Archive | July 2014

Pumpkinvine Block of the Month

There hasn’t been much time for sewing in July. The farmer is going to be gone several days in August, maybe I can get some sewing time in then.

I did manage to get the Pumpkinvine BOM center sewn together.

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I like it better than I did before since the center is sewn. Now I need to sew 28 half stars for the next border.

Garden Harvests

The garlic has been harvested. I dug the cloves with a fork and cut off the tops. Then they were washed in water and the top layer of paper was peeled off. After drying in the sun, they are now drying in the garage on a cloth. I will leave them there for several weeks. It was a pretty good harvest.

IMG_4424This is a 2 gallon pail of garlic, it couldn’t hold all of the harvest. After the garlic has dried, I’ll select the 20 largest heads to  be saved for planting this fall. I always save garlic for the cooking I use and give the rest away.

The green beans have been growing and I have been freezing them for winter.

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We are eating the the potatoes.

IMG_4433Over 40  3/4quart boxes (or 3 cup boxes) of broccoli are in the freezer.

IMG_4446The onion stalks have fallen over and are ready to be harvested.

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Unloading the Hay Wagons

We use a hay elevator to unload the hay wagons.

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I place the bales on the chute. The chute has sides which straightens the bale and correctly places it on the chain. If it isn’t placed correctly, the chain comes off the track and that is a nuisance. (That is Taryn in the window)

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The chain has teeth which catch the bale and pulls it up to the hay mow where the farmer stacks the hay.

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This hay mow is full! It will be used to feed heifers this winter.

IMG_4418An inside view of the haymow.

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Two Finishes!

Last week I had some time to sew bindings on two quilts that were returned to me in June. They were both machine quilted by Sherryl Tobias, Nappanee, Ind.

Normally when I sew bindings, I sew the binding on the front, turn to the back and hand sew it to the backing. Not this time. I sewed the bindings on the back, turn to the front and machine stitched them in place. Wow, what a time saver!

The first quilt is a kit I purchased several years ago, “Let it Snow” designed by Edyta Sitar, Laundry Basket Quilts. I pieced the top at my guild retreat in February.

IMG_4439And a view of the quilting from the backside.

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The backing fabric of the “Let it Snow” quilt is black. I don’t know why it looks gray. I guess it’s just one of life’s mysteries.

The Zippy Strippey quilt I pieced at the Dear Jane Retreat in April. I think I’ll make another one some day.

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And the view of the quilting on the back of the quilt.

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Two finishes, what a great feeling of accomplishment.

It’s a Heifer!

Rozlynn gave birth to a nice heifer last week and I took some photos.

Just born . . .

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Dam & daughter time . . .

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In her own pen now.

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For the guernsey breeders who follow the blog: the calf is sired by Mar Ral Tiller Marksman and Rozlynn is a TH Allstar daughter out of Villa Crest I Rebekah.

The Corn is Tasseling

It was two weeks ago today that the wind storm hit our farm and leveled the corn.

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It is amazing how it has come back!

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Look at the root of the corn, it is still bent. The stalks will never entirely be straight, but it is a lot better than it was. There is some down corn in the field that was damaged and won’t yield anything but it is unbelievable that the majority has recovered.

We were fortunate the storm hit when it did, the taller corn has started to tassel and the ears are developing.

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Pollination wouldn’t have been possible on downed corn.

When There Is No Electricity

I’ve been asked what do we do when there is no electricity? We have to have it. The temperature of the milk in the bulk tank needs to be kept at 38*, we have to be able to pump water for the cattle and the cows have to be milked twice a day. That is why we have a generator. Many people have a generator for their home, but we have a different kind for the farm; we need MORE POWER!

Before you hook up the generator, you need to have your electric box equipped with a shut off lever. If the power comes back on while you are using the generator without shutting off the power line from the road, well, that is not good. You’ve ruined your generator.

The power line comes from the road and hooks into this box. On the back side is a lever that is pulled up to shut off the input from the road.

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The PTO on the tractor turns the shaft of the generator. The electric cord transfers the electric to the box which runs it through the power lines to the barns.

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We don’t use a generator very often. In fact, I don’t even remember the last time we used it.

We ran the generator for 2 days. The farmer started it up at 5 am and ran it until sometime in the afternoon when he would turn it off and refuel the tractor. Then back on until later in the night. We had to turn it off to be able to sleep. The generator hook up is next to the house. Diesel tractors are LOUD! We were thankful the electric was on the evening of the 2nd day.