Thursday, March 12, 2015

Farming versus Blogging Time.....

Toil and pleasure,
in their nature opposites,
are linked together in a kind of necessary connection.
                         Livy


So I understand some of my Blogger friends are wondering where Buttons has gone. Why is she not reading, nor commenting on the Blog post, the one that I put so much thought and effort into? I was wondering the same thing so I thought I would look at a typical day for me,lately.

Today for example I have a dentist appointment at 10 AM so I must hurry so there will be no time to read anything. I will try for tomorrow or later tonight, if I cannot sleep. I have not forgotten any of you.

It is now 6:00 AM and the time change has put my world on a bit of a tilt. Most times I would have already been outside. It is dark, really, really dark out. I sat down to drink a coffee and try to type out this post so you will know that I am still alive, and possibly some of you do like to know what is going on here, down on the farm. Since I cannot possibly tell you what my today is going to be like,I will describe my yesterday.


Up at 5:30 made a coffee sat at the computer and checked the temperature. That is a very important part of my day, because as you know outside work requires being prepared for whatever is out there. Read the headlines of our local paper just in case I missed something that could and would affect my day. I did get a chance to read a few of your Blog posts but did not have time to comment. I turned off the computer, quickly ate a banana while heading downstairs to get ready for the start of my chores. The sun was still not up but I mixed milk replacer and filled bottles for two orphaned calves that are waiting in the barn for me. Oh I forgot, you are probably wondering why there are now two.

Well Lucy you may remember, but now there is Louie. That is another very long story. I do not have time to tell this one today but I hope to share soon, I promise.

7 AM and I started up the tractor as I passed by, then I opened up the barn door to the sound of “She’s here, she’s here” (that could be my imagination but this would be my story after all). Let two very hungry and pushy calves out of the pen and am suddenly the most popular girl in the world. Held on to two bottles and watched them drain them pretty fast. Took them for a bit of a run, all I have to do for this exercise was to take away the bottles. Back and forth, run run. This is an important part of my regular exercise routine lately. I told them “Bye for now, see you at noon”. They willing walked back into the pen to rest. That may have been a bit of an exaggeration on my part. Louie is one hungry little guy.

Back to the tractor, then headed to go feed the cows, and then check once again for calves and any signs of calving. My Hero had checked in the night. I walked around the girls checking and talking and made sure everyone was OK. Seven calves were now running around making it hard to count, but I have to say so nice to see.


It turned out to be a lucky day for me, no calves and no impending signs of anything happening anytime soon. I was excited knowing I could go to my writing class in town. I said goodbye to the girls and headed to take a much needed shower, after the Lucy and Louie play time. Off to town, it was 9:30. After a two hour class, rushed to get some much needed supplies and headed back to feed Lucy and Louie. Since it was a beautiful day, I let them out of the barn (play pen) to run in the barnyard. I headed down to check cows again. All was well. It was then 2:30.

I had some trouble putting Lucy and Louie back in the barn so that took some time. I will do that again today they need the exercise and possibly so do I. Ran back into the house threw something in a crockpot on high and sat down for a minute talking on the phone to two very important people. Woke up to the sound of the door it was My Hero home for supper.

After supper he went to check cows and feed Lucy and Louie while I cleaned up. Finally both in the same room we talked about our days. By this time I was exhausted and went to bed about 8PM. The sound of the tractor starting woke me up about 1 AM My Hero was off to do the night check. I lay my head back down. This brings me right back to this morning.


If I am lucky it will go just as smoothly and I will get in a visit with my Mom after the dentist and Lucy and Louie time. There are four cows going to calf very soon so I never know what my day will bring.

So, if you think I am ignoring you I do apologize. Have a nice weekend. I love weekends, My Hero is home. We get to work together.


Later

44 comments:

  1. Buttons, anyone who has lived on a farm knows you aren't ignoring us, you're just as busy as a hen with 50 eggs! Good to read about your yesterday, but don't worry... we'll be waiting for you patiently. Hope all goes well at the dentist and enjoy your visit with your mother.

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  2. No worries, I am in the same boat ! So much needful stuff to do around here . New lambs, gardens needing major work, poultry to tend. Blogging comes after all that is most important is taken care of, IF I have the energy to do it. Lately going to bed early ( for me that is just before midnight ) has been a priority simply because I am exhausted. Makes me say all the more, if everyone would tend a garden, nurture a child or animal , love and spend time with family ~ well, then who would have time to riot in the streets or be part of chaos and destruction ?

    Love this post especially because you have simply described a normal day in the life of a farmer's wife and what is important.

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  3. There is nothng better than beng in the company of those you love!...:)JP

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  4. You can't be everything to everybody! We so miss you when your not here but it truly makes us appreciate you all the more!! {tight hugs} <3

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  5. Take it from another farmer... I totally understand. As a matter of fact, your day sound pretty much like mine. It's a busy lifestyle at the same time it's better than an office job in the city.

    Have a great country day.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  6. i am always amazed by your working day. you are a farmer wonder woman. i can hear the theme song now. you are wearing your farming boots and all. you need a break. have a great weekend!! ( :

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  7. oh my goodness, they are so adorable!!

    I know when lambing starts, life is blur!
    Take Care and thanks for checking in- ha ha :)

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  8. I took an unplanned hiatus from blogging and interaction last week when caring for a sick granddaughter. We all understand! :-)

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  9. You are non stop! Lucy and Louie are adorable.

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  10. Hi Buttons! Hope today is just as busy and happy for you!

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  11. Growing up when I did, I was a huge fan of the James Herriott books, so I have a virtual understanding of how busy springtime can be for ranchers and farmers both. However as a city girl I can only compare my hectic life with 3 teen/pre-teen kids and 3 large dogs demanding my time and attention practically 24/7. At least the kids are now old enough to feed themselves if necessary!

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  12. Busy days for you. I am glad you and your hero get to spend weekends doing things together. What you guys do is definitely quality time.

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  13. You have very busy days, indeed! Lucy and Louie would welcome you with open arms, if they could! Have a good Thursday! xo Nellie

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  14. those two are adorable little troublemakers!

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  15. It's a busy time of year....come to think of it....when ISN'T it a busy time of year on a farm?

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  16. LOLOLOLOL..."exercise" whose exercising who? LOL

    And calving time is the most important time of year medically for ranching; so many things can go wrong and you have to be a OB/GYN Doctor, Ped's nurse and a Rancher all at the same time...but you already know that ;) Get your sleep - you deserve it!

    We will all wait for Buttons; shes the best blogger there is! xoxox

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  17. You are too busy with the cows, no problem. I am sure once the calving is over you will have some extra time. Love your images of your precious animals. Have a great day!

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  18. I understand. Many cannot imagine how fast a day goes when you have animals to care for and count. Calving is always an exciting time for us. Proudly recording the information on the calendar page so we can transfer it later to paper.

    Farming is hard work but there is nothing better, I think, for the soul than caring for animals and doing some hard work. No time for boredom in any day when you live this dream of a life.

    Blessings.

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  19. Oh Buttons, you are such a busy woman! I don't know how you do it all. And the time change really throws a monkey wrench into things too. It affects us all I think and I don't like the dark mornings to adjust to again although I appreciate the lighter evenings....just not this time of year when there is nothing to do. Take care of yourself and we'll be here to read when you have time to share. Blessings to you.
    Pam

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  20. You have so much on your plate. And so many things which are much, much more important (and imperative) than the blogosphere.
    We will be happy to see you, when you can stop by.
    Look after yourself, while you are looking after others.

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  21. Louie and Lucy...two very lucky calves! I love the picture of L or L chewing on the calf bottle...typical! I'm glad you're ok...I know how busy this time of year can be. Take care of yourself, and we'll still be here when you "get back"! I haven't been doing very good at commenting myself lately.

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  22. Those babies are so beautiful!
    Lynne x

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  23. Busy days on a farm that's for sure ! Oh my those calves are soo cute ! Loved this post and photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  24. That is busy!! All worth it for Lucy and now Louie too (can't wait to hear that story by the way).

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  25. Oh the joys of calving season... I hope it is trouble free and limited to just two orphaned boobies.
    How many calves are you and hero expecting?

    L8tr

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  26. In a million years I would never think you are ignoring me.. In fact I wonder how you do it all. You are one busy lady. Your calves are so darn cute. Take care my friend..

    Hugs~

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  27. Balancing everything in life and having time for a blogging hobby is tough! We will all still be here whenever you have the time!

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  28. Ya I know, I know! Cows are more important than me! Okay, I can sulk for a while. Great post. thanks.

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  29. I remember from growing up on the farm how much work had to be done. I don't know how you have time to blog! Kudos to you, B! I wish you the best with the calving. Have a nice weekend with your hero!

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  30. You never fail to amaze me with all you do on the farm and elsewhere so never apologise for not commenting if you do even have time to visit my blog. I often feel your presence, honestly I do. You give us such a wonderful insight into your life and we love you for it. You are having such a busy time right now (busier than usual with the calving etc and two orphans to care for as well) and we appreciate you even taking the time to tell us about your yesterday. Hope your next few days go well and that all the calves arrive safely and their mums care for them well.
    Just look after yourself as much as you can. Hugs

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  31. This is a very busy time of year for you, you have many irons in the fire!!

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  32. You must have got over your bad cold/flu...indeed you are busy...take care of yourself and don't over do it..
    Hugs M xoxox

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  33. You DO sound extremely busy, Buttons! I'm amazed that you find any time to visit our blogs!

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  34. What a day! I could not survive without my crockpot.

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  35. oh buttons, you are one busy girl! i've been terrible about keeping up with commenting lately...although i'm not even a quarter as busy as you...i don't know what my problem is! love the photos!

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  36. I am tired just reading that! My admiration for all that you do just grew ten-fold. Please do take the time to take care of yourself while you are caring for others. Lucky and Louie are definitely lucky calves.

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  37. Sounds like you need another pair of hands. :) Sue x

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  38. i understand.
    i'm not a farmer...and most days i have so much going on...so many things i have to get done, i wonder how i can do it.
    i took a long time off from blogging myself. actually from just about everything online.
    you take care. live life. stop in here when you can...and i'll stop by to say hi when i can too! :)

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  39. Good luck with all of that. I think you will find we are all in your shoes now that spring has peeked in.

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  40. I understand . . .
    I don't think I will ever catch up . . .

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  41. It's that time of year. My Mom is up to her ears with baby Goats...2 sets of triplets too. Lots of extra "MA>>>>>>> MA>>>>>> MAS!" My Blog has been suffering on it's own a lot more than I would like lately - not sure why.

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  42. Buttons,

    My Sweet friend, family, farm, and homestead comes first this time of year. We all so understand.
    Don't work to hard! Sending hugs to you and your Hero.
    Sandy

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