Monday, April 7, 2014

Life is Udderly Amazing!

The joy of life is to put out one’s power in some natural
   and useful or harmless way.
There is no other.
And the real misery is not to do this.
                                Oliver Wendell Holmes


It is Friday April 4th and I am looking out the window at, the still in some places two foot snowbanks lining the laneway but also patches of real brown grass in the hay and pasture fields. There are six Deer picking at the shoots of possibly green, but I doubt it, grass. I am pretty sure this is going to be the day I will pull out those snowshoes that have had one incredible run this long winter from behind the tractor seat and place them on a shelf in the basement till next winter, finally. Oh Spring is here and I am excited.

Every morning at first light I head out to visit the girls and watch as those very cute little calves belly up to the udders and smile while eating a nutritious breakfast but always keeping at least one eye on this Farmgirl in the Pink Cadillac Boots as she sits on the ground watching. How amazing is that? Oh I love this time of year. The possibilities of life seem endless, like there is nothing that can stop me.


The free time around here is dwindling much like the snowbanks but I make sure I take the time to notice the signs of Spring that surround, this is the part of farming that honestly keeps me going when those life stresses that sometimes seem to be insurmountable enter my world. Anyone that farms knows what I am talking about here. There are a lot of things in farming, honestly in life in general that can tip our world but there is so much beauty and joy that we must take time to notice and celebrate. Knowing that life is like a puzzle and you will work thorough it.

That seems to be the secret of those “Amazingly happy people” I have met along the way. You know the kind of people I am talking about, those ones with the huge smiles and the laugh you see everywhere. Those people that by just bumping into them on the street and they smile and without even saying one word you feel instantly better; you could never know they may be going through terrible things also. Always smiling and helping others get through their terrible things with their positive attitudes and smiles, they know the secret to get through the tough stuff. They will always keep an eye out for the good stuff, remembering that it is there and that it may be well hidden but keep looking you will always find some.


Yesterday I watched as a line of Wild Turkeys (my lost Taunting Turkeys) walked across the field across the road, I have not seen them all winter and thought they were gone, apparently I worried for nothing, they were probably living in the soybean and corn fields all winter, eating and thriving this winter that seemed like it would never end, but it did. They were fat, healthy and happy. Why had I worried I am pretty sure they never worried about that Farmgirl with those pink boots that had watched for them every day all year. They were doing their thing and I should have trusted that it would all work out.

Last week while picking up bales of hay in the field to take to the cows I watched a Coyote, the one that I have watched walk among the cows every morning eating rodents and rabbits, he was lying on the bales of hay without a worry in the world. I know I know they have been known to eat calves and make life miserable for farmers and cows (we have had those bad coyotes here and had to deal with them) but he has been living amongst my cows and now calves all year and my cows are not worried about him so why should I. If my cows were obviously agitated and aggressive towards me I know there would be a problem, and there is not. He or possibly she finally hopped off the bale of hay and walked into the bush. Unless he/she gives me a reason not to trust, I will trust. I know there are a lot of different opinions on this subject but I am going to farm my way and honestly am not going to worry about what others think. I watched two weeks ago as this same Coyote fought off a Coywolf in a territorial ritual. This Coyote is still here and has been here all winter and there is no sign of these Coywolves. (He won they moved on). I know you are wondering how I know they were not Coyotes, well they were twice as big and there was three of them. I will not worry till I have too.


The first Turkey Vulture of the year circled over my head as I walked through the bush and across the ice that shattered like pieces of glass, the sound echoing through the trees, a sure sign of Spring. Oh yes this is going to be the year I am going to try not to worry about things completely out of my control and focus more on the beauty that surrounds and believe that everything will work out the way it was meant to. Everything in Nature knows this and I have to trust that this is true.

Happy Spring everyone, let us all enjoy life for what it is. Be happy. I am choosing to be that “Amazingly happy Person” you meet on the street, I think we all need to try that. Smile at everyone you meet you truly never know what has tipped their world and need this little gesture.


Life IS Udderly Amazing!


Later.

43 comments:

  1. What an udderly adorable face! You got a great shot there! I'm waiting to hear you give that coyote a name, Buttons! Glad he/she is behaving among your cows! I will think of you today when I bump into people...although it might be just my husband and the neighbor boy, I will try to give them big smiles! :)

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  2. Love the sweet hungry calf pic. Amazing shot! And yes, it is true that life on the farm starts ramping up this time of year. No lingering beside the fire. Lots to do.

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  3. New babies, furry protectors...spring is coming to your world..now if the snow would just leave.

    Jen

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  4. i am glad the coyote and cattle have a symbiotic relationship going. those calves are too cute. :)

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  5. Love the turkey tracks. Oh the coyote! Hope he leaves everyone alone! Glad the wolves left the area!
    Happy Spring! :)
    Cheri

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  6. Oh gosh, how I love that first picture. So sweet!

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  7. Those pictures of the calves are so sweet. And I remember from my childhood how wonderful it was when the snow began to melt and I felt the first stirrings of spring. To me there is nothing like that feeling. I once went back to Sweden i April just to feel it again.

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  8. Life is udderly amazing isn't it ~ and when it comes right down to it life is ultimately what we make of it in any circumstance .
    I knew you'd be the one that smiles at us on the street today.
    I think you are spot on about that particular coyote .
    Awesome post B ~ and utterly amazing.

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  9. So true what you say about smiling, happy people. A little dose of positivity can go such a long way! What a beautiful post this is :)

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  10. Look at those happy little babies. Life IS udderly amazing.

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  11. Another outstanding piece of writing, Buttons! Loved it!

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  12. i hope this little guy continues to live peacefully among your animals. i've never heard of a coywolf before.

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  13. A great post Buttons. I love the photo of the calf!

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  14. Such adorable calves! And a handsome coyote too! Impressive if the coyote drove off up to 3 larger coy-hybrids.

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  15. It's just so much more fun to be Happy and Pleasant to friend or foe, family or stranger....whether we are coyote or human.

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  16. Awe, I just love the calf shots.
    I'm with you, I love being happy and it seems when I am happy and smiling the people around me are too :)))

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  17. Very sweet shots b, life is great, when we take the time to realize all the wonderful things around us!!

    That is a great shot of the coyote!!

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  18. lots of calves and lambs around here and not worrying until you have to is great advice. I've never seen a coywolf, only coyotes and coydogs; which is plenty, thanks very much.

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  19. wow, you have a busy yard like me ... i showed a fox last monday. i hope your snow will melt soon. we had rain today. a very sleepy kind of day. or at least a book reading kind of day. ( :

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  20. Well B, I just loved reading your philosophy of life in this post. I am so in accord with your way of thinking about that coyote who has taken ownership of your farm as his/her patch. There are always exceptions to the rules in life and this is one of them. Farming in your own way has brought you to this point and the fact that you find joy in each day proves it works for you.
    I know you work so hard though, take care, and enjoy those moments you take to view the simple beauty you find everywhere. Cheers now :D)xx

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  21. You know your writing is what brings me here my friend. But your photos are wonderful. They have me smiling. Sending a great BIG smile your way.

    Hugs~

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  22. Your post has touched my heart and made me smile. :-) It is so important to be positive and remember that we can work through things. And we never know the positive effect we can have on others.

    Those calves are so incredibly sweet! I love these photos. And what an amazing photo of the coyote! I appreciate your attitude about the coyotes, too.

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  23. I'm choosing to be that amazingly happy person too!

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  24. You are having an amazing time. Yes spring puts a spring in our step.

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  25. Your new calves are precious. I would love to cross paths with a happy, smiling person right now. :)

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  26. You really captured some sweet shots of the calves. I do hope you continue to have good luck with the coyote hanging around. We often have bad luck with them here.

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  27. You are very wise to realize how amazing everything is. And I think you do a great job of appreciating the beauty in your world. When you figure out how to not worry about things beyond your control please let me know how to do it.

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  28. This is such a lovely post. I'm so happy that spring is finally coming to your neck of the woods. xo Laura

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  29. Oh B, what sweet babies!
    Most people don't realize that happiness is a choice, one I made a long time ago.

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  30. B,

    This coyote knows you're great with nature and animals. He/she feels protected and will protect the animals he/she is around daily, like your cows and babies.

    He/she is beautiful, I think it's an angel here to watch over you and the farm.

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  31. Truly inspirational, Buttons - love the sweet new babies. Nature can teach us many things if we take the time to listen. All creatures great and small there, enjoying this special time of year. Glad you are taking a kind approach to the coyote who is working hard to rid your farm of rodents. Love the sweet photos...yes we all need to remember that everyone has their cross to bear despite their happy smiles. Thanks for the reminder. Hugs xo Karen

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  32. Beautiful photos of new life getting nourishment from their mama. I enjoy reading your posts and thoughts on farm living and nature and how you've combined the two to make your world a beautiful place. Have a wonderful week. Pamela

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  33. It's great that your spring has sprung for you. Love your photos. Hugs M xx

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  34. I guess if the cows are not worried about the coyote then you are right not to be worried either.

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  35. How lucky are those who can live life, down on the farm. And so fully appreciate the Wisdom, in all they see.

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  36. Fabulous capture of the coyote -- they are usually so flighty. Glad your babies are doing well. xo

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  37. If the cows with new calves are not going to worry about the coyote, then let him or her have all the rodents she can catch!!!
    I love that last image of the ice!!!
    I have not been walking a lot this winter, and my stamina is down, but I will be out there again when the rain stops...
    I found a crocus in bloom yesterday!

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  38. Having grown up in Toronto, and living in the Urban areas of small towns, I know of farming, but not about it. Thank you for taking me on your journey.

    I agree that until there is something to worry about, carry on.

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  39. wonderful images. I love seeing your farm world

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  40. Wonderful ahots! Spring is coming your way.

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  41. great pics, the funny thing about smiles is they are contagious. I try to put one on even on my bad days because they seem t help others to smile, then I have more reason to as well

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