Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from indomitable will.
Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi
Things have gotten away from me. My mind is missing one of the cogs in its spinning wheel, and I just cannot concentrate. Life skips by, as the hours, tick through the days, in this winter that has not been kind to farmers. Yes, I may be rambling and not, making any sense, but with a missing cog in the wheel of clear thinking, this is all I am left with at the moment. I thought I would fill you in with some little bits of what is going on.
The winter from H….E….. double hockey sticks (LL) (yes I know that is a childhood saying) has taken a toll on this old girl. Oh boy, I never thought that I would call myself an old girl. This winter has changed that. Yes, it is official, my body and my mind are now struggling to keep the same pace that I have kept up with for years. Calving season has come at the most inopportune of times. A time, where I have no doubt lost a cog in the wheel of my mind, and when my body is rebelling. This makes things more of a challenge, to say the least.
There is all that wading through snow that is about a foot and a half deep, and then struggle to stay upright. To open gates with huge snowbanks which block my way, and slow me down. Farmers all over are doing everything they can to keep their animals safe and comfortable in this non- traditional winter. I do know for a fact that I am not the only farmer trying to hold onto the cogs in their wheel this year. February has always been a difficult time of year, even without the weather getting involved.
The extreme cold weather that caused farmers to second guess farming outside, and then the blizzard that left more snow in one day than we have had all year. The lack of sleep from worrying about the weather is taking a toll for sure. Sheer emotional and physical exhaustion have crept into my world, and no doubt the world of other farmers.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. We are very close to the end of calving around here, and very close to spring, well close enough right? I know the cows are doing well. This afternoon they rest comfortably on mounds and mounds of bedding. Their calves stretch out and sleep in the warmth of the sun. Yes, they are doing fine. It is me that seems to be having problems.
So if any of you, are looking for me, do know I am still around. More than likely I am out taking care of our cows. Making sure they stay happy, healthy and safe. You never know you may just find me curled up in the tractor seat having a little nap on a sunny afternoon. Maybe one of those calves will share that nice comfy bed they are enjoying.
My Hero and I are doing pretty well at keeping up, together. #16 is being born as I write this. I hope you enjoy the pretty pictures of pretty things. Now we can all smile, and get through this darn month of February together, and with a smile OK. See you very soon everyone.