Of Calves and Kittens and Other Various and Sundry


Hi y’all! It’s been a while. Sometimes I go through dry periods in my writing.

Things are going well here on the farm. January is a slower time for us and I have thoroughly enjoyed this season of rest, notwithstanding the bout with the stomach flu.

We’ve had a couple of calves born this month. One of the little heifer calves wasn’t doing too well in the cold and Dad took pity on her and brought her into the house to warm up in the farm kitchen. As soon as I saw Dad over at the calf barn I knew what he was planning. (He does have a soft spot for babies.) He set her down on wobbly legs on the kitchen floor while he heated the milk on the stove. The calf gently nuzzled any available pant leg as we crowded around cooing over it. (Yes, this household of girls will coo over babies, be they animal or otherwise.) The little calf stayed in the house all day and yes, all night too, curled up under the kitchen table! It stayed for about 24 hours until it was well and strong again.

We’ve also had kittens born recently. We are at an over abundance of kittens at present. The newest batch consist of three adorable, sassy balls of fur. They are getting to think they belong inside. I’ll not name names but SOMEONE (not me) has been allowing them to come inside while Dad and Will are off on a man-camping trip. The kittens present infatuation with the great indoors will be cut short very soon I’m afraid.

Broiler chicks are coming very soon! The 2015 growing season will be here before we know it! I look forward with excitement and anticipation to see what this year will hold.



It’s a cozy sort of day here at the farm. It’s the day before Thanksgiving. We buttered up the turkey and stuck him in the oven to cook slowly today. Chores are finished for now, the kiddos are playing legos on the rug in the living room, their voices rising and falling in happy chatter. Dad is toying around at the keyboard, and so gentle melodies are playing in the background. Outside, the world is cold and drear. Rain trickles down the windowpanes, making the outside world a wash of brown and grey. Inside, it’s warm and cozy and happy.


Simple Joys

Today we had some folks over after church for a little old fashioned “visiting”‘. Once milking time rolled around the visitors followed us outside to help milk the cows. It was a young mom with two small daughters, three and one years old. We took turns holding the youngest and somebody decided to put her in the big sink and let her splash around in the tiny bit of water that was in the bottom of the tub. That little baby’s face lit up like it was the most fun thing in the world! She giggled, grasping at the sparkling rivulet of water as it came out of the faucet and squealed with fascination as it slipped through her hands. It kept her occupied for many minutes and she never seemed to tire of her simple pass-time. As I watched her face I marveled at how little it took to please her. Something as simple as water running over her hands and splashing on her face made her smile. It really is amazing at the simple things that please little ones. It’s when we grow up and think we need all our gizmos and gadgets that we become dissatisfied with the simple pleasures of life. Society has come a long way in the past 100 years, even in the past ten years, technology has exploded! There are many, many benefits we have received from them too. My hope is that we will take care not to become so enamored with the glitter and glitz that we forget to appreciate the simple joys of everyday life.