I hope everyone has had a very Merry Christmas! Around here we woke up Christmas morning and were kind of surprised to find that there was still a small amount of snow on the ground from the last "blizzard" that dropped a little less than 2 inches on the ground. Nothing deep but it definitely looked more "Christmasy" than the mud we've gotten used to seeing around here.
Blizzards mean preparations, and lots of them, when you live in the country. We piled up on salt. Brought the shovels close to the house. We spent part of the day hooking the snow plow up to the old tractor and attempting to make a drivable path down the lane. We spent most of last night spreading an extra layer of straw down in the barns for added warmth for the critters. But when we woke up this morning we found that the snow had blown through some of the cracks in the old walls and was starting to fill the pens and stables. So we had to move the animals and clear out the pens, patch up the holes as best we could, remove the wet straw and all before feeding time. Uggh.
We added a calf to the day of Christmas surprises. A beautiful, big short horned baby girl. The mother of this particular calf is normally quite the trouble maker, always getting out of the fences and into the orchards and corn fields, but she's a fairly experienced momma and her calves normally do really well so we weren't too worried when she arrived Christmas afternoon even with the approaching storm. The only thing somewhat concerning is the fact that the calf had refused to suck for awhile but she was big enough and seemed otherwise healthy enough that we felt confident in taking the wait and see approach. Sometimes, just like with human babies, it just takes a little time. In this case the wait and see approach worked and by this afternoon she was eating like a champ. One less thing to worry about.
I spent most of these last weeks before Christmas making gifts for everyone and now that Christmas has come and gone I'm back to having empty needles, hooks, and sewing machines. So I'm off to hunt for the next project.
Happy Belated Christmas everybody!
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