Wow, what a crazy couple of weeks since I last wrote. My “spring break” vacation at the family ranch to help with calving started a few days earlier than I had planned, as my dad had a wreck with a cow. Needless to say, we were severely understaffed from that moment on, so I was sure glad I was around to help out. He’s healing up well, and will spend a couple weeks in rehab in Billings. My folks and I have sure appreciated the thoughts and prayers of our friends and family members.
You know how they say that God won’t give you more than you can handle? There were some times this past week when He had a lot more confidence in me than I did in myself. I was the Calving Queen, as one of my Facebook friends said. I always wanted to be queen of something, so that’s as good of a place to start as any.
Here are a few calving highlights…
· So far, we have had 5 sets of twins. The first official due date was 10 days ago. Oy. All twins at our outfit have to have names, so they are, in order of their arrival: Ace & Deuce, Eenie & Meenie, Miney & Moe, Bonnie & Clyde, and Otis & Olive.
· Eenie & Meenie arrived with veterinary assistance, as Eenie was tail-first, and Meenie was backwards, too. A few days later, we had a cow whose calf was born dead, so we grafted Meenie onto that cow. That cow is also her grandmother. More details on that in a later blog post.
· I broke the rope on the calf puller, trying to jerk it out from under the heifer who sat on it, rather than lying down like I wanted her to. Then I had to pop her head out of the head catch and pull the calf by hand with hooks and chains anyway.
· I got my annual ranch-girl, spring-break tan. You know, where your face has color, but your neck is still white because you still need a neck scarf. It doesn’t matter how warm it gets in the spring in the Madison Valley, the wind is still blowing at gale force!
Later this week, I’ll write more about my calving adventures and post some pictures. Meanwhile, I’m back in Miles City, working at my real job. Have a good week, everyone!
Yours in travel,
The Asphalt Cowgirl
“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux