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  1. May 20, 2020 at 10:41 PM #41

    Marsha Cassada

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    My sister got a nurse cow from a dairy. At a certain age their udders are measured. If they don't work out for the dairy, they are sold. The two bottle babies took right to the cow, and all three are chewing their cuds in a hay nest. Not sure it is cheaper than buying powdered milk, but it is easier.
     
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  2. May 22, 2020 at 9:22 AM #42

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    Much easier, and if you are going to feed bums repeatedly, a nurse cow is a good idea, but she needs to be bred occasionally to keep her in milk. Dairy cows are not very common around here, so hard to come by. I'd prefer if the cows just took care of their own calves, so I didn't have to worry about it. Mine are finally eating out of a trough, so I don't have to wait for htem to finish their bottles, and I'm working on getting them on calf starter feed.
     
  3. May 22, 2020 at 1:59 PM #43

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    Yes, the nurse cow is bred. This should work out well for her since the local farmers know my sister will take any bottle babies. She mooed forlornly for two days for the babies she left behind, but now she is content with her two new adopted ones. She was rather poor; my sister is enjoying fattening her up and getting her to the vet for checkup. She is a jersey cross.
     
  4. May 22, 2020 at 3:40 PM #44

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    I'm not sure about Jerseys in particular, but dairy cows in general tend to be a bit bony on top, even when at a good weight, it seems to be a by-product of high milk production desired in dairy breeds. So a dairy cow likely will never be as filled out as a beef breed.
     
  5. May 22, 2020 at 5:15 PM #45

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    I've heard that, and we used to milk cows when I was a kid. We had Swiss. But this girl was too thin, and wormy. She's looking so much better already. Once the dairy decides cows won't work for them, I guess they just get sold off and passed around and used. My sister will take good care of her. This cow has such a kind face. I will take a picture next time I'm there. So nice to see the three of them chewing their cud in the shelter.
    We got a little far afield from crafting!
     
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    Yes, we did, so to get back on track, here's pics of two I finished earlier this spring, but just got pics of the other night and mailed yesterday. I'd been waiting to share pics til they at least got in the mail. Graduation gift for nephew and birthday gift for BIL (they are father and son). Reserved sharing pics as long as possible, so there was little to no chance they'd see before they received.
     
  7. May 23, 2020 at 11:46 AM #47

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    Very nice. They'll love those!
    I've been crocheting baby blankets for the local Family and Youth. Also crocheted a lap robe for the nursing home. I was touched and surprised about how happy both places were to receive them. Tried a bobble stitch border and it turned out nice and was fun to do. (Purged the photos off my phone without saving.)
    Also finished the baby sampler. Could not get to a frame store, as they were closed down, so Jim made the frame out of nice pine. I decided on cream paint instead of Moline Cherry Red (the only other suitable color in our paint stash). In lieu of a mat, I did the prairie point border around the stitching. That was hard to get even. Since we did everything ourselves, maybe it will be extra special. If I do that border around a picture again I will do it with paper instead of fabric.
    My flower quilt top is still held captive at the Methodist church where the quilt ladies meet. I will give it another week or so to see if they intend to quilt again before I try to pick it up. finished sampler.jpg
     
  8. May 24, 2020 at 9:27 AM #48

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    That turned out great.
    Hope your quilt hostage is released soon.
    My quilt guild meets at the local Senior Citizens center, so until they reopen, we can not have meetings. We are hoping to meet in June, as that is our "luncheon" meeting and last one before summer break.
     
  9. May 24, 2020 at 12:28 PM #49

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    I saw an idea to paint rocks like little houses and make a rock garden using them. I've been watching for rocks for 2-3 years to use. They are difficult to find the right shape or size. Finally got around to working on them this past week. It is a lot harder than it looks. Don't think I will be making any more. I just laid them in this pot to photograph; not sure what I will do with them. painted rocks.jpg
     
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    Those are very cute.
     
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