Friday, March 22, 2013
Hi..we survived the blizzard but not one of our calves..it got trampled in the bottom cattle shed :( All these losses make for big financial losses too :(
We had 10 calves in 24 hours..we are now over 90...we had 140 to calve so we have around 40 left to calve..if we keep getting 10 a day we'll be done in 4 days but it doesn't happen like that..we'll have 10 to 20 stragglers...
One of the calves born early this morning was a frozen icicle so we had her in the porch to thaw out..she's fine now..but not after several hours of reviving her with towels, hair dryer and a warm bottle of milk..then it was time to start the hours and hours of chores...add to that slogging through the blizzard and shovelling the deck several times...and we build an area for just the calves to go in the big shed to help have no more trampled we hope...that involved carrying 16'- 2" x 8" down the hill about 1/4 of a mile...then we fed bales and I took off twines and we re-strawed the sheds..so more forking the big round bales around. Then it was time to water up in the barn..where the newest calves are and the twins we are grafting onto mommas that lost their babies...we have 11 cows in the barn tonight so that is lots and lots of water to carry in 5 gal pails to them, then they get oats and hay forked to them and straw added to their stalls to keep them dry...oh yeah and I have a little twin I am bottle feeding 2x a day, too...
Well..I know why I'm tired....
I put on a casserole of rice, pork chops, onions, mushroom soup and water before we started on he night barn chores so supper was already when we came in a 7 pm...I just needed to set the table and microwave a veggie...and we had the apple sauce with the pork chops and another bowl of the apple sauce with a dab of ice cream and some cinnamon for dessert/ lunch was my beef barley soup and a meat loaf sandwich/ breakfast was a banana and some oatmeal and dates..yum!! The recipe I looked up today was for green smoothies..I want to make one..maybe tomorrow for breakfast...I have some frozen packs of spinach and I'll add some fruit...have any of you tried spinach smoothies??
Needless to say not too much got done in the house today...I did put in a load of laundry tonight..the towels and mats from the calf in the porch..and I scrubbed the porch floor too...
Now I'm just relaxing from helping put a cow that is calving into the barn..hubby is sleeping on the couch and I have my feet up ..I'll give the cow and hour or an hour and a half and then check if she's had her baby...
I found this cute thing on facebook today and you know how I love lists....
To Do List for the First Day of Spring..
1. Shovel walk
2. Scrape windshield
3. Break icicles off gutters
4. Shovel snow off roof
5. Salt sidewalks
6. Defrost water pipes
7. Reschedule cancelled airline reservation
8. Chip ice off car door
9. Tow frozen car to garage to defrost radiator
10. Put groundhog in oven w/BBQ sauce
Well..we have another whole week of below normal weather so there will be no melting anytime soon....tonight the wind is howling and it's snowing..lots of the highways in Saskatchewan are closed :(
Best sign off..thanks for dropping by and keep on sparkin'
She turned her can'ts into cans and her DREAMS into plans....