Five Thursday Thoughts

We have 4 heifers left to calf! Looks like we will get a little breather before the cows start having babies.

The forecasters keep telling us March will have an unsettled weather pattern; the first half of the month has been so. The last few days have been windy with sun and temperatures in the 40’s. Last night the weatherman said it’s going to be a cold weekend.

March 18

I am looking forward to… books! Anytime I see a friend or blogger share a book review or suggestion I head to Amazon and look up said book. My “wish list” of books is growing. Lucky for me Mom and one of my Sister-In-Laws sent me Amazon gift cards for my birthday.

I am learningโ€ฆ to continue to take things one day at a time. I am getting better at going with the flow. One thing about Ranchers is they tend to change their mind … a lot! Being able to go with the flow and follow instructions is a highly important Ranch Wife trait.

March 18

Around the house… J and I hosted the township equalization meeting on Tuesday. We had three neighbors over for the meeting and I got a good visit in with the gal who lives on the ranch south of us. My Rhubarb Custard Pie went over pretty good too.

I am pondering… ย the little things we do in our everyday life. The little things add up and when I stop and think about it, I realize I do a lot of little things that help make the day run smooth. I like the 5 am heifer check because when I get back to the house it’s quiet. I have a chance to drink my coffee, read blogs, make breakfast and enjoy some me time before J gets up. It helps set a positive tone for my day.

March 18

A favorite quote for today… To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream: not only plan, but also believe. ~Anatole France

What is something you are looking forward to? What little things do you do to simplify your day?

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28 Responses to Five Thursday Thoughts

  1. Love the picture of your pup, Robyn! It is beautiful.

    I always try to remind myself that “it is the little things that matter most”—important words for me to remember both as a mom and a cattle caregiver. I am afraid that not much about my days seem to be simple anymore, but by focusing on each individual task I can systematically work through the day. Likely my favorite time of day is dawn. I am usually out at the feed yard when the sun pokes its head up, and I allow myself to take a moment to appreciate the glory of the new beginning.

    Our weather has also been up and down. It was 70 and sunny on Monday, we got 5+ inches of wet snow with 40mph winds on Tuesday, and yesterday had highs in the 40’s–the only constant seems to be change!

    Take care,

    • Robyn says:

      I enjoy watching the sun rise for the same reason. When we start calving cows J and I tag at day break, I get to see a lot of sun rises this time of year. You are right there are many days that are not simple and unpredictability is the spice in our life.

      Hope you and your family are doing well.

  2. I am most definitely looking forward to flowers! I just placed my order for some 4-H Geraniums due in the first week of May. Seems so far away, doesn’t it? But, it’s really not!

    I simplify my day by telling myself, if it doesn’t get done today, and the house isn’t on fire or no one is dead, then it will get done tomorrow. I know, that’s called procrastination but when it comes to some things, it’s not. I use to stress myself out over the DUMBEST things and make impossible to-do lists in my head.

    It’s like you said, one day at a time ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Robyn says:


      I find the priorities tend to get done. If it isn’t a priority it can wait or be left undone. I agree if the house is still standing, no one is injured and the cattle are cared for we are good.

      I used to make unrealistic to-do lists too. It’s more important to have good relationships than be stressed out. I am still a list maker, but have become more flexible with age.

  3. Darcy says:

    Wow, I’m impressed your heifers have calved so quickly. That is awesome, only having 4 left! And I agree with you – the little things really do matter. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you have a great rest of the weekend, and that the weather stays nice (or at least bearable) for you!

    • Robyn says:

      We short breed out heifers. The girls that bred, bred really tight this year. Just one late heifer and we think the neighbor’s bull bred her.

      When J and I started dating, one of the first things I noticed was the cattle on this ranch are very fertile. 85-90% of our cows will settle in the first cycle; they are all bull bred. The cows keep us busy when we get to the heart of calving season.

  4. Loretta Beavis says:

    Hey, I do not have plans and dreams anymore, must by why the depression off and on.
    Is it safe to dream and plan? Mine have been crushed over and over again.
    Do plans and dreams require selfishness?
    Last night I dreamed I bought an old boarding stable and started makinging it “my” boarding stable…I woke up so happy–hasn’t happened before that I recall…maybe a breakthrough of some sort.
    Peace be with you.
    Beautiful photos and journalism!

  5. Myla says:

    Learning to go with the flow is HARD!!! I enjoy having things planned out and when a wrench is thrown in, oh it makes me agitated. But I’m learning that rolling with the punches is just as valuable has having structure and a plan. I hope for your sake, and all the critters, the weather really does take a turn towards Spring!!

