The Calf Is Here!

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Rump, our new “soon-to-be-steer”.

So… I woke up about 3 o’clock this morning, and I just couldn’t get back to sleep (it’s now about 4:27am).

After about an hour and a half of tossing and turning, I decided that I should probably just get up and do something productive. Because, y’know, writing in a blog is productive. 😉

Every once in awhile I’ll have a night like this, where something will wake me up at an unholy hour (usually it’s our little monkey crying from her bedroom) — and then I’ll start thinking about all the stuff that needs to get done.

Unfortunately, “all the stuff that needs to get done” is a never ending list. So more often than not, I just wind up getting out of bed and starting the day a little earlier than planned.

What’s on the never ending to-do list?

  • Well, there are peas that need weeding (in a bad way).
  • The turnips, radishes, and spinach need thinning.
  • We have three window sills full of seedlings that need watering.
  • There’s roughly 1/8 of an acre that still needs tilling.
  • The potatoes down in our fruit room are sprouting and ready to go in the ground (hopefully the frost doesn’t set them back too much).
  • The east side of our property is still waiting to be fenced.
  • We have less than a week before our eggs (three dozen of them) hatch in the incubator — and I still haven’t finished the mini-coop.
  • Oh yeah! And we have a new calf that will need a bottle in about an hour or so…

Now, don’t get me wrong — I’m definitely not complaining!

I love all this craziness!

It does sometimes keep me awake though…

At times like this, when the to-do list seems to go on forever, I’ve found that it’s helpful to remember how much work we’ve already accomplished.

I need to remember that although the spring garden needs weeding and thinning, at least we’ve got it in the ground! All of the other little seedlings seem to be doing really well in their yogurt-cups. The mini-coop is almost done — a good afternoon is all it needs. And although the east side still needs fencing, we did get the west side finished.

I got a gate built on Saturday (using salvaged lumber/hardware from an old fence).

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Also on Saturday, I got a shed built for our little black and white (again, using old fence wood).

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So really what I’m trying to say is:  Life is Good!

There’s always a lot to do, but that’s okay! I’ve got a lot to be grateful for!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and mix up a bottle of milk replacer…

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