Monday, April 21, 2014

Bossy2 and the Easter Gift!

It takes life to love Life.
           Edgar Lee Masters


It was early Sunday morning and there was a crisp breeze coming through the open window, the sun was up but I pulled the covers up over my shoulders and snuggled in for a few more minutes, it had been a long busy day yesterday and I really wanted to relax before another busy day. I realized it was Easter Sunday so I threw back the covers and ran to the kitchen to see My Hero standing at the window with binoculars.

What’s going on, I asked. "Bossy2 is off by herself she must be going to have her calf today", oh how wonderful that would be I thought to myself, an Easter morning gift from my favourite girl. I walked over to the counter put on a pot of coffee and started making a breakfast fit for an Easter morning, which was tradition. There were no hidden Easter eggs or chocolate bunnies or sleepy eyed little girls hopping out of bed this early morning, the house was quiet. 
Even though there were only the two of us this morning I still wanted to start the day off right. I scrambled eggs, chopped veggies and lathered butter on hot cross buns and poured the coffee while My Hero kept a close watch on the mother-to-be with those binoculars. I in turn watched two amazingly plump deer walk across the field at the front of the house, amazed that they looked so plumb after the winter that never seemed to end. Turning back to the table I said, come and sit she will be fine.


Watching the sun rising quickly and Bluebirds and Tree swallows compete for the birdhouses that lined the fence line, we knew it was going to be a glorious day. The conversation revolved around the fact that we were missing our girls and reminiscing about those Easter mornings long ago, and then the conversation steered back to Bossy2 and what had to be accomplished this week. With calving getting nearer to the end we will have some time before haying and those wedding preparations, we both laughed and knew this was going to keep us rather busy and it may be a little challenging but would be fun. With breakfast now finished My Hero headed out to feed the cows and check on Bossy2.

Clearing the table and wondering if I should do the dishes or just leave them I picked up the binoculars to see if I could see Bossy2. I saw that My Hero was now parked and was walking around the rest of the girls checking to see what was going on but I could see Bossy2 and a little head bobbing at her front feet and she was licking something red, I immediately put the binoculars down, grabbed my camera and ran to the basement. Slipping on my coveralls, Pink Cadillacs and a hat I grabbed the keys to the Jeep and raced out the door so excited, I could not wait to see our Easter morning gift. Once I opened the gate, I flew down the lane with the dust flying behind, there was a traffic jam on the lane as per usual, OK around here that means three of the Mom’s with their new calves stood there and would not move so I parked and ran the rest of the way back.


As soon as I made it to Bossy2 I stood and watched the new tiny body of life squirming on the ground and mist from its body heat float into the air while Bossy2 went to work cleaning her up. Bossy2 hummed a song letting her newborn know she was the Mom and she was indeed safe, that soft soothing constant mooing and the licking off of bodily goop is the bonding process which is a lovely thing to watch and has always soothed my soul as well.

The new little girl was trying to stand while Bossy 2 licked her ears, her tail and cleaned her up quickly; neither paid any mind to me. I pictured a nice hat on Bossy2 and a new baby hat for ???? I will have to think about that name. I left them in peace so they could enjoy those first all important moments. As I walked away My Hero shouted from far back in the middle of the bush, I could barely hear him, “Do you hear the turkeys?” My ears perked up and I listened, oh yes I did, the sound echoed through the bush that stood between Bossy2 licking her new calf  and My Hero who was probably smiling, the sound I have been longing to hear, my Taunting Turkeys once again were back where they belonged. They were celebrating spring with their gobbling laughter and possibly welcoming Bossy2’s bundle of joy. I am happy.


Thank you Bossy2 for the wonderful gift of life on that beautiful but crisp sunny Easter morning, it was a gift we will not soon forget. My thoughts went back to the empty house with the sink full of dishes and wished our girls could have been here to see that, they would have loved it.



Later in the afternoon I went back to see how Bossy2 was doing and if the new calf was eating. The now dry calf was eating and then I noticed another cow in the birthing mode, her little heifer (girl) is doing just fine. Two calves on Easter Sunday imagine that.



With #22 now born there are only eight more to go and then I think I may be able to slow down a bit for a while.

Later


40 comments:

  1. Oh, Buttons, what a wonderful day you had!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  2. All is going well then.
    Marvelous is nature.
    Hugs M xx

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  3. What a sweet Easter Surprise :)

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  4. Blessings From Above and Heifers too!