  6. Cheri says:

    Love this post. Going with the flow is one of the hardest things for me to do. I tend to be a perfectionist and like things organized, so when all that gets thrown out the window, I fell helpless! But I am learning to go with the flow.
    And it is the little things that matter. Having a broken arm, sure did make Cameron realize all the little things I do that he has taken for granted!
    Rosie sure is turning into a beautiful little girl.

  7. Linda W says:

    Rosie is growing fast! I love it when you post photos of her. I’m looking foreward to the weekend -it’s supposed to be sunny and nice. Should be great spring skiing.

  8. Linda R says:

    I used to always wake up early for some me time!! But that has all changed lately! I have been sleeping in, I sure do miss getting up early! I need to get back to that!! I enjoyed reading your blog today!

  9. Buttons says:

    Oh I cannot believe you are so very close to the end of calving we have yet to start:) Oh yes things change very quickly on the farm and yes we need to take it moment by moment and smile.
    Enjoy your mornings I find them the best part of my day too. Take care my friend. Hug B

    • Robyn says:

      Miss B,
      We are not near the end of calving; we have 4 first calf heifers left to go. The cows are due April 5th. We are only just beginning!

  10. Karen says:

    Your dog is a beauty! I learned many years ago that it’s best to go with flow, it’s too hard to paddle upstream!

  11. Robin says:

    I am trying to learn to take things one day at a time, too (my husband’s job is irregular and unpredictable). It is definitely easier said than done. I am the type who always wants to think about what *could* happen and plan ahead, so we aren’t surprised or stuck in a mess later. I can’t just sit back and live in the moment.

  12. Jen says:

    I love that quote, so good! I enjoy morning feeding time for the same reason. Once done I’m back in the house quiet and still. With hot coffee in hand reading my favorite blogs before heading back out to start chores. Happy weekending!

  13. Love your dog in the snow image, he is a definite winner. I have learned over the years that you can’t fight or fret about what happens to change life’s plans. But I must admit that sometimes going with the flow is hard to maintain. Happy Spring and have a great weekend.

  14. Roan says:

    I have a Border Collie named Fergus, so your picture caught my eye. I’ve seen that look before. I too love books and always head over to Amazon to add interesting ones to my wish list. My son always gives me Amazon gift cards for birthdays and Christmas to fill up my Kindle. Rhubarb is my all time favorite pie, so I’m following the link for this recipe. Sounds yummy! Enjoyable post!

  15. You do one of my most favourite things; get up in the morning before anyone else. Isn’t it heaven!?! I don;t drink coffee but that first morning tea…alone…in a quiet house. I love it. Good luck with the rest of the calves. My friend Celi is anxiously waiting for her two cows to have babies and one is quite overdue. Isn’t that funny, we’re all on pins and needles with her waiting for these babies. ๐Ÿ˜€ I love blogland. (Oh, Celi is:

  16. Ida says:

    It never ceases to amaze me of the things you do there on the Ranch. 5:00 am is so “not” my thing but I do understand about enjoying the peace/quiet when no one else is up. It just happens at a later time for me when everyone is off to work or school.
    I’ve got to check out your Rhubarb Pie recipe. I love Rhubarb and our Pastor’s wife is going to bring me part of a Rhubarb plant. Mine died so hopefully this one won’t.
    Loved that photo of your dog. Such a nice looking animal.
    Hoping your spring shows up soon. It’s in the mid-50’s this week and then creeping up to the 60’s for next week but very cool mornings and evenings still.

  17. Roan says:

    I checked out your reading list. Looks like we have some books and authors in common. I just finished reading The Boy in The Suitcase for March Book Club and it was one of those hard to put down books.

  18. tanya breese says:

    i have a book board on pinterest of all the books i see that i just have to read! right now i’m reading “she’s come undone”…it’s really good! have a great weekend…love the photos!! puppy is getting big!

  19. Sharon says:

    The photo of your beautiful dog looks like a book cover — wow! I enjoyed your post and your thoughts. I didn’t know you get up at 5 and start your workday. I can imagine it’s dark and chilly ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes I agree, it’s the little things that make life rich.

  20. Gwen says:

    Sounds like a very successful calving season – hope the last few arrive smoothly.

  21. Sarah says:

    I have made more time to read so far this year and it is wonderful, there are so many great books out there.

  22. Rosie is so cute now — look at her!

    Love the calves too. So sweet.

    Like you, I have my little routines I do every day and that comforts me and keeps me to somewhat of a schedule.

    Have a great weekend Robyn!

  23. As “spring” (not sure if it’s right to call it that, since we’re still sub-zero over night & have a couple of feet of snow cover on the ground!) project pick up, I’m having less time to read – those books are looking at me calling my name!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a great weekend, Robyn!

  24. Diane says:

    I enjoy the morning too. I get up and it’s quiet. I can get so much done at this time of day. Like you, I enjoy my coffee, drinking it while taking in the time for myself.

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