Thursday, February 15, 2018

Roof Repairs...

Maybe you've wondered what farmers do in the winter time when the field work is finished?  Besides milking, feeding and daily chores?

They take long afternoon naps, vacation in the Carribean and eat bonbons, of course!

Riiiiiiiiiiigggghht...

It's a good time to catch up on repairs on equipment or buildings, especially when you have temps in the 60's and sunshine like today!

This past summer, my parents moved into the house across the road from us. (Oops! I just realized that I never did a blog post of "after"pictures like I promised!  Click here if you want to see some of the pictures of the work in progress on their house. I'll try to do a post soon of the finished project!)
Anyway...my Dad recently discovered where some water was getting under the roof on the screened in porch and damaging some wood. 

Jim inspected it yesterday and gathered some materials.  This afternoon he's been working on the repairs...



It's convenient that Jim worked for a roofer after high school and learned some roofing skills...


I climbed up and "helped" for a little bit, but really wasn't needed, so I skipped out and went to visit our neighbor lady who just had a hip replaced on Monday.

My Dad would love to be up on that roof with Jim, but was content to watch from below...


Jim's been working all afternoon, and the forecast rain has held off.  Hopefully he'll get finished before it starts!  There will be more wintertime projects to come, I'm sure, and before we know it spring will be here!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Winter Projects...and Super Bowl LII...

I was going to save this for last, but it's WAY too important, so let's just get it over with, ok?

THE EAGLES WON THE SUPER BOWL!!!



It sure was an exciting game!  Other than the outcome, which was a looooooong awaited win, the game was so much fun to watch, because both teams played really well!  We were biting our nails until the end, and let's just say that the dog that was napping at halftime...well he couldn't have slept if he'd wanted to in the final two minutes of that amazing game!

And the guy in the recliner?  He wasn't feeling well...and he was cheering for the Patriots...and he went to bed at half time.  I'm not so sure how easy it was for him to go to sleep either!

Fly Eagles Fly...

Ok, enough of that.

Before Christmas, we had a building project going on behind the barn...


We wanted some more storage space for some equipment here at home, so Jim consulted and got estimates from a couple of Amish crews, chose one, and they put this addition up in just a few days...


The Amish man who did the original design/estimate was tragically killed in a buggy accident the day after Thanksgiving.  His grandson who was heading the project made a few adjustments to the plans, and did a really great job with the building...




The only thing different about the project now, is that they added some rolling doors on the west side of the shed (facing you in this picture) to protect the contents inside from blowing snow and rain.  They were added a week or so later, and we're quite happy with the end result.


It even seems to help keep the west side of the barn a little warmer, by blocking the wind!

That's our big project for this winter!

Fly, Eagles, Fly...

Friday, January 26, 2018

Jolyn...

Jolyn. 

She's just a kitty...and a calico at that...which means that she's an unlikely choice for me to fall in love with.  She's independent, smart, a good hunter, and has the uncanny ability to run underneath the cows without spooking them!  They ignore her time and again, as she runs anywhere she pleases without getting so much as the swish of a tail.  That's asking a lot of a cow.

This morning I found her curled up in a pile of hay in front of this first calf heifer.  You can barely see her, but she found a warm spot to take a quick snooze...



This picture was taken a couple of years ago...


She makes a warm scarf on cold mornings!

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Mid-January Thaw...

We're in the midst of a mid-January thaw here...

Temps this month have ranged from -2 to near 60 degrees, and I must say, I'm enjoying the spring-like temps we've had the past few days!  In fact, Saturday was such a nice day that Jim and I washed the barn windows...


Don't blink or you'll miss them.  When the next delivery of toasted corn comes...and is blown through that pipe alongside the barn, they will be dust covered instantly!

On another note...did you watch the NFC championship game last night?

(not my picture!)

There are a lot of happy Philadelphia Eagles fans!

Friday, January 19, 2018

We're Still Here...

Well hello!

Yes...we're still here, although you might wonder why there haven't been any blog posts since the beginning of December?!

It's called life.  The kids were home for a nice break from college...the bitter cold set in for a week or so...I started thinking about the book work that needs to be done for taxes...and I got lazy.  Plain lazy.

Enough of that.  And enough excuses! 

We have a cow in the barn that seems to be a bit under the weather.  We're a bit uncertain as to her specific diagnosis...no fever, no twisted stomach, no winter dysentery, no milk fever...

She got some special treatment today in the form of hand pulled rye grass...


I kicked the snow off of the rye grass and pulled a bucket full to see if it would entice her to eat...


Initially, she grabbed a big mouthful, which is a good sign...


...and then she decided she'd had enough.  However, an hour or so later, the trough in front of her was empty, so somewhere along the line she got hungry again.  We're watching her closely, in hopes that it was a temporary issue that has resolved.

Aren't you glad you're not getting grass for supper tonight?  :)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

All In a Day's Work...

For your entertainment...

Here's what happens when you walk behind a coughing cow...


Sometimes you just have to say "oh crap", and laugh at yourself. 

Oh...and do some laundry!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Random Farm Photos...

I recently took part in a Facebook challenge to post black and white photos of things that are a part of my normal, everyday life. 

Here's a sampling...

Empty wagons, waiting for Jim to fill them with baled corn fodder...


The old tile silo at the other farm...


Jolyn, just being herself, hanging out on the windowsill near the heifer pens...


The ladder leading to the hay mow at the other farm...


Dust Bunny, patiently waiting for milk drippings after morning milking...


Milkers, cleaned and waiting...


Goof ball Phoebe, who thinks she's part human.  After all, that little picnic table was made for sitting at on, wasn't it?


The barn cleaner elevator...


Thanks for humoring me with your time!  There's something unique about black and whites, I think!