Well, I’m finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s getting brighter and brighter, and I’m so excited! It’s all about the calves. I’ve been taking care of babies for the last 4-5 months, and I’m getting kinda tired. We only have a handful of big girls to “deliver” and then we’ll be home free. It’s been a loooong time a comin’. I take care of them in the beginning stages and then when they get weaning age, I’m off the hook. Yee-haw! Yep, this is my life. I eat, sleep, and breathe calves. Morning and evening. Seven days a week. That’s why I have Mad Cow! And this all comes after I get done milking the big girls. Of course, I have help. Lots of help. I’d be dead if I didn’t! This little “jerk” tries my patience to the max! Tsk. Tsk. See….my row of hutches is slowly shrinking. It doesn’t really look like it here, but trust me, it is. The last few calves have all been little Jersey cross breeds like this one. They’re so tiny. They remind me of little fawns when they’re first born. Cute…..and then they grow up to be bossy bovines. We get them in all colors. Red, brown, yellow, black and white…….they are precious in His sight. Remember that Sunday school song from ages ago?! Little did I know that it was all going to happen to me in cow form. Haha This little “jerk” was knocking on deaths door. I was giving it shots every day for about a week to keep it alive. Thank goodness, it finally snapped out of it. When it comes to calves…….if you don’t catch it right away…..they’re goners. He doesn’t look too perky here, but he certainly is aggressive when it comes to feeding time. He’s going to be just fine. All of our animals love to photo bomb. That includes the dogs. See Clyde back there? He’s trying to act as if he has no clue what’s going on. Trust me…..he knows! The dogs know everything that happens on the farm. Here’s some of the bigger ones that are now weaned and live in “group pens”. This is when my work gets much easier. Earl and the boys take care of them when they get moved here. I don’t normally walk into these pens. Why? Because they will eat you alive! They will lift you up off your feet and carry you across the pasture. It’s like being attacked by vultures. See?! They’re already licking their “chops”. Any volunteers to feed tonight? They are waiting for you. They’re ready to devour whoever dares walk into their territory. And they are stout! That milk I’ve been feeding them all these months has made them rock solid! I need to take a video of Earl feeding them. Haha That would be some good entertainment! I like this white one. It looks calm and peaceful. I hope that’s a sign of the kind of cow she will be some day. This is not quite so calm and peaceful! So sorry, but I had to do this. Expect the insanity! And how do you think you would feel if you were walking in my shoes?! Yea! That’s right….I thought so. Haha Really, if I can do it, so can you. It’s called “mind over matter”…………….Carol
P.S. This is my real hope…………. Daffodils peeking out of the ground. I can’t wait!!