Hubby and I spent most of February tearing out our old loading pen. It was well over 50 years old and was worn out. Instead of repairing like we normally do we decided to start over with this section of the pen. The far end with the working head chutes and calf pens are on the opposite end and were redone three years ago.
This is the working part of the pen we completed three years ago.
Head chute for medical and castrating. We consider this one of the best investments we’ve made in regards to working our cattle. Hubby is less likely to get hurt, less stress on the calves and our daughter is learning to use it too!
The boards have been torn off the posts and cut up for kitchen woodstove firewood. We recycle as much as possible. The old posts will be cut up for the big woodstove.
We’ve rehung some gates, tightened up some posts, and put in some posts. Now, we wait for our lumber to arrive which has been an unexpected delay. Most of the private lumber mills in the area will only cut for commercial folks. Here’s some pictures of the work we’ve done so far and I’ll post more as we get the work completed! I’ve definitely used muscles that have been lazy for some time!!!
Fence posts dug, posts placed, Qickrete poured and hardened.
Heavy equipment used to set some gate posts that we didn’t replace.
Rotted off gate posts at scale house.
Area of most work yet to be done.
Some of the existing gates that we will use again.
We rehung these gates after we replaced the posts.
Generator used to drill the hinge holes in the posts.
Kubota tractor we used to drill the holes for the posts.
We used our milkcans to haul water for the Quikrete
The Massey Ferguson was used to haul in the new fence posts and hauling the pallet of Quikrete.
NOW WE WAIT!!
Posted in CHANGES, Farming, Fencing
Tagged beef cattle, boards, gratification, hard work, loading pens, posts, safety, tractors, work friendly
I spent my entire Saturday, March 22nd, “starting” the spring cleaning in my kitchen. By starting, I mean those beautiful shelves my hubby put up on both sides of the length of my kitchen up near the ceiling is where I’ve started this year. I didn’t get to them at all last year and decided they would be first this year.
Shelving runs lengthwise in my 30 ft kitchen on both sides.
The shelves hold a lot of my antique kitchen items and farm animals (ceramic of course).
Several crocks and lots of roosters and hens. The shelving boards came from lumber we sawed from the farm and I finished.
It took all day to clean and put them back and my granddaughter climbed up and handed down everything to me and I washed and dried it all and she put it back. It was work but we had a good time catching up. While I was washing everything she was crafting for me.
First she twined a bottle for me. This will be placed in my family room.
She used polymer clay to make this flowers and bows to attach to some of our projects.
This clay was white but when it baked it turned to a very light beige which made it look old.
Some she embellished with a light blue and some with white. They’re very delicate looking.
Victoria enjoyed doing them so much she took a picnic basket full of bottles, twine and clay home with her to make me some more and I’ll post them when she is finished.
I’m so glad she loves crafting almost as much as I do.
Those fingers working the clay just perfect.
She has a delicate touch!
The spring cleaning in the kitchen is an on-going process and now it’s time to do the other shelf and all that it holds.
Posted in Creativity, Home
Tagged antiques, boards, bottles, clay, cleaning, crafting, granddaughter, Shelving, spring, twine
Do you know what Pinterest is? Do you have Pinterest boards? I would love to meet the genius that came up with this wonderful website!! Pinterest is website for collecting and organizing things you love. I have boards and I use them for crafts I want to make later, ideas for decorating, wish lists, and so much more. It doesn’t take but a few minutes to sign up for an account and it’s free. You will have a login and password so no one can mess with your boards. You can see other Pinterest sites that friends and other people have and you can repin things you love from their pin boards. Check out my site and see some of the thing I truly love!!
You can find it at: http://pinterest.com/ritascrafting/
I have twenty-six boards and 1626 pins as if today. I have a 127 followers that love the same things I do and I follow 128 pinterest sites. I have boards for quilting, crafting, gardening, books, blogs, DIY, cooking, handy tips, Country Style, hunting and outdoors, favorite music, barn quilts, crocheting, front porch living, spring cleaning, primitive decor, fall inspiration, Christmas, primitive outdoors. I love this site and when I see something on the internet that I may want to use in the future, I pin it. It’s fun, inspiring, it’s so organized and I think you will love it to. Here’s a quick glimpse of what my pinterest home page looks like: