Monday, April 16, 2018

April Showers and to Question Another's Logic

Look well into thyself;
there is a source of strength which will spring up if thou will always look there.
                                   Marcus Aurelius

Do not be deceived by the title. We are indeed getting April showers but in a somewhat solid form. Yes, it came in the form of snow, freezing rain and ice pellets.
This has been a most unusual year for everyone, or so I have heard. Well, we here at the farm have no choice but to deal with what Mother Nature throws at us. Our job is to take care of our animals and make sure they are protected. We have been doing this for many, many years and do know what we are doing.

My Hero has been out there over and over this weekend making sure they have enough feed and bedding. I was out there on Friday before this latest April shower event began. I made sure that they had all that they would possibly need for that impending storm. Our cows are in the thick cedars and remain as happy as we are while stuck in our house. OK, they do not have Netflix, and I honestly wonder what they think about while waiting for the storm to pass. I know they are fine as when I did make my way down the icy lane Bossy2 was smiling. Yes, it is Monday and my shifts are back on.
You know, this has been one crazy winter in my life and not only weather-wise. I have made many trips to Toronto Ontario. I have to say every time the train pulls in I notice more buildings going up, no matter the weather. Just last week I was face to face with more condos and cranes. Not the crane as in bird. The cranes that would help build more condos, taller and taller. I often wonder every time I go there how the neighbours feel.
Imagine that you bought a beautiful condo in downtown Toronto. You have the most magnificent view of Lake Ontario. You love that view, you sip coffee and watch the sea gulls and boats do their thing while you sit and watch. You are happy.

A couple of years later, you watch as one of those cranes that fill the city now moves into the lot across the street from you, on the water side. You sense that this is not good and things in the neighbourhood are about to change. You have no choice but to sit and sip your coffee as your view disappears day by day. Do you move? Do you stay and just settle for what you really did not want? These are hard questions indeed. I think you must do what makes you happy, but the monetary part will indeed make the decision for you. To move closer to the water will most likely cost you more but your view. Oh, I am so happy that I do not have to make this kind of decision.
The thing about life is that you have always had to make those kinds of decisions between your wants and needs. People, as well as cows, have to have some of their own choices and we should not worry about what others think about those decisions. Ultimately people or animals know what is best for them.

Take Sunday morning for instance. Here on the farm, and after those chores were done the freezing rains started to really come down. I watched as a few of our cows chose to stand out in it. While the other cows stood in the shelter of the cedars and stayed dry those silly cows chose to experience something new I suppose. I never judge but I have no idea what they were thinking. I never question their logic and nor should I. 

Today it is heavy raining and those April showers have indeed come. I will be heading out there very shortly. I can see with my binoculars that all our cows are hanging out together safe and dry in the cedars.


  1. I'd much rather have the view of your farm - cedars and cows are a lovely combination!

  2. I'm like you, I'd rather have my farm view, than live in the big city, with tall buildings blocking my view! Although here, development is ever encroaching on the farms. While I do enjoy the convenience of having grocery stores, etc, only a few minutes drive away, all the traffic, oh the traffic! This is a big tourist area, and it takes FOREVER to go anywhere!

  3. Quite the weekend for wether and it's not over yet.

  4. I'm glad you know what you are doing and doing a good job too. It sounds hard cold work to me but you seem to thrive on it. Hope you get spring eventually. We are still waiting for the cooler weather of Autumn.

  5. We again had freezing temperatures over the weekend and a skiff of snow. We had planned to work the last group of baby calves, but that job waited until a much nicer day yesterday. And today, the temperatures are supposed to be in the upper 70s! Mother Nature can't make up her mind. I wish we could have gotten the moisture you got though. We are very dry.

  6. We're having a blizzard in Breckenridge as I read your post. That's not unusual for spring at high altitude, but as I get older, I do yearn for a bit of warmth and some green. However, all who live here know that the moisture is necessary to prevent summer wildfires. I am accustomed to long views to the peaks and to the wilderness forests. Though I like to visit cities, my heart in in the mountains where I live. Good there is something for all of us - even the cows!


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