Wednesday, December 5, 2012

No Time for Christmas!

Let us attend to the present, and as to the future,
we shall know how to manage when the occasion arrives.
Time is a great master; he arranges things well.
              Pierre Corneille


Yesterday I was up very early getting Christmas cards that have to cross borders and oceans ready to mail. I finished most of them and walked them out to the mailbox in the darkness as to not get distracted again. There are still a few more to do, awaiting more International and USA stamps that will require a trip to the Post Office in town. I will hopefully get to the ones that stay in Canada later this week. I look at the chocolate chips sitting on the counter, the ones that should be going into cookie batter and baked and frozen for Christmas. I am afraid if I keep staring at them I will have no choice but to rip open that bag (why did I buy the large one) and shove those tasty semi sweet morsels in my mouth resulting in maybe no chocolate chip cookies in the freezer for Christmas visitors.

As I hinted on my blog Tuesday, calving season is upon us, at first light I wanted to check and see what was going on back in the bush. I will head back after a quick breakfast and after watching a little white calf (born Sunday) walking around with its Mother while using amazingly powerful binoculars (a gift from Treadstone), they save me a lot of time. I grab my camera and phone (just in case) head out to the barnyard, I climb into the tractor pick up a couple of round bales My Hero had left for me and then drive them down the laneway. Some of the cows that had wandered closer to the house follow behind the tractor like a parade, I always love seeing that. I always wanted to be a leader.

I drop the bales on the ground and break them up I notice a cow standing in the cedars and licking something on the ground below. I finish the breaking of bales and then park and turn off the tractor. I watch as the Mother makes her way over to the fragrant alfalfa bales, I climb out of the tractor and head over to see a little reddish heifer calf. It watches me carefully snuggled on the juniper bushes surrounded by the prickly ash bush, protected. I take a few shots while talking to it and move on. I turn around and see the Mother with the white calf behind her, making her way to the bales of hay. I try to get close to her but she does not want me to see her bundle of joy so I leave them be. I head back deeper into the cedar bush to check if anything else is going on back there.



I walk through the trees and marvel at the dark bark of the trees after a day of rain on Sunday. There are mushrooms growing from a stump and it appears something has been eating them. I guess they are not poisonous. They are so beautiful. I see movement ahead of me and walk slowly and quietly.

I can see another Mother with a brand new just cleaned up little calf I have no idea what it is as I did not want to bother her. I talk to her and tell her she is a good Mama and her calf is beautiful. She continues to clean it off. They are healthy and happy just the way I like it.


Three calves, with more to come and Christmas coming I am going to be very busy. There will be no lounging around in bed anymore. I walk back to the tractor and drive to the house. I record the births and vow to check them later. I prepare something for supper for Mom, My Hero and I for later. I will be going to decorate her Christmas tree and help with her Christmas cards. I may get mine done later this week.

I have no time for Christmas but I know it will come and I am going to love every minute of it and I am going to make it. Those chocolate chips are looking very tempting on the counter; they on the other hand may not make it.

Later



33 comments:

  1. I am sure I am not the only one wondering this..........why do you let them calf in the bush rather than in a barn?

    Great photos...........and luckily for me, I am not a fan of semi-sweet chocolate chips, however milk chocolate chips, you would have to hide them from me!!

    Gill

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  2. it looks like calving has started well. we have about 60 days to go. i love the mushroom shot. dont eat too many chocolate chips! hugs to you wonderfurl friend!

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  3. Hello British Woman I wanted to answer your question. I have talked about this many times on my blog but here goes again. Our cows are used to being outside they are like the buffalo they are not comfortable in the barn it would only stress them out. They are very secure and protected in a cedar bush that stays warm and sheltered all winter. There are many natural grass fed beef farmers that do it this way if they are lucky enough to have a thick cedar bush. We have never used antibiotics or anything else on our cows and calves they are much healthier outside. I hope that answers your question. B

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  4. Awe all of those baby calves - you are going to be busy right enough.
    You would have to hide those choc buttons from me too, but then I love cookies as well. :)

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  5. That must be a wonderful sight to see the new little calves being cleaned up by the mothers. That is interesting about not using a barn. We don't have them here either but we don't have such a cold climate.

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  6. Wow! Calving season already? The months sure do pass quickly!

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  7. Was hoping to see just one calf you spoke about -- but thrilled to learn you now have 3 healthy ones.

    And chocolate chips? Nom nom!

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  8. I am always amazed at each healthy calf that is born. It never gets old, looking at those new babies toddling around, following their mothers! Glad for two more healthy calves!

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  9. Chocolate chips.....born to die lol.

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  10. 3 healthy calves is a good start! Glad the weather seems to be cooperating too.

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  11. Your animals are very lucky to have you. You are a loving, caring, watchful respectful guardian for them.

    It's nice that you still send cards. So many people don't, and it is always great to get one in the mail during the holidays.

    I'd be tempted to eat the chips too:)

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  12. Congrats on the three new calves! Our friend who leases the pasture next to us lets all the cows birth in the pasture. We always check for new babies when we go on our morning walks and give him updates! :)
    I always eat a few of those chocolate chips when I'm making cookies too!

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  13. Congrats on your new baby cows!! Love the photos!

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  14. laughing at the chip temptation. i think when you go into town to the post office, you should just buy another bag. :)

    happy calving! hope all are well and healthy!

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  15. What a lovely mom and baby photo! Being a city slicker, I am in awe of farm life, and how great it must be to witness and be part of the the cycle of life.

    Ummm...I ate a third of a bag of chocolate chips yesterday, but it was a small one.

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  16. I love seeing pictures of your calves,so different then mine.
    Calving is the most special time of year,I can't wait to teach my daughter all about it :)
    Congrats on the new babies and here's to a successful season of healthy, strong babies!

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  17. Those calves are so sweet! And with all that is happening and everything you need to get done, I think you need to munch on those chocolate chips now for energy! It's what I tell myself when there is a bag lurking in my kitchen:)

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  18. The worst temptation for me are those Reeses peanut butter chips. I can resist chocolate chips but not the pb ones.

    Cute little furry cow and calf!

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  19. I so love your baby cows...and your words of encouragement to me in this blog post of yours.

    Oh, you might not see them at first; but they are there, reminding me to keep going, keep celebrating, even if it means just doing the normal routine or the year to year activities..keep living, Janice.

    Thank you Buttons (((hugs))))

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  20. You are soooo capable. If you can handle these cows, you can handle Christmas just fine : )

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  21. Oh how wonderful to have three healthy calves . We raised our cattle as live stock the same way on our farm no chemicals and free ranged on grass, hay and oats and out in the fields with shelters but they would also come up to the barn we had the type of barn where they could get shelter if and when they needed it . Lovely post and photos . I to have to do and send my Christmas cards better get on those Canada post can be slow at times lol ! Hope you get those chocolate chips in those cookies lol ! Have a good day !

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  22. I always love seeing a sweet, new calf.

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  23. Beautiful cattle, Buttons.
    I love chocolate chips, but have to leave them alone. My insides do not like them, at all!

    Blessings!

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  24. Oh those calves are so adorable. And actually, I'm kind of glad you can't stay in bed ;-) I think you'll feel better moving, and being outside. Wish I could help you with the cookie baking. Want me to mix the dough for you and send it your way. You can always bake them later!

    Cindy Bee

    PS - Been trying to get back online. I have two laptops in front of me right now. My husbands from work, which is sssllllloooowwwww but I'm trying to get caught up on blogging. And mine, which I'm trying to download pics to my blog. I'm praying it stays up long enough to update. (dammit it just went down-augh!) If he leaves his computer at home tomorrow, I'll try to get on my e-mail.

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  25. That last calf is a monster! Glad all is well. An enjoyable way to start the day.

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  26. I opened this post right after I ripped open a bag of chocolate chips and tossed a few in my mouth...

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  27. Now I'm craving chocolate chips!!!

    Wonderful three healthy babies...what can be better than that?

    Uh, a handful of chocolate chips, go away, open that bag. Enjoy.

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  28. I always seem to be one post behind. Love the calf pictures, it is amazing to see perfectly grown animals with no flaws 2 days old. Really look forward to the pictures.

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  29. Calving season is a magical time of year. Congrats on the new, healthy ones!

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  30. i love and dread the idea of christmas being just a few weeks away! i have ingredients in the house, but whether i get anything baked is anybody's guess.

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  31. Such cute photos! I would be so excited to see a baby with its mom. I bet they are great mothers.

    I'm with you on the chocolate chips. I always keep a bag in the pantry for snacking :)

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  32. Beautiful picture of mommy cow and calf!

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