Babysitting a heifer calf

Our daughter’s cow Penny had her first calf a registered miniature Herford Heifer.

She is probably around 30#s and was born last Friday nite. It is hard to tell how small something is in pictures but Zoee is taller than this baby.

Penny rejected it which is not uncommon for first-time mama cows. She began kicking it and trying to get it out of her way. She would not even clean it in most circumstances, this only happens with the first calf so she should be a good mama next time.

They were getting ready to go out of town so guess who is babysitting. She gets two bottles a day 2 pints each. She follows me around like a dog when I let her out. She runs like crazy in our backyard trying to experience her legs.

Zoee wants to mother her so so bad but I have not let her do this she gets to visit through the fence.

Here are a few pictures of Nutmeg which with the help of a friend we named her I am sure the name will get changed.

Little baby calves and cameras get along pretty well.

Cucumbers to pickles

We have had lots of cucumbers this year.

You can only eat so many and give away so much. It was time to make pickles.

We have made 12 quarts of Dill Pickles we also grew our own dill because the more dill the better the pickles.

We have made 11 quarts of Bread and Butter pickles.

People are always asking if we sell our pickles the answer is NO they take too much time to make. We give pickles away to close family members and Jack eats the rest. Every now and then I will eat a dill pickle but I am not really a pickle person.

The house has the smell of apple cider vinegar today.

I am sure there will be more pickles made over the next few weeks.

The duck’s return

Every year for the last 5 or 6 years the black-bellied whistling ducks return.

I am not sure if it’s the same ducks or if they told someone else to come here.

These behave the same, nest in the nest box, and act the same.

Nature’s beauty surrounds us and the wildlife is everywhere you just have to open your eyes to see it and appreciate it.

Life is GOOD!

Knockout Roses

I love all roses but the knockout roses are the easiest to take care of.

You do not have to trim them but we trim ours a few times a year.

They smell good but not as good as regular roses but they are disease and pest-resistant.

The beauty of each rose is special and unique.

Ribbon Snake VS Toad

Zoee was acting like she saw a snake. I can always tell when the dogs have found something they do not need.

I went over to look and sure enough, there was a ribbon snake in the middle of eating his toad.

We love toads and frogs so I was a bit sad but I know it’s all part of the food chain.

I decided to remember the frog with the snake in a few pictures.

Nature loves to inspire my photography even though I hate snakes.

Daisy girl turns 9 years old

It seems like yesterday when we had this tiny little boxer we named Daisy.

Today she turns 9 years old.

She was an aggressive little pup and very opinionated. She hated long sleeves on anyone. The vet told us he thought whoever removed her dew claw and tail had long sleeves and they did a bad job on the dew- claw and probably hurt her.

We got her out of this stage and she became very playful loving to play fetch and jumping as high as she could and doing boxer acrobats. Then cooling off in her plastic pool like she was relaxing after a long hard day.

She still loves the Chunk It balls the orange one that is basically indestructible and she loves the big tug a war ball called the Jolly Ball.

She still talks to me when I talk directly to her and ask her questions lol. She loves a treat when she comes in from outside.

She sleeps more now and plays less but gets her energy spurts sometimes.

Pics with her ears like she’s flying I love and Jack says she’s the flying nun. She is still very photogenic and always has been.

Even though she’s a little bossy she will always be my Daisy Girl and I love her very much.

Happy 9th Birthday Daisy I hope someone gives you extra treats today lol.

Doggie Maternity Shots

Little Lady was expecting another litter of puppies.

I shot these pictures on Sunday, April 10th. in Livingston, Texas the day before she had the litter of three.

It looks like she’s posing for a Maternity Dog Magazine.

Little Red Lantern

This Lantern is fairly old but not an antique. Its glass was broken a few years ago so now it just hangs on the fence.

I could not help but notice what a great picture it would make.

The tangerine cross vines bloomed and climbed around the lantern.

There is always something unique to take pictures of just stop and notice what is in front of you.

Supercal Sunset Orange Petunia

This is a new variety of Petunia and I was able to snag 3 hanging baskets at Houston Garden Center.

I have no idea how much I paid for them I just wanted them lol.

This flower truly looks like a sunset.

These are supposed to be a bigger bloom and a rounder larger shape for the plant.

I love flowers, especially petunias. These will be planted in the ground for their visual impact.

Moo

This little calf moved in next door and I have been trying to get some cute pictures.

This was the pose I got most of the time it’s farther away than this.

One of the joys of country living is the livestock that is nearby. I love all the baby animals.

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