1/25/11

Where can three months go?

Well they go quickly, I know that much. October found new life with the birth of two bull calves.


It was an amazing experience to have the opportunity watching Sally give birth. Sally was our 'first time' heifer and she did beautifully. I only stepped in to make sure his airway was clear. 

She kept that look on her face for the next few weeks...what is that?!



I had expected our older cow Sally Belle to give birth first and was eagerly watching, but no such luck. Instead, three days after Sandy, I awoke to find another little boy in the pasture.

Still damp and wobbly.


While Sally's birthing went well, we soon discovered she had an obstruction in her udder causing quite a bit of farm drama. We had to insert a tube into her teat to release the pressure. You can stop gasping and holding your chest, now...it wasn't a painful procedure, promise. It did however put her at a high risk for more problems and I was beside myself with worry. After a few weeks, her initial engorgement had gone down enough that the calf was able to latch on.
No one has missed any meals since, and as they say, "growing like a weed". Both have put on black fuzzy winter coats. No chance of anyone getting lost in the snow.

Just as I was settling into a comfortable routine of working with two milk cow and getting my other chores done. I came down with what I thought was an innocent enough cold. I've never really been down and out, bed sick, since I've owned the cows. I've always worried, exactly what would happen and how would I manage. 
My cold came and went and I muscled though the morning milkings..true grit!!! 
Then my cold moved into my chest and a severe case of bronchitis. Each night I was greeted with coughing spasms. Spasms so hard, I'm sure I woke up everyone within a  twenty mile radius. One night, I got up to use the bathroom, went into a coughing fit so hard I threw my back out. As I stood there, well not so much standing as hunching over, crying/coughing in pain, peeing on myself. I thought "Hey, I'll never worry about having a cold again!"
And the chores still got done! Tho, not a whole lot of much else. I laid on the couch for about two months thinking of all the wonderful, fun things, I wish I had the energy to do. Namely, redo the living room. After that much time on the couch, I'm sick of looking at it. Oh, and that energy, it's Back!!!

I'm really excited to get back into the swing of things and see what everyone has been up to. Hope the holidays were good and that everyone had a chance to visit, and to be with those they love.


love :0)

8 comments:

Anne Marie... said...

that is so great...and right now, that story of the tube up the (you know where) scared me to death

let's pray to the good Lord that never happens to me!! lol

trash talk said...

Baby bulls trump blogging every time. They are precious and I love how they look like they are wearing tiny toupees!
Girl...I feel for you and am happy you are feeling better.
You've been missed.
Debbie

Queenplinker said...

Anne Marie, I am soo sorry to put that image in your head during your special time. That will NOT happen to you!

Debbie, I have missed you too!!! Toupees, that's perfect! LOL They are just little grumpy old men at times.

Tara Dillard said...

Welcome back !! Glad you are better.

Congratulations on your newest additions. Those boys are gorgeous.

Always knew you were a wonderful broad. A great dame.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Kirsty said...

Oh, Plinks - I've missed you! Are you still making yummy goodness?

I would love to see those babies being born - how amazing!

Thanks for reconnecting today!

Madelief said...

Thank you very much for your kind comment on my blog. I enjoyed it very much! I hope you are feeling better. To be still working with a heavy bronchitis is quite something. You must be a tough lady! The two baby bulls look very sweet :-)!

Happy weekend!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Queenplinker said...

Tara, that's a wonderful comment coming from a great dame such as yourself :o)


Kirsty, my hips can't take much more yummy goodness after holidays we had...but, I'm sure I'll be back at it soon!

Madelief, your welcome. I was prompted to see what might be coming up in my own garden. Spring isn't too far off.

koralee said...

So sweet....anything baby wins my heart! Welcome back.xoxoxo