I usually make plans for the day and work towards implementing them to keep things running smoothly. And then things change. Wanna see what a day on our Texas Homestead is like?
I’d already made all the preparations for my homemade Chicken & Dumplings supper. The cooked chicken was pulled from the freezer and the dumpling dough made in advance & stored in the fridge. Heck even the Homemade Broth was made & canned weeks ago. So all my advance preparations meant that supper tonight would be quick & easy. But then…
I love Facebook, and I especially love our Facebook Followers. I get much enjoyment out of social media. From our Facebook pageI get to interact with some mighty fine folks always willing to help. And on my personal page I get to keep up with my family and our grandbabies and lots of friends. You know, stories about what they’re doing, the fun they’re having, etc. But sometimes my social media newsfeed is filled with half-truths being touted as true. It frustrates me to no end!
I’ve been very open about my feeling that everyone has the right to feel the way they do. Not everyone feels like me, and I’ll probably not have the same opinions as everyone else either. And that’s OK! But the thing that bothers me is someone hearing a story (perhaps purposely tilted by the media) and then taking the ball & running with it. They get busy spreading the rumor themselves feeling there must have been a gross injustice done.
But just because you read about it online (or even hear about it from a friend or family member) doesn’t make it true!
I’d like to share a real-life example with you why snap judgement about a situation might not be as it appears.
Well, well, well, April-the-Giraffe’s baby was finally born. Have y’all watched the live video for the past month? I popped in from time to time but didn’t have enough time to watch too much. But now they’re having folks submit suggestions for the baby’s name. Guess what – this pretty girl was born on that same day too!!
I’ve been asked before what it’s like to live and work on a NE Texas ranch. It’s wonderful, it speaks to my heart, and it’s hard work. When I had a job in the city my working environment was climate controlled – cool in the summer and comfy warm in the winter. There was no mud or weeds in my city job. No ticks or snakes. And I didn’t have to report to work until 8:00 a.m., and any time after 5:00 p.m. was my own to do as I wished. Oh, and weekends. And HOLIDAYS!
All of that has changed… for the better! Yes now I may be up before dawn to move some cows or out after dark mowing pastures by tractor headlight but DANG I love my life here! Why don’t you come along and see what a typical day on the ranch is like?
Recently we had a cow give birth to a calf. Although she gave us a fine, healthy heifer calf, she was having a difficult time with her calf emptying one of her teats.
Each day that one teat grew bigger and we’d hoped that the calf would eventually latch onto it like she was the others. (we’ve had that circumstance in the past and it’s always worked out fine)
But the teat began to get so full it was large & tight and too difficult for the calf to attempt to nurse it. So she just didn’t.
I was worried about the cow developing mastitis so I knew I needed to take action. I’ve never milked a cow before. Ever. Until now. Ain’t nothin’ to it, y’all! I feel like an official country woman now!
Summer is officially here and WHEW it’s really heating up lately. We’ve already endured one the the wettest springs in history around here so many of the routine tasks we typically stay on top of have been pushed back for drier weather.
Although there are still plenty of muddy areas around the Homestead, we’ve got lots to do today. So we’ll do whatever we need to do to get the job done. Did you ever wonder what a typical day at our NE Texas Homestead really looks like? C’mon with me for A Day At The Homestead…