Just Some Quick Thoughts

We have parent-teacher conferences this week.  I hate them.  I have virtually no parents come to see me, and it completely disrupts my farm schedule.  I have to impose upon my son to do chores and then fret and worry the whole time.  It also means I don’t have time to take pictures, so you have pictures from a week or so ago today.

winter farm with windmill

I had the vet come check Maisie because she wasn’t getting rid of the placenta completely.  She has no fever and is doing quite well, so she will be okay.  I do believe the kids were not born alive.  Most times those babies are well-protected inside their moms, but the goats are cranky, and she is the low goat in the barnyard.  I’d guess someone hit her wrong or hit her into something causing her to lose them a couple of days before they were born.  It’s sad, but reality is that it happens sometimes.  Thankfully, it is very seldom that something like that happens.

dead thistle against sky

MJ is a saint, and he’d never hurt anyone on purpose, but I do think some of the animals around here might be pushing their luck with his sweetness.  If he can’t see you, he doesn’t know to avoid you.  Sallie pushes her luck because I’ve actually seen her pulling hay away from MJ.  I can’t convince her that is foolish.

goose under steer

I’m still checking Norma Jean frequently.  I’m good at making that 3-point turn on the gravel road in my car.  We’re supposed to start warming up now, and I’m really optimistic when I see the long-range temperatures that we’ll have good weather for Norma Jean and the goats to have their babies.

gate and shadow

Hopefully this weekend, we’ll get some weather that lets me open my gates and move everyone around the way I want them for kidding.  Now we’ll just have to worry about the mud and flooding with the quick snow melt.

melting snow

Seems like there’s always something!

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Deceptive Blues

We have beautiful blue skies.

blue sky

Sadly, we aren’t getting any warmth from the sun again.  We were frigid this morning, and we’re going to be below normal for another week.

winter fields

There’s still a lot of ice.

icy deck steps

I’m a bit concerned about how soon Norma Jean might calve, but she doesn’t seem to be making an udder yet.

cattle shed

I’ll keep checking on her.

sparrow on crabapple tree

The birds are still insistent about wanting food.  Who can blame them?

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A Basking Day

After waking up to -20*F on Christmas Eve morning, we’ve seen a huge rebound in temperatures.

winter pasture

The sun was out in full force today.

winter pasture


The goats were basking.



The geese were taking snow baths.

African goose

African goose

African goose taking snow bath

By afternoon, the snow was melting off the barn’s tin roof.

water dripping off roof

snow melting off tin roof

On both sides.

water dripping from roof

water dripping through eaves

Maxine and Norma Jean were hanging out at the corner of the barn.

Norma Jean and Maxine



black Angus cross heifer

Norma Jean

Red Gelbvieh cow


Can you see who Maxine was watching?

cow's eye

MJ even came out to soak up some rays, and Maxine is missing her big hunk of beef.

Steer enjoying sunshine


Steer lying in barn door

It’s been the nicest day we’ve seen in a long time!

winter pasture




Tomorrow is supposed to be nice too, but we’re back to frigid temperatures by Sunday.

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