Adventures in Haymarsh

Month: October 2021 (Page 1 of 3)


It was a cool 40-degree morning, with wind, but Chelsey, Tracy, Glen, and Richard, showed up to help us wean the first batch.  Curt, Don, and Grandpa and Grandma hauled the calves.

Here they come!
I’m really counting on the 70 and 80 year olds that are helping us out to live until they’re about a 150 or so, there just aren’t people in the country coming to fill their shoes… & I kind of need them to be around until I want to retire.
Big, black baldy decided to come say hi.
The “A” Team.
Sleeping on the job 😴
Weanlings are penned and being loaded on to the truck… Cousin Richard is so calm and quiet around the cattle… the cattle seem to really like him.
I’m always a bit surprised when I bump into people from Andrew’s hometown, when they are surprised that Andrew works with cattle, he may have been a bit timid the first few times he was around cattle, now it’s kind of his second nature… Makes me wonder… do you think the Vikings that raided villages & sailed the seas were actually Cowboys? πŸ˜‰ If any of you are looking for good reading material for this winter, I recommend “Letters of a Woman Homesteader” by Eleanor Pruitt Stewart, an excellent book about a woman who marries a Norwegian rancher.
Lunch time πŸ˜‹
A successful day!
We’ve got a healthy challenge of hauling water to the cattle in November and December in North Dakota. Mister engineer/problem solver thinks he has a solution to help out for this year. Hoping and praying for adequate moisture this coming year to solve our “lack of water” problems.
Covering the strawberries.

6th Cattle Drive

The cattle moved like molasses tonight, but we got the job done!Β  A great, big, thank you to good ol’ Don & Tracy!Β  Simon & Andrew worked very hard & Jet earned her oats!

Leaving the pasture.
Entering a new pasture.
Come Boss, Come!


I remember milking the milk cow when I was 8 years old.  Sometimes, history does repeat itself.

Milk, it does the body good! πŸ₯›
One of Mom’s nurses heard I made chokecherry syrup, so I was in the kitchen today canning some syrup from the chokecherries she gave me.
She thought she would help me load the dishwasher to sanitize the canning jars. We had to go over the instructions of removing the lids and rings, I gave her some slack however, since she’s 22 months old.
While the other two napped, she brought some friends to help me make monster cookies for after school snack.
In the background, if you notice a crock, Andrew used the cabbages I grew and made some sauerkraut last night.
Monster cookies πŸ˜‹

Off the Beaten Path

It is so nice to see new areas of the world! We were able to take a vacation due to a school break and were blessed to see friends, family, and such beautiful fall colors!

We got in a stop at the best cake maker in the Midwest and had a nice visit with her and her husband.
We also got to see the uncle whose voice can fill up our little country church.
Grandma Jen got in some snuggle time with Baby Lucy.
A brief stop at Sauk Rapids.
❀️Home Sweet Home ❀️

🎢”Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home”🎡

Buttercup Squash πŸ˜‹

Once this is baked, and removed from the shell, I add some butter and brown sugar and it is so tasty! The kids also really enjoy the seeds roasted and salted!
I used the homemade tomato sauce, added sliced cabbage, carrots, and beets, all from our garden! Then, I added some noodles and beef broth. The flavor was bursting! It tasted so real compared to canned soups.
The ducks and geese were enjoying the yard today.
🎡Sisters, sisters🎢
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