A Few of My Babies

Here’s one of my youngest babies. She’s so cute, I love her eye patch.

Another pen of little ladies, all content after breakfast.

Hope your Wednesday is as full of cuties as mine!

 

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Work Goes On

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It doesn’t matter that it’s July 4th or that we have a 110 degree heat index, the livestock must be feed and hay must be made.

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Dark Morning

It’s been kind of crummy around here for the chore girl, aka me. Yesterday morning, I had a dead calf. It wasn’t a surprise, she’s been going downhill for the past week. I’m actually surprised she lived as long as she did. I’m not sure what exactly was wrong with her. She wasn’t responding to our treatments, so our hands were tied. It started with her bloating several times a couple of weeks ago. After that she wasn’t the same. I suspect her gut was twisted, but I’m certainly no expert!

Yesterday afternoon while doing chores I noticed a calf that looked sick. She’d bloated the morning before. She wasn’t bloated yesterday and came to eat. She just looked like she wasn’t feeling well. Generally when we have a calf bloat they get a shot along with being unbloated. I double checked and she did get a shot, so she couldn’t have another for several days.

The farmer came home just before dark and she was dead! I’ve just been sick about it. We’re at a loss as to what’s going on. Thankfully all my ladies were looking good this morning. Instead it was the sky I was keeping an eye on.

I’d watched the weather before coming out to do chores. According to the weather guy the thunderstorm was going to stay north of our farm.

I hurried as fast as I could through chores, just case the weather guy was wrong. Let’s face it, sometimes I wonder if they know what they’re talking about.

The dark clouds kept getting closer and closer.

By the time I got back to the house it was pretty dark. Now it’s pouring and we’re in a severe thunderstorm warning. So much for the storm going north of us. It’s raining so hard both of my kitchen windows are leaking! I think I need a vacation.

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Still Wet

It’s been almost two weeks since we received the crazy amount of rain. The water has slowly been going down. And I do mean slowly.

We still have a lake.

It’s not looking promising for a replant of the corn we’ve lost.

We still have ducks!

The smaller lakes have went dry, leaving muddy bare spots. I’m thinking the water behind our farm will be there for a while yet.

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Even Farmers Have Hobbies

Farming takes a lot of time, especially when animals are involved. They need to be fed everyday and checked on to make sure they’re healthy. Some people think farmers don’t enjoy doing anything else, since they work so much. Farmers do enjoy their jobs (most days), but they still have hobbies.

We have many, but one of our favorites is fishing. The farmer loves fishing all the time. This past winter we bought a new ice house, so I’ve warmed up to the idea of ice fishing. My favorite is fishing in the summer. I like basking in the warm sunshine on the boat. I figure if the fishing is bad I may as well come home with a nice tan.

 

Perfect night for fishing

Thursday evening we went fishing after our chores were done. It was a perfect evening. Not too cool and hardly a breeze. The farmer found fish right away. We were catching Sun Fish, Rock Bass, and tiny Perch. We were pretty picky about the fish we kept. Most of them were released to grow bigger. I plan on catching them later. We ended up keeping three nice sized sunnies.

The Farmer enjoying some time off.

The pan fish stopped biting so the farmer decided we should try for some Walleye. We started trolling over the first spot. I’m not a very intense fisherman. I usually catch a fish when I’m not paying attention. Getting out a sandwich or the camera is a great way to get the fish to bite. I had started day dreaming and was surprised to feel a fish on my line. The farmer was surprised too, because I had caught a Crappie using a lure instead of live bait. Generally, panfish don’t bite on them. It was the biggest Crappie I’ve ever seen, so I was happy.

I don’t catch a lot of fish, so this one was fun!

We tried another spot, where I lost a small Walleye and almost lost the farmer’s eye. Thankfully, he has quick reflexes and the lure that popped out of the fish’s mouth missed the farmer’s face! By this time it was pretty dark, so we called it a night.

My big Crappie

Last night we ate our catch and they were delicious! My Crappie was almost a meal for two people! Now we’re counting the days until we can go fishing again.

Supper, yum!

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Waterfront Office

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More Rain

Last night we received 2.2 inches of rain. That makes 8.3 inches in less than a week! We have lots of water standing in the fields. All the little puddles have combined to form a lake.

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