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June 7, 2017
Rachel's book!!! from Better than I deserve!

 My granddaughter gave me this book for Mother's day!! I just love it and I love that she has a love of books and reading like me:)

 She is such a good artist and  good story teller.

 I can't wait to take it for show and tell! Yes adults have show and tell too:)

 We have 3 baby buffalo so far.
 The other day I noticed these deer across the road.
 They eat corn by the grain bins.
 Then somebody drove by and scared them away. I'm sure they come back after dark when no one is ...

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June 1, 2017
Bye Bye May from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

I know I have said it before and that is how fast time seems be rushing past me.
Here it is the end of May and the first time since the "Little Dudes" have been born that I had missed their birthday. They turned 5 and growing so fast.
They will be here for a visit the end of June and will stay for 3 weeks. That will be here before you know it.

Even though time is quickly passing, I seem to be so slow at doing things and I thought I would be done with the flag quilt ...

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May 29, 2017
Trail Camera......Cattle from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Once in awhile we catch our cattle

on the Trail Camera...

Here are some night and day videos:


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The Lupine are in full bloom in the front yard






I captured a bumble bee in flight



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May 28, 2017
Cattle go to Town... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



This was a very wet, long winter.

A few of the mother cows have long feet

that need to be trimmed.

We hauled them to town to the vet school...



Dr. Joe and the vet students 

took good care of our cattle.



You can watch the hoof trimming

in the video below:


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May 22, 2017
Surprise.....another set of Twins from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We can go for years and never have a set of 

TWINS...



Yesterday we had our third set of twin calves.

Their mother is a 1st time heifer...

heifers rarely make much milk.....sigh.






We have them sorted off into a smaller pasture

so we can keep an eye on them for a few days

to be sure the heifer is caring for them.






The goats peeked around the corner of the barn

to see what all the commotion was about

while we were sorting off the new twins.


We have 5 heifers left to calve.

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May 15, 2017
New babies and more................. from Better than I deserve!

 All the new bulls were delivered a few weeks ago.
 Our first buffalo calf!!! Even tho I want Greg to sell them it's fun to see the babies:)
 so cute
 I made this along time ago and always wished it had more contrast in the hind quarter!
 I need to refold all the quilts in the cupboard.
 I'm taking volunteers.
 I laid some out to relax before folding them up again. I think I will do that with the rest of them.
 I just caught these ducks before the took off.
 A fall cow with the shape of ...

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May 14, 2017
Moving Day......Twin Calves from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



For those of you who have been following

the story of Mama cow and her twins

for the past two months...



Today is moving day...






We will put both calves out to pasture

 with their mama...






We are hoping mama will feed BOTH twins,

up until now she has preferred the heifer calf

and not the bull calf.


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May 11, 2017
Cattle Drive... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full




Join us on a Cattle Drive...


We are moving our cattle up river 3 miles...






Lush green pastures await them...






The Cow Boss, The Cowboy and I

will be moving them along.


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April 25, 2017
Life @ the Goat Barn... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



I took my camera along to the goat barn...



We are feeding nannies and kids 

this morning...






This is Lily






Her mama, Long Ears, is my favorite goat.

You can see that Lily inherited her mamas

beautiful long ears.




We are still in the calving mode...

a dozen cows left to calve yet.


This little white face calf makes me smile...

one black eye, one white eye.





This is the second set of twin calves...

They are several weeks old now and out in the

 pasture with their mama.



These are the last images of the tulips 

in the yard ...

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April 15, 2017
I Love You to the Moon.... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Time for FUN...



I installed the straight stitch throat plate

and the open toe free motion foot...







The I Love You to the Moon panel is

basted and ready to go under the needle...

I plan to stitch feathers everywhere!






Now that was a blast!






I had no plan...

I just followed the lines of the words 

and stitched feathers.






If you need a free motion quilting hit...

grab a panel and quilt to your hearts' content!







The Quilting Makes the Quilt!






Farm Life...



Mama Cow with her Twin calves







We continue to ...

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April 8, 2017
Cows and quilts......JMF from Better than I deserve!

 The cows are in the calving pasture and cow town is set up:)
 We found a couple new calves the other night when I went along with Greg to check.
 I noticed this when Greg was shutting the gate and had time for one quick shot. It's a mile or more away so not the best quality pic.
  I made these two quilts  for Lucas.  The one above is his new bed quilt. It is the same Fons and Porter pattern I have made a few times before. The surrounding blocks Lucas picked out from my wildlife/hunting tote ...

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April 3, 2017
Moving Cattle... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We are moving Cattle this evening...



The livestock trailer is backed up to the silo...

The mama cow and her twins are loaded up.




We drove them across the river and a mile

down the road to our house...


The twin calves are unloaded first...







The yearling cattle are lined up around the 

corral to check out the new arrivals...






Mama Cow is unloaded into the corral...




It will be easier for the Cow Boss and I

to let the twin calves nurse twice a day

here @ home in our own barn.

We are hoping in a few weeks Mama ...

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April 2, 2017
Tree Roots... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We pass by these tree roots every day

on our way to the Cow Barns...



Tree Roots





I notice them every time we pass by...













The roots are very smooth

from the cattle and the goats rubbing on them...






They are magnificent!




Just to give you some perspective as to the

size of these tree roots...


Here is a mama cow walking by the tree roots.






Here I am standing in the tree roots...








We continue to spend a lot of time tending

to the cattle


There are 31 calves on the ground so far...

we are half way through ...

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March 26, 2017
Twin Calves... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We are spending a lot more time over

@ the Cow Barns...



Twin Calves were born last week...






Mama Cow has decided she only wants 

the heifer calf.

She is rejecting the bull calf.

That means a lot more work for the Cow Boss.

One of us stays in the pen 

while the calves nurse...

so mama won't push the bull calf away.

Maybe in a month or so we can convince her

that she loves both babies?




This darling calf was also born last week:


This little bull calf is awful cute!





His mama likes him just fine!




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March 22, 2017
Turkey Vultures in the Cow Pasture... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full




It must be SPRING here in

Western Oregon...

The Turkey Vultures are back!



We were out checking on the cows and calves

 this morning...







The turkey vultures are perched 

on the fence posts...







I have been trying for years to get a close up view

of these beautiful birds...




I had my Canon 50X along today

and it zoomed in and captured the birds

having a solar bath...



They spread their wings...

it dries them out and also bakes off the bacteria

on their feathers







The zoom lens allowed me to stay far enough 

away so we observed natural behavior ...

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March 20, 2017
White Cow has her Calf... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We raise Shorthorn mother cows



They are red and white and oh so beautiful...




Once in awhile a white calf is born:


We kept her as a replacement heifer...

A replacement heifer is a yearling calf that you keep (rather than selling it with the rest of the yearlings) and breed it to become a mother cow in your herd. Each year we keep the very best heifer calves, usually a dozen of them, to become mother cows in our herd.

Here she is as a mother cow.

She was in labor all day yesterday...

We checked on her throughout ...

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March 19, 2017
Dresden Quilt.....Toddler Bed from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



After morning chores...

I went directly into the Thread Shed



I stitched the black and white binding

onto this little Dresden Plate Quilt...






It is just the right size for a Toddler Bed...






The label is sewn on the back...

it is all ready to make someone special

warm and cozy.



Baby calves are arriving daily

over @ the cow barn...


25 calves on the ground...






By the time they are 3 days old,

they are running and romping and

playing games with the rest of the calves!





This cow hasn't calved yet...

she is worried that she may be ...

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March 17, 2017
Wet and Wobbly... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



New calves on the ground daily...


After a morning @ the Cow Barn,

we head back home for breakfast...





Before the day could get away from me,

I went out to the Thread Shed 

to do some stitching...


This is a photo pillow...

a birthday gift for someone special.

24 x 24 inches




So glad I had the time to get it finished

in time for the big day!



Just minutes after a calf was born this morning,

I filmed this video:


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March 16, 2017
Devotion... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full




Mother cows are devoted to their young...




Calf 17 greeted us when we arrived

@ the Cow Barn this morning...






He has found a warm and dry place to sleep...






Our mama cows are the best mothers

and totally devoted to their babies...






From birth, the calf knows the mother's bawl...

when mama calls, the calf comes running to her.






The mama also knows her own baby's cry...

when baby cries, she comes quickly 

to see what is wrong.






Calving Season.....a real treat!




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March 15, 2017
Morning @ the Cow Barn... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We are over @ the Cow Barn this morning

checking on the cows 'n calves...


The cattle are out in the orchard enjoying a....

non-rainy day







The cowboy is feeding big bales and

I am bedding the barns...







Relaxing morning.....aahhhh.

22 calves on the ground.



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