|No animals, or children, were harmed in the taking of this picture.|
Not so, of course. Then again, what have I ever known about livestock? I raise about fifty chickens at a time. That's my speed: notional hens with no names and a few errant roosters to liven things up. My husband, call him Temple, has had extensive experience on dairy farms but he hasn't raised beef cattle, either. So far, so good on that front.
Except that we need to change what I termed recently, 'the grain delivery system.' Cows who hear the truck or JCB coming think, oh, it's time for that sweet stuff in the trough. Let the bellowing begin! My husband, alone, was graining them on Friday the old-fashioned way. By dumping bags into the troughs. Problem is that the green grass is gone and summer hay bales must get a bit tiresome by January. Those cows wanted that grain!
And so, in their excitement, one of them whopped Temple on the face, giving him a bad headache, a black eye and blurry vision, and tossing his glasses into near oblivion (they were able to find and repair them). This happened at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon. At the start of a holiday weekend. You trying getting someone to go to the E.R., even when the doctors on the phone advise it, that you've managed to catch in their offices at 4:45.
He saw our eye doctor yesterday who ordered a CT-scan today. We'll