Saturday, December 13, 2008

A picture perfect day ~

Isn't it wild how quickly things can change in life - yesterday we were in the midst of an ice storm. Brilliant sunshine greeted us this morning along with cold, crisp air. Everything smells so fresh and clean. The trees are still coated with ice and everywhere I look reminds me of a Hallmark photo. The ducks were very happy to get out of their duckhouse....they ran out as soon as we opened the door and slid across the ice, trying to get a foothold, quacking and squawking. They are always good for a chuckle first thing in the morning :)

Shane (orange jacket) and her roommate Meg, came out to get their christmas tree today. Tyler and I joined them on their trek along with Banjo and Shane's new dog, Poppy. We had a lovely walk and the girls picked out two cute trees, one for their apartment and one for Shane's parents home. The balsam trees smell so good right now -

"Banjo on our christmas tree search in the woods"


Our little "Squirt McGert" is growing like a weed. She met Banjo for the first time yesterday and had her first adventure just outside the back doors of the barn while Mom had a drink in the big cow tub. She's such a sweetheart and so much fun to watch. She ran and jumped and kicked up her heels in the alley of the barn. She really likes it when we clean her stall as Mom is being milked. She has the entire 10x10 room to herself and doesn't she race around :)

Tomorrow is supposed to be 50 degrees. If it's not raining I'll let her out in the back barnyard with Jan for a little while. Jan is giving a ton of milk and tomorrow I'll keep milk for the house. It will be sooooo wonderful to have fresh milk instead of buying it from the store. I am thoroughly enjoying milking again and will be making butter by wednesday. Christmas definitely came early for me!

~ wishing you all a relaxing sunday~


Christy said...

How wonderful to have fresh milk! The baby is so cute.

DayPhoto said...

I'm glad the ice storm is over! And the calf is a doll!

Fresh milk, cheese and butter, good!


Joanna said...

Love the duck photo. Give Squirt a hug for me. Since cows give a lot of milk,wht do ya do with it all?

kristi said...

I love the photos....she looks like such an inqusitive girl, esp. with the dog!! Sounds like you might be getting a thaw. We need a freeze over my way as all this rain has made a miniature horse had frozen softballs on the ends of their tails from all the muck in the pasture!! Thanks for sharing all the photos:)

ga.farmwoman said...

I enjoyed all the pictures.
The one of Banjo is a favorite.

It is amazing how much Squirt McGert looks like Belle's boy.
I love to see the calves run and kick up their heels too!

Have a great day.

Deb said...

Your right Christy - we are so fortunate to have fresh milk everyday now :)

We are too :) It was not as bad for us as it was for so many others - some are still without power.
I'm just learning to make cheese - really looking forward to that :)

I'll be glad to hug Squirt for you :)
Without pigs to drink the excess milk, I make tons of butter, ice cream and I'm learning to make cheese. I have customers that buy butter as well as whole and skim milk from the farm. I still have to throw out milk which kills me but I just have so much.

We did have a thaw - 56 degrees yesterday - everything is now mud again. Supposed to freeze up today and snow tonight, friday and sunday. Yippee - what a roller coaster ride!

The two calves do look so much alike :) We let squirt outside for a bit this morning - she was like a ittlle tornado....Mama cow was bawling - she didn't like her baby running all over the place :)

Have a great day ~

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

What a doll! Glad the weather is cooperating at least for now.

threecollie said...

I just love Squirt! She is so cute!