A back door front

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It rained most of yesterday evening and into the night covering the mountains to the west and north with a dusting of new snow. The breeze this morning is out of the NE which is not too unusual for Montana, but a bit strange for this time of year. The weather guy on TV called it a “back door front” because it came from the northeast instead of the the west; hence the “back door” reference.

It was only 39 when I went out to the barn to milk. The cool off is nice in that the flies disappear but it had just become warm enough to start milking in a t-shirt instead of a sweat shirt. Not a big deal. I’ll probably complain about the heat when t-shirt weather comes around for real.

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Here comes the rain!

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Foothills to the west this morning

The cows are loving the grass. They are on pasture all day and into the evening. Then when it’s just about dark, we walk to our small area at the neighbor’s barn where the milking stanchion is located. Maggie is tucked away in her own little stall until morning so she can’t have any milk sips through the night. She’s not quite weaned but we are getting there (she’s being a tiny bit stubborn. Girlfriend likes her momma’s milk. I don’t blame her. I do too!). I’ll milk in the morning and then we’ll trace our steps back to the pastures. Between Maggie nursing less and the green grass, Maisy’s milk production has increased! Yay!

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Maggie wasn’t so impressed with the rain. She just stood there trying to figure out what the heck was going on. What was this stuff coming out of the sky, getting all in her face and dripping down in her eyes?

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They finally laid down side by side and relaxed. Just mother and daughter hanging out together. I am so thankful we have this cow in our life. Her milk feeds every animal on our farm~ the pigs, the chickens and our own sweet children.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

 

 

Today’s count: 49 eggs, 3 gallons milk

What’s for supper: We are volunteering to help at a kid function at our church tonight so it’s tater tots (“Can I have some of your tots?” ~ name that movie?), chicken nuggets and fruit cocktail (bleck).

Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Northeast wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Tonight mostly clear, with a low around 34. North northeast wind 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

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