Greetings from Minnesota. It was a chilly -2 degrees when we left the farm late last night, and I don’t think it was much warmer when we returned this morning.
The “dog days” of winter are here. Those long January days when Christmas and New Year’s are past, no festivities await on the nearby horizon, and the winter really starts to feel cold. And long.
Except this year, it hasn’t been that long. I keep reminding myself that just a few weeks ago it was 50 degrees. 50!
Even though we have some cold, snowy days ahead, I can be thankful that the past few months have been mild indeed.
Etta, as I previously mentioned, is happily enjoying life inside the barn with her little clan — 12 calves in all. I haven’t posted any picture recently, but it’s not because I haven’t thought about. I have.
But that heifer….
Honestly. Every time I try to go near her with a camera, she stands up, walks away, or hides behind a friend. Or lately, more often then not, she simply turns her hind-end towards me and swishes her tail.
I’m not sure if she’s camera shy and thinks maybe there’s something sinister behind this little hand-held gadget, or she just wants to be indignant and thwart my efforts.
After a week of trying, I now present the exciting depiction, “Etta & Co. Take a Nap.”
Riveting, right? 🙂
She is pretty though. And in spite of this not being the greatest picture ever, it is by far the best I’ve gotten in awhile.
I also have to say that I love hearing your comments about Etta. Some of you refer to her as “our girl” and I’m thrilled you feel invested in her health and happiness. That was my goal in picking a blog calf, to help you get an inside look and feel connected to this calf.
I know it’s unlikely that most of you will ever see our farm or animals in person, so I figure this inside look is about the next best thing.
Of course if you’re ever in Central Minnesota, give me a shout! You can meet Etta, and many other cows, in person.
I also have another noteworthy calf on my mind. He’s a little bull, about 5 days old. Pretty much since birth he mostly prefers to be outside his hutch, no matter what the weather.
I coaxed him in several nights ago and he came, but I have no idea how long he actually stayed inside.
He does have a coat, as you can see, and he’s a thick and sturdy-built little guy. As long as he eats well and stays healthy I’m going to try not to worry too much.
And actually, he was inside his hutch about 10:00 last night when I did a final check. Maybe 0 degrees is his cutoff?
It sounds like we may get some real snow in the next few days, so stay tuned for wintry pictures and updates!