Calf Update—-Monday, February 27, 2017

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We took our daily run through the cows (a tad chilly, it is out there)

cuteWe saw 25 visible calves

grayWhich means there are quarter of the calves born

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And probably more

newBecause Mom’s hide out their little ones.  And if the cow is having her baby she often time will hide herself.

white-on-white-on-whiteSo for right now…there are 25 visible calves on the ground!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

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The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—-MOM! HELP!!!

momHi, Dad!  What are we going to do today?

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Mom?!  Do You have a plan to do something?

Are we going to get to do ANYTHING?!?!?

OH!

We are going to work on the fences!  YAY!

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Off we go!

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Dad is making an old part of the farm into a new farmed field; down the fences must go.

“STAY!” Mom said as she got off to help Dad.  “I don’t want you rolling in anything, eating anything, or being chased by some mad Momma.”

So I stayed.

And I stayed.

The fencing stuff piled up, poles and wire…I sat there patiently.

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Then …. Mom.  Mom, there is a cow coming to sniff me.  MOM!

MOM!!

YIKES!!!!

I jumped off and ran to Mom…a wet cow nose on my dog fur is  SCARY!

You know what?!?!?  Mom just laughed and picked me up and put me back on the four-wheeler.

“You are okay, Boomie!”  She has moved.”

Mom said this while chuckling all the time.

But, geez, those creatures are HUGE!  And they do things, like try to stomp me…

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Mom petted me and got on the four-wheeler and we were off.

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Whew, it’s good to be back home!

Boomer

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—-On the Moooooooooove

Seems like everything is moving along.

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Mom, Dad and I go every day…EVERY DAY…to check on the cows, count babies, and make sure the Moms are okay.  It’s not our job, but one we like to do for the cowboy and his daughter.

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They come every morning.  They also live a couple of miles from us so they drive by lots during the day.

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Dad says we have lots of little nooks and crannies for cows to hide in so a quick check by us is a good thing.  Mr. Davis knows if there is cow trouble Dad will give him a call. Mom thinks this whole checking things is a good thing.  So off we go.

Which I LOVE!

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Then yesterday we took a ride onto the Uncompahgre Plateau to check out the snow up there.  And to go for a snow machine ride!  It was cold but FUN!  Also, the snow is starting to melt, so we had to drive a long ways to get to good snow.

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Sammy and

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Mindy Min-Min Lou are always on the move looking for mice and who knows what else.

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Mom and I go for walks at night!  It’s always a fast walk

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…a good clip down the lane and back.  Sometimes Sammy and Min-Min go with us.

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Then there is the forever gathering of firewood.  Mom and I gather daily, although it’s been so warm Mom hasn’t built a fire in two days.  They say it’s supposed to change come tonight…rains coming in.

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Then there are the cows from here and there and everywhere changing pastures.

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We see lots of strings of cows moving past our farm.  I always give them a good baying.  (Really it’s not for the cows but those cow DOGS that I give them a good hollering!)

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Well, it’s off now to do some moving of my own.  There is always interesting smells to check out!

See ya!

Boomer

 

Cow Check—-Thursday, March 10, 2016

Alfalfa-frield-GoneThe cows are ever so calm.  Terry started working the alfalfa field (he is ripping here) and they didn’t even move. (Shows how much we and Davis’ are with them. :0  )

RippingThe Mom’s loved hanging in the field eating the turned up roots.

Rolling-!The little ones didn’t even run from the big loud noisy machine. (Probably because the Mom’s didn’t run or holler at the kids to RUN! :0  )  (Here Terry is rolling)

Rolling-1So Terry had to either get out and make them move or work around them.

CalmCalm, calm calm.

LunchThat evening Terry, Boomer and I rode through the cows on our evening check…There was a BRAND NEW little one just eating lunch.

HurryNow THIS mom decided she didn’t want to have her little one subjected to two noisy four-wheelers…she took off at a run. The little one had to struggle to keep up, but it did.

The-BabysitterAt the Upper End we ran into one of the ‘babysitter’ cows…she had 8 little ones she was watching.

It won’t be long now before Mr. Davis comes and gets his cows and moves them onto his ranch, just below our farm…about a mile away.

Until he comes…I’m going to enjoy every minute of the time we have left with them.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

Common Things—Sunday, March 6, 2016

I saw my first Robin yesterday.  It was early morning, then in the afternoon I saw another one. Two Robins.  One at our place and one down at our other place. Spring is here!

Many of the other birds have  started coming back, some I just don’t know the name of, but recognize them as Spring birds.  The last to arrive will be the Swallows.  Once the Swallows appear it will be full on Spring, without a hint of winter.

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Every morning we wake up to a smattering of Canada Geese…stopping by of an evening to rest and feed upon the corn fields.

Sand-Hill-Cranes-1The Sandhill Cranes leave the upper cornfields late morning heading North.  For some reason the two bird species do not share the same area of the farm.  Also the geese leave early, early in the morning and the cranes about an hour after sunrise.

I love to stand and watch them.  Boomer has learned to sit quietly by my side so I can take photos, his ears cocked, watching with interest. Still enough I can hear the beating of my heart.

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After the birds fly away Boomer and walk back home.  Through the cows and the calves.

