Monday, May 29, 2017
And no, I'm not channeling the famous Emmanuel de Grouchy, Marshal and Peer of France.
Despite the fact that it's a beautiful day here on Nebraska, and despite the fact that nature and my fellow humans keep shoving my face into beautiful and enchanting things...
...I'm irritable and irascible and find myself in a tizzy whenever things don't go exactly to my master plan.
In other words, I'm grouchy.
Two of the last three cows due to calve had new babies at their sides this morning. That's a great thing. One of the cows was quite possessive and prevented me from tagging, banding and vaccinating her calf, which is really no big deal at all as I can get that chore done later today or even tomorrow. Nevertheless, instead of appreciating a pair of healthy new calves I'm grouchy because I couldn't do things exactly my way.
I think part of the problem is that I'm a bit task saturated, trying to close out calving, nurture the calf that can't get up, plan and execute a long road trip, continue planning the ranch guest house project, get ahead on newspaper stories, and work on my maggie-opie.
But it's mostly that I'm being particularly self-centered.
At least I can abuse my blog readers to make myself feel better! :)
How about something lighthearted and amusing? Ever see a jackrabbit staring down a tractor?
And here is a bit of winter wheat which is headed out and on the verge of flowering.
And this is jointed goatgrass. Boo! Hiss!
Jointed goatgrass is, like wheat, a winter annual grass. So it loves to grow in the same place wheat grows. Unfortunately, it's a weed which steals water and nutrients from wheat and also produces a grain which contaminates the wheat crop and costs the farmer money. But since it's a winter annual grass herbicides that will kill it will also kill wheat. So it's a tough problem for farmers.
Fortunately for me, I'm far too lazy to be a farmer.
Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday! :)