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?

 

Mexican Hat Wildflowers

Because of all the rains last month we still have a few lingering wildflowers. This month the Mexican Hat flowers have been in abundance. I really have never noticed them very much, but this summer they have become a favorite new flower for me. It is a form of the Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida Columnifera). Don't you love them??? … [Read More...]

TCU Road To Omaha

The FROGS did it! Only took 16 innings. Very proud for our TCU Baseball Team!                                                                                                                                                                  Graphic CWS World Series 2015 … [Read More...]

Lake Deer

My daughter in law traveled last week to attend a "girl's weekend" lake party.  She always shoots the best wildlife photos with her phone and I just don't understand it. Our farm deer run fast when they see me coming and we do not even hunt them. Wouldn't you just think they would know they are safe and let me take a nice photo of them? But alas, most of my deer pictures have a blur because they … [Read More...]

A Dose of City Fox Cute

We have foxes at farm, although I rarely see them. One of our "city friends" took these photos in his back yard right in the middle of the city. They are simply too cute for words! Thanks to the "S" family for sharing them with us. You have more darling critters in your back yard than I find out in the country! These cuties take the cake for winning the award for just being too precious for … [Read More...]

Early Indian Blankets

Indian Blankets bloomed early this year! These are my favorites - above any other flower!   … [Read More...]

Sizing Me Up

She was checking me out before she received her immunizations and worming! Not sure if that look is good, bad or deciding on an opinion!   … [Read More...]

Spring Has Sprung

We are having all the fun at the farm. We are starting to have lots of sweet little calves running around. This one was born a week ago... So very cute! … [Read More...]

Cowboy’s Bluebonnets

We continue to be busy, but Cowboy snapped these bluebonnets with his phone a few days ago. Love it when he does that for me. Thanks Cowboy! I am hoping to get some good shots in this week, however rain is forecast for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday so we shall see. Make no mistake- we are happy to have the rain! I bet I can catch a few dry hours and go explore for wildflowers. Keep your … [Read More...]

Cows in Pasture

We have been so incredibly busy at the farm this spring. Lots of work in the pastures getting ready for spring grasses. Work on and in barns. Work in the yard. Getting all the winterizing taken down and put up. I love this time of year, but it is very busy time. Our drought of six years has improved and we have actually had some nice rain showers. Everything at the farm is green at this point and … [Read More...]

First Bluebonnets on Easter

Happy Easter! Our first bluebonnets bloomed this week. They are exquisite in their beauty and so welcomed. Spring is really here and we are being rewarded by an abundance of wildflowers. They are going to be beautiful this spring since it is our first year in over five years to actually have moisture. It makes me joyful for my first bluebonnets every single year! Share in the beauty... … [Read More...]

A Little Taste of Summer

Today we welcomed the warmest day since last fall. We had a nice sunny warm 86 degree day. The cows enjoyed every minute basking in the sun then moving to the shade of the trees. Such a relaxing scene... Here are a few of the girls getting their beauty rest on this wonderful first taste of summer! So happy to have spring finally make a showing. … [Read More...]

Frosty Red Head

Here is our frosty little red head in the snow earlier in the week. She is just the cutest cow ever. She wants to be around us all the time and she "talks" constantly to get our attention. A very special cow for sure. Once spring officially arrives I think she will be lots of fun as we will be out and about in the pasture areas. I am thinking she will be our special friend who follows us wherever … [Read More...]

Elk Love The Cold!

We have elk that live close by. We rarely ever see the elk as they stay hidden most of the time. This week the elk are loving the cold and snowy weather. Cowboy was headed to buy feed for the livestock and was able to snap a few iPhone photos of the elk enjoying our fabulous frigid weather. I love elk and always am amazed and excited to see these local ones. Cowboy was totally "stoked" to see them … [Read More...]

Wordless Wednesday

I want to beam myself here today. Dreaming. Sunshine. Blue skies. Palms. Thanks to my friend who IS visiting this beautiful place today for sharing. … [Read More...]