Saturday, April 9, 2011

Much Needed Update

Sorry it has been so long.  It has been busy, busy, busy around here.  The cows are calving, homework to be done, painting to finish, carpet to rip up so new can be laid.  If it isn't one thing it is another.  Today was a nice day and we ripped out the old carpet in the hallway.  The windows are open and fresh air coming in.  Tomorrow after church we are going to conquer the painting and get it done so my cousin can finally lay the new carpet.  What a process.

Last week we had a baby calf that was stepped on and had to have a full leg cast put on.  Guess where it spent 24 hours at?  Yep, in our mudroom.  I kinda chuckle when I see people post about their mud rooms on their blogs.  They are so nicely decorated and there isn't a hint of "mud" anywhere.  I will post pictures sometime of our mudroom.  It is decorated with Co-Op signs like Midland, Pioneer Corn, and Kent Feeds and a neat metal tray with the head of a bull painted on it.  We really do have mud, dirt, straw and calf milk replacer in ours.  There are many pairs of boots; cowboy boots, rubber boots, lace up boots and the occasional flip-flop.  Then there are the clothes.  Oh the many pairs of Carhart overalls (insulated and non-insulated), jeans, flannel shirts, heavy coats, light coats.  Hats...too many to mention.  We also have a deep sink in our mud room where dirty, greasy hands can get clean before a meal and calf bottles can be made with warm water and washed out when finished.  Needless to say, the calf spent 24 hours in the mudroom, it was cold and needed to be kept warmer than what we could keep it in the barn.  Towards the end of it's stay it was able to start kinda of moving around.  It would take it's front hooves and work them to scoot around some.  We had to shut the basement door to make sure it didn't make it down the steps.  Now, it still can't walk because of the cast but it can really scoot around down in the barn.  There are other bottle fed calves to keep it company.  Three to be exact, not an easy chore to feed with three bottles by yourself. 

Hope you all are having a great start to Spring!   

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