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?
I am home from the Alamo Bowl and have had time to reflect on our entire TCU Frog football season. What a rollercoaster ride we have been on. It has been an emotional season and one in which we have had to be extremely flexible. Simply put, sometimes it is just exhausting being a die-hard TCU fan. In the football world our fall started out with huge expectations. Our ranking was high and fans … [Read More...]
Happy New Year. Have a great day of food, drink, football and time with your family. … [Read More...]
Happy Holidays to all of you from Cowboy and me and all our farm animals! … [Read More...]
I was in NYC for the first time last week. The sights, sounds and smells will last a life-time. My senses awakened with all the beautiful holiday sights and sounds. What a glorious place to visit during the holiday season. I am so glad to have visited and toured NYC. I have many favorites and frankly I can say that every single thing I saw and experienced was MY favorite. However, if I had to pick … [Read More...]
Wow, what a wonderful Thanksgiving I had! Spent a week in WaterColor Florida with my out of town kids. Such a special time to spend one entire week with them! The weather was a little cold the first day we arrived, but turned warmer each day we were there. The majority of our time we parked ourselves at the beach, however we also biked, canoed, walked, ate seafood. We were lucky to see the Seaside … [Read More...]
Majestic. Beautiful. Regal. Loved sighting this pretty boy enjoying a rain day last week. (Thanks to Cowboy for grabbing this shot with his phone) … [Read More...]
Sunday evening's farm sunset... Totally free entertainment. … [Read More...]
We had a beautiful "ranch fail" this week. My sweet favorite cow #35 (you have heard me rave on and on about her) for whatever reason did not get bred this last year. I felt so sorry for her as all her cow friends in her pasture had most of their babies in the spring. A couple of cows in her pasture have calved this fall along with the other mama's who are in the birthing pasture. I pictured poor … [Read More...]
I love the water and especially a fun girl's weekend at the lake. Enjoyed the last bit of water fun this last weekend. It is always a melancholy event for me as I love catching the last bit of summer, but on the other hand knowing that winter will be looming ahead very shortly. All my friends know very well that I am NOT a winter person which make them laugh because we are generally blessed with … [Read More...]
This is my very own special Montana cabin. Have been photographing it for over a decade. It is a lovely little cabin, but the elements are beginning to take their toll. I yearn to put a new little roof on it so it can live on ~ in all it's splendor. It may be tiny, but it stands mighty and proud. I wish I knew it's history, but I am content on documenting it from year to year. My heart and … [Read More...]
You have flower pots full of pretty flowers. Me, I have flower pots full of bones. Bones of animals past. The kids all love searching for bones. They think it is the greatest activity ever. They spend hours searching for the next "good" bone. So now you know. You have flowers and I have bones. It gives a new meaning to garden décor. I bet this made your day?! … [Read More...]
Had this little cutie last week. This little bull is about 30-40 minutes old in this photo. He was still trying to get his legs "going" while I was photographing him. He was wobbly and stumbling while falling down and getting back up over and over. Mom was extremely mellow and began grazing before he even got completely cleaned up allowing him to explore his new surroundings. Pure sweetness! … [Read More...]
I can never get enough of watching new moms and their babies. Sometimes I watch them for hours. It fills ones heart with so many feelings of renewal, joy and love. When I spend my time just watching the calves get dinner my heart seems like it will burst with every good feeling. I feel I am so lucky to be one on one with nature here at the farm. My heart is overflowing... … [Read More...]
This little calf is really not named "Little Gray Cloud"; however I named him that because his soft gray color compares to a light gray cloud before a thunderstorm or summer rain. I love his pretty light gray color and we don't have many gray calves. My fav for sure and he is adorable and spunky to boot! … [Read More...]