Calf Troubles at the Circus

Keeping little miss warm with this Okie cold snap

How is everyone holding up out there? We are doing our part at the circus and staying home, keeping busy with the monkeys and cows.

One of our cows had her calf in the wee hours Wednesday morning. Baby looked healthy, momma looked healthy, all except her sweet potato size teats. Every thing was going well. We kinda keep a close eye on the mommas and new babies the first couple of days, and throughout that first day it looked like the baby was having trouble taking to the teat. All day we watched, and she had yet to latch on.

The next day, teats have doubled in size, but baby was still up walking around. So we caught Butterscotch(momma cow), and tried to milk her. The milking process was unproductive. We let her back with baby while we tried to figure out next move. Two hours later, little miss is down and is having trouble breathing and her eyes are rolled back in her head. #2 starts rubbing her, trying to keeps her breathing and kind of doing chest compressions. I run and get our stomach tube we use for tubing calves and get her some colostrum and I tubed little miss. #2 stays out with her for a bit until he needs a break.

About 30 minutes later, we look outside, and she is standing up on her own. We were thrilled. We injected her with some vitamins and got some more fluids in her and she seems to be doing better.

We have been trying, very unsuccessfully, to get her to take a bottle. She is fighting it harder than any other bottle calf we have had. I finally got her to drink about a pint this morning.

Butterscotch still is not producing milk. The hubbs and #2 got her loaded into a trailer this morning and the hubbs has hauled her to the vet to see what they can do.

Needless to say, it has been a stressful few days here at the circus.

Homeschool, Gardening, and Snakes! Oh My!


Its been a busy week here at the circus! We have started home school. So far, it seems to be going fairly well. We are just doing one subject per day per kid, keeping it simple and light. After April 6th, our school district will be implementing a distance learning program. It will be a new experience for everyone and I think the boys are kind of excited to get started.

While they have been working on their school work, I have decided to start a veggie garden. This past weekend, the boys, hubbs, and I moved the vacant chicken run and coop, and I tilled up a spot. I ran the tiller through again yesterday, and then this morning, got all of the seeds and started plants planted in the plot.

As I was working, I moved an old potato grow bag that had been sitting in the same spot for a year. I had just barely scooted it out of its position when I noticed a small snake. So, I called my resident snake wrangler, a.k.a. #2. He comes over and inspects it and informs me that it is just a type of garter snake. I said, “Ok, please move it somewhere else.” #2 proceeds to chase me around the yard with it. While I did allow him to have a pet snake, I do not want to touch one or have one thrown on me. #2 decides he is going to recruit #3 and #4 to help chase me down with a second snake that was found in the same spot. As you can see from the pictures above, I locked myself in the garage while they stood outside mocking me. Eventually, the snakes were re-homed into the wooded area that is next to our place and I was able to get back to work on the garden. Fun times!

After finishing up all the planting, I look over into the side lot, and the cows have broke through the panels and are in the pen where we put new momma cows and their calves. I called out for back up from the monkeys, and wouldn’t you know it, not a single soul could be found. So, I ended up getting all the cows out of the pen and fixed the panel where they had gotten in.

Now, here I sit, feeling like the day should be over. This momma is exhausted and it is only half way through the day. How is everyone out there passing the time and social distancing with their families?

Our new family member

Welcome the newest member to this Circus’ menagerie! She is nameless at the moment, but #2 is extremely happy to have her join us. We have been researching and preparing for her for several months now.

Writing

I seem to have a bit of writers block happening. From watching the Twitter feed, it seems to be contagious. I expected a little bit of it to occur since it is Spring Break, but with the weeks adding up that the boys will be home due to CV, I’m hoping inspiration will strike and it won’t last long. It is a lot harder to come up with activities for older kids. Especially when trying to make them understand social distancing.

So right now, I have bored kids who keep pestering me, and no quiet time to write. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Spring Break

Today marks the beginning of spring break here at the circus. We had plans for #2 to take his drivers test, take a trip to the zoo with the fam, and maybe go see a movie. Some of those plans may have to be canceled or postponed. The weather people are calling for rain for almost the entire week and of course covid-19 brings on worries of being around other people.

Speaking of Covid-19, what is with the shortage of toilet paper and cleaning supplies. The hubbs and I went to the store this morning to pick up a few things, and the store had zero packages of toilet paper, and the cleaning supplies were almost all gone. We saw a lady who had a shopping cart full of generic all purpose cleaner with bleach, and what looked like the last of the John Wayne toilet paper. It kind of set me off. We have 6 people in our household. Three of which are teenage boys and 1 preteen. We go through a lot of toilet paper, and for there not to be any to buy, is just absolutely ridiculous. Hopefully we have enough TP on hand to get us through this shortage. Hubbs said there is always corncobs.

To add to this absurd consumer purchasing, the stores are also out of Vitamin C vitamins. I was going to buy some just to give us an extra boost (I have some pre-existing health conditions), but that idea was kiboshed fairly quickly.

So, this spring break may be quite dull for the monkeys. It is extremely hard to entertain older kids when they are used to always doing something. Pray that a wrestling match or a fist fight doesn’t break out in the coming days under this bored big top.

Teens

Raising teenagers is hard. Hardest thing I have ever done. They seem to bring out the worst of a person. They yell at you, you yell back. They curse at you, and you uncontrollably curse back. What is it about teens that bring out the hidden teen inside of each parent? I know that I would have been knocked sideways if I spoke to my parents the way my teens spoke to me. Is it that it’s not as acceptable to reprimand our children that way? Is it the amount of teenagers I have at one time? I know that I am not handling it as gracefully as my parents did. Maybe it’s a different type of teens we are raising. Maybe we are all making excuses. I’m not sure of what it is, but I’m exhausted. When do they outgrow this rebellious stage?

Circus on the Homefront

Things have been fairly quiet here at the circus. Baseball season has started and all the boys are starting out strong. Our cows should start having their babies in the next couple of weeks. That is always an exciting time. #2 and #4 have started a new adventure. They decided to follow in their dad’s footsteps and try their luck in steer riding/bull riding. We shall see how that goes. And I am down to just the one job, working from home. I’m excited for it. It is hard for me to work outside the home and do everything that a mom of four boys needs to do. My anxiety definitely gives me trouble with that, and the boys seem to do better when I am more available for them. This new job still allows me to help with bringing income in, and doing all the mom stuff that needs to be done. Win/win on all sides.

That’s all I’ve got for this week. Thanks for stopping by!