Monday, May 18, 2020

Working Cattle in Western Oregon......Enjoy the Videos

It is Spring and we are working cattle

and herding them to summer pasture.

Enjoy the videos:

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Working Cattle....Spring 2020

It is Spring and that means it is time

to get the cattle worked and moved

to summer pasture...

Over the winter months,  the cattle are

fed in 5 different locations.

We spent this week herding them together

so we could work them...

Every cow and calf will get Fly Tags...

they are placed in the ear and help keep

the flies off  their face all summer.

They will also receive vaccinations 

to keep them healthy.

This is our cow table...

it is a busy place that holds all of our equipment

for tagging and vaccinating.

The Cowboy uses a pair of tagging pliers

to put in fly tags...

Our neighbor, a college student,

helps with the vaccinating and tagging...

Our son is doing the Freeze Branding

on the calves today...

The calves don't feel a thing.

After all of the cow and calf pairs

have been worked,

we herd them out onto the road:

I am out in front of the herd to direct any traffic,

which there isn't much on our little gravel road.

The rest of the crew is driving the cattle

from the back.

The cows will travel several miles

until they reach summer pasture:

It is always a good feeling 

to get them through the gate...

We will do this 3 more times...

and then all of the cattle will be worked

and put out on summer pasture.

It took all week to get this done...

I miss my sewing machine !

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Zipper Pulls...

Zipper Pulls

I have had Bead Fever lately...

I gathered up all of my orphan beads

left over from previous projects

and made zipper pulls with them...

It was fun putting together color stories

as well as adding charms to each one...

I took a break from hand stitching in the 

evenings and started stringing beads...

These are fun to have on hand to share

with friends and family...

Clip them on your jacket, purse, camera bag,

sewing machine trolly case, portfolio case,

scissors and of course your zipper bags...

These beads have been around for years,

it is good to see them getting their

twinkle on !

Actually, all of the components

for these zipper pulls were sitting in a drawer

just waiting for inspiration to strike !

I gathered up all of the zipper pulls

and put them in the little pink bag below...

Of course this pink bag needs a zipper pull...

A zipper pull with a bird charm on it.

Get those beads out of the drawer

and have some fun !

YouTube has lots of great tutorials

for zipper pulls

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Flowering Cherry Tree...

The Flowering Cherry Tree we planted

over 30 years ago is in full bloom...

With all of this rain, it weighed down the tree

and the branches broke off...

The Cowboy got busy with his power saw...

2 big branches partially broke off

and needed a bit of saw work to remove them...

The branches have been cut

and are laying on the ground...

You can see the yellow Thread Shed 

in the background...

The Cowboy has hooked onto the limbs

with the tractor...

He's hauling them up the driveway...

You can appreciate just how much of the

tree broke off with this view of the limbs...

He is dragging them out into the field...

Good Bye pretty tree limbs...

Luckily, this is a big, old tree

and we hardly miss the branches:

It looks like pink snow on the ground !

On the left side is the yellow Thread Shed

and Little Red Hen House

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Improv.....Technique 8 continued

It's been a week since I stitched on these

improv blocks...

We were planning to spread fertilizer today

on a few of the pastures but...

it is raining.

So, after morning chores

I headed directly for the Thread Shed

and made more of these...

They are 3 sided squares...

They remind me of square arches...

I threw in a few tiny ones

to mix things up a bit...

I am hoping to make this into a lap quilt

that I can leave in the pick up for traveling...

21 far

This is how I left the sewing table:

I like to leave a partially done block,

then it is so easy to get back into the driver's seat

and get back to stitching

the next time I walk back into the room.

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,