Reporting to you live from another sunshineless day here on this South Dakota piece of … mudland.
It’s been cold, it’s been wet, it’s been muddy … all a breeding ground for grumpiness, especially during calving season. And I’m not even calving! But, the end is in sight, I just know it, and we shall soon be seeing some sun in the forecast.
With the in-laws out of town for the week, Country Man has taken over the farm. Between pulling baby calves and running from one mean momma, it’s been an interesting week.
Life on the farm isn’t always laid back, and this is quite true while calving. When the weather doesn’t accommodate, extra precautions need to be taken to make sure the calves are as warm as can be. Extra bales are rolled out, while some are brought into the small barn for shelter.
However, sometimes even that is not enough. If that’s the case, it’s time for the next step.
Country Man picks her up and places her on the other side of the fence, where she can receive medicine to boost her along during this cold-weathered week.
I’d kiss her if she wasn’t still covered in her momma’s … stuff.
We have another baby calf who could benefit from the warmth of the barn on this cold day. While Country Man is working out west, I will be giving him formula milk and making sure he’s warm and snug as a bug.
This is my life for the time being: praying for sunshine, sweet-talking baby calves, washing muddy clothes and boots, and watching my back for a momma cow with a chip on her shoulder …
… and making sure everyone stays warm in the process.
PS. Did you know I am on Twitter? Indeed I am! I have been for a few months now, and it’s been pretty fun in a way. I don’t tweet much, but I do follow a few people, one of them Dolly Parton, of course. Recently, in celebration of having over one million followers (about the same as me), her team selected 100 people to give away her upcoming album in July. And guess who was among those chosen? ME! I’m a lucky gal!