Today started calmly enough.
Up at dawn, breakfast, animal chores, off for the school drop- off, snowing. Meet the most wonderful “hay guy” who was delivering hay to our sweet cows.
Then as I sat down at the computer to pay some bills, the phone rang~ our cows are out.
WHAT!? The cows are out? Our cows? Out of the fence? Out roaming the neighborhood? Out getting into mischief?
So I jumped up, hobbled to the SUV and took off for the barn.
Sure, enough. No cows. But I could hear them bellowing across the pasture. Grabbing a bucket of sweet feed, I drove around till I spied them lounging in the neighbor’s front yard. They were laughing loudly, smoking cigarettes and drinking who- knows- what. Playful misbehavior. One of my neighbors came to help. She was brought up on a dairy farm back east (I love to say “back east”. The reality is when you live this far west, almost every place is “back east”) so she is not afraid of the cows.
It took a while mostly because I had to walk really slowly, picking my way through the snow in my most stylish orthopedic boot, but we lured those two naughty girls back home to the barn. They were very repentant and hung their heads low in sadness on the long walk home.
I reinforced the broken fence with baling twine and a T- post. Tomorrow I’ll pick up a new board from town and prod my youngest son into fixing the fence. For the rest of tonight, the whole neighborhood is on cow watch in case those ill- behaved girls try and escape again.
Also, I started some red tulip bulbs in the house. As you can see from the posted pictures, they’ve already grown roots and a couple have begun to send up a tiny tulip shoot. I couldn’t get any pictures of the wayward cows so we will have to be content with boring tulip bulbs.
Never a dull moment with cows. Always a dull moment with bulbs.
UPDATE: It started snowing really hard late in the afternoon. The wind was howling out of the west. Snow was blowing sideways. Sideways in a straight line. So the cows hunkered down in and around the sanctuary of the barn. No more escapes. :] However, it’s pretty late right now and still I can hear Maggie bawling into the dark. Well, as long as the neighbors don’t mind the music of a love sick calf, I guess we’re ok.
Today’s count: 14 eggs
What’s for supper: Pork lasagna with salad and olive cheese bread.
Weather: Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. West wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 23. West wind 5 to 14 mph becoming south after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.