Remember Daisy Mae's little guy, Duke? Well, he's still handsome but no longer little. In fact, he's one of the heftiest steer calves.
One morning I when I checked the cows, Daisy Mae was bawling for Duke, who was nowhere in sight. I spent several anxious hours looking for him in a narrow corner of the pasture which was bordered by trees, a creek, and a wetland. Daisy Mae and company just stood there mooing.
How, I wondered, does a 600 pound person just vanish? Is this the Bermuda Triangle Pasture?
I left to go check the neighbor's pasture and the railroad easement (shudder). I returned to find the whole herd lounging near the barn--with Duke lying right next to the fence, calmly chewing his cud.
I'll never know where Duke had been hiding.
"If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me." ~Jeremiah 29:13 (NLT)
When I went horse shopping a decade ago, I sought a gentle, well-broke (translation: safe) gelding. I bought a green-broke filly instead. I told Hubby that Sugar's cowhorse pedigree had sold me, but mostly I'd fallen for her beautiful eyes.
I was taken aback when Sugar's owner and trainer asked me, "Do you know what she is?"
When I replied that I was familiar with Sugar's cutting horse bloodlines but that I just wanted her for a ranch horse, he seemed insulted. He thought Sugar was destined for greater things. He must have needed the money, though, because he took mine.
Sugar turned out to be good with cows, but she's even better with people. She particularly favors the unassured and, inexplicably, takes it upon herself to build their confidence and esteem. I couldn't be prouder.
"Success is when I add value to myself. Significance is when I add value to others." ~John Maxwell
I'm crazy about mountain bluebirds. Since we're 30 miles or so from the mountains, a sighting of cerulean feathers is a rare treat.
When this fellow--whom I call Bluey--stopped by the hayfield the other day, he noted the robust grasshopper population and elected to hang around. But when he noticed that I repeatedly stopped my hay hauling to try to sneak up and snap photos of him with my phone--well, you can tell (even with the blur) by the look on his face that he thought I was a crazy stalker lady.
"Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys." ~Madeleine L'Engle
Hubby used to be a Black Angus snob, but our gentle Hereford-Angus cattle have completely won him over. When we wormed and vaccinated calves yesterday, he noted that the sole calf to get agitated was Fancy, our only all-Angus calf.
"In quietness and confidence is your strength." ~Isaiah 30:15 (NLT)