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Memorial Day

5/27/2013: The day of remembrance. I would have liked to have gone to a couple of gravesides and put flowers into place. That was not going to happen on Monday. If those individuals were alive today I'm sure they would understand, one being a farmer and the other a milk hauler, both Veterans. Here's the recap on the day. A glove was sucked into the milk pump, spent part of morning pulling pump apart and repairing. Neighbor needed his hay baled, we have are hay down too. Rain was suppose to come in the evening. It started raining well baling hay. I blew the front tire on the tractor. We went and borrowed tractor from another neighbor. One more field to finish baler broke down. Yes, it's still raining! Hay is still in the field. Three heifers (new moms, new milkers) had their calves. The last calf we had to go find out in the tall grass. She kicked and fought my son, who was trying to keep her in the back of the pickup truck. We didn't finish chores until 10:45pm. It was a long day! But Grandpa would understand why I didn't visit his grave on Memorial Day.

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Will live or will die? That is the question.

This cow was past due and we were concerned for her and her calf on 4/21/2013. Time to go in and check. The calf is backwards. She didn't want to lay down. We had to use a calf jack to help her birth him. He came out and was still alive. He had a lot of fluid in his lungs. The farmer said he won't live. So the question was will he live or die? The good news is Kinder is still alive. He's a fighter like his mama!

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