I hope all of you are having a good Memorial Day weekend. I want to start off by saying Thank You to ALL the men and women in our military for your service and courage. Thank You for protecting our freedom! May we remember the fallen troops that have fought to protect our great country.
J and I enjoyed a slower paced week and still kept busy. Last Sunday J went to the Hills and ended up picking out garden plants for me. Monday I planted cabbage, cucumbers, dill, onions, pole beans, tomatoes and zucchini. My salad lettuce and radishes are thriving. The romaine lettuce and carrots are coming along.
I spent a good portion of Monday mowing.
Up and moving cattle at daybreak is how we started off Tuesday. We trailed a group of Cousin T’s pairs to summer grass. When we got home J and I branded the next 10 babies.
Wednesday morning J and I moved our pairs to a different paddock. On the way back home I saw something in the distance and thought I had missed a calf. When I got closer I found a snapping turtle. J was quicker at getting a picture of him than I was.
Later that afternoon we picked up salt/ mineral boxes and moved them to the paddock the cows are in. J noticed an antelope jump up and run. Upon closer investigation we found a set of new-born twins. One baby jumped up and ran the second is photographed below. We think they were born sometime on Wednesday.
Friday J went to check cattle at our south land. He found half the cows in the wrong pasture (there are two pastures on the south place). They plowed over a corner and broke the gate.
So, when J got home we loaded up fencing supplies. J has been talking about building new corners and refencing a few stretches of fence this summer. The cows going through he corner accelerated J’s fencing plans. We spent Friday afternoon building two corners and a gate. Saturday we put in a full day rebuilding 3/4 mile of fence. Thankfully the corners were solid and J didn’t thing we needed to replace them.
To top off our productive day we got .40″ of rain!
Sweet Pea’s kittens are doing well. They are playful, climbing, eating solid food and recognize my voice. One morning while petting these guys, the kittens born in the calving barn appeared. The steel gray Mother moved them to the square bales we stacked in the horse barn. They are still wild, but I know where they are.
In between outside tasks I’ve made time to work on Consider Birds. Below in my Lesson 1 project. I’m having a love/hate relationship with this piece.
1. I didn’t get along too well with the black gesso.
2. I struggled with the texture on the left hand side. My second attempt wasn’t much better than the first. It looks more sloppy to me than artfully messy.
3. There are several other little smudges that I see and don’t like.
4. Jodi advised me to rub in some raw umber on the textured blue paint. I tried and it didn’t work. So, I covered it up with feathers. Tasteful or gaudy, I don’t know. J thinks it looks dorky and it’s growing on me. I have it sitting on the tv stand in the living room; I think it looks ok from a distance.
I’m glad for the exposure to black gesso, birch wood and the thicker texture technique . I shall try again.
Lesson 2 was a collage featuring Finches. First, I must back up and share that I got two bird feeders the end of April, one for finches (filled with thistle seed) and one for birds (filled with general bird seed). In the last week I have been watching the finches outside my kitchen window. The American Goldfinch is so fun to see and watch. I also have lots of little brown birds that I think are finches also.
I worked on this collage on Thursday while J took a load of cull cows to town.
I hope all of you have a great week! Can you believe it’s almost June?