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Agree about DS. He's had some conversations with you, of late, some sharing & inviting. Maybe the "honeymoon phase" is wearing thin. You know he's been thinking on it for a while, before saying. Reality happens. Your water hose got switched out, too.🤗🤷

Glad you're feeling better....and Bay, too.

Everything is white here this morning...frosted @27.
 

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Tuesday night. HOORAY the weather has turned and we are having more "normal" temps... 35 last night and up to 60 today. Felt almost like a spring day compared to all the 20's and 40's with the cold winds we had.

Cold hit me back with a slap today... but I guess it was to be expected...Last evening, DS called and asked me to go to farm, GF found a cow in the calving pasture with her back down the hill, and a dead calf.... needed me to go help her get it turned around so she could maybe get up. He was at another pasture, loading the 2nd load of bred cows...
So I went up there, we finally got her pulled around and DS got there.... but I was out there in the cold and got another chill... and felt it this morning with a cough and feeling a little rough. Nose is running, and I am a little hoarse....
Yesterday I did go get the raking done. Tire was flat so glad I took the air tank again. But all we need to do now is get it blown up enough to get the rake back to the farm where it will get some maintenance work done. Needs a new wheel on the spindle on the back (double wheels on each side, so we got away with it only having 1 wheel for the last few fields) new tire for the one that keeps going flat... some new "teeth" in several of the wheels and replacing the one hydraulic cylinder that is leaking.
DS was going to maybe bale today or tomorrow.

I did not go get the explorer last night with the deal with the cow being down. Didn't feel up to it today before I went to work. I will get DS to take me over there in the next couple of days to get it and that will be the end of all this.
As of this eve, DS texted me and said the cow hadn't gotten up... he was going to use the straps and sling to see if he could get her up. We gave her a tube of Cal/Phos paste for weak cows at calving... it helps with the weaknesses from things like difficult births and milk fever... has dextrose in it for energy too..... She is an old cow, this was going to be her last calf. Turns out she had a dead calf 2 days ago, so had twins, and this second one was also dead. He said she had calved over by the fence and he didn't bother me about grafting a calf on her , since she was so old. Was just going to let her dry up and then sell her. This second dead calf may have been too much for her. He said she was as big as a house before she calved but never suspected twins. But he hadn't seen any afterbirth with the first dead one..... We have had a few "delayed" births of a twin over the years. Guess tomorrow will tell. With the warmer temps maybe she will get some strength and get up. He took water and some grain up to her twice but she didn't seem to want much of it.

I did go test the cows this afternoon. Only 80, which is half of what they used to have... it went well and milking was only 1 1/2 hours.... Got there at 3 and left at 6:30... had to set up and then pull down all the meters. Will pack the samples in the morning to send off. UPS and the lab are working on Friday so they ought to get there & get run through the lab on Friday.

I'm going in to get a good hot shower and go to bed. Deal with everything else tomorrow. Also, got another mouse.....
 

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Sorry about the dead calves. I hope the cow can get up or you’ll have to deal with a dead cow too. Do y’all bury them? Here we can do whatever we want. Drag them to the back for buzzards and coyotes to clean up, bury or pay to have them hauled off.

You got chilled, so here comes Round 2. It’s time for you to stop or slow down and take care of yourself.
 

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Look who is telling who to slow down and take care of themself :lol::gig:idunno:idunno;);).
Yep, being out in the chill didn't help. But I will just keep on plugging along and take it easy as I go. The nice weather we are getting now will help.

Started at 36, sun came over the hill and it shot up to 55 on the recording thermometer. It will drop a little until the air warms up and we are looking at mid 60's today...... YAY:celebrate:weee:yesss:.

Got a load of clothes in the machine to go out on the line shortly. Heading out to let chickens out.

Got a call that my amazon account has been accessed. I haven't used it in nearly 2 years since I moved in here... Have had a few other calls and just ignored them. However, I called this one back... account has been accessed from Ohio, and NY... for a 1400 computer yesterday... They had put a hold on the account fearing it was fraud... so it has been reported to their fraud dept and I said I wanted to cancel the account. I can use any of my cc's if I order, don't need the amazon cc... one less to deal with.

Need to get the samples packed and sent out.

As for the cow, if she doesn't get up or even act like she wants to try, DS will have to shoot her. He has a place out in the back where he will take dead animals that the previous owner used also. Usually it is one that already was dead when we found it. I have mixed feelings as it does feed the coyotes and buzzards, but does it encourage them, or keep them, from preying on the young/vulnerable? This time of year, there are alot of deer carcasses for the scavengers... some shot and not recovered, some taken and the hunters only take the backstraps or choice pieces and leave the rest. Road kill also with the deer traveling so much....

Put tea out on the table in the sun to steep for iced tea. Been drinking alot of fluids this week. Too much OJ and my stomach gets too acidic... tea is mostly water so better, when I get tired of plain water.
 

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Back at the house. I went and took the truck, moved the rest of bales from Deb's and then there were only 2 left at the other place, he had already moved the rest. But at least I got some of it done, and so I think that is all of them except for what he bales at the 9 acre field I just raked.

Packed the samples and dropped them off when I went to get the truck.

Went out to the shelter for the chickens. The buff hen has been inside eating from the feeders in the mornings when I go out... she goes back around the bale of straw and sneaks back out the hole in the back... and I just ignore her so she doesn't feel threatened. So, I just let the others out of the crate and open up the door and they come out the door and go around back to the safety of the pines and brush.

I had hoped to feel a little better to do a few things outside. But I don't have the stamina today. And food is going through me so not going too far. I hung the clothes after letting the chickens out.

Brought the tea back in, added the sugar, but forgot to thaw the lemonade, so it will be a bit before I can finish making it.

I made 2 tuna fish sandwiches from the already mixed tuna in the fridge.... drank a glass of choc milk and I don't think I will be doing alot else.

I don't think I will go to GF mother's for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Not wanting to spread around this cold and don't have much patience for the horde of kids when I don't feel 100%.

The sun was so nice out today. Hit 67 on the recording thermometer, it was 79 on the little one that is in the sun on the deck. Hate that I didn't have the "umph" to do more. Once it goes down over the back side of the other hill, it will drop fast. Going to go out and see if the clothes are dry. See if I can get the chickens to go in their crate early and make it one trip out.
 

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Look who is telling who to slow down and take care of themself :lol::gig:idunno:idunno;);).
Yep, being out in the chill didn't help. But I will just keep on plugging along and take it easy as I go. The nice weather we are getting now will help.

Yeah, ain’t that the pot calling the kettle black? LOL
 

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Talked to DS. He was thinking about not going to GF mother's because he is upset with J about putting the explorer off... I explained that I had texted her, she said it is on the internet, and that she was going to bring it to me, if she could find a ride back, and I said to just take it to ronnie's and lock key in it, as I have 2 more here. I told him to go... I am not going and he said I sounded horrible... my voice is very hoarse with this cold.... I told him that maybe he could get GF to follow him over there and he can leave it with a for sale sign in it...

So, no sense in all this BS.....

Told him about doing the hay, he said there might be a couple more but they are on the steep part and I will not try to move them. He was baling the hay this aft.

He put the cow down. It happens. Life stinks sometimes.

Chickens locked in, clothes in the house... I am going to watch a movie I think, since I haven't gotten around to it like I keep thinking I would.... we'll see how I feel in an hour....
 
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