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NellieBelle

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Posted - Nov 19 2017 :  3:14:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Got one side rail installed and will add another like it to the other stanchion in the other room when the welder gets to it. Thought I should put the HJO signs to use, so my gals get some decor. This will probably be the cleanest it will ever be. .

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maryjane

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Posted - Nov 19 2017 :  3:43:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pitter patter went my entire being when I saw your pics, Janet. And the signs!

I suppose my approach to a milking parlor is a lot like baking. If I wash my dishes tools as I go (and every day after milking), it never gets out of control. Nothing defeats me more than a sink full of dirty dishes. Bake and clean. Milk and clean, same thing.

You're gonna love it, Janet, in the same way you love working in your kitchen.

I recently went crazy putting up a bunch of new shelves and a dozen or so hooks for things. We were getting way too much stuff piling up on the floor or stacked in the corners.







And I had Brad move the shelf for the NuPulse up as high and out of the way as I could get it.



And because I couldn't find a rolling cart that was just the right size to go beneath the NuPulse, Brad got handy and built one.



I'll bet your girls know how to christen your new space:) Seems like it's a tradition in some country, maybe India, to bring a cow into a new house before you move in and have her pee in it (bless it).




MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Nov 19 2017 :  3:56:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You've been doing some milk parlor upgrades too. Yes, I sure it will get broke in soon, but like you said, if you stay on top of it each day then it shouldn't be such a job. Plus, Joe if he isn't busy with other chores, stays close by with the yellow handled bucket to catch any moo poo. It ought to be interesting. Love the shelves and new shelved cart you have in your parlor.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown
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maryjane

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Posted - Nov 19 2017 :  4:13:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Janet, if you like granny smith apples, I discovered they have anti-freeze (or some such thing) in their veins, because even though I picked a bunch for our root cellar, there were too many so I left quite a few. Well, guess what, they are still perfectly good right from the tree and super sweet and juicy, even though most of the leaves on the tree fell off.



This gem was waist high.





The last few days it's been more than AN apple a day for me.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Nov 19 2017 :  4:21:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I should plant a Granny Smith apple tree. Isn't that something? Eating fresh apples off the tree in November. Amazing they don't turn white and fall off the tree. We've had a couple really hard frosts. Put the dwarf apricot tree in the ground this afternoon after we cow/calf proofed the opening under the new fence where the waterway ditch goes. Had to drive 3 posts and wire a cattle panel up, that should keep them from trying to go under.

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Boots&Flipflops

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Darla

Posted - Nov 20 2017 :  11:24:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Janet, I just came in to order something (Amazon of course) and peaked in and saw your new milk barn. It is absolutely stunning. Between yours and MaryJane's I will have lot's of ideas to throw at Tom and Austin. What all is behind the beautiful stall doors?

Glad you are getting a Granny Smith. As MaryJane stated, they seen to hang around quite a long time. One of my weakness of many, is sliced Granny Smith with caramel sauce dip. So much for the healthy apple part

Thank you for sharing your pictures.

To Succeed In This Life You Need Three Things: A Backbone, A Wish Bone and a Funny Bone. As quoted by Reba McEntire

Edited by - Boots&Flipflops on Nov 20 2017 11:26:01 AM
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Nov 20 2017 :  1:23:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Darla and MaryJane. It's still a work in progress, but getting there. Nothing exciting behind the stall doors. Just stalls. This picture shows the BarBarA in between the two stalls so that we don't have to carry water. The stalls are approximately 12x11'8". . We have to put some livestock mats in the stalls yet. Behind the sliding barn door is just a room 6'x12' for feed storage and it has sliding doors to the outdoors so we can unload it into the room. The other room behind the stall door is another place we will be able to milk or use for a stall if need be. It goes out to the weathering pen where the cows will enter and exit for milking and vet work. So nothing too exciting. Just glad it's about ready to use. Storage room and kitchen and hallway all on the north side of building.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown

Edited by - NellieBelle on Nov 20 2017 1:29:07 PM
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Nov 20 2017 :  1:27:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
hit quote by mistake. Don't need to see it twice.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown

Edited by - NellieBelle on Nov 21 2017 03:47:48 AM
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Boots&Flipflops

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Darla

Posted - Nov 21 2017 :  3:00:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Miss Janet, What do you mean nothing too exciting. I would be happy as a clam at high tide if I had a beautiful setup like that. It is so pretty and "sterile" at this point. I know once you start using it, it will change, but it is so organized and functional looking. I peaked at the pic's this morning on my phone while on our way to a feed mill for class. Couldn't wait to get home and see them full size on my computer. You and Joe should be so pleased with the outcome. I am excited for you to have such a nice place to work in your snowy winters or in the warm summer months. Thank you for all the nice pictures!!!

To Succeed In This Life You Need Three Things: A Backbone, A Wish Bone and a Funny Bone. As quoted by Reba McEntire
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Nov 21 2017 :  3:07:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Darla. I guess we've been at this building for so long that the excitement has waned. Thankful to have it but it's been a long time coming. I'm hoping I can get a routine that runs as smoothly as how I'm doing things now. I'm guessing that after a time it will.

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Boots&Flipflops

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Darla

Posted - Nov 21 2017 :  3:13:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Janet, I understand. Our house has been the same way. So much done, and still so much to do that it is loosing it's excitement. I still have a bunch of remodeling to do here, including a complete kitchen gut out. I am looking forward to my new kitchen, as it has been planned out for a couple of years, but I am not looking forward to the mess that it creates. No Pain, No Gain, Right?
Because Tom decided to do so much of our addition ourselves it took almost 6 years to complete. I was way over it at that point. The next one will not!!!!

I need a Roulette wheel with projects instead of numbers!!

To Succeed In This Life You Need Three Things: A Backbone, A Wish Bone and a Funny Bone. As quoted by Reba McEntire
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Nov 21 2017 :  3:21:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Many years here, many remodels. Still plan on doing upstairs bathroom yet this winter, if our carpenter can schedule it. But like you, way tired of messes. Nice when it's done, but ready for it to be over.

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Boots&Flipflops

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Darla

Posted - Nov 21 2017 :  7:52:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One last question Janet. Do you know the approximate dimensions of your milking parlor building? From you lovely pictures, it seems so nice and roomy in there.

Oh yes, we have two bathrooms that need worked over as well. The existing office is to become my laundry and canning kitchen and the kitchen itself. I am going to do the laundry/canning kitchen first so I have a working kitchen when the main kitchen gets torn out. Can only handle sandwiches for so long[;)

Thanks again for all the info.

To Succeed In This Life You Need Three Things: A Backbone, A Wish Bone and a Funny Bone. As quoted by Reba McEntire

Edited by - Boots&Flipflops on Nov 21 2017 7:57:05 PM
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Nov 22 2017 :  02:38:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, of course. The main building that will be in use for the milking and such, includes kitchen and stalls etc. is 24' x 36', with another 12' to the one end for a weathering pen where they can get in out of the weather. So total dimension 24' x 48' It's not near as large as our current barn building that we're using. It's set up so things run so smoothly except that I have to take care of my milk up to the house which requires a lot of carrying heavy loads. So I may come to appreciate my new building soon, as the lifting has really taken a toll on my body. I think I would have made room for hay so we wouldn't have to haul it so far now. So another building, lean-to perhaps for hay in the future. We will see how things work out.

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