Thursday, November 27, 2008

Twice Blessed


One of our cows that we had been planning on butchering for a while, went and had twins Tuesday:)

Ariana found them off in the woods, where she had been noticing the momma going. The momma doesn't have milk and has lost two calves so far, which is one of the reasons we were going to butcher her. After noticing our cow was not in the pasture, me and Ariana decided to go on a late night calf rescue. Usually when the cows disappear away from the herd, they are calving, so we figured there must be a calf somewhere out there. But we had a big surprise when we found two. If you can get colostrum to the babies within their first 24 hours of life, they have a good chance of making it.

Praise the Lord we didn't butcher the cow yet, we would have been minus the only twins ever born in that pasture!

One down and one to go.

The momma didn't want this one and left it in the woods and took the other one with her into the swamp, so we had to get her the next morning.

We named him Popeye cause he's got an anchor on his head.

Ariana is so tired she can hardly keep her eyes open;)

Mary with Popeye and Olive Oil

Time to wake up and eat....

and the feeding frenzy begins...

Sucking down the (spinache) milk ;)

Time for bed.

Mary tucking them in for the night.

Thank You, Lord.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Making Paper

The other day we went to the "Stokes' Humble Abode"
and Liv and Julia (And a few onlookers of course)
made some "Homemade" Paper

Pullin the felt off the producing product

Then we decided to make "GREEN" paper.


When we pulled the screen out of the water

All the green floated out with the water. So we
ended up not getting any colored paper.

They're almost dry.

Ju pressing the paper


Shredding up used paper to put in the.......


Then we put the pulp into the tub of water

The next day when the sun came out,
we hung the paper on the line to dry.

Perfecto... Except for the fact that it felt like cardboard:)
Practice makes perfect.
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Floor Project

The following is what you do with a linoleum floor that's been glued down
over 20 years and you don't want to put tile on top of it!! The girls were
determined to get that floor up and just keep the wood floor underneath.
Here we go.
"This isn't too bad"
Momma's thinking...."There must be an easier way!
Ariana has had enough. She has an idea.
"Let's heat the floor and melt the glue"
"It works great"
(We only burnt out two blowdryers):)
Christiana has a better idea.
"If the blow dryer works to heat it up, why not FIRE"

This actually worked great, but the smell was awful,
so back to the blowdryers we went.

Melted glue, after the fire.

Slow Going.

Floor Project Tools, (minus the fire)

More of the floor crew.

Look at the determined face.
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Getting down to the last part.

Time to move everything out.

All the linoleum is GONE!!
Time to sand to the perfect finish.
Adding a little something special.

Posted by PicasaThe finished product.
(Before it is sealed and varnished)
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The Fall Garden

The Fall Garden has been planted and once again the Lord has
blessed us abundantly. Here's a quick update on how it's progressing.
Our Garden Foreman

He keeps us company while we work in the garden.
He's such a gentleman:)

What a beautiful sight.

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