Adventures in Haymarsh

Month: March 2020

Lucky & Speckles

& Just like that farm life has gotten busy! Due to a neighbor’s bull jumping two fences last spring, our heifers have started calving one month earlier than expected!  Never a dull moment out here!!!

Meet Lucky! Grandpa’s first heifer calf of the year. Sadly, Lucky’s mother passed away from a uterine prolapse… Likely because the bull was not a heifer bull 😞. But Lucky survived and boy is she a cutie!
This is Speckles and his mother! This pair is also Grandpa’s, she slipped on the ice last week and injured herself so now we have to lift her twice a day with the tractor using the hip hugger cow lift… Makes the day very full! Speckles was born on Thursday night. Since then, four more healthy calves and mothers are in the pasture!
This flock of chickens just goes crazy happy when I bring the kitchen garbage out to them, they are so fun to watch! Friendly hensπŸ”
Simon is busy keeping up with his first grade homeschool work and his brothers love being involved when he reads to them.
This sweetheart who just arose from a nap in this picture, decided to roll from side to side this week! She also turned 3 months old on March 26th!!!❀️
He’s so proud of the tower he helped build!
She joins us at meals in the high chair now. She doesn’t eat the food, but she’s so happy to sit with the crew.😊
With the fluctuating markets these days, his egg business is thriving!
Since Andrew and I are out here full-time now, we are figuring out our system. Last year we really appreciated having the heifers worked and out of the way before we brought the large herd of bred cows home to calve out. So, we worked heifers and moved them out to pasture on Saturday.
We’re going against the popular grain and raising some British White cattle, rather than Black Angus. We kept some steers in hopes that we get a better price for them this fall.
Andrew and Grandpa in the background working on a heifer.
3 Little Ranchers!
He helped out by eating a good portion of the lunch before lunch time!πŸ˜‚ Got to love those toddlers!
Earned the best cheerleader award today! With three older brothers, she’s bound to wear boy clothes & that she did today πŸ’™
God Blessed Us With These Amazing & Wonderful Boys! Grandma’s too hoity toity to use nature’s bathroom, so they walked her back to her house.
Blue skies, smiling at me…🎢
Started rounding up heifers at 9 am, and turned the heifers out in their new pasture at 7 pm…now back to night chores and then lifting Speckles’ mother.
There they go! Thank you God for another safe and happy day!πŸ’›
Feeding the herd this afternoon.
The seedlings are growing!
Friday evening was a gorgeous evening so we went out for a family walk. πŸ’ Treasuring these days of having young children and being able to spend so much time with them.πŸ’–
With Holy Week coming up in a couple of weeks, I found some of these ideas to be something I may try this year. So, I thought I would share this and the next sheet, in case you find something you would want to try too. God bless and keep you all! Have an inspirational 5th week of Lent!

Inner Peace

“From Pestilence, Famine, & War: O Lord Deliver Us.” There’s an old Litany of the Saints Prayer book in our little old church that had this line in it that we used to pray.Β  It rings much truer to me now!Β  I remember being about 9 years old and asking my Dad what pestilence meant.

The chickens are really laying a variety of eggs. They must know Easter is on its way! We sure are going to miss attending the Easter Triduum in a church. But I bet Andrew and I will put our heads together and provide a prayerful experience for the children. It’s a blessing to have access to Mass using technology, but it’s still not the same.
There’s been a lot of book reading here. The heifers are eating happily in the background.
A new feed bunk was put together.
Bright eyed little girl! Social distancing is possibly down right pleasant when one has a Cutie pie chubby little chunk around to cheer up the whole family with her toothless smile!
Working on crawling skills.
Mint…one of my favorite parts of St. Patrick’s Day!
Tasty bacon from the Borup, MN cousins. I suppose we should invest in some pigs so we can have homegrown pork for sustainable agriculture.
The seedlings are growing!
They built a structure of blocks.
Enjoying his free time after his homeschool work.
Andrew texted out,”Have cow. Found churn. Make butter.”
Watching the butter churn.
Andrew sure appreciates Grandpa keeping a milk cow around. Here Andrew is adding salt to the butter.
Tidying up the garage now that he has some time for home projects.
Happy 4th Sunday of Lent! May you have a blessed week ahead!
Grandpa feeding the yearlings hay.
Jeremiah 29:11

✝️Does anybody else miss going to Mass? I really rely on my Sunday routine and miss being in God’s house! We’re going to “have televised Mass,” with some hymns by Andrew, we’re really hoping the Bishop will allow us to use our little country church during this time.”πŸ›


Every year I hope for a 100% calf crop.Β  On Monday we lost our first calf.Β  It’s hard to start the year that way.Β  My heart hurts for the mother.Β  I’ve been told three things, “Once it stops hurting to lose a calf, get out of the livestock business.” A neighbor told me, “if you’re going to have livestock, you’re going to have dead stock.” Our 4 year old asked if the calf can come back to life?Β  I had to explain that death is final.Β  It was a tough day for the family, we grieved.Β  The last rancher I talked to was on Friday, he asked how everything was going and I told him about our loss and he said, “well you can only go up from here!” I appreciate optimism.

This was found as my Dad is cleaning old boxes, I thought there were some good ones.
We enjoyed a pie on pi day!
She tries to sit herself up when we lay her in her swing bed, so she’s enjoying the bumbo.
I love reading to this crew!
Planting garden seeds.
She is such a lovely addition πŸ’—
Library storytime project.
Helping me clean the garage.
Explaining to me how a combine works.
Grandpa gave my arms a rest, it’s good to have help when making Sunday brunch.
Such a good big brother.
Won a cake at a cake walk last Sunday.
Brothers πŸ’™
Two Wednesdays ago this kind lady came and helped me with a sewing project. She’s such a talented seamstress! In her life, she’s made 4 wedding dresses…her daughter’s, two sisters, and her own.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone on March 17th, I hope everyone is happy & healthy!

Summer Day!

God gifted us with a gorgeous day with summer like weather and it’s not even spring on the calendar yet!

After a long hiatus, we were able to work with the ponies again!
Sunny, 67 degrees, not even a breeze,
Enjoying the stroll with Mary!
We went for a family walk.
Mary met the ponies.
Visiting the cemetery.
Skipper was all smiles.
Barred rock hen.
Sunning themselves.
Andrew’s friend gave us a ton of clothes for Mary, we gave them some beef, then they gave us some moose sausage. First time we’ve ever eaten moose!

We love our little jewel!Β  Andrew and I have been so blessed that she has remained so healthy, so alert, and so strong.Β  Any home can be a happy home when the Baby is healthy!Β Β 

March is literacy month! These little fellows are so much fun!!! May they always have good, quality literature to read to accompany them on this journey called life.
“Crawl Little Mary, Crawl!,” says big brother πŸ₯°
We went to support the local fire department and attended their fundraiser. They had excellent entertainment, the Little Blue Stems!!! Always a good thing to have a fire crew available!
Feeding the cattle.
The good ol’ cows!
The migratory fowl have really started to come to the marsh and surrounding fields.

Happy March ☘️

Hope everyone’s Lent is going well.  Today is windy!🌬️. But it appears Spring has Sprung weather wise in Haymarsh Valley with mild temperatures… will be interesting to see if March has come in like a lamb or lion?

Sunday Sunrise.
We worked our two yearling bulls yesterday, one was a bit nervous and testy so we’ll see if he sticks around or we choose to ship him. We prefer calm, quiet cattle.
Saw this cool list at Stations of the Cross on Friday…it’s a list for 8th graders, but I thought they’re also great ideas for Lent.
Our Parish set out new prayers in the pews for Lent.
Sister & Brother
I rounded the corner to see the big brothers talking to little sister this past Thursday.
He earned first place in a coloring contest and was awarded a certificate and prize money. Will art play a part in his future career?

πŸ“I hope to blog a little each Sunday during Lent, have a wonderful second week of Lent!πŸ›

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