Sometimes it’s just these still moments that blaze themselves upon our hearts and brain, allowing us to recall them in complete detail for the rest of our lives.  Small little moments of peace and contentment.

From my world to your heart,

Linda

 

 

 

The Land Calls—Monday, February 29, 2016

Oh! Jolly!  This the LAST DAY OF FEBRUARY!  YIPPEE!!

Combine-ready-to-goTerry and I have been working on the corn combine…little repairs here and there.  Yes, I help, invariably we come into the house with cuts and bruises, but it’s getting finished.  Ready for next years harvest.  As I write this he is putting in the last couple of bolts.

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Saturday afternoon he started on repairing the heater in the grain truck. It’s very cold sitting down at the elevator withOUT a heater.

farming-starts.jpgWell, I think you have now guessed the answer to the million dollar question—Terry is going to farm.

“Are you sure?” I asked.  Worry in my voice and concern on my face.

“I’m sure. There are still things I want to do on the place, stuff I want to improve on, things that need my attention.” he replied with a huge smile.

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“Only stuff I will do, not someone else.”

Planting-alfalfaI need to tear up the old alfalfa field and reseed a new field, take the dirt ditch and turn it into a cement ditch….fix fences so Hank’s cows can come again—if it’s rented out Hank has to take his cows someplace else.

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“I really can’t see myself sitting around.”

“But you won’t sit around, you have tons of projects you want to work on, not related to farming.”

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” I know.  I truly think I have dirt for blood.”

Sunset and combine 1So there you have it!  We begin again.  At least for one more year.  As long the body and mind can keep going.  We will keep farming on this farm created many years ago by Terry’s grandfather (purchased by us), until time demands stopping.

Changing-Water-at-Sunset-2Your friend  on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—Milk Duds and Beef Jerky

2The cows are here!

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Mom and I are in cow heaven!  Every day Dad, Mom, and I head out and count babies.  Right now…the count this morning was forty five calves on the ground.

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Some just born overnight, a couple being born, as we drove by, and several are days and even a week or so old.

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Now I admit, the other thing I like about CALF season is SNACKS! Mom gets rather irritated with me about SNACKS, in calf season, but (golly-geez!), I can’t help myself they are SO good!

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I have to head-out by myself, as Mom gets grossed out and won’t let me snack.  (I must admit Fuzzy never liked these snacks.  I don’t know why he didn’t, he would just turn his head and walk on by.)

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The first day of figuring out the farm is now loaded with Milk Duds (calf poopy) and Beef Jerky (after birth) I ate so much I had a belly ache.  Mom told me she didn’t feel one bit sorry for me.  Well, so what, I felt sorry for me.

BUT NOT ENOUGH TO STOP!!!

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A Note About Cows and Calves—Thursday, February, 25, 2016

We rode out early yesterday afternoon — to check on the cows and to count calves.

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The light and the air was just perfect!

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It was just beautiful for a late winter day, the air was like sparkling water and the farm dappled with light from passing clouds.

6Since it was early afternoon, the light was beginning to shift some, but still warm. the farm ground had a little glow to it.

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The air was very still (no wind), so there wasn’t a chill anywhere.  The cows had their babies ‘stashed’ on the alfalfa fields, instead of hidden under a bush or next to a swell of land. Allowing the weak late winter, almost spring sun warm their babies.

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I find it a great comfort to see and feel the cold starting to leave.

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And to experience the excitement of Mr. Davis’ herd growing larger every day.  There are forty calves out there now!  Forty more to go!

Much love,

Linda

Popping Up all Over—-Thursday, February 18, 2016

It’s trying to rain here.  Breezy and cold with scattered showers.

Cold-front-coming-inI saw a very weak sundog yesterday… which, usually, means cooler to even down-right-cold weather within three days.

Still all in all Spring is coming.  The Red-Winged Blackbirds are back, I’ve been seeing flocks of Blue Birds and then yesterday, when out counting calves, there  was a pair of Western Meadow Larks sitting on the fence as I passed by.  YAY!

OneWe have 80 soon-to-be-momma’s here on the Maternity Ward.  🙂   Yesterday evening I had only counted five new little ones.

TwoBut this morning, as the cows woke-up and started walking toward our house, I counted 9 baby calves.  I’m pretty sure there are more, but I haven’t walked over the whole farm to see how many there really are.

ThreeOh the joy of Spring and new little critters!  Soon we won’t be a Maternity Ward but a NURSERY!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—Company!

We have company!

Hank the puff

Hank Marshmallow Puff Cake McCormick has arrived!

 

He brought his family…all of them…

Mom, Dad,

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Blade,

Drive-Linkin

Linkin and

Winter-Ride

Tallin.

I like having those people show up also.

 

I get lots of hugs and loves and pats and rubs! I even get laid-on and ran with! Hank's-Cows

But the most fun comes with HANK!  We do lots and lots and lots of things together…sniff out mice, (Hank digs in Mom’s flower beds and on the edges of the lawn-I don’t, but I do watch him), and long walks to see what is going on in the corn fields.

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Although this year, Mom is making us stay in the yard because of the Sand Hill Cranes.

Heck!  That’s okay by me…

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HANKS! HERE!

Boomer