On Sunday evening Matt, Emmet and I went to Kansas to get a few pairs we need to have at our house. We need to have them at our house because we need to get the calf portion of those pairs ready for the Iowa State Fair – yep, giving ourselves that whole three weeks of prep time. No problem!!…I hope… So – you might have noticed we were a kid short when we headed to the pasture. Kaydee was CRABBBBBYYYY. Her dad told her it would be just fine if she wanted to stay home and pack for her FFA officer retreat and do a few things around the house. Sometimes a girl just needs a few hours to herself & we were glad to help accommodate her need of alone time. It made the rest of our day MUCH more pleasant.
When Emmet and I headed into the pasture to find the cows, here is where they were:
Yep – it was a swimming party; complete with a shaded beach, snacks all around, and plenty of cool, refreshing (ignore the muddiness) water. Let me tell you, when you want the cows to go to the far south end of the pasture and they are in their height of luxury in the far north end of the pasture….you have your work cut out for you!
We did get everyone we needed headed south (after throwing some dirt clods into the pond to get the cows moving, and come coaxing with range cubes) toward Matt with the pickup and trailer and the portable panel catch pen. However when we were just close enough to start getting them inside the pen, the clouds got alot darker, the wind picked up, and the temperature dropped at least 15 degrees. Great! We were on a dirt road. We were thrilled for the MUCH cooler temp, but we did NOT want to be stuck a long way from anywhere.
So, off we go, back to the farmhouse to wait out the storm….that never came. It completely went around us – which was ok. We decided to go check another pasture while we waited to make sure it wasn’t going to rain. Here is what we got to see while we were out there – a beautiful rainbow. It was even double for a little while.
On our second attempt at getting those fore-mentioned pairs in, we were successful. The pairs are now here at the house and Emmet assures me, those calves will be show ready by mid August. I’m taking his word for it…and helping him out when he asks. I enjoy that kind of work way too much to let he and Kaydee have all the fun.
We should all take a lesson from the cows in the pond – do what is most comfortable & enjoy life!