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  5. how precious... look at that photo of the steam rising off of the newborn baby!

    i've never seen anything like this. thank you for sharing.

    tessa~

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  6. Oh B, how wonderful! Better than Easter chocolate any day!

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  7. oh how exciting!!! and bossy2 is a great mom! look at that sweet thing! happy easter buttons!

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  8. Such a sweet little baby...she makes me think of Cinnamon Swirl.

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  9. What a marvelous Easter day for you! I think you ought to name Bossy2's calf Little Red...or maybe Rouge, as she looks so dark red when she was not yet dry.

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  10. Oh of course you have to call her Bunny!

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  11. Oh!...B, I am speechless, how beautiful this day is was, my gosh, you must be so happy, so exhausted, In a good healthy way. I love the sound of your life, its music and birth and enchantment. I read and forget about my noisy neighbours and the traffic outside, stuck in an apt, I forgot where I was instead living were you were, seeing what you saw, loving what you loved, it must be such hard work, but the rewards, well you deserve them all, thank you for sharing yours was a great gift to me today April 21, as I turn 55, I have no regrets, but I can still be charmed by your life, thank you , it feels like a present.. x

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  12. How wonderful you caught them standing up for the first time.

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  13. Aw... what a beautiful baby calf!

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  14. You must be so happy. I wrote about the donkey foal I saw born and that's the first and only time for me to see a large animal give birth. And Buttons, reading your wonderful description of your own joy at these gifts, it all came back to me. You are a gifted writer.

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  15. oh so sweet. Calves are the cutest with those huge eyes and beautiful eyelashes.

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  16. What a lovely Easter surprise!! The photos are wonderful!

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  17. What wonderful pictures, Buttons! Such a lovely Easter present(s)! And more hat models!!!

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  18. Easter calves!! What a beautiful blessing for the day. :)

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  19. So precious and beautiful!! I got chills reading your words, an Easter miracle!!

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  20. oh so sweet! love successful deliveries and new babies!

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  21. What wonderful gifts on Easter!!! And their names are????...:)JP

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  22. Two on Easter ~ and 22 calves total so far .
    You have been a busy gal keeping up with them all !
    Glad your Easter was full of blessings .

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  23. A freshly born calf and your fabulous photos to share it with us. How lovely B, simply lovely. So happy that all is going well. A perfect gift for Easter Sunday - new life :D) xx

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  24. No matter how many calf births you've seen they are always amazing. Things move very quickly and soon the new one is standing and next thing you know they are having breakfast.

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  25. Thanks for sharing your wonderful day and showing us the new baby born that morning.

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  26. B,

    A beautiful Easter surprise sweetie!!!

    Hopefully, things will slow down enough to give you a rest before your daughters wedding.

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  27. I loved reading about this new calf born on Easter morning! I'm behind on blog reading and went back to find out about orphaned Sally and was so happy to read the news about her and her "twin" and the mama taking care of Sally, too. Sweet!

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  28. What a wonderful Easter gift!
    Such a more special moment when your bottle baby has a baby. I cried when Nerdly had her first calf! ha! Hubby just shook his head and smiled. I think he may have had a tear in his eye too!
    Congrats Bossy2!
    Cheri

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  29. A double Easter surprise! They are so sweet and to hear the turkeys must be so wonderful. Glad all is going well with the new little ones. xo Karen

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  30. Congratulations on the two new calves born on Easter!

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  31. I can think of no better way to start the day than this.
    I'll bet you had a smile on your face for the whole day.

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  32. That is awesome! I love the pictures.

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  33. I'm gonna have to say, "Bunny" is the perfect name for one of the two Easter calves.

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  34. Oh B what a fabulous story!! I've been so preoccupied with life -I've missed my bloggers and their stories -- isn't blogging with friends the greatest thing since the grange!!! Keeps women sane I think!!
    Fondly, Rain

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  35. What an amazing Easter gift B, not one but two..!! We had a quiet day here as my music man and daughter worked so Chancie and I went on a nice long solo trail ride. I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Easter than soak in some nature after church. Can't wait to see what kind of hat you come up with for those babies :)

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  36. How fun! I can just see you both peering out the window with binoculars. So glad you could keep an eye on her from the house on Easter morning. Breakfast sounded wonderful.

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  37. I am running late to read your wonderful news that happened on Easter Sunday. My eyes filled with happy tears for you, your Hero and of course those beautiful cows and you have your turkeys back as well. The thought of those two deer also made me feel so envious of you and your wonderful like on that farm. All the best to all of you. xx

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