Wednesday, July 25, 2012

An Optimistic Move! (1 of 3)


‘Twixt the optimist and the pessimist
  The difference is droll:
The optimist sees the doughnut
   But the pessimist sees the hole.
         McLandburgh Wilson

Enjoying the shade.
You have no doubt read over and over about the drought a lot of us are experiencing and you have no doubt read many blogs especially farm blogs that have shown how farmers are dealing with this. Everyone is dealing with this drought the best way they know how and everyone is praying for rain. The fact is we just have to deal with it or throw our hands up in the air and quit. Well we decided we are not quitters here on this farm and are not ready to ship our cows, at least not yet, and will do what we need to do. Farmers are a very optimistic bunch or honestly they would not be farming. “Surely it will rain soon, and all will be right with the world.”

We have decided to move our cows back to the very back of the farm into one of our usually very good hay fields. There is not going to be a second crop and the trefoil and alfalfa is about four inches high and burning off quickly.  Since this is a huge field and is surrounded by tree lined fence rows and also has a small water source we are hoping to get at least a weeks’ worth of pasture for them. We believe it should rain by then and the pasture will come back (there’s that optimism again). This will give us a weeks’ worth of not feeding those precious round bales we need to get through the winter. It is a good plan and all it will take is a weekends worth of hard work to make it happen. We will do our part and the rest will be up to Mother Nature.


Well with any big move there is always a lot of preparation and moving cows is no different. First off we have to deal with the fence; our cows have not been back here for maybe ten years.  The rail fence is very pretty and more than functional but winter ice storms and the resulting crashing to the ground trees take a toll, after all we built this fence together maybe twenty five years ago. My Hero heads back with the backhoe loaded with fence wire, barbed wire, a chain saw, rails and lots of water. I unfortunately will not be helping with this; it appears at least physically my fence building days are over, my contribution will come later in the day.

I would hike back later to check on My Hero and see if he needs anything, I will bring him more water, it is hot out there. I truly feel bad about not being able to help him and worry all the time. 


I walk across this field of our optimism and notice the ground is dry and cracked but there is still grass.


This should work after all it is going to rain soon.

Later.

18 comments:

  1. Let's hope the rain is on the way. We may get some starting tomorrow. In the meantime, your cows should like their new quarters.

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  2. Sending prayers for rain! I hope the move goes/went well,

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  3. Yesterday we got the good with the bad..it rained but some areas also had what they call "flat line winds" which causes damage..BUT IT RAINED! sigh
    ~~HUGS~~

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  4. My heart goes out to all of our farmers. I hope this plan works for you and the rain finally comes,

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  5. Determination will win the day, and, it IS going to rain.

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  6. It seems so strange to read of drought when we are hoping for a week without rain. I sure hope you get the rain you need. There is no shortage of water here, Kootenay Lake continues to be at it's highest levels in many decades, and every few days we have thunderstorms complete with rain.

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  7. I love your determination and optimism...truly a great spirit!

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  8. It WILL rain! Stay positive!

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  9. oh Buttons, I am so sorry for this awful drought. I will ask the heavens to send some of the daily rain we are getting in South Florida to travel your way.

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  10. i am hoping you are right! :)

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  11. I'm glad you have a good place to temporarily put you cows. Hoping it rains on you SOON !!

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  12. I really hope Mother Nature is good to you soon. !!

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  13. i'm hoping that's all the farther your girls have to go. fingers and toes crossed...

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  14. It sounds like a very good plan!! :)
    Fingers crossed for rain your way!

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  15. Oh I'm not sure where you are but it seems all of North America is in desperate need of some good old rain! Hope it comes soon!

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  16. SO sorry that you're so hot and dry... praying for rain for you...

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  17. Sounds like a good plan :D)

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  18. ...if your *luck* is anything like mine...(when i water the plants...it inevitably rains that night)...as soon as the fence is repaired and cattle moved...the rain will come in torrents! i hope...

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