Our grand business in life is not what lies dimly at a distance,
but to do what lies clearly at hand.
What an incredible couple of days, but I should have warned BA that on the farm there are always jobs to do at strange times of the day. I also forgot to tell her if you come during calving time you may be asked to help.
I may have told her “I” would be busy but I may not have let it slip to her that if I could I was possibly going to drag her into my world. Any extra hands on the farm are always welcomed and I think BA secretly wanted to see and share some of the good work stuff, and maybe did not know how to approach the question so I had to involve her. I would start her off easy this time as to hook her and then on her next visit we will get her doing the harder not so pleasant jobs. Sounds like a good plan.
I am pretty sure you know what that good stuff was by seeing Annie sucking back that bottle. You cannot see me trying to take photos on BA’s camera so she could share with her “City Friends” and me juggling to also work with my now almost useless camera. I did manage to get a couple of good ones and I just had to share a few with all of you. I told her the only thing she needed to know was” hold on tight”, Annie would do the rest. As I thought this job never takes long as Annie is one fast eater so I had to shoot fast.
Before the adventure we had the prep work, I had BA slip into a pair of My Hero’s lined coveralls, which turned out to be very funny as she is several inches taller than him, but she did it. I did notice when she walked she was a little hunched over probably the shoulders pulling her down. She pulled on his work boots, a warm vest and an old pair of gloves. I was making the sweet, sticky, warm milk replacer and pouring it into the bottle.
We drove the Jeep down because we were in a hurry. This was the second feeding, I had done the earlier feeding of Annie and all the other cows at 8 A.M. and I must say it was extremely cold. The tractor took a while to warm up and the exhaust because it was so cold just floated out of the exhaust pipe and hovered in front of the windshield of the tractor making it hard for me to see while driving down the lane.
We were heading to town shortly after this feeding and we were nicely dressed under those old coveralls. I told her calves sucking bottles full of sweet, slimy milk replacer and wearing good clean jeans were not a good combination. As expected Annie came running up to the Jeep and ran for the nipple on the bottle; it was funny, she stopped then she looked up and stared at BA and wondering what was going on and not knowing who BA was she moved over to me. She figured it out soon enough after grabbing on my empty glove so she turned back and grabbed hold of the bottle BA was holding tightly and Annie emptied it quickly. The bottle was pulled out and BA tried to walk away, Annie ran to me and started sucking on my coveralls and then BA seen the need for those old way too short for her coveralls.
I walked over to check the other cows while BA stood near the Jeep with the door open just in case snapping photos to show the girls she works with at the mall. She could show them where she spent her vacation, as she says it does not pay as well. I was watching for Crazy Cow, I pointed to her and yelled to BA “Never look her in the eye.” We both agreed her calf truly deserved the Cute Calf label. BA pointed out that Crazy Cow had crazy eyes and kept looking at me. I told her I truly thought it may be those Cadillac boots. I walked over to the two cows that are still going to have calves soon, hoping they wait till the frigid temperatures are gone. I had to make sure everything was OK for us to escape off the farm for the day. Everything looked OK. I love when a plan comes together. On a farm you really never get to plan anything ahead, it tends to have all the power.
After watching BA taking many photos on her camera a picture popped into my head; I saw her pulling out a fold up photo album when she returned to work and a drop down of about thirty photos of cute baby calves are exposed. She asks her fellow retail workers the dreaded question “Want to see my vacation photos?” and “Are they not the cutest things you ever did see?”
Remember those friends after an exotic vacation that would show you hours of slides, or photo albums filled with photos of their vacation. I may be wrong but I don’t think so. I can hear her now. “Isn’t she cute; her name is Annie?”
I do believe my plan has now worked and she is officially hooked.
Thanks, BA, I enjoyed every minute and yes they sure are cute. See you next time BYOB (bring your own boots).