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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, November 16, 2018


Are we ready for winter yet? Not I... I don't mind a nice light snow on Christmas Eve to give a special glow to the celebration of Christmas but this year, it seems to come faster and more furious.
This is our second snow storm this month and we are only in mid-November. It's still snowing...

On a happy note, my Christmas Cactus is blooming.

The first snowstorm was mixed with rain and suddenly it turned bitter cold like in January and the slush froze, leaving patches of ice. Now walking outside can be very treacherous for us old fragile bone women because the new snow covers all those patches of ice. I hurt my shoulder badly last year and I had a fall in the barn recently while moving hay. I fell ever so gently in the hay but my shoulder cannot take any more trauma so I'm in constant pain when I move my arm. We got two new calves on Wednesday but I can manage with my son's help.

We had a huge windstorm on November 4 that cut power to about 90,000 households in our area. There was a power surge at the farm that fried our water pump in the deep well and we had to use a garden hose hooked to my sister in law's well for water to wash the milk tank and equipment, milk bottles etc. and to water the herd. It took so long to get our work done. We could not have any plumber to come to remove the pump from the well for another 2 days. My daughter and son in law were without power for several days. I can't remember how many hours, but it was a long time.

As if this was not enough, on the weekend the bull injured his hind leg and had to be put in a pen in my end of the barn. No one can figure out how he injured his leg. He's a big mean bull but somehow, he has never given me the evil eye like the old one did so I took care of him. The vet came and said that we would have to get rid of him but the guy who picks up our cull cows only comes once a week so we had to wait. So now we have no breeding bull. To make a long bull story short, he broke the connection to his water bowl and when I came in that morning I found a large pool of water where my two round bales of hay were and all the newly cleaned cow beds full of water. It's not the first time it happens. The problem with these water bowls is that they have plastic connectors instead of metal ones.

I just got a call from my son telling me how slippery it is out there and to be careful.
I'm off to the farm to feed my little ones.

I'm looking forward to my retirement at the end of the month but I'm not expecting any gold watch and or gold pens. I'll be just happy to hang up my barn boots.
Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe and warm.
Hugs, Julia


  1. Oh my, you've certainly had a time of it! I sure hope you can actually put those boots and your barn coat away. You've earned your retirement, for sure!
    Your Christmas cactus is huge! I love it when they bloom. Mine is blooming now too.

  2. I am so happy you are retiring after reading your blog I always worry about you.
    We had snow today I am over the snow and cold already.

  3. Julia I am so glad to hear you are hanging up your barn boots. You have worked so hard and now its time to rest and do some rug hooking!! Your Christmas Cactus is so beautiful and BIG!! With all the snow your having I bet those blossoms are a welcome sight. I have a hard time keeping house plants alive, I don't have the green thumb so I'm fine with silk plants. I sure hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving I know I"m so thankful for you my friend !
    X0 Saimi

  4. A lot of people would simply call in drunk if they faced work days like you and your family.
    I admire you all.

  5. Oh, my goodness, sweet Julia! You all have had way too much going on with mother nature. I am so sorry about your shoulder...I feel for you and know the pain. I have injured both of mine and had to have surgery on one. I do hope yours heals and you will have no more pain. I am sorry about the bull and the wet hey. We had snow a few days ago but nothing like you have there.The weather seems to be acting up all over the country. I am so happy for you that you will soon be hanging up your barn boots...that is hard work and you have truly worked hard for a long time. I am looking forward to hearing that much more positive has come your way and I pray that it soon. Love and hugs sweet Julia

  6. Wow, julia,,,
    Thats so so much work,,, aand like u say , winter not officially here tet,,,
    I am not complaining about a thing, aafter reading this,,, you are my hero,,,
    Stay safe,,,,

  7. I bet you are looking really forward to retirement and not having to be out in the barn during the very cold months. That poor bull. I do hope it stops snowing.
    It seems so early to have that kind of winter weather so far. Take care my dear friend.

  8. Oh, my dear Julia!
    I am doing a happy dance for you. I am so very, very happy that it is finally happening. It is long overdue and no one deserves it more than you.
    Sending lots of love and hugs ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Hi Julia,
    So very nice to see you blogging again and I have been so behind in my blog reading that I need time to catch up!!! So very sorry to hear about all your drama and am so sorry you were hurt!! I do hope your shoulder heals as I had Frozen Shoulder for quite a long time and can surely sympathize with you and shoulder pain!! Please take care of yourself!! So happy Mr. Bull did not cause you any personal damage!!! Congratulations on your upcoming retirement, too!
    So well deserved, my friend!!
    Take care and enjoy your week!!
    Heart Hugs~
    Julie xo

  10. HI Julia. I'll send you some sunshine from New Zealand, we're heading into Summer here. Hugs

  11. Oh dear Julia, it never rains but it pours doesn't i (or apparently it snows!) You take care of that delicate shoulder of yours- you don't need any more accidents. Sorry to hear about the bull and also the mess he made too. Poor fellow. I can't believe your retirement has come at last! I hope you will enjoy it and we get to hear more of you on here! Sending hugs.x

  12. Wow! Your tales of life on a farm make me tired for you. It never ceases does it.
    I'm sorry about the bull. It's hard to have to replace creatures that are useful to us.
    I can't believe you are having this kind of weather already. I hope you get a break from the weather. You don't need to fall!

    Your Christmas Cactus is lovely. My mother-in-law had one and she gave me a start but I was never able to get it to bloom.

    I hope you have a quiet week and are able to get some rest.

    Retirement???? Not sure what that means to a hard working woman on the farm. But you certainly deserve it.

  13. Wow! You have a full load going and coming don't you! I really admire how hard you work but I'm so glad (and jealous!) that you're retiring this year. I know you won't be sitting around getting'll find plenty of things to do to keep you busy! It's been a cold and very wet Fall here. We've had rain, ice and snow. I think we're in for a heck of a Winter. Please take care and don't slip on the ice!

  14. Hello Julia,
    Be careful my friend, I know all about falling too. I fell last autumn during my Meals on Wheels route. I slipped on someones front deck and down I went. Banged up my arm and leg.

    Stay Warm .. I am starting to think Christmas. xx oo Carla

  15. Hope you're having a more restful week . Take care and enjoy your retirement!😊

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