If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

On to Greener Pastures...

Well, a couple of weeks ago the day came for Blacky, Spot, and Patches to find a new home.

Blacky had really kind of become a nuisance in some ways.  He didn't really realize his full size and strength and he would try to rub his head up against you to show his affection.  When a 430 pound steer does that, a normal-sized person is likely to wind up mashed against the barn wall or something. Even though it was tough on the tender-hearted farmer, he realized it was time.

So, the day came when Mike could finally say goodbye.

The three largest calves he has here on the farm were loaded onto the trailer and taken to the nearest livestock auction barn on Monday morning a couple of weeks ago.

We made guess-timates of what they weighed and how much per pound they might bring.

We are not really that good at guessing.  Mike and I thought they would weigh 500 pounds or better and Blacky was the heaviest guy at 430 pounds with Patches being the lightweight at 355 pounds.

I gave Mike a call at about lunchtime to see how the departure went.  He reported that they were no trouble to load, haul, or unload.  He also reported, "Old Blacky started down the lane of the livestock barn and then turned around to look at me."

I wonder who thought it was hardest to let go... on to greener pastures...

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Snow Day!

It snowed!

SOMEBODY got bundled up...

and went out to play in the snow...
and made a snowman.

Isn't he cute?

The snowman looks pretty good, too!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Little Girl/Big Girls

What does the littlest girl do?
...while the older girls run...

...and giggle...

...and ride scooters...

...and squeal...

...and generally act silly..

Well, you could do some coo-ing...

...and checking out the surroundings...

...and blow a few bubbles...

...or just snuggle in and doze off for a nap!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Flying Fun

My parents gave Lillie and Lydia some Flying Turtles (Ride-On Scooters) for Christmas.  They have had miles of fun with these little riding toys.  (If their parents are completely honest, they will admit that they have tried them out, too.)
If you can get your hands and feet positioned just right...

...and wiggle back and forth with determination...

...and hold your tongue just right...

...you can even make it go uphill!

They will ride down a typical sidewalk...

...with some dedicated steering...

...at a fast and surprisingly fun pace.

Even the uncertain...

...will sometimes take risks...

...and learn the thrill of a speedy coast.

They are even fun for racing the dog...

...together or alone...

...sometimes you win.

Even with a crash, you are so low to the ground...

...that it rarely hurts.  So, you just hop up and start all over again!

There's also tandem coasting...

...when you can roll while meditating...

...or just acting silly...

...or maybe...

...they were praying to avoid a crash!

At any rate, on a warm winter day...

...it looks like lots of fun!

*This is not an endorsement nor was I compensated in any way for this post except by the smiles, giggles, and laughter of my granddaughters.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Perspective and Age

Isn't it funny how perspective changes as we age?

The granddaughters came for a visit on Saturday and found more ways to have fun with the simple, ordinary trappings of life...

...a hand-me-down-wagon...

...a hay ring that will be used for a cattle feeder...
...became monkey-bars for climbing...

...and an agility tool for walking...

...up and down...

...under...

...and over...

..at rest...

...and at play...

...all for the sake of fun!

When I showed these photos to Mike, he said, "I guess I'd better buy another one for the calves and leave this one here for the girls to play on when they are here."

I don't think he would have even considered such an option when our grandchildren's parents were climbing and pretending, do you?  Perspective seems to evolve with age...