Friday, February 15, 2013

Why it's all worth it.

Sleep. 

We could all use some right now.

But this is not the month for sleep. 

It's calving season. 

Not just for us either - for many of you out there. 

It's the month where people say,

"I saw (insert Mr. Rancher's name here) and they looked like death warmed over."

And no I did not make that up...someone really did say that to me yesterday.
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This is the month where we stay up to check cows & heifers, to make sure calving is coming along ok.

It's when we make extra trips to the barn at night to tube or IV calves that we're fighting to keep alive.

When we get in the house and instead of doing our laundry, we wash barn towels that have you name it soaked right thru. 

We mix bottles, and coax calves to drink as milk fills their bellies and dribbles down their chins leaving little creamy pools on the concrete floor. 

We check cows again, make sure erratic mothers are paired back with their calves and deliver hay to those who are busy licking off a new baby.

And it's not until all of that is done, that we get to walk in the door and sit down to dinner.  The other night, for us, it was cheese quesadillas at 9:30 pm.  Because hello; two ingredients, one pan - and just a few minutes until yumminess is in your belly? 

I think so.

It's why we head out the door in the morning, usually a few minutes late, hoping we have everything we need for the day.

And it's why I hit up the McDonald's drive-thru and order 2 large Diet Coke's, because well...

 Diet Coke (or Diet Pepsi) makes everything better. 










And because February leaves little time for editing....these are SOOC.

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There are no vacation days on a ranch in February.  Probably not many in March either. 

Cows have to be fed, heifers have to be checked, calves have to be tagged and barns have to be mucked.

But -

It is all worth it.

It really is.

It's hard to put into words why it's worth it, but I just know that it is.

It's not a lifestyle for all, but it's our lifestyle.  And we'll keep living it.

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"The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them."

4 comments:

  1. The calves are growing like weeds in these pictures. The Charolais calf, of course, is the cutest of all.

    I hope the weekend brings a little reprieve!

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  2. Thank you for this! Thank you!

    And that last picture is precious! I LOVE it!

    Thanks for getting it all into words ~

    "The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them."

    TRUTH!

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  3. A rewarding time, too ..... keep up the good work!! :-)

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  4. I Love, Love, Love this post and ALL the sweet pictures...truly there is nothing better than precious babies on the ground! Cheering you forward and onward!! Sweet blessings!

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