It’s official. We are very unskilled milkmaids. Daisy arrived late yesterday afternoon, so our first experience at cow milking happened at 7:30 last night. While we weren’t naive enough to think romantically about the process, we were naive perhaps in thinking we could be finished before 9pm. On the bright side, though, Daisy turns out to be a very patient cow, only kicking the bucket over three times and never attempting to bully or harm us in anyway. Ok, she did step on Jenny’s foot a couple of times, but I’m not real sure who was at fault there!
We had no plans to use the milk from last night, due to Daisy’s having been dewormed in the last day or so. We’re supposed to give the medicine until Monday to clear her system. And we don’t think we actually got all the milk. More got tired and decided it was good enough!
We finished all 6 strands of wire fence late Friday evening before the rain came in. We did a monstrous amount on Friday. Jenny, Elizabeth Rose and I went to town before lunch and did banking, grocery and farm shopping. We hit the fence, so to speak, directly after lunch and worked until nearly 8pm, until it was done. In the middle, we ran over to Ledford’s and got a pickup load of cow hay, and threw it into the loft. I was so sore Friday night, and too tired to care.
My worst injury from this whole fencing deal is a pretty annoying case of poison ivy. I figure we got off easy. In that regard.
It poured rain for the first 2/3 of the day yesterday, and the winds are still howling. Sully spent his second full day on the grass. It’s hard to say what Daisy and Sully think of one another, as they only met in the confines of the barn where Daisy stayed last night. She’ll go out in the paddock today, and they can grow accustomed to each other over the electric fence.
My eating, while not terrible, wasn’t great this week. Well, two days this week. We had fried chicken and biscuits on Friday night. I’m curious to see where I’m at if I can ever get rid of the water I’m now retaining. My fingers look like sausages!
Hopefully tomorrow will see the return of a normal routine, with the exception of milking, which hopefully will decrease in length! I’m not sure I want to spend 4 hours a day milking… do I like milk that much???