Despite the drought our garden is doing pretty well this year. The lawn…not so much
Peas, Squash and a few heads of lettuce:
Green Beans and Tomatoes
Peppers and onions
Some close ups:
Being pregnant certainly makes gardening tough. Our garden wouldn’t look 1/2 this good this year without all of my husband’s hard work. Thanks Jon, I love you!!!
No, not for me quite yet although I could have a full term little one in less than a month!
This maybe baby is for our mama cow. We spent last Friday night getting very friendly with the old girl. My mom noticed some heat signs late last week and by Friday the cow appeared to be in a standing heat. The steer was giving it his all, but just doesn’t have what it takes to make a baby
A friend of ours is certified for artificial insemination and my grandfather’s semen tank still has a few straws for AI that he picked out many years ago. We choose MSU Prospector 508 as the bull for this particular round. Hopefully the AI will take and we’ll be calving around May 7th next year. If this cycle doesn’t take I think we are planning to wait a few months and aiming for a fall calf to avoid the peak fly season with a summer baby. Here are a few pictures of the AI process for those who are interested.
Mama in the head gate
We were shocked at how calm she was. An angel during this whole process! No kicking or bucking just hanging out.
The all important glove:
The brave guy wore white for this job
Inserting the semen straw
The chosen bull:
It was definitely an interesting process. While we would prefer a bull to do the dirty work, it’s kind of impractical to get one for only one cow. If a few rounds of AI don’t take maybe we’ll venture down that path but for now we’ll see what happens!
Everyone keeps saying I’m popping, but honestly I’ve felt this big for a while. Now looking at the pictures I guess they are right! The grey shirt is week 25 and the yellow is week 30. This baby is definitely growing as am I! Pregnancy is getting harder now. I’m no longer on power save mode with the air conditioning. I want it cold and I’m willing to pay the bill! Gardening is getting tough. Jon can weed 4 rows in the time it takes me to finish one, but I’m still out there trying! I’m pretty nervous for canning to begin. Standing over a hot stove with vinegar burning my eyes doesn’t sound to fun right now, but I know I will appreciate it in the long run. 10 more weeks to go, give or take a few!