Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year

(It is easy to see why, when we think of Heaven, we look up)

To all our good friends around the town and around the world. I hope that 2011 is better for you in every way than 2010.

I hope my job description doesn't change in the coming year. Yesterday was a typical day for requests..."Mom, do you know the vet's phone number?" (Just for some paper work).

"Hey, could you come out and hold the gate while I clean the pen? Those heifers keep running up the hill on me."

"Mom, can you get some sawdust out of my eye?"
"Where are your safety glasses?"
"Well, they were down at the house."

Yes to all. And yes, yes, yes to a life that leaves me with the kitchen counter next to the sink containing, at last count, 1 Bobcat oil filter, 1 chainsaw wrench, seven flashlights, a hole saw blade, shear bolts, lag screws, washers, 2 sets of side cutters, more screwdrivers than I care to count, the grain scale, rulers, shot gun shells, .22 shells, a basket (large) full of assorted parts that somebody might need someday, and some flower pots and matches. Just to name a few.....

There are easier ways, but I doubt that there are many that are more rewarding.
Hope yours is rich and full and fine.


Jeffro said...

Happy New Year to you and yours, Marianne!

In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship but never in want.

Woodswalker said...

With your wonderful gifts of observation and humor, photography and writing, each year is bound to be a good one. Thanks for letting us in so vividly on what your life is like there on your farm. And wow! what a sunset shot! (Or is it dawn? I know dairy farmers have to get up early.)

Jan said...

Thanks for sharing your life with us, the ups, the downs, the great pictures, the hard endless work, the idiocy you face from the bureaucrats and the optimism you hold on to.

June said...

Happy New Year, Marianne.
Isn't it nice to look around and think: "I wouldn't really have it any other way..."

Dani said...

Happy New Year!!!!!!

Floridacracker said...

Happy New Year to the hardest working blogger and family that I know!!

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

What a great post! Happy New Year to you and your entire family.

It's your writing and and posts like this that keep me checking in each day.

Anonymous said...

Odd isn't it, in most peoples eyes, that we who are members of the great cow clan,. choose to do what we do. they just will never understand the rewards! Here's to the best, for you and yours in the coming year!

The Wife said...

Happy 2011 to y'all!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to You and Yours.
Love that photo!
Love your attitude toward life!
Love You!
Mom & Dad

Linda said...

Happy New Year to you and yours.......I'm predicting this one is going to be the best one so far!

goatmilker said...

Sounds like a day in my life and I love every minute of it. Happy New Year to you and your family. Rebekah

Rev. Paul said...

What a great commentary on a life well-loved. Happy new year to you & all those around you.

Cathy said...

"There are easier ways, but I doubt that there are many that are more rewarding."

The truth and beauty of that sentence are precisely why we drop by to enjoy the challenges and joy of your world.

Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family.

Ericka said...


i wish you a happy and prosperous new year!!

Sofia said...

Absolutely gorgeous shot and text to go with it. Have a fantastic 2011!

threecollie said...

Jeffro, thank you and the same to you!

WW, thanks so much for your kind words. It was a sunrise and astonishingly lovely!

Jan, thank you for reading! Happy New Year!

June, thank you, and it is. I hope we can keep on. Have a great 2011!

Dani, thank you, Happy New Year to you and your family

FC, thanks, Happy New Year to your wonderful family too

Nita, thank you! I love what you write as well. You get me thinking about better ways to do things...happy New Year!

JB, Happy New Year! I have been thinking a lot lately about the passion that keeps people farming and ranching despite obstacles that make it seem like a fool's course. It takes passion, it really does, and a love for the outdoors and the confounded critters.

The Wife, Thanks! Right back at you! I was just telling a doggy friend about all the rescue dogs at your shelter. She is kinda glad she doesn't have Internet or she would be adopting some I think

Mom and Dad, thank you, we love you too and wish you the happiest of New Years.

Linda, Happy New Year! I hope you have the right of it. lol

REbekah, thank you! Thanks for reading and commenting and Happy New Year to you and your family.

Rev. Paul, thank you! Happy New Year to you and your family

Cathy, Happy New Year to you and Keith as well. It is always a pleasure to "talk" to you and I treasure our contact. Take care

Ericka, thank you! Happy New Year to you as well

Sophia, Thanks! I wish the same for you!

DayPhoto said...

Happy New Year to you also! May the year bring perfect weather for farming, milk prices go up, and your calves all be heifers!


threecollie said...

Thanks Linda, good wishes to you and your family as well.