Brown-headed Cowbirds. They feed off the grass seeds and bugs the cattle stir up as they walk. Did you know that cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds' nests? They don't raise their own babies. They are called parasite brooders.
The flies must have had a new hatch because they are thick out there. The poor cows and calves and bulls are fighting them off like mad. Some resort to wading in the reservoirs when they can't stand it anymore. Sounds refreshing to me on these 90 degree days.
Hubby's dad is in the hospital -- quite ill and likely due to getting old as much as anything. The engine parts start to break down. His doctor said he's got a broken distributor cap. He's at the hospital which is a couple hours away so we have our work days at home and days to go visit him in between.
This afternoon I stirred up a batch of bread and set it out on the front porch to rise in the 92 degree sun. I was reading an eye-opening article here about how un-healthy vegetable oils are for you, and I thought about all the processed breads and crackers and things that we eat that are made with vegetable oils. It spurred me to make some homemade bread. At least I can pronounce the ingredients in my own bread: rye flour, wheat flour, white flour, honey, butter, water, salt. Hooray for real, simple food: butter, lard, and bacon fat! How is your Sunday going?