Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lost or Strayed

Cat fruit

My direction that is. My every single day has been bracketed by cows since I was roughly 26 years old. Maybe even younger...I don't quite remember when I started milking a hundred and fifty twice a day at Hollenbeck's and actually had cows even before then. That was a very long time ago. 

Now, without them.......

I help with the meager helping of chores, what with the few animals we have left and then polish off all the other stuff I have always done, laundry, housework to my admittedly low standards, a little bookkeeping and filing. It takes maybe twenty minutes or half an hour to pick the stalls, milk Moon, feed hay and grain and feed the four bucket calves their milk. There are three of us to do it....

And then....what? I have been accustomed to a constant, unrelenting, and generally unreachable goal. And now, eh, it really doesn't matter. No milk inspector, no quality premiums to pursue.

Can't wait for it to be warm enough and dry enough to at least get some garden planted. Can't wait for the auction to be over, as the boss is going all day every day getting ready for that. Can't wait to figure out what comes next.

That blasted wild, grey Tom, has poor Jetsam up a tree again.

9 comments:

Jacqueline Donnelly said...

I think you deserve a bit of a rest, after all those years of unrelentingly needy cows. Your new life will reveal itself in time. The most fertile fields require a fallow season, after all. You are such a fine writer, perhaps you can let that activity move to the center of your life. An isn't it wonderful to be able to immerse yourself undistracted in grandma-hood? I wish you well.

TenMile said...

There's an old axiom: Available work expands to fill available time.

Somewhere the time/work balance. Just don't lose the desire to accomplish.

lisa said...

It must be very hard to do the change, but go out on those lovely fields and just enjoy the birds and the nature!

Cathy said...

"cat fruit " :)
"Jetsam" . . .:)

Cathy said...

PS.
You'll never be bored. There's so much richness around you, there.

threecollie said...

Jacqueline, yes, it is good to have the baby close and if things go as planned she will do at least some of her growing up here on the farm. And thank you

TenMile,I hope I don't. I actually do worry about that.

Lisa, some warm weather would probably help. lol thanks, sister.

Cathy, that is the one true thing...no boredom. lol

Terry and Linda said...

Auction?!?!?!

✿♥ღLinda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Terry and Linda said...

Auction?

✿♥ღLinda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

threecollie said...

Linda, Ralph works as an auctioneer at a machinery consignment every spring. We put a few things in to drum up a little cash.