Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!

"Oh, what a beautiful morning,
Oh, what a beautiful day,
I have a wonderful feeling,
Everything's going my way." Maybe not everything, but it feels like it!

I know, I am old, but it is better than the alternative. This song from "Oklahoma" came into my mind because of how happy I am this morning. It has been a powerful long time since I felt this happy, and I like it. I noticed yesterday, I was singing, that was odd.

We have snow this morning, so what? It is winter, so what? It is cold, so what? The sun isn't out, so what? THE CALF IS NURSING!!!! That is the first time since he was born early Monday morning. Last night, I told Jake that I was afraid we were going to lose him.

This morning at 4:00, after my futile attempt to bottle feed him, he walked up to him mom and started "the head butt thing" after he had literally walked underneath her. She was OK with it and he was OK with it. She had been real shy of the nursing thing. All of this time, she had been by his side. She hadn't rejected him. When I went out again at 8:30, there he was nursing.

Yes, the little guys are all dressed up for the prom. We used to raise bull calves that we bought from farmers at about 2 days old. We had calf blankets for them, so now these little guys get to wear them, too. Neither of the boys have names, yet.

How Sweet It Is!!!

This is calf number three. I didn't know for sure what color he was until I looked at this picture. I thought he was black although when I took the picture this morning, I questioned his color. I think he is a brownie. He is getting a lot of attention because the pen he is in with his mother is next to where all the other cows come up to get water and to nibble on some hay. Nice noses, huh?

This is Fuzzy and Lovey. Lovey is one bouncy little babe! Although I couldn't catch it on camera, she was busy eating hay while I was in the barn when she stopped running and bouncing full speed around the pen.


Garrett808 said...

i think your second bull is a black bull calf that is heterzygous for black (meaning he also carries red) Sometimes our blacks look like browns (we don't have brown cattle remember, just black/grey and red/yellow) until they mature or at least shed out their baby hair. Congrats on the babies!

Corinne R. said...

YEAH! I'm so glad that he is doing well!

Corinne R. said...

YEAH! I'm so glad that he is doing well!

Rayna said...

*agrees with Garrett* So glad your baby is nursing...I know how frustrating that can be.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

What a relief for you, I'm sure! Hurray! Isn't it amazing how one little detail can turn our lives from the pits to the stars?

Yellow Jacket Ridge Angoras said...

That's wonderful news! They are just so darned cute! I like the names you have for them. Better than the name we have for our cow living at the neighbor's....Tasty....My husband named him.

This is also too word verification is of all things: flanks....