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May 31, 2017
Trail Camera.....Deer and Bobcat from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Trail Camera Videos:

Deer and Bobcat


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One of our newest calves:


His mama is a heifer....this is her very first calf





So cute...he makes you smile!



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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 24, 2017
Trail Camera.....Bottle Calves from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full




Bottle Babies



The bottle calves are doing quite well.

They drink a 3 pint bottle of milk 3 x daily.

I have offered them hay and grain.

The red grain box is always empty?

I wanted to see who was eating all of the grain?

I thought maybe the barn swallows 

were eating it?

Maybe our chickens were eating it?


We set up the trail camera in the calf pen

to see who was eating the grain...


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It looks like Number 25 

is eating most of the grain.


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May 23, 2017
Whole Cloth....Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Earlier this month I completed the

design work on paper

for my next whole cloth quilt...




Layer 1.....Basic Design Lines






Layer 2.....Larger Motifs





Layer 3....Fill Work

36 inch square quilt size

You are looking through all 3 layers 

of the design on paper.



The border feathers on this design are

very large.

I decided to baste up a practice sandwich

so I could practice stitching out 

very large feathers...



After the feather work,

I decided to finish off the sandwich with some

background fills...






I used this grid stencil to chalk out

the lines for the right ...

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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 20, 2017
Bottle Babies... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



This 2 month old twin calf number 25

is living @ our barn here @ home

and we are feeding him on a bottle...



He is lonely and bawls a lot.

The barn is next to our house, so we can

hear him....LOUD and CLEAR!




We made a trip to the dairy this week

and look what we brought home:


A day old Holstein bull calf...








He has super long legs and looks like a giraffe!







Number 25 likes him...

they sleep together in the barn

and number 25 doesn't bawl anymore.



I captured video of these 2 babies

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May 19, 2017
Bull Buying Trip... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


7:00 am

We are heading over the pass to Central Oregon



My Batik Hexagon quilt top is 

along for the ride...







We are bull shopping in Madras, Oregon




 The Three Sisters Mountains:


We passed through Sisters, Oregon.

Home of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

The 2nd weekend in July every year!







I am looking forward to 9 hours round trip

of hand piecing hexagons!






My trusty train case has everything I need...






This is something to get excited about!




We are at the auction yard in Madras:


There are bulls everywhere!


















We brought 4 bulls home...





Lots of hexagons ...

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May 16, 2017
Twin bull calf....comes home from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



It has been 2 long months trying to keep

this cow and her twin calves together...



Mama Cow and her Twin Calves







Mama has never cared for her bull calf....

number 25







We have come to the pasture today 

to check up on him...







He is alone, abandoned and hungry.

It is time to bring him home 

and feed him on a bottle.



We are out in the pasture in the video below:


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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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May 10, 2017
Whole Cloth....Design Work from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



I am putting together another 

whole cloth design on paper:



Layer 1......Design Lines

36 inches square






The chickadee is my focal point...







Layer 2......feather motifs for the chickadee








Layer 3.....Fill Work


All of the design work on paper is complete.

I wish I could begin stitching...BUT




I am behind the wheel of the tractor 

finishing up work in the hay fields:



I do love tractor work.....so I am happy












The fragrant lilacs are in full bloom




I was out in the cow pasture last evening 

checking on the cattle...



There was a full moon...







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May 4, 2017
Spring Round Up......Yearling Cattle from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



It is 6am and the Cowboy wakes me up

with a cup of steaming hot coffee...



3 generations of Kessi's will be

working yearling cattle today...




The little yellow building in the photo below 


Our youngest son is here to help...

He will be taking over for me today 

so I will have more time to keep the 

camera in my hands.





Every Spring we round up the yearling cattle here @ home and get them ready to go out on summer pasture.  They get fly tags in their ears to keep the flies off their ...

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April 30, 2017
Baby Goats... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



We are delivering oats to the goat barn today



The baby goats came out to see 

what we are doing...






There isn't anything much cuter 

or more FUN than a

Baby Goat!



I captured this video of the Baby Goats:


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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 17, 2017
Dragging Mole Hills... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



Spring has arrived @ our house...





How do I know it is Spring?


Because instead of hearing the hum 

of my sewing machine...

 I am on the tractor dragging mole hills...






The Cowboy is building fence today 

in one of the cow pastures, 

so I am on tractor duty in the hay fields 

knocking down mole hills...






This tractor is just as much fun to drive

as one of my sewing machines...




I am not alone today...

the bulls kept me company in the 

third hay field and

the goats kept me company in the 4th hay field






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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







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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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