February 2016


Making babies of any species requires waiting.   Humans and cattle alike require 9 months for proper gestation.    I didn’t know that cattle needed that long until we began raising cattle.    And even when the doctor estimates the ‘delivery’ date, we always wonder if it will happen that day.

Well our lady “Lucy” is making us wait longer than the doctor suggested.    He thought she would deliver on the 4th of February.   Here it is the 7th and she hasn’t brought forth a calf yet. . .   I wonder how long she will wait.   It is Momma is carrying a big baby!

It appears she has freshened.   So she is close.   It has been rainy and cold.  I hope that baby is ready for a chill.     Maybe it will warm up by the time she/he arrives.   One can   hope and pray . .. .  there will be some straw for bedding if needed to keep it warm at night.   But Momma is good for that too.

There are two others who are expecting before May so we’ll have a nice sized herd in the pasture.    It would be nice to have a good herd for a few more years. . . . and beef in the freezer!

By spring we will have the farm rented, but the young couple who will rent will continue to blog so we can see how things are going.   It will be fun to see it from the side my readers see. . . .

 

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God Rest the Soul of David Bowie. … .I wasn’t a big fan, but he did a lot for the music world and there were a number of great songs he wrote and recorded. . . .   Time may change me, but I can’t change time. .. .  Change happens in all of our lives at various stages and for a number of reasons.

And so we continue to prepare to turn over the farm to a young couple to  live there and operate.   We are also selling another property, preparing our tax records and attempting to live our lives in the ‘now’.

We have painted the two out buildings and will leave the big barn until it becomes a bit warmer in the year.     We have identified the furniture which will stay at the farm and what will go.   Now we need to go through the boxes of books, clothing, household goods and family memories.    It would be so much easier if we could do all that in warmer weather.   but I’m hoping to convince the man that either providing a bit if heat in the barn or bringing boxes into the house would speed things up!    We will see how that goes.

Our poor doggie, Thomas, has been suffering from some kind of medical problem since about October.   He’s had a cortisone shot and we’ve changed his food with no change.   Went back to the vet today and he recommended another food.   sometimes I wish that dog had a social security number. . . . but then the government does not need to be any more involved in his life than it already is. . ..  I won’t go any further on that.   Anyway I hope something gets better.  Poor guy licks, chews and scratches himself so much, I feel badly for him so I might just start giving him a Benadryl to ease the itch.

 

 

Happy 2016.   Apparently WordPress decided to ‘replay’ some of my old blog posts.   Maybe that means I need to write more current blogs!

Lots of things going on at the farm.   We were expecting nasty weather when that storm came through.   Baltimore and NYC got much more than we did, but we did get a bit of ice and a dusting of snow.   I had a bit of trouble negotiating on it but the dog enjoyed it and the ‘ladies’ seemed to do fine.