Cows Aren’t Just Cows

Through the years cows come and go at our place and I try to not get emotionally attached knowing that someday they will be gone. This especially holds true with the babies. I try to live by the theory to “just enjoy them while they are here with us”… Of course many of the mama cows live a long life here and I usually end up loving all of them. Occasionally there will be a special cow that I absolutely fall in love with and no matter how hard I try my heart skips a beat and it is a done deal. Last month this happened to me. This winter we ended up with several babies whose moms died while giving birth and a few moms who refused to feed their babies. Our neighbor brought in some milk cows from auction to feed these little ones. After finishing up their mama duties one of the milk cows ended up at our place to graze for the winter. In all my years of growing up on a ranch then having this farm I have never ever been around milk cows. Well, this Guernsey milk cow just stole my heart and I never want her to leave! I have named her Mabel. We arranged for her to live at our place and I am a happy camper! She has been bred so when the girls all give birth if there are any troubles Mabel will be able to be a surrogate mom and feed any calf whose mom cannot feed them. For now she is living the good life at our place. This week she may be noticing that I call her Mabel so think she will know her name soon. She is the sweetest thing. She is a little timid, but warming up to us every day.

So here is to Mabel my new best friend! “Be still my heart” – I have fallen head over heels for this sweet animal.

This is a face to love, right?

 

Heart Rocks

I found this heart farm rock while hiking a few days before Valentines Day! I have discovered several and am hoping to spend one entire day soon devoted to "The Heart Hunt"... I love anything hearts; especially those found in nature such as clouds, rocks, leaves, cactus. If you find something "Heart" spectacular send me a pic! … [Read More...]

Montana Painting

One of my college friends is an artist who paints from the heart. She took a simple photo of mine and presto... it became a beautiful painting. You can find Sandy's paintings at Sandy Donn on Etsy and she writes a beautiful blog filled with her paintings and her feelings about them. Sandy's Blog I took this photo in Glacier National Park and this is her painting. Enjoy! … [Read More...]

My View

One of my favorite views. I can see forever. … [Read More...]

Merry Farm Christmas

Merry Christmas from all of us at the farm! We hope that you enjoy the holiday with family, friends and special pets. Hoping the amazing aroma of the holiday foods fill your home with the joy of the season! All of our cows, donkeys, goats send their unconditional love! That's what it is all about! Merry Merry! … [Read More...]

Farm Serenity

Today's Serenity... … [Read More...]

Colorado Valley

Visited friends in Colorado last week and had a grand time. This girls trip was planned around being outdoors and all I can say is wow! The weather was perfect- not too hot and not to cold. Lots of walks and hikes taking in all nature could provide. It could not have been more glorious. Today I am sharing three photos in the valley area of Westcliffe Colorado. Very rural and the beauty is … [Read More...]

New Orleans Cemetery

My grandmother had a love of everything New Orleans. She and my grandfather's best friend lived in NOLA and they visited him many times throughout the years. I think my grandmother loved antique shopping there more than anything and my favorite little table came from there. I also love New Orleans. I love the architecture; especially the old French structures. I love the high energy. I love the … [Read More...]

On A Clear Day

On a clear day you can see forever! I love driving around and finding the perfect landscape at the farm. Each day provides a different setting so I never get bored! Love this cow! These clouds were perfect. Wish I had packed a blanket so I could lay on ground and spend time watching the clouds like I did as a kid! … [Read More...]

Fall Calving

It's fall calving season and most of the expectant moms have been moved to the "baby pasture." It is a fun time of year and we really enjoy the babies jumping, running and doing cute things! This mom is waiting to go to the "baby pasture". Looks like it won't be long. Here is another expectant mom. She is not quite ready to be moved yet. This precious little boy lost his mom right … [Read More...]

Hidden Treasure

Last month I attended a Memorial Service for a friend's mom in Alpine, Texas. While there we visited Marfa and Fort Davis also. Wow, this was the most gorgeous area with the most unbelievable mountain area. We were not able to view the Marfa lights because of a few evening storms, but we did manage a little shopping! We did head over to Fort Davis for the most beautiful mountain formations I have … [Read More...]

Babies Are Coming!

Mama cows have been moved into the birthing pasture. Babies will be happening soon... … [Read More...]

The Hidden Painting

For as long as I can remember my grandmother had a stack of unused paintings stacked in the bedroom designated for the grandkids. The closet was a typical small closet for a house built in 20s and it was very stark and clean with a few toys on shelves to the left and on the closet floor to the right was a stack of about 8 paintings and photographs which were not fortunate enough to be showcased … [Read More...]

It’s Really HOT Outside

104 degrees today and I am sweltering! It is a good day to post a Canada photo from June where, not only was it cool, there was plenty of snow also. I just managed to download all of my photos so will be sharing some beautiful nature and awesome animal photos soon. Today is just one of those days at farm where you move water around to keep the plants alive and take care of the animals and other … [Read More...]

Mr Friendly

This is the bull that is in the pasture with the girls this month. His name is Friendly, but I call him Mr Friendly because he is having so much fun at our place! The "girls" are loving him and he is so busy trying to get their attention that he does not mind me walking around and talking to everyone. I am not even a distraction in his mind! He is pretty sweet so we are enjoying his visit. He is … [Read More...]