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       Welcome back to my world. I have been out of the loop for awhile so I’m going to try and do a little catch up. Its been a very wicked, wicked month. I hate January! I hate cold weather! And no, I do not have anger issues! Well, maybe just a few. So come along and I’ll show you what’s happening on the dairy during this wicked month we call January.   229.jpg       First of all…..Candace left us again. Only this time she’s not flying to the other side of the world. She’s in Ohio for a year working at “base camp”. For those that don’t know…….she went to Nepal last year to do mission work. She lived in remote villages and experienced a whole new culture. She’ll be working at the training center for a year with different groups coming and going. Definitely not doing dirty farm work…..she’s living the big city life now.   253.jpg      She helped pull one last calf before leaving. That’s right down her alley. I spotted this cow trying to “deliver” and went to tell the “docs” so they could give her a hand. I only went along to take pictures. I’ve done my fair share and it’s not my cup of tea. The mother was smart enough to lay still and allow them to give her a hand. She would never have been able to do it on her own.   258.jpg      Brand spankin’ new. A good mother will immediately jump up and start licking the calf clean. It’s gross but that’s the way it works. Instinct I guess.   261.jpg       She hated to leave her little pup behind. Dixie is her name. She was trying to train her to be a house dog……..it wasn’t going very smoothly. I tried to explain to her that she needs to have the pup on a rigid schedule….every hour. Just like a human…only human kids are worse. Haha I hated those potty training days.   269.jpg               We have had some very wicked temperatures this month. That doesn’t go well when living on a dairy farm. It’s maddening to try and keep all the cattle watered and fed. It’s a full time job just keeping all the hoses drained and thawed.   306.jpg       I want to put this ginormous icicle in the freezer and get it out next summer when I’m wiping the sweat off of my brow. It’ll remind us that we are “survivors”.  Amen!   265.jpg     The cows don’t seem to be bothered with all the wicked temperatures. They take it all in stride. Waiting patiently every morning. Like clockwork. Seven days a week. Some days I just want to throw my hands up and scream…….Take a day off!!! They don’t look very impressed……just chillin’.   304.jpg        Well, that’s it for today. In the meantime we’re trying our best to take good care of Dixie pup. Candace keeps asking me to “snap” her pictures of the pup. Snap chat is wonderful! Here we have Michael keeping her safe and ready to take her back home after helping to bed down all the calves….again. Another dirty job. That story coming up next………………………..Carol