Round up…photo heavy

Just a general collection from the year…some good, some not so – but we collect ourselves up and try again in 2022 😊

Daisy’s calf Loki.
We lost Daisy to milk fever this year – despite a timely vet call. This was a tough one to get back up from. Buttercup – her calf came out backwards – we had to pull him, but we were too late. Loki got fostered over to Buttercup. It worked. Sometimes things are what they are. Both are thriving.
My last post I mentioned the puppy. Back story – our 12 year old mixed breed – woke one day with a serious intestinal issue. We lost him 24 hours later. Our 13 1/2 year old wolf hybrid, already tired in the hips…her heart simply broke, she never. Stopped. Pacing. Howling. Looking for him. She did stop eating. Except scrambled eggs. Until one day she stopped eating those too. We thought the pup might being a spark back to her. It didn’t.
Yeah. Sometimes the hits keep coming.
Copper 😊I have no idea what she thinks she’s doing- we had to block her out of the layer pen – she was kicking the layers out and commandeering the nests with eggs in them 🤷‍♀️
Onto better things…nothing sweeter than a granddaughter and her horse heading to the country store with friends for ice cream. ❤️
And yeah – who needs a saddle when your young and flexible and have no fear and love horses 1 this one is a marshmallow . 👍🏻
Orange Cat. Old. Fat. One of many resident mousers…though she rightly retires to the wood stove in the barn come winter.
Graduating grandson – yeah he’s that tall. The school did a live feed of the ceremony cause ‘Covid’ – I didn’t say this out loud, but got a little teary here – where the hell does the time go?
Proud son in law, proud son.
Found out wasp sting = anaphylactic shock. (And in the words of my wise daughter “Mom! Jesus – your blood pressure!”) Also found out my son can turn a twenty five minute trip to the hospital into a seven minute derby while still managing to look at me a dozen times asking “you doing okay?”
(Not tho muths Thimmy – as my lips were swelling and my tongue was going numb)
Note to self: don’t pitch your expired epi pen until you have another. It would have still been helpful.
Speaking of wise daughter – I can’t be more proud of this girl! Managed to pull that off while working no less. At the top top of her game now ❤️
No – I have no idea why one hive has decided to exit stage left. Cool to look at though…every year the bees do something to surprise me.

Summer, fall…miscellaneous 😊

So. Much. Grass to cut. Front yard.
Blanch freeze blanch freeze – the gardens produced very well despite unheard of heat dome with temps above 40C
Yes – that is my toaster 😁
The beginnings of fermented hot sauce – yeah it’s a hit with the guys. I’ll take their word it’s good. I also did a sriracha- that one I can tolerate.
Pineapple habanero 🥵
This man is never more happy than when we’ve got firewood coming in. He would go every day if he could.
Drop em, drag em, cut em, load em. This day I was watching for bear, handy to a rifle. There’s the remains of a moose kill just off the road. Never been a fan of getting firewood during hunting season.
When you get a spare weekend…
Fortunate to get sockeye this year. We canned up fifteen…son had fun with the smoker.
Son coming into the sort yard (in case you wondered where all the trees are) This is one ‘lane’ of many.
Depending on where he hauls from…one, two, three loads a day. Look behind the truck – logged and not logged. Yet. 🤷‍♀️
Using the propane stove – a luxury in the summer, so many years I only had the cook stove to use. Mind you, the first year we moved here – we canned tomatoes on an open fire outside 😂.
As we say in the north – you spend all summer getting ready for winter…
Because when it’s your only source of heat and you get temp like this….
Even the dog, jacket and all – needs a break from it…
Though it is pretty….
What I was hoping for in 2021…
What I got 😉 messy – but we got to the end of it.
And sometimes you have to appreciate the moments when you find them.

Love you all – wishing you a stellar 2022 😊


About valbjerke

Farmer, Transmission Rebuilder, Self Sufficiency Nut. Like the old school way of doing things. "Fast is fine - accuracy is final" (quote by some way back famous gun-slinger - likely just before he got shot dead)
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2 Responses to Round up…photo heavy

  1. Pat says:

    Wow, great photos! And love the story you told using them. Has been a busy, crazy, scary, emotional and triumphant year for you. Love ya too, lady!

  2. 247paulgray says:

    I wish I had your talent for taking photographs.
    Happy New year to you and family.

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