Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Hi..I was both surprised and honored to be in the spotlight in the 5% challenge! I wrote this blog last night and then spell checked, then tried to post it and it disappeared...boo hoo..it was over 1000 words and after midnight when I finished so no point in doing it over then..maybe that was karma... not to blog so much!
Yesterday was a wild, wild day!! We had 10 calves yesterday and 2 this morning and it's not 8 am yet...so that makes 64 calves so far...we are almost half done as we started with 142 and lost the twins and one other calf and have 4 or 5 open cows.
Last night in the middle of the blog writing I hubby called me to go out and help pull a calf..she had a giant calf and hubby casually mentioned that she had twins last year..that was around midnight..then this morning she was still calving and we pulled a second twin..both are fine!! I even went in to check her at 3 am and she was fine and not showing she was calving!!
Yesterday after morning chores and hubby feeding, I vacuumed the house. After a quick lunch we turned out more pairs, then I went to check the herd to calve and 4 more had calved and most were in or near the water in this big slough. I went to try to rescue a pair in the most distress...a first calf heifer who was bunting her calf into the mud and water..well she tried to bunt me in too so I called for hubby..way too cold for swimming..really thought he couldn't hear me because of the wind but he came, thank goodness...we used the quad and the calf sled to bring them up to the barn and warm up...I worked on getting another pair up the bank for hubby to get in the quad...the calf wasn't up yet so I grabbed it by the back feet and dragged it, walking backwards..you never turn your back on a newly calved cow! I tripped on a rock and fell over backward! Good thing the cow was a tame one!
The mean momma wouldn't take her calf...so we have them separate....and bottle feeding the baby....my job...
I was planning on going to town in the afternoon but thought I was too pooped by the time we came in for coffee..then I got my second wind and headed to town for a quick trip of errands..mail, recycling, library, ATM, groceries and drinking water...When I got home hubby had more calves to help with and then a quick supper of frozen pizza...and a spinach salad...
Tonight is Ladies Nite Out in our small community and I always bring my 87 year old neighbor and she pays for my ticket...she is a dear friend and mentor. The evening is lots of fun..a huge pot luck supper (groan) entertainment, usually a guest speaker but we heard this year may be a fashion show, then dessert (groan, again...this will be a bad week with early Easter too) and the door prizes!! Also lots of visiting :)
I was looking forward to sleeping in but not to be..to bed after 12:30 am..up at 3 am..then up again at 7 am..whew! I may fall asleep in my supper..haha!
Hubby is starting to feel better..he said he lost 13 pounds! groan ! and he didn't give it to me..this darn healthy living!! haha :)
Well..time to start the day...loooking forward to my evening out...
I'm going to try to find the time to bake hot cross buns for Easter today...and fisinh the house cleaning...
Thanks for all the visits to my page and blog and for all your kind comments! I am so honored to have been in the spotlight :)
Keep on Sparkin' everyone!
Have a great day