal  with and carry to the other end of the barn.

Friday everything was happening at once. We had herd health with the vet checking all the cows and heifers that were bred in the past month to see if any were pregnant and one of the cow was calving and the feed truck arrived and I had to go round up some heifers because the truck driver needed the gate open so he could drive in the back of the barn to unload the feed in the big feed tank.  The heifers didn't all want to go in the barn so I had to stay in the back to watch that they didn't escape until the truck driver was done.

I called my son to come help this poor groaning cow who was calving and he pulled out the heifer calf and she was all yellow since she had a bowel movement in the placenta.  The mother cleaned her up pretty good but she still is a bit yellowy. The calf is doing well, the cow had to be pumped some medicated solution that I pumped into her with my husband holding the tube in her mouth this morning.

Friday I had breakfast at 11:35 am and I was pretty hungry since I was up since 6:30 am. Saturday I had breakfast at 10:15 am.  Today, Sunday I had breakfast sometimes after 9: am. I can't gain weight that way and most of my pants are getting loose on me.
I'll fatten up this winter I hope or the wind will go right through me, lol.

Have a nice week and thanks for reading my ramblings.


  1. Wow! I should hope to lose 10lbs just by reading your post! You seriously conquered those flower beds! And all that calving and deliveries and rounding up all at once... geez louise you need a break! I hope you get some quiet hooking time and soon.... sorry about the melons in your garden... I'm guessing the next round critter that waddles through your yard would be the culprit... ;-)

  2. Oh my, you have been busy!! It makes me tired just to read all you've been up to! I would be so mad at whatever ate my watermelons!

  3. Julia ~
    You are busy ~ as always. I have black eyed Susans EVERYWHERE!!! They do get to be invasive but I still love them. Good job on the flower gardens. So much work. I don't know how you get it all done.
    Sure wish I could give you a few pounds...sigh!
    Hugs :)

  4. Man oh man aren't you the lil' farm girl! First off WOW, look at your hard work digging out those weeds! I'm impressed. I started doing that some months ago. Never finished and now the weeds have grown back. Uggg!

    Your plant beds look wonderful! I bet your back and legs were complaining. I always feel like I worked out after weeding, it's amazing how sore your legs and back get!

    Good work!

  5. You don't have any idea what ate your melons?

    And you've worn me out again just reading what all you've done ... that's why I'm fat I don't do anything but read about work

    Poor Mother and baby cows ... amazing

    1. Carolyn, I suspect a family of raccoons ate my melons. I was waiting until they were ripe and so were they the little bandits. JB

  6. We spent Bill's last home time weeding like crazy! Even with the drought, the weeds took over. You are a busy lady! I love what you do, though. Peace.

  7. Wow woman!!to have the energy you are burning in your everyday living...no wonder the pounds can't stay on. I'm going to get me some of those black eyed Susan's for a splash of colour at the cottage next year, they look like happy flowers & they reseed & spread out. Weeds grow real good here to but my energy level is low for that job. Although this has been the BEST year ever for nearly no mosquitoes! Your barn always has so much activity going on! You're one busy lady Julia! CM-R

  8. I would be so mad to find those melons! You work so hard and the flower beds look super. No wonder you can't gain weight! I'm jealous..but not enough to work as hard as you! I'm in awe of you!

  9. I need a nap! Whew...you are one busy lady! I'll give you a few extra pounds, if you give me some of your energy! The flower beds look great!

  10. You really are like the white tornado. Do you remember that commercial? It looks so good.
    No wonder you loose so much weight.
    It looks really good,