let it snow let it snow let it snow…

BRING IT ON!!!
8 inches of wet sloppy snow so far today… a possible 12 more to come..
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Farm – Cows got milked this morning… relief milker is staying at the farm to cover this pm and tomorrow am milking.. all calves and heifers are securely tucked away in loafing sheds.. cows are safely in barn with plenty of feed..
Home – horses and cows have bales
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young stock/steers are tucked in shed with plenty of bedding/water/hay.. babies locked in hutch with warm water delivered every 3 hours.. “room service”
bacon cheeseburger and fries on deck for dinner – Check!
Popcorn cued for movie – Check!
nothing left to do but watch it snow watch it snow watch it snow – Check!
and nap..
oh so happily home-bound and snowed in..
blacksheep

Fresh Hot Apple Pie kinda happy

I had all but forgotten how much I love to bake..

baking pie.. cooking soup..my daughter singing and dancing in my kitchen.. dogs lounging quietly, Puppy sleeping in a kids lap.. and a peace in my heart..

This kind of happy.. is why I left.. and what we all need more of..

Black Sheep

This cow finds me.. Intriguing..

This Cow, 168 acts like a regular cow..

Till I am in the pit in the Milking Parlor..

If I leave the butt gate open she will wander in..

and check me out…

comes in the open gate, looks and looks at me under the bar

she got a little shy when I started taking her picture..

Then she got all Nosey.. lol

she takes a closer look .. maybe I look funny..

There have been big changes in my life in the past few months.. and also big changes in my dad’s life.. and while I hate to see the end of a marriage.. god knows I hung on to my own dead one for long enough.. my dad is finally leaving a very unhappy marriage and even tho it is only in the beginning stages.. I have gotten to talk to him more in the last few weeks than I have in a few years.. His wife isolated him from all of us.. I am very glad to be getting my dad back in my life.. He always has a lot of good advice, funny stories and Time.. just time to listen to me.. I really missed that.. I can’t wait to see more of dad.. and see him happy again.

Yesterday we talked about cows.. He grew up on a farm and as a boy he could milk.. Buy Hand.. 15 cows in under an hour.. LOL.. it takes me about that long to milk the 18 I am milking.. My boss could milk 50 in an hour.. with the machines of course.. but Still!!

I am pleased to say I am getting better at my job.. We have gone from milking 11 when I started to 18 and I am learning to recognize problems before they effect our milk quality.. and that has brought our somatic cell count way way down to a good number.. and if things keep getting better.. soon the milk buyer will be giving bonuses again to my boss for quality..

I am still sick.. but came home from work yesterday and went to bed for several hours.. Sleep was desperately needed.. Then I listened to the weather reports.. we were supposed to be getting SNOW!!  so off to get fuel for the furnace I went.. OMG!!  it was so nice to wake up to a warm house this morning.. I mean we are tough people here.. my kids and I.. but it was getting a little miserable..  and, btw, no snow here as of this morning.. I think the high winds blew it north of us..

so.. off to work I go..

Black Sheep

 

 

My Assistant

Comes to work with me every day now.. watches when I am setting up the Milking Parlor.. says “watchin to make sure you don’t fall mama”

and helps with things that are fun, cute, cuddly and LOVE milk.

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I am grateful I CAN take my daughter to work with me.. that she is welcome, helpful and with me.. and says to me each day .. so far.. “I like milking cows mama..”  and that’s good.. cuz so do I.. and “I like having you with me”

family by chance and choice..

I spent the evening sitting around a bonfire with my brother by chance and choice.. I love him as much and enjoy his company more than several of my brothers by blood..

Both his Wife.. and my soon to be ex-husband have at one point or another suspected us of having an affair.. (EWWWWWW!!!)  but it has not once ever crossed our minds.. and I am very easy in his company..

We made smores with our kids, put them to bed and sat and took pictures of the fire and full moon with our smart phones and laughed..

I really like the life I am carving out here.. I am happy to have my friends back in my life.. to be doing the things I was missing..

I was missing this thing called Life..

Black Sheep