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49 Reasons to love the farm life

Fourty-nine. Really?

Right, well then — you must be asking yourself two questions: 1) why 49 and not 50? 2) will there be a quiz at the end? The answer to the first question is because cow #49 on my farm is my favorite so it seemed fitting. To answer the next question, you’ll need to read through the post

  1. Sunrises so beautiful they literally stop you
  2. Calf cuddles
  3. A full kitchen table with laughter and planning
  4. Working with family, the bond becomes quite unique
  5. You fall asleep easily after a long days work
  6. We never say no to ice cream, or chocolate milk
  7. Make-up and bra is optional
  8. You can squeeze the bosses tush – maybe not on E V E R Y farm but at least on my farm
  9. The peace and quiet of watching animals just being content
  10. Tractor rides
  11. Welcoming a new life into the world
  12. Sending your niece and nephew home waayyy dirty
  13. Drinking from the garden hose
  14. Eating a meal from the produce and meats of your own work
  15. The smell of fresh cut hay
  16. When your favorite good jeans gain 2nd life as your favorite barn jeans
  17. Singing to the animals in a judgment free zone
  18. Working at your pace
  19. Tailgate lunch & dinner
  20. Crop checking
  21. Free fall decorations
  22. Sunsets. Sunsets. Sunsets.
  23. When you heal a sick animal
  24. Neighbors pull in the drive with a cooler of cold ones
  25. Hay rides
  26. Watching your kids run across hay bales
  27. The final pass on the field

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  28. Tractor acoustics are top notch
  29. Big breakfast
  30. Spring planning, the excitement
  31. Tan lines before the 5th of June
  32. Learning to communicate without saying a word
  33. Boots! Sexy boots, shit boots, comfy boots.
  34. Caffeine is plentiful and encouraged
  35. Educating consumers who want to learn
  36. Patience is learned
  37. Confidence in yourself and what you’re capable of
  38. Seeing 1-3 shooting stars while you walk to the barn
  39. Calling it a beach day, or a fishing day, or a rain day
  40. Cursing is like speaking in cursive, it’s allowed
  41. You can drink on the job
  42. Gratitude
  43. Likely to be hired at future jobs without a resume because farm work kicks ass
  44. The sound of rain on a hot summer night, as long as there isn’t hay down…
  45. End of harvest satisfaction
  46. Teaching your child how to hold a bottle, or swing on a milker
  47. When an animal comes to you, the trust you’ve earned
  48. Sorting cattle ends in “good-job”
  49. Feeling useful and needed

 

What would you add to the list? I’d love to hear, leave a comment!

Xo, Nicole

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Cows that didn’t make the nice list

The big day is almost here and before that jolly ‘ol elf decides to spoil my Ladies with extra grain, I’ve made a list. Yeah THAT kind of list, and trust me — I’ve checked it twice!! There were some cows around the farm this year that have not been very nice. This decision was made by the elf in charge here on the farm (…me) and no outside opinions were considered by the other elves.

You might think, “Wow! I thought she was a sucker for all her animals” but dear friend, it must be pointed out that I think less of some — in fact, this list came together in about 55 seconds.

The following jerk cows, in my opinion, need a lump of coal in their stalls!

#153 – Peanut // While she’s a spunky little heifer who Brad likes to play around with, that doesn’t save her from coming in at #10. Never fails, when I’m getting cows in from the holding pen she is right behind me with her head down, until I look at her and then she backs off. I don’t play like that Peanut.

#84 – occasionally referred to as Nikki // She ONLY comes in on the left side of the parlor. She INSISTS on being in the last group and when the last group ends on the right guess who screws that all up??? #9

#89 – Roo // She’s just like her mother, Piglet, and takes forever to milk out the back right quarter. When she gets a little pissy, she kicks back. Taking the #8 spot because it ain’t my fault she’s lopsided.

#131 – the pet // She was always the heifer that wanted attention when it was bedding day, we were buds. THEN she delivered her calf and when I tried convincing her to go into the parlor she switched gears on me and my wrist got pinched. She is #7 this year and currently resides back in with the heifers because she was giving so little milk I begged Snapchat followers to convince Brad into letting me keep her for hopefully a better second lactation. Stupid pet.

#118 – Moe, but nobody calls her that // She kicks. Automatic naughty list, #6!

#141 // You would think she is starving, like every. day! She cannot leave the barn to milk until she’s shoved as much feed as possible in her face. She’s #5 because it’s annoying, she will literally push her way to the front of the herd and be done milking in a few minutes…fill your stupid face then.

#60 // Ohmygod! The slowest milker e-v-e-r. #4

#61 – Eyeliner // She won’t be first in the parlor. She will stand in the doorway, blocking any other cows from entering…#3

The Jersey bull – Charmer // That guy’s a mean little shit, he’s got a lot of aggression. In at #2 Brad is the ONLY one who deals with him.

#80 – Liger // If you’ve followed the blog for any length of time, you know I loathe this cow and it should be NO surprise that she is #1

…it’s also no surprise that #49 will be getting all the love this Christmas #justsaying

Merry Christmas, Nicole