Monday, February 16, 2009

A day in the country....

Hubs asked me to go cake the cows this morning. I really do love this job. It's just me and the dogs riding along in the pick-up, stopping to honk the horn and holler a little so the cows will come to us for their feeding. I enjoy getting out and taking in the vast rolling plains all around me. It's breathtaking. The sky was especially pretty today.

In the background, you can see some cows who were way off, coming down the ridge.

"Hey Bessy, can you lick the inside of your nostril like this?"

Some of the cows are more than eager to get some breakfast. This old girl isn't a bit shy. In fact, she likes to nuzzle right up to my hip pocket for some cake. She'll take it right out of my hand.

I've been letting the chickens out of the coop on these nice days. They just love to scratch and dig and find something good to eat in the manure piles. A friend once asked me what I fed my chickens. And I told him about their favorite spot. You know what they say about free-range chickens? They produce the best eggs!

Blackie is taking a sun bath.

Big Oak is waiting for me to drop some cake out of my bucket for him. Don't you like his curly head?

More siestas on a warm, sunny afternoon. Do you see the little silver horn weights? We put these on the bull's horns to weigh them down so they don't grow upward. Upward-growing horns are difficult to manage and are more dangerous than downward-growing horns or no horns at all.

A day in the country is worth a month in town.


  1. Now this is definately country!! Interesting info on helping the horns grow in the right direction...

  2. Those cow pictures are awesome. I love the pics of the curly hair on the cows. I work with a guy who has pretty white hair that is curly just like your cows LOL!

  3. looks like a nice day. hope your week is going well.

  4. I would have no problem living where you do. Such beautiful pictures!

  5. I *always* like your rolling hills pictures. And I like your chickens, kitty and curly headed bull, too. I always wondered what those silver balls were for!

    And all this to the accompaniment of Ella Fitzgerald!

  6. How interesting. I was wondering how you cake a cow? It is so open and beautiful on your ranch. Such a blessing. Clarice

  7. "On a clear day, you can see forever." That is the tune that comes to mind when I think of the hugeness of your sky and view! I love it and I love seeing the bulls, cows and chickens. Isn't God good?


  8. Cakes for cows?

    I'm a country girl but I didn't know that.

    Love the pictures.

    My kitties are sunning today too.

  9. Isn't it the most simple things that are the best. I love to make the feed run with DH as well. The extremes of the country that we both live in is so awesome. I love seeing the pictures you take.

    Your comment about gauging the wind by a logging chain tickled me. We are having another 'wind event' today. Gusts up to 65 70 miles per hour possible. :( I just dusted!

    Have a great day.


  10. It's so beautiful...the countryside, the animals.. even the snow looks nice & I hate cold weather.

  11. Now I never thought to get at them little boogies that way...what a novel thought. Who needs a kleenex when you have a long tongue?

  12. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing. I enjoy them very much!

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