I Like Ike

Meet Ike, Moxie’s new bull calf, Eisenhower, who called the shots on my moving D-Day. He’s healthy and frisky and very cute.

Meanwhile Moxie is so engorged with milk and edema she can barely walk. Her back teats are tiny nubs on a huge, hot medicine ball.

I can milk out the front teats without an issue but I struggle twice a day to get milk out of the back ones. Even my thumb and forefinger can’t get a grip to strip-milk, only producing a tiny dribble. Another bull calf would have no problem, but though I’ve called around I can’t find one. The dairy I regularly bought from in years past has gone out of the milk business.

I have to empty those back teats or Moxie will get sick.

I also have to finish emptying the lake house, put up shelves, find linens, and on and on… the push continues.

Still, this morning a family of ravens was outside our window. They were screaming with delight so I looked out to see what had them enthralled. They were attempting to peel protective plastic (glittering with morning dew) off the roofing pieces stacked in the driveway.

Like a raven, I get tremendous pleasure from the small things.

3 Responses to I Like Ike

  1. Ned says:

    Glad to see you have a second calf now. You might want to look at something like this in the future. You could use it in a pinch. I have also seen them made using an automotive brake vacuum tool.

    Might be something to assemble and put on the shelf just in case.

    http://themobilehomewoman.com/?p=14492

  2. Shawn says:

    Congrats on the new arrival! He is a cutie. Babies are so much fun. And baby bovines are much less of a commitment! LOL

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