Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lost in winter farming.

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.


Later

25 comments:

  1. Hang in there. Spring is closer every day.

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  2. Spring is getting closer. Stay tough!

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  3. Oh can I relate....sometimes it all seems to catch up to you. It will be better when the grass greens up! God Bless you and your husband!

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  4. Stay safe yourself. There is always light at the end of that tunnel

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  5. Keep your chip up, young lady.
    Won't be long and your spring will arrive and I expect you have names for your calves as usual
    Regards to you both - my dear friend.
    Hugs M xoxox

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  6. Farmers may get down but they never give up. Yes, it is a big challenge and worry. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

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  7. Take care of your important self. And be as kind to yourself as you are to others.
    Hugs.

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  8. The light at the end of the tunnel is very near, hold on, almost there . . .
    I can't imagine what you've endured these past weeks.
    Be safe . . . soon we'll be saying, SPRINGTIME . . .

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  9. I can just picture you curling up on that sunny straw by the cows and calves, getting a quick nap :)
    Hang in there, spring is nearly there.

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  10. Love the baby stretched out, they are so lucky to have you and your Hero. I hope that missing cog turns up and that Winter ends soon so you can enjoy if not a more leisurely pace kinder weather to be out in...big hugs to you and your Hero..

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  11. Bless your heart for all that you handle there on your farm. I love the little calves and your snow scenes are lovely. Not something I see here in s.e. FL. I wouldn't be able to handle snow to live in it.

    Have a lovely weekend with your Hero ~ FlowerLady

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  12. It's the drain that deep snow puts on your body...hang in there.

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  13. I love your "light at the end of the tunnel" photo. Here's hoping that the cogs - as well as the body - hold together during these final weeks of calving. (Be careful what you wish for: I seem to remember you longing for snow earlier in the winter! Just giving you a hard time! Please be careful out there!)

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  14. Wow, you still have a lot of snow... You're right Buttons, February is always the worst month. We have had a better winter this year than last but we've also had some brutal cold days and frozen water throughs in the back and busted water pipe where the heifers are.

    I sometimes wonder about why am I doing heavy farm work at 69. I wasn't born a farmer and found myself needed at the farm because of labourer shortage. I'm more of a homemaker than a farmer. I should be retired and sleep in in the morning instead of being at the barn at 6:00am. I used to be there for 5:30am but I soon realized that the calves were still sleeping when I arrived. But I still have to be there early to save milk for the calves before the milk truck arrives.

    I sure hope that your snow will disappear quickly so your work goes easier. I love your calf pictures.

    Hang in there, only 29 more days to official Spring. I hope it arrives earlier.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  15. Thank God for the light at the end of the tunnel. It gives us hope that the tough going times will not last forever. So enjoyed your photos. Hope you have a break in the weather soon and spring is close by. Sending you big hugs. xo

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  16. It does sound like you need to find that "mound of comfortable bedding" and do some resting yourself! Perhaps stretching out in the warm sun would be soothing to you! I send along my wishes for easier days!....xo Nellie

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  17. hoping spring comes soon for you!

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  18. Love your images today! Spring is coming! Hang in there.

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  19. Sending you warm hugs and an extra cog or two... now take care of you.

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  20. Hang in there, Miss B. Make sure to take care of yourself, it's important to rest when you can and nourish your body.

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  21. This winter has been just a mess! I'm glad you and your Hero can work together, but I feel for you! That calf sure looks comfy, all stretched out on the hay in the sun with her Mama watching over. (or maybe she's keeping an eye on you?!) I hope spring comes soon for you, but that there's time for resting before the spring work hits!

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  22. B,

    The snow will soon be melted, and spring will be knocking at your door.
    It's just a little bit more time, hang in there dear friend.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  23. Still a young girl! I love your calf pictures like always. Here's hoping that spring isn't far away now xx

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  24. February is nearly at its end! You've been awfully busy, and I'm sure the snow hasn't helped one bit. Yes, you need to make yourself a comfy bed in the sunshine, too.

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