Monday, February 18, 2013


As an eagle flies, we live less than half a mile from the Big Horn River. From our vantage point, we can’t see the river itself, but we get daily glimpses of one of the bald eagles that fish in it. A few days ago, we were surprised to see two of them together in the same tree. Could nesting season be upon us already?

Back in the barnyard, there's definitely some nesting going on. We spent most of the day getting the barn ready for calving. First we cleaned it all out, then hauled in and shoveled dirt to level it and to prevent melting snow and rain from running in, should the drought break! The dirt is a little damp, but since it’s sandy, it should dry before I need to spread down the straw. We also had to take the very heavy palpation cage (used for A.I. and pregnancy checks) out of the maternity pen. (The latter is ready in case a heifer needs assistance with delivery.)

Next on my to-do list this week is converting a shed/greenhouse into a temporary goat nest, since new mama cows will probably not appreciate sharing their calves’ nursery with animals of a different species!

“How can I picture God’s kingdom for you?...It’s like a pine nut that a man plants in his front yard. It grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches, and eagles build nests in it.”  –LUKE 13:18-19 (MSG)

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