A post from Kelli–
This weekend, my boyfriend Jason’s parents were out of state for a wake and funeral. I told Jason that if he needed any help milking or feeding calves I could help if he wanted. Because they recently started milking three times a day (5:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 8:30 pm) I knew that they may need a bit of help. One milking takes just over three hours, so Jason and his brother were going to be milking nearly around the clock.
When Jason called me on Sunday to ask that I come help the 170 cows that they have and do calf chores, I jumped at the chance. Back when I lived at home and they milked cows, Mom and I did calf chores every morning. When normal kids would get grounded from going out with friends or the computer, I got grounded from helping with calf chores or going to the barn. Helping milk and feed calves was a nice walk down memory lane.
There are currently 51 calves in the calf barn right now and man alive are they cute. The calves are split up by age and fed according to their age. One of the fun parts of the day was teaching some of the youngest calves to drink out of a bucket. It was really neat to see them when they “figured it out.”
Here’s one of the older calves. When I used to help with calf chores at home, I loved looking at the calves and see if I could make a pattern out of their spots or see if a spot looked like something.
And finally….what I know you’ve all been looking for…A picture of me in my most wonderful farming clothes.
I told Jason Sunday night that I would really love to help more often. I actually liked helping out. I think part of it was getting out of the house and breathing fresh air. It has rained almost everyday for the past 2 or 3 weeks, so when it was sunny and dry on Sunday, it was a real treat!
If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out some of the quilts that have been sent for mom to quilt that we will be donating to the victims of the West, Texas explosion. I cannot believe how generous quilters are to give to complete strangers and to trust us to quilt and bind your beautiful quilts!
Make sure to stop back on Friday to check out our Friday Finish. I’ll give you a few hints–It’s a finish for both of us–It is related to farming–and there might be something in it for you too! Hope to see you again on Friday!