The Good, The Bad, The Dramatic

Last week was one to be noted. Noted and hopefully not repeated. We had drama, we had challenges and we had a few positive things too.

The quote in my Heart of the Farm planner for last week reads: You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it. ~Unknown. I found this was ironic

When I went to check heifers at 5 o’clock Monday (March 27th) morning Rosie was standing at her kennel gate. Usually she is in her dog house, so I thought she needed out. After checking heifers I let her in the entry and fed her. Rosie went back out with me a little after 6. After checking a few things, I came in to start breakfast. J and I went out to do chores at 7:45. No Rosie. No Rosie anywhere. We did a quick look for her and proceeded on with chores.

Later on J spent several hours looking for Rosie. He also called all the neighbors to ask if they would keep an eye out for her. Wednesday afternoon I put a post on Facebook asking the same.

When J went out for the 2 am heifer check on Thursday, Rosie was laying in her usual spot in front of our house. She greeted J and hasn’t missed a beat since.

J and I have no clue where she went, but we are very thankful for her safe return. We hope this little adventure does not result in puppies.

Rosie really is a key part of our operation; J and I would be lost without her. It took less than one day of her being mia to reminded us of that fact. She is awesome help gathering cows to cake, breaking up bulls who want to fight and trialing cows.

Last Saturday we gathered cows and put them in the calving pasture. J and Rosie gathered, I lead the cows with the cake wagon, J blocked trouble areas and Rosie brought up the rear. Priceless!

I am going to keep this post positive and share some of the good things from last week:

The weather has been gorgeous. We had several of my favorite blue sky days with big puffy clouds and sunshine.

We semen tested bulls and they didn’t give us any trouble in the corrals. J and I had a good visit with the Veterinarian and his assistant.

A heifer was calving when I checked at 5 this morning. We are down to one heifer left to calf! The cows have started calving. No big runs, but those that did calf kept us more than busy.

J got off the yard twice last week. Monday he went to celebrate the of life of a family friend that died unexpectedly in a plane accident. It was a huge funeral and greatly affected a neighboring community. J also went to small town for his monthly FSA meeting.

I went to small town to see the beautician. It was refreshing to get my hair trimmed and eyebrows shaped. Sometimes, it’s nice to simply get past the mailbox for a few hours.

Last week Walter Mosley’s quote crossed our mind a time or two, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.” I found this quote and like it much better, “All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck-who keeps right on going-is the man who is there when the good luck comes-and is ready to receive it. ~Robert Collier

J and I have a lot to be grateful for, we are blessed and look forward to a good turn in our luck.

How do you get through a challenging week?

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6 Responses to The Good, The Bad, The Dramatic

  1. Kim's County Line says:

    So glad Rosie found her way back home!

    We also had the vet come out and test bulls last week. We only have two cows left to calve, so we are pretty much done (but we started earlier)!

    We had good moisture this past week – a total of 3.5 inches! It is much appreciated!

    Hope you have a better week, Robyn!

  2. Jona says:

    SO glad to hear sweet Rosie came home! I was very blessed last week to get up north to see my best friend from high school and take in a play at her high school. It was a much needed break. I know what you mean about getting away for a bit, though I make it past the mailbox more often, I think. 🙂
    Love you Robs!

  3. Alica says:

    I saw on face book that Rosie was missing, and I’m so glad she came home safely!! It sounds like she’s not only part of the family, but a valuable employee too! 🙂 I can agree with you about getting past the mailbox…at least kind of. We live in a very different area from you, and I get out a lot, but not always cleaned up and out of my stinky barn clothes! Even going to the dentist can be a treat, when I can turn off my phone for a while! 🙂 I hope this week is a better one!

  4. Buttons says:

    Sending hugs and I try to focus on the positive there is not a rancher or farmer that has not had things they rather not think about especially during calving. Take care. HUGS B

  5. Bonnie says:

    My thoughts are with you. I’m glad Rosie is back. Sorry to hear about your friend. We lost a brother in law very unexpectedly last week. It makes you thankful for every day you have. I hope things get better. Congratulations on making it through the heifers. I know growing up that made spring a little easier.

  6. Rose says:

    So glad Rosie returned….you sound so busy! I am glad you got a little break. I always feel like a new person when I get my hair trimmed.

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