Monday, September 19, 2016

Cows, Campfires, Clouds, and Kids

 Curious Herefords

It was a dark and stormy night. Actually, it was just a busy week. I've managed to lure you into this blog post with the Hereford cattle, but I must confess that today you'll mostly find photos of grandkid visits. I hope you don't mind. 

We were on the way to town when my daughter spied a little Holstein calf on the wrong side of the fence that kept the Herefords contained. We went to the nearby farm, only to find the owner puzzled as to how a Holstein calf had appeared. It's still a mystery, but the owner of the farm did get the hungry little bull calf to suck on her fingers, following her all the way home (about a city block in distance) to the farm where she would later surprise her husband with their newfound livestock. This was quite an exciting event for what had started out as a simple trip to town. So the latest theories are either that the bull calf wandered a few miles from the nearest Holstein farm (very unlikely) or that it fell off a truck that was taking it to the sales barn or to some other location (much more likely, in my opinion). Either way, it was pretty odd to see the poor little creature huddled against the barbed wire of the Hereford pasture.

(All photos were originally taken with my cell phone, which is why they look a little grainy and odd.)

Evening of the 16th
from the edge of the yard

On the evening of the16th we enjoyed a bonfire and absolutely wonderful skies. I have already posted some of those photos on Instagram, but for those of you who are not Instagrammers, I'm reposting them here. Spell check doesn't recognize 'Instagrammers' or 'reposting.' :-)

 Morning sky, September 16
from the front porch

 It was the perfect evening for a campfire!

Burning marshmallows

 Mr. Cranberry and
the littlest granddaughter
at the campfire

The marshmallow burner (and harmonica player)
in a pensive mood. (photo by his mom)

Oliver (whose parents insist upon calling him 'Ollie') :-)
He always finds my shoehorn or cane as soon as he arrives.
Here, it's the shoehorn, or through his eyes, a sword.

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead. I see the oral surgeon on Thursday (NO FUN) and in downloading the version of AdobeReader that they insisted upon in order to fill out patient registration forms online, two other programs piggybacked onto my computer, neither of which I wanted. Not only that, but with the newly downloaded AdobeReader, it still said 'Page Not Found' when I tried to open their forms. I was so annoyed, for there was no way to opt out of anything. Ack! Now I have to enlist someone who knows something about computers to go through and get rid of those programs (and all the other non-essential programs that are running, causing my computer to run extremely slowly.) Oh well, it's high time for a good cleaning out anyway. Maybe our son or son-in-law can do this little project when they come for our early Thanksgiving in mid October. If I'm nice and bake apple pies?

Hope to see you Wednesday at Joyce's Hodgepodge!


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TexWisGirl said...

good luck with the appt! what a p.i.t.b. for the adobe reader to fill out their form. loved the herefords, but that poor sweet, lonely calf. hope it will have a good residence. :)

Sandra said...

oh no on the oral surgeon, and I think I might die of joy if I found those cows on the inside or outside of the fence. poor little bull, I am glad you found him and she took him to safety.. I am excited just reading about it so think what I would have been if I found it. the views are AMAZING... the grand kids are adorable and I like that sword... it makes me crazy that they piggy back stuff, I try to read everything and unclick what I don't want but invariably there will be something I don't want.

Tired Teacher said...

The composition in the Hereford photo is amazing - the clouds, the birds, and the curious cows.

I'm a marshmallow burner, too - crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside. Yummy!

Terri D said...

Well, good luck at the oral surgeon's. Yikes on that! Love the photos and am glad you were able to find a home for the poor little lost calf!! Lucky little one!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

ok first of all ANY posts showing grandkids are the best in my book but oh my these gorgeous skies are amazing "and the heavens declare the Glory of God " do they not??

having a dental phobia I'll just not think about your visit to the oral guy and just hope that you have a blackout there or some sort of miracle like that :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Hope your appointment goes well.

Just lovely to see the cloud formations in your photo's and I always enjoy pictures of your grand-children

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

Judy, what an interesting post. I had to laugh trying to picture the little calf sucking on someone's fingers following her back to the farm. :-)

Michelle said...

Sorry to hear about the oral surgeon appt. No fun! Your Oliver reminds me of my son at that age. Everything was a sword.

bj said...

My gosh, sister friend...your photos look like paintings...the grands are all adorable and we never tire of seeing pics of them....and..Great Balls of Fire...your Mr. Cranberry is A, you can tell him I said that but you don't have to say I'm 78 yrs old...let him think it's a young thing that thinks his silver hair is gorgeous.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I love all of your beautiful photos! Lovely cloud formations in your big sky. I like the "burning marshmallow" saying--so true! Such sweet photos of your adorable grands. And BJ above is a hoot! Have a great evening. ♥

Lynne said...

I love your photos . . .
They have a warm and artistic feel . . .
And I never tire of seeing "the littles!"

carrie@northwoods scrapbook said...

Hey Judy! I always love seeing your photos - here, there, and everywhere. ;)

Poor little calf - so glad he found a new home. Hope all goes well with the oral surgeon. I've had some experience there...and ya not fun!!

Blessings my Dear. xoxo

L. D. said...

My dad raised herefords so you are right you drew me in. The rest of the photos are fantastic. Your cloud shots are so wonderful and I always enjoy seeing family. Great blog.

Linda said...

Your every photo was just beautiful!! How wonderful to see what you see from your front porch! I imagine you never get tired of that gorgeous view! It's still hot in Texas! 100 degrees today with heat index of 107! No sweaters or campfires for us yet.....maybe in 2 more months!

Unknown said...

Great, great, love all of your beautiful photos! Lovely cloud formations in your big sky. I will come again looks like haven.

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eileeninmd said...

Hello, your grandchildren are all cuties! The bull calf story is interesting, I guess he has a new adopted home now? Love the pretty sky shots. I hope all goes well with your dental appt.

Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

Theresa said...

Beautiful pictures, lots of smiles:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Debbie said...

My goodness your pictures are just beautiful! Such a gorgeous GORGEOUS view. And those grandkids? Cuties every one! Have a good week!

This N That said...

Beautiful sky shots..Gorgeous..WOnderful light..Cute kids, great ages..Good luck at the Dentist..I went yesterday..

podso said...

Enjoyed all your photos ---good family time and great sunset! I seem to be picking up some unwanteds as well. Wish I was more savvy in the computer world.

Karen said...

The photos of the sky are beautiful and the grandkids are adorable.

Carla from The River said...

Ollie...those eyes get me every time.
Sending a hug for the news regarding the Oral Surgeon! What next?

Pamela Gordon said...

That is an interesting cow story! How strange but I'd go with the 'it fell off a farm truck' story too. I hope all went well with the oral surgeon. That is never fun. I had a tooth repair on Monday which did go well and I hope it will last me out but I doubt it. One bite of an M&M peanut candy again and it will be broken again....or another tooth will be. Ugh! I love your rural photos. They are so beautiful with the fall colours. I also enjoyed your latest post on Hodge Podge. Happy Fall to you!


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