Thursday, March 31, 2016

Vacation Photos! A Happy day remembered about a Lifelong friend who is no longer here, but will never be forgotten. Betty Anne is her name.

My best friend since we were five years old BA (Betty Anne) passed on to her next journey on Good Friday. She fought a valiant tough battle with Colorectal cancer but lost that battle. She will be forever in my heart and the hearts of all of us she has left behind. Please get tested for this disease. Early detection is the key. She needs you to know that. xo B

Our grand business in life is not what lies dimly at a distance,
but to do what lies clearly at hand.
                           Thomas Carlyle


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).

Later

54 comments:

  1. Now that does sound like a fun time. How funny Annie's reactions was to her at first. I thought the BYOB at the end of your post would stand for Bring Your Own (Calf) Bottle...

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  2. B....so glad you had a chance to spend some time with a good friend!

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  3. Good idea to 'double team' crazy cow.

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  4. BA is lucky to be able to vacation with you at the farm! I'm glad you had fun!

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  5. for someone who doesn't have to do it on a daily basis its fun. For soemone who does do it on a daily basis it's a job/chore.

    I wouldn't mind doing it for a coupleof days, but after that I'd give it a miss!!

    Gill

    P.S. great photos

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  6. I'm so glad you all are having such a fun time and I love the pics!

    On the poem - yes! That's exactly what i was trying to teach my students. That is called 'projection' when you think someone else is thinking the same thoughts that you feel. It's like you 'project' your feelings on to them. We do that as a defense mechanism. That poem conveys it so well, and I just love the tone of the poem.

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  7. Thanks for the warning should I ever venture up your way I will pack my Rubber Boots !

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  8. Lovely to read. Continue to have fun. Take care...love M xoxox

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  9. Sounds like the best vacation in the world . The calves are soo cute I could spend hours watching them and taking their photos . Lovely photos by the way ! I am so glad B had a good time , it is amazing how being on a farm really makes you feel and think differently about life ! Have a good day

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  10. I'm so glad you both are having a wonderful visit.

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  11. Had the best time ever. If ever you need an extra pair of hands, I'm your gal.
    My daugther-in-law loved the calves and thought I looked quite stylish in my farm gear.
    My home printer isn't working so will be heading to the mall later to get the pictures done as you were right I have to have my arsenal of vacation pictures ready for work in the morning.
    Thank you again.

    Love You, BA

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  12. Haha I have done some "volunetold" work when I was staying at a farm and wore similiar work clothes. it doesn't matter if they are a perfect fit, it only matters that they are warm!! Thanks for sharing the vacation pictures with us!

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  13. too sweet. i know she'll remember this vacation for years. :)

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  14. awww! i would love to vacation up there with you! sweet baby pictures...look at that one sticking his tongue out!

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  15. I would venture a guess that she loved every minute of her vacation with you!! I know I like seeing all the pictures.

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  16. It always amuses me when people want to come out here and "see" my gardens and stuff...I make them work. lol One year I had a woman on her knees planiting butternut seedlings--she went back to the city and told everyone it was the most amazing thing she'd ever done. I told her next time she could help me cull the chickens. LOL

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  17. Hi Buttons,
    I hope everything is going well these days, just like it went (apparently) when BA was visiting. Cute calves!

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  18. How fun! This would be my ideal vacation. I have never seen a little calf in person but it's on my bucket list :) I just think they are the cutest things ever. Sounds like your friend may feel the same now :) Glad you got some help on the farm!

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  19. Omygosh I loved this!!! I can imagine what an adventure for her (your writing descripts are sooo...descriptive!!!LOL hero's coveralls) and can imagine her rolodex of calf pictures...im sure theres people trying not to look frantic when She starts in again "and did I tell you about the consistency of replacer...?" LOL Buttons; you could start a "meet a calf up close and personal" vacation spa farm!

    BA, you are like the bestest friend a friend could ever have - your heart is pure gold!!!

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  20. hehe, what a fun entry!!

    oh yes, the dreaded vacation photo's, almost as bad as the dreaded baby photo's!!

    it's wonderful that we all have each other. we seem to enjoy each other's dreaded pictures!!

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  21. So glad that you are both enjoying your time together!

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  22. Leave it to a bottle calf to get someone hooked! :) Annie is just so cute...I can just picture her coming running for her bottle!
    I'm noticing in your 8 am picture, how dark it still is! I guess you're quite a bit further north than us, but I forgot about how short your days must be!

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  23. Getting to feed a calf from a bottle would be exciting for me, so I can imagine how your city friend must've felt. You were such a good host and I'm sure she can't wait to return for another visit.

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  24. What fun you girls had! I like the idea of "Button's Calf Tending Weekend Getaway Camp!" You would have a waiting list! :)

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  25. Have boots - will travel : )
    Glad you had help.

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  26. I love the pictures, all the animals are so cute!!

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  27. This post made me smile, Buttons. I'm so glad the two of you enjoyed your time together.

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  28. I've got boots. I'd be right there to get my own vacation photos except I've already had enough of that freeze-the-hair-in-your-nose weather for a while.

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  29. I'm so jealous of BA! How much fun to be able to share a few hours with you. :)

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  30. so nice for the two of you to be spending time together...her sharing in your world. maybe she will get her own pair of cadillac boots!

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  31. OH and i forgot to say...i love the pictures of all that CUTE FLUFFINESS!!!! =)

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  32. I just love seeing the pictures of the calves :) I am sure BA had a good time helping out with chores.

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  33. Sounds like BA really enjoyed herself and will enjoy sharing her photos and memories of Annie, etc. for a long time to come:)

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  34. I shall send you some black and white bottle fed ones. They would go wild out of their huts. My 16 year old has the same name as you!

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  35. i think some folks open their farms to working vacationers like this. bed, breakfast and bottle-feeding. :)

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  36. i remember this post. bless you. and all who loved her.

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  37. What a fun memory with your friend! I think you made her vacation a great one...who wouldn't love feeding Annie?! I'm sorry for your loss, and for her family's as well. You are a good friend!!

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  38. I am soo sorry for your loss of such a wonderful friend . I am glad you had this day together with the herd and each other !

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  39. At least you have memories...and they do live on within our hearts. Forever. But oh, how we miss them.

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  40. A great tribute to your good long time friend BA. I'm so glad you have those special memories of her feeding Annie. Colorectal cancer is a nasty piece of business. I agree, it's good to be tested.
    Have a great spring.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  41. Posting this for and about BA is a perfect tribute to her. She will be in your heart forever.
    Hugs,
    Christine

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  42. What a lovely heart-warming tribute. Thank you.

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  43. Wonderful time you had with BA . . .
    Lovely memories . . . tribute . . .

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  44. Lovely memories you helped her make and of course you have the memories too.
    Such a shame to lose a good friend to an insidious disease like that.
    I've had my testing done, since mum had the same thing.

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  45. Great post and I'm sorry about your friend.
    Hugs M xox

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  46. I am sorry for the loss of your dear friend. What a great time you two had there on the farm and you have photos to enjoy and memories locked in your heart.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  47. So sorry to read about the loss of your dear friend ...

    So pleased to read your post and look at your photo's, sounded as if you did all have a special time.

    All the best Jan

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  48. I sit here writing this comment with tears in my eyes. I too have known Betty Anne since she was a little girl, along with her siblings and parents. There is no good explanation of why we lose good people before what we consider their time. Hopefully her family will keep her memory alive for her grandchild. Hugs B until I see you next week.

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  49. Button, I'm sorry for the loss of your sweet friend, Betty Anne. You certainly had a lovely day together on the farm though and great memories forever. Hugs. Pam

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  50. What a sweet memory for you to treasure always! I'm sorry for your loss.

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  51. I love this memory, Buttons. So sorry for the loss of your dear friend.

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  52. What wonderful memories you have; they will stay with you forever.

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