A week ago (Feb. 21, 2013) Jdubs and I were out feeding the cattle. As we were looking for our last herd, we came upon a momma cow that had just given birth to her calf. She hadn’t even delivered the placenta yet.
We approached the pair, very carefully, because you never really know how a new momma will react, even if you “know” the animal. Momma cow was looking a little nervous but settled quickly. We sat close to the calf and watched him for a few moments. Then on occasion the Almighty lets us see a little miracle… This newborn calf stood up and took his first steps and we got to witness it.
A few minutes later he stumbled over to his momma and took his first suckle of colostrum. It was a precious moment and one that was worth a thousand hours in a classroom. These are the things that can’t be taught. They have to be experienced, witnessed.
We couldn’t stay long because the rest of the herd began to show up, which made momma cow really anxious. And she was hungry too. Momma cow and the rest of the herd haven’t had much grass to eat– we’re at the tail end of winter, just as the spring grasses begin to grow, not to mention the long-standing drought. Our cattle really look forward to and rely on the high-protein cubes we feed daily.
We led and fed the herd a short distance from the pair. When we circled back around to count heads, momma cow and calf had rejoined the herd.
We departed the pasture double-time, no need to freak out the newborn calf, that can’t see with the loud feed truck and noisy, bawling herd.
At the gate, I asked Jdubs if he had thought of a name for the calf. He very nonchalantly said, “his name should be Sombrero Potato.” I asked where that came from. He said, “the name comes from Mexico, mom. And he has a Mexican name.” And thus, we have Sombrero Potato. (I declined to point out that the Spanish word for potato is “papas.”)
I’ve been on my blogging odyssey for almost three months now. I started blogging every day on November 1, 2011. Today is January 18, 2012. That is 79 posts including tonight’s entry.
It has been an remarkable 79 days. Tonight I’m looking back over the last few weeks to do a “round-up” of favorite blog posts.
One month ago I posted about Jdub’s favorite tune: The Spanish Song That night seems so long ago, but it was just a month. Goes to show how time can stand still or fly depending on where your perspective is.
Thanksgiving and Christmas happened. And the wonderful Christmas Eve program at our church” Light of the World
I’m getting close to losing the 10 lbs I promised myself to lose by my next birthday (not so much because I’m eating better but more because I don’t have time to eat).
I’m about to conclude the last event I hope to ever do in a professional capacity.
I’ve been “ordained” at my church.
I read three 500-page books of fiction; six books of nonfiction.
I still have a library book out that is past due.
I’ve worn my pretty boots a lot.
I repainted/redecorated my home office.
I rearranged Jdub’s room to make it more spacious for him to play.
I almost had a panic attack in Ikea because it’s so overwhelming to me, (not really, but it did become time to “just go.”)
I got a fever blister (from stress, that’s what my body does).
And my little kid was sick for 5 days straight.
With a blog a day, I’m amazed at how much life actually happens in a relatively short span of time. It also shows that whatever you do, you have to do it a little at a time. When you pause to look back, the chronicle provides the proof that you’ve gone very far, just one day at a time.
Instagram is instant awesomeness! I had no idea what I was going to write about today, but then got the idea from my trusty iPhone to take some of my random, everyday photos and use Instagram to edit them. Instagram described by its founders is the blending of instant photos and telegrams, thus “instagram.”
It combines several things at once when taking photos—it’s social media, documentation, art and photojournalism all rolled into one. You take snapshots, apply filters, post/save to a share archive hosted by Instagram. The photo goes onto your Instagram profile, and can be shared across a multitude of various social media. The social media is simply the telegraph “wire.”
The folks at Instagram have a blog, tips for taking better photos, and featured Instagram users’ photos – it’s amazing what someone can do with an iPhone and a free app that applies simple filters.
So maybe I went a little crazy on the filters and fuzz (aka “bokeh”), but Instagram is instant awesomeness. Love it!
[to find out more about why a big metal chicken is so funny to 40-year old married women click here.]
Today I snapped a few photos of my pets. I look at them and wonder what they would be saying if they could sass-mouth me First off I’m glad Ruby can’t talk. She could tell some good stories on me. [Although the pet with the most stories happens to be in kitty heaven, (God rest your feline soul, Sky).]
Ruby is back from a week in doggie utopia at the ranch.
This morning I caught a glimpse of this and had to do a U-turn to capture it on camera. I tried to get it on my good camera, but the batteries were out, so trusty iPhone it was.
I came around from the other entry on the north end of the room. [ignore lamp shades, I was changing the light bulbs in the chandelier.]
I tried to work with Pussums, getting her to pose.
I embrace the restorative effects of New Year’s resolutions. January 1st can be the great big reboot that many need to get motivated to change their life. Jumping on the bandwagon provides comfort and unity for all the goal-setters out there. But basically I feel that New Year’s resolutions are crap.
I never set New Year’s resolutions. Never. Personally I think if it’s a goal worth pursuing, it’s worth acting on today. And if today happens to be Monday or January 1st then so it is. One of my most successful personal pursuits started on a Monday. But the great catalyst was having to get dressed that morning for work—I did not wait through the weekend to get started. I took the bull by the horns that day.
But the difference maker in setting v. achieving your goals is your relentlessness. I am not always the greatest example, but true grit is what makes us achieve our goals. You have to be willing to do what it takes to make the change.
What I know thus far in my life:
Change is REALLY hard.
Lasting change is damn near insurmountable in the beginning.
Saying “I don’t have time” is the same as saying “I don’t want to.”
Life can change in an instant, but changing your life doesn’t happen instantly.
You have to have the 3 Ds: discipline, determination, dedication.
After each fall, you HAVE to get up and keep going—Every. Single. Time. Every time.
Get used to delayed gratification – we live in an on-all-the-time world, but working consistently over time makes for lasting change.
Seek the guidance/education/support/medication you need to achieve.
Most of all you have to do it for YOU.
You don’t have to wait until Monday or after the New Year, all you have to do is start, right from where you are, and be willing to do whatever it takes.
The sky was beautiful this afternoon. The clouds started to break up as the sun was setting. I took these photos around 5 p.m. today. The night sky was even more beautiful because it’s a new moon with cold high pressure air. That makes for a clear sky, perfect for seeing the Milky Way. Unfortunately my photography skills do not extend to nighttime panorama. But here are a few of my favorites from today.