Saturday, February 16, 2013

Calf, Mikasa Pure Red, Snow, and Rolling Over

Winter on the farm is not a terribly active time, although there has been a little bit of news. One of our youngest heifers apparently took a little longer to "catch" than the others, so she just had a calf a couple of weeks ago. Ryan and I together got her into the lean-to, she was fairly cantankerous about it. It was the right decision, though, because she had her calf about 2 days after we got her into the barn, and the nights were definitely typical January cold! Ryan thinks it is a bull calf, but it's hard to get close enough to tell. Neither of these cows have the characteristic belts of the Belted Galloway, which we were told would breed true (liars!). Genetics is a funny thing.
Other than that, the farm has been quiet. We don't have chicks yet; we don't usually get them until late March. 

In quilting news, I think I told you we went to a friend's wedding in October when I was 8 months pregnant. Well, being 8 months pregnant and with a toddler, I did a terrible job of bringing a gift (as in, I didn't). So while I was on maternity leave, I went and looked up their china pattern, which is a pattern called Pure Red by Mikasa:

Then I made a small wall hanging to match it for their dining room. I used fusible applique with satin stitching on the edges, and I hand embroidered the stem. 

I'm happy with how it turned out, and I hope they like it. It's about 18x24 inches or so, and it's in the mail as of last Wednesday. 

With winter comes snow, and with snow comes sledding! So H got to go sledding for the first time, and we have a very hilly farm. 

Ryan called me out to capture a little video.

At our next snow, H and Ryan did it again, and he recruited a little help with the sled.
We also brought a little snow inside for her to play with without getting so cold and having to be bundled up.
Little Z is also growing well, and rolled over for the first time today!
I went back and looked, and H rolled over at 4 months, almost exactly. Z is 3 months old two days ago. I might have a mover and a shaker on my hands!

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