Greetings from Minnesota. The weather surprised me today, and I’ll bet it got close to 70 this afternoon. Well, maybe 65, but I was sweating like a pig during my mid-afternoon run. More on that later.
From the title, I’ll bet you’re already thinking this post is going to be SUPER FUN, right? 😕 I figure I’ve been writing about all sorts of feel-good stuff like cute baby calves, farmers feeding the world and a cuddly white dog. Maybe you’re sick of all the sunshine and happiness? Well, even if you’re not, farming is not always as idyllic as it may seem.
Enter every mother’s and calf feeder’s worst nightmare. Diarrhea. Yes, I did use that word in my title. Ok, it’s certainly not the worst, but it’s also not so fun. I’m sure the mothers who follow my blog will concur. I’ll bet when little kids have an upset tummy they get whiny and fussy and don’t want to finish their food. Calves aren’t that different.
I was nicely going along distributing bottles of milk several nights ago when I see this lovely splat (mid left).
This poor little darling has what is officially known as Neonatal Calf Diarrhea, which just affects young calves. It isn’t too serious, and we simply add 20cc of a liquid medication that looks and smells a lot like Pepto-Bismol to that calf’s milk for 3 days. Usually clears right up. It’s important for us to look carefully at the calves and notice if they are having this, eh, little problem. If it doesn’t get noticed until they fail to finish their bottle at feeding time then they’re usually more dehydrated. If this happens we’ll give them a bottle of water mixed with electrolytes as needed while they get better.
Along with animal care, corn harvest still continues at the farm. J and his dad finished up one field and were moving to another the other direction from the farm on Sunday. So both tractors, plus the grain cart (left) and 2 gravity boxes (center) were back at the farm all at once to get unloaded.
As for my sweating-like-a-pig run… I didn’t really feel like doing it. I was just sort of sore, tired, and didn’t have a direct plan. I also knew I probably wouldn’t have time to run Wed or Thurs because of work stuff (my 8-5ish work stuff), and I needed to get in something. I settled on heading over to the track, which sounded fun for some reason. I eecked out 3 x 500m with 300m recovery, along with a warm-up and cool-down to and from the track. I wasn’t ambitious enough to take real splits, but I think the 500’s were about 7:00/mile pace? The daily stats fix looks fine, except I guess I should have slowed down a little for my supposed cool-down.
For easy runs or days when I just want to take my mind off things I like to listen to podcasts. Today was that kind of day. So, I learned about the curse of Macbeth. A little known fact about me is that I’m a history nerd. I’ve always liked the historical bent of almost everything, and I found a perfect match for my interest with the “Stuff You Missed in History Class” Podcasts. They’re free, and you can just search for them and download right on iTunes. I’m always looking for new ones to check out. (I like the gamut from travel, food and fashion to politics and comedy.)
Got any good podcasts to share? Any strange ailments that have plagued you recently? (no graphic details please ;-))