A Dramatic Week

To say the least, it’s been an interesting week. I shall try to narrow it down to only five things:

1. Sunday when J left for Church Rosie wanted to jump in the pickup and ride along. He told her no and sent her to the house. When J got home Rosie was gone. We called her, we looked in buildings and J took a 4-wheeler ride, no Rosie. Monday morning a neighbor called and asked if we were missing a dog. While checking cattle at another neighbor’s place a border collie jumped in his pickup and sat scared and shivering in the passenger seat. We don’t know why Rosie ran off or what she went through. We do know she was glad to see us, covered in cockle-burs and slept most of Monday.

Tuesday when J came in at noon Rosie was on the deck. After dinner J and Roy did a mechanic job in the shop and Rosie disappeared … again. J and I had some new baby calves to tend to and by 4:45 Rosie was back. The new rule at our house is Rosie is either with J or chained up until we get this magic act stopped.

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2. Monday afternoon we got the calving barn cleaned! After dinner J had a township task to tend to and I started pitching out pens by hand. I only had three pens to muck out as we didn’t use all the pens for calving heifers. I also pitched straw way from the walls and panels so J could easily drag out the dirty stuff with the bobcat. By 4:30 the barn was bedded with pretty golden straw and ready for the next round.

March 26

3. Tuesday morning we recieved a little more rain. It was similar to the moisture we got on Sunday; enough to settle the dust and freshen up the air. With the consistent winds that we have had it won’t take long to get dusty again. After several days of high winds, I gladly welcomed the calm evening we had yesterday.

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4. I mentioned that we had new babies to tend to. The cows are starting to give us a few early calves. Tuesday one of the cows that calved was a “geriatric,” she was born in 2003. Apparently after 10 babies some cows have a less than motherly attitude. The calf was a little slow getting up and going; we ended up bringing the pair in and suckling the calf. Apparently this cow has been in the head-gate sometime in her career and has a keen memory. It took a little creativity and 45 minutes for J and I to get her caught. Sometimes the “true grit” of a cattleman is a good quality. I like the smile, high five and “we win” J gave me after the head-gate closed.

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5. Wednesday I went to the beauty shop. My last appointment was the end of January and I had Glenda (my hair dresser) even out my layered cut and take off a good inch. Yesterday, I had her add the layers back. My primary hair requirement is that I must be able to pull it into a pony tail. J prefers my hair long and layers are a stylish compromise.

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13 Responses to A Dramatic Week

  1. Madge Bloom says:

    How odd that Rosie would take off like that, SO glad she hoped into a neighbor’s rig and they called around to find her home… how old is she? We had an old girl (15) who developed doggie dementia (really) towards the end, we couldn’t let her loose anywhere, because she wouldn’t come back anymore, sadly she had to be put down because of cancer soon after that (maybe the cancer had spread to her brain, I don’t know), but it seemed like dementia to me. You work so hard, I’m glad you had a little time for yourself to get your hair done. Mine needs it too, I got tired of all the straightening I’ve done for a number of years, and have let my hair go natural, back to curls and it certainly makes styling quick and easy. I, too, like the ability to put on a baseball cap… have a good weekend!

  2. Cheri says:

    So glad Rosie hopped in with a neighbor. So scary and frustrating. When Bandit was almost 2, she took off after deer I’m guessing. We searched high and low. Next morning a neighbor found her by his tractor 5 miles away! She too slept all day. She never ran off again. The puppies, mainly Two, have run off multiple times! Chasing birds! Two is under constant supervision.

    We didn’t work heifers due to a rainy day. Maybe today.

    The old granny cows. They can be so deliberate! But patience always wins out! 🙂

    Have a great day.
    Cheri

  3. Sandra says:

    Sounds like non stop busy!!

  4. CountryMum says:

    Sounds like a very busy and eventful week. So glad that Rosie was found. Love all the cattle and baby calf photos.

  5. Kim says:

    I’m glad Rosie is back from her adventures. I, too, am back from my adventures with the granddaughters. I got back in time to help sort a group of mamas and babies and work the babies. We also gathered, sorted and moved another group. I’m tired – just like Rosie!

  6. Sarah C says:

    Your cattle are beautiful and healthy looking. Your stories remind me of the farm growing up and the adventures of the lambs arriving. Always stories to tell! Enyoy your new haircut. I just got a much needed cut too.

  7. Snap says:

    No kidding busy! Rosie has quite a disappearing act. Hope she decides its a good idea to stay home. My granny raised Angus .. I miss those busy times and babies! Have fun! 🙂

  8. Nancy says:

    How scary about Rosie — little scamp. Hope she learns her lesson. Would be awful to lose her.

    Love seeing all those big mamas lined up at the fence. 🙂 Have a wonderful week Robyn.

  9. Dawn says:

    Never a dull moment around your place, I am glad your Rosie was found so quick. I had 2 dogs get away from the house and someone found them 3 weeks later.
    Hope next week is a bit more calm.

  10. Gattina says:

    Can imagine that you were very worried about Rosie ! Between disappearing for a couple of hours and a whole day and night makes a big difference. The little calves are so cute ! Was a busy week for you !

  11. Oh my Rosie must be quite the escape artist. I’m so glad you got her back and hopefully she doesn’t sneak off again.
    How fun to have baby calves, I’ve seen them around farms here and they look so cute. I’m not much of a “farm” girl though so I’m always thankful for those like you who are. It takes a lot of work to keep up a ranch.
    I need to get my hair cut again too. I think “layers” would be a good way to go when I do.

  12. Oh, Rosie!
    Glad she’s home and safe.
    I went in for spring freshening up at the hair salon recently.. always feels good. I had them take about 4 inches off. I agree, long layers work for me, perfect for pulling back in ponytails daily. 🙂

  13. Marie-AZ says:

    Poor Rosie! I’m glad you got her back…sure hope she quits running off! How exciting to have the new calves! My Dad used to own cows and we would see the new calves sometimes when we would visit. The cows are a lot of hard work though!

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