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February 10, 2019
First Calf Born....2019 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Here she is....one week early !


Little Sister.....Calf 1

Our first calf born this year !






Little Sister was born 

out in the field in the snow.

The Cow Boss went out and found her and Mama

and herded them both back to the barn.



We did the morning chores in the snow today:


Mother cows in the snow...





This is the view as we drove over to the

cow barns this morning...






We are bedding the barns today...









The Cowboy is on his way into the barn

to get the straw bales for bedding...



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February 7, 2019
Bulls....this winter from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We are wintering over 6 bulls this year...



4 Shorthorn Bulls and 2 Angus Bulls



The Angus bulls are 2 years old:


This is Lewis...




and this is Clark



The Shorthorn Bulls are 3 years old:


Fernando....
he throws all the beautifully colored calves





Clive





Slim





Jess










Sunrise this morning....in the back yard

27 degrees





Across the river are the 2 cow barns...




Close Up View...

A few cows resting in the orchard



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Snow...2019 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We woke up to a world of white

here in Western Oregon




View out the living room window...






We will be heading out to do 

chores in the snow...

across the river are the calving barns.

The calves are due in 2 weeks.






In our yard...

Thread Shed and Hen House







We are now across the river,

heading over the hills to the cow barns

to feed the mama cows...






You can see our red barn across the river

@ our place...





These mama cows will be having

their babies very soon.



After all ...

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February 3, 2019
Working Cattle....Weaning Calves from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We weaned the main herd of calves

back in November.

Now we are weaning the late calves

born to the young heifer cows...



Running the cattle into the corral...






Using the tailgate on the pick up as our 

work table.

We are vaccinating the cattle.






This is the new squeeze chute...

it has a self-catch head gate.....it ROCKS !





This is one of our oldie goldie cows...Dulcey,

she has been running with the heifers.



We worked the cows through the chute first,

then turned them out back into the pasture.

Here are their calves:


The calves were born late ...

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January 31, 2019
Herding Cows to the Calving Barns... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


The cows will begin calving in 3 weeks...



It is time to trail them down river to the

calving barns...




4 miles of gravel roads ahead of us...





I am driving the hay wagon ahead of the cattle...

you can see them following me 

in the side view mirror.





We have made it out onto the main gravel road...

the older cows know right where they are going,

they have made this trip many times.





Traffic slows up the drive,

but we work the cattle around them

and keep on going.





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November 24, 2018
Feeding Mama Cows... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Morning Chores...



We feed at 5 different locations...





The first to be fed each day are the mama cows...





The Cowboy feeds off the back of the hay wagon

while I stay warm and dry in the cab driving...





This is our first field of mama cows.

They no longer have calves at their side.

We weaned the calves a couple weeks ago.





On the very far right 

you can see the 2 bottle calves

that we raised 2 summers ago.   

They will be 2 yrs in March.







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November 19, 2018
Morning Chores... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We begin each day with these beauties...


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Our first stop in the morning,

feeding the cow and calf pairs...






They eat 1200 lbs of hay each day...





We are enjoying a sunny and dry autumn

here in Western Oregon...






These are two of my favorite heifer calves...

Queenie and Ruby Jean

They are a chip off the old block!

They look just like their daddy, Fernando...





Fernando


We feed in 5 different locations each morning.

It is a wonderful way to begin the day,

surrounded by such beautiful livestock.


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October 13, 2018
Autumn on the Farm... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Western Oregon is getting hit with

lots of autumn color this year...


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Grape Leaves

growing in the back yard...





Each morning at sunrise

I am out in the yard with the camera...





36 degrees at sunrise...

lots of gorgeous color!





Pacific Sunset Maple Tree in the front yard...









It is also Cow Feeding

time of the year:


We moved the round bale feeders

out of winter storage...





and up river to one of the 

winter cow feeding pastures...




Somebody must have rung the dinner bell ?


Cow and calf pairs started showing up

from all reaches ...

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September 10, 2018
Summer's End... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Our Bartlett Pear tree is giving

us a big harvest this year...


We collect a box full each morning...




2 canner loads to process each day...




14 jars of pears a day.

We will enjoy these over the winter months.



Our Gravenstein Apple tree has also kept us busy:


3 pies came out of the oven today.




I try and stitch whenever I get the chance:


I have been working on this curved piece

sunflower quilt this summer.





I have been finishing up tote bags

from all of the messy painted canvas

that was painted earlier in the year.




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July 12, 2018
Summer @ Kessi Farms... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Summer here in Western Oregon


The last hay field is baled up...





That's always a good feeling...





All of the cattle are doing well...





It is breeding season,

the bulls are in with the cows...





The calves are growing big and will remain

 with their mothers until they are 

weaned in November.





We just moved the cattle to summer pasture...





We are hauling all those BIG hay bales

to the barns for winter storage...





Ahhhh....

Summer time and the livin' is easy.


I think that's what they say?


Wishing you all a relaxing summer season!




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May 14, 2018
Dottie.....The Chicken from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


A peaceful evening in the cow fields...



Each evening we check on the cattle...





They are all content in grass up to their bellies!





This is Mary Black Feather





This is a heifer with her very first calf...

Happy Mother's Day!






Mama and Baby are doing just fine.




We were working yearling cattle in our corral

here at home...


Dottie, one of our hens, shut down production.

She got into the corral and began pecking around for worms, clearly oblivious that 57 head of  500 pound yearlings were in the corral with her.

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May 13, 2018
Moving Cattle... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


The lilacs are blooming...



That means it is time to move the cattle...





Most of the cows have calved.

The winter pasture is exhausted.

It is time to move the cattle up river

to spring pasture...





2 miles of narrow and winding road...





The cow and calf pairs are on the road...

The cows do this every year,

they know the way.





There are three of us on the cattle drive today...





It is a beautiful day to move cows...






First stop is the barn lot.

We will sort of the cows for breeding...





Some of the cows will be ...

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April 26, 2018
Spring Time @ Kessi Farms... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Spring has arrived here in Western Oregon



I am not listening to the hum of 

my sewing machine.

I am hearing the ROAR of the tractor...





I am spending this week in the hay fields...

dragging mole hills.





The light spots on the right side, are mole hills.

Knocking down mole hills keeps the hay crop 

cleaner when we mow hay in June.





This juvenile bald eagle

kept me company while I was on the tractor.






This adult bald eagle

also kept watch over the hay field.



Just as I stepped off the tractor,

one of our heifers was giving ...

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April 19, 2018
Cow Trivia from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

I am tired of just of writing about quilting and such. And you really don't want me to write about housework or other cleaning, heck I don't even want to.

So I thought I would do something related to the farm 

How about Cow Trivia


* A cow has 32 teeth, and will chew about 40 - 50 times a minute.

*A cow will chew for up to 8 hours a day

* Cows move their jaws about 40,000 times a day

*Cows spend about 10 hours a day laying down.

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April 17, 2018
Button Necklace....2 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


This is my second try at creating a

Button Necklace...



I pulled out the neutral and earth tone buttons





I layered the buttons...

First Layer....Large Buttons

Second Layer.....Tiny Buttons











The gold chain went nicely with the earth tones...





The next time I head into town...

this baby will be around my neck!




We are still spending lots of time

over at the cow barns:


The cowboy just finished tagging a new calf.

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April 2, 2018
Sewing and Calving... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



This time of year I think about sewing and 

quilting more than I actually do any of it...


The Thread Shed has been mostly silent

the last few months...




I did enjoy stitching these 2 bunny dolls 

last week.




While I am thinking about sewing and quilting,

I am here at the cow barns:


Calving season began 6 weeks ago

and we are half way done.





We have red and white Shorthorn calves 

this year





I just adore this super cute heifer





After 3 years of Black Angus calves,

these Shorthorn calves are...

 a punch of color for me!





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March 12, 2018
Sunday Morning..................... from Better than I deserve!

 I see the church from the office window everyday! It is the church I was confirmed in a long time ago. I would have never guessed I would see it everyday out my window since Dec 31st 1977!
 We have had some nice days and some not so nice days as far as weather goes. The ewes and lambs make good use of the old barn on snowy days.
 The lambs are
 so cute.
 We herded the cows home the other day. They didn't make it easy but in the end they all got home.
 They tend to get ...

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March 3, 2018
New Calf at the Cow Barn... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



When we arrived at the cow barns this morning...



This little calf was waiting for us





It wasn't long before Mama had her new baby

out in the orchard with her.



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March 2, 2018
Sheep, cows and Pillows.................... from Better than I deserve!

 Here's the black sheep of the family! John's ewes are lambing so there's lots of baby lambs running around.
 The guys added on to the hoop barn so there's more room for calving heifers.
 The calves have a place to stay in for several days then they get turned out in a smaller pen with a calf shelter to go in if needed.

Pictures from my walk the other day.
 It was a warm day, and the breeze was at my back so it was a nice walk.

 Almost home.
 Lots of snow last week but ...

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Calving Season....Morning Chores from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We're over at the cow barns

checking on the herd


Bull Calf Number 2

is getting a bath this morning!











These cows will be calving soon...





She is such a pretty girl





Enough with the camera...

it is time to get some work done.


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