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What I thought would be an afternoon of naps, Keeping up with the Kardashians marathon and free food turned into gate-gettin' and cattle loading. Not that I mind - except I was in flip flops.

Apparently when I head to the farm to see the family I sometimes forget to leave my urban brain behind.

Yesterday, it occurred to me that I've managed to slide by in my rural up brining. Sure, I've spent my fair share of mornings busting ice and feeding animals - but sometimes, I just don't know why I don't know something.

I finally tip-toed into the house, switched on the Kardashians {Kris was about to propose!} when the phone rang.

"Can you go get the wheeler." I'm listening.... "Go to the shop and get a ratchet strap." Yeah, a ratchet strap - I know what that is... {click.}

By this point I'm heading to the shop looking for a ratchet strap. {remember, I forgot to switch back to my rural brain.}

I look around a while - and then I see it.

"OOOOHHHHHHH."

Yeah, I knew what it was - I just couldn't remember it's name.

Whatever - I took some decent pics while I was out, completely worth missing Kris propose to Kim.

Curious Calves

On the weekends, I'll usually leave the Big City for a night and visit my family at the farm. Although I was there for less than 12 hours, I made it a point to get out of bed and check the cows. My show heifers (now cows) are now mixed in with the rest of the herd, so it's always fun for me to play Where's Waldo trying to spot them in the crowd of all black.

Without fail, a few curious calves take a few timid steps my direction wondering why I'm in my pajamas and boots - in their pasture. {at least, that's what I would be thinking if I were them.}

This is one of the calves that will be weaned from his mama the first of September and will be put on wheat pasture the middle of October (if we get any rain.)

They'll graze on wheat during the winter months until they reach 800 -900 pounds (Usually around June) Then, a few good heifers will be kept back for the breeding program and the rest will be sold.

Weather dictates the schedule, if it doesn't rain these calves will be weaned a little earlier.

One of the most important lessons I learned as a child is that our animals deserve our respect. Before eating breakfast, our first obligation was to feed/water our animals. This may be why if you drive past our farm early in the morning you'll see my sister in her pajamas and boots before getting ready for school.

To me, there's nothing more beautiful than a few black calves on a green pasture with a blue sky as a backdrop  - or, well, a 50 percent off shoe sale. Just being honest.