Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sunday Evening Report

The Bag Lady has had another busy day. When she went out at 6:30 this morning to check cows, there was a yellow cow who looked like she was starting to calve. The Bag Lady went back to the house, then went out again half an hour later. She looked at the yellow cow again, then thought, "Gee, I must have been half asleep, because that isn't the cow I thought it was." She watched the cow wander around, looking for a good place to calve, but she wasn't ready so the Bag Lady went back to the house.

Half an hour later, she went back out and looked at the yellow cow that was quite obviously going to have a calf. She was a little perplexed, because this was the cow she had looked at the first time, and the other one that she had followed was standing facing her, looking like she was not going to calve. The second yellow cow finally turned around and the Bag Lady could see that yes, she was going to calve, and yes, the other yellow cow was also going to calve!! (They were trying to mess with the Bag Lady's head...)

So we had two cows calve this morning. Unfortunately, one of the cows decided that she wants absolutely nothing to do with her calf! The Cowboy, however, is a very experienced cow man, and he took the abandoned calf and gave it to the other yellow cow. She seems to have accepted the fact that she now has two babies. She is mothering both of them. The other yellow cow doesn't seem to even miss her calf. Sigh. Some females just aren't cut out to be mothers!

But this cow obviously is. Here is MIZFIT:

Named for this terrific blogger. Who better to adopt an abandoned calf?

And here is TIDBIT:

Who is named for Bunnygirl's rabbit, in the hopes that this good strong calf will impart some wellness on a sick rabbit!

The Bag Lady also managed to put her garden in today. She put in potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, peas, lettuce and spinach. Lots of spinach so she can dehydrate it for Bunnygirl!! (hehehehe) She didn't put in nearly as much as she has in previous years, because she is getting old and lazy she has never had the proper storage area, so some of it went to waste.

She would also like to direct your attention to a new blogger. Her brother, Rikk, has started a blog. He has been a city boy pretty much all his life, and is currently living in Mexico in a rural setting. He has been sending newsletters to family and friends back home, and we have been encouraging him to blog about it (for sanity's sake!) Please, click here, and go leave a comment so he won't feel quite so lonely. You could maybe even leave it in Spanish so he gets a little practice!

Enjoy your day!

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Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Thank you so much, BL! May both Tidbits be strong and healthy for each other!

And, uh...dehydrated spinach takes up almost no room at all. Really. :-)

the Bag Lady said...

BG - I really was thinking of you when I planted my spinach!
That is my hope for both Tidbits, too!

Hilary said...

Aww how sweet that she took to the wee one.

I'll click on your brother's blog as soon as I'm done here... ok.. done!

Anonymous said...

woo hoo!!

Im so excited!

(off to blog click... and also have to say that you and the cowboy work NONSTOP there, huh? you *never* need to do formal exercise!)


Anonymous said...

If I were a cow I'd be the sort to forget I had a calf, so I can kind or relate to the Bad Mommy cow.

Thank goodness for the MizFits of the world, both human and bovine, who step in and cover for us spacey ones.

Leah J. Utas said...

It's good that alternate mom took to the calf the way she did.
Congratulations on the new babies.

the Bag Lady said...

Hilary - it was very fortuitous that she calved when she did and we were able to convince her she had twins!

Mizfit - it is pretty much non-stop at this time of year, what with calving and trying to get the garden in and the yard looking good and the cleaning done and the machinery in working order and the fencing and the....

Crabby - I'm pretty much the same - I might forget I had a child! I'm just glad the cow took this calf because otherwise, I would have been bottle-feeding her, every couple hours....

dfLeah - Thanks! It worked out well.

Missicat said...

Aw - two little babies! Nice that you have a foster cow ready to step in.
Unfortunately living in a condo doesn't leave me much room to grow veggies, but I did stop by the local farmer's market this weekend -purchased some asparagus, grapes, corn, new potatos and cucumbers. yum.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Bag Lady,

Great health to the new calves and to BG's bunny as well.


the Bag Lady said...

Missicat - sorry you don't have room to grow any veggies, but at least you have access to a Farmer's Market!

dfTerrie - thanks! I'm happy things worked out for the new babies.

Unknown said...

That's sweet that the other cow was so quick to adopt the little calf. Some creatures are so nice and motherly!

P.O.M. said...

How exciting! Welcome two baby cows to the family.

the Bag Lady said...

Sagan - it's true, some females have more mothering instinct than others. This is the first time we've ever had a cow that had absolutely no interest in her calf. We've heard of it, but it's never happened here. Timing is everything, though, and the other cow is perfectly happy with two calves.

POM - I'd say your life sounds a lot more exciting than mine - all that traveling to exotic places that you do! But I never get tired of watching the baby calves discovering the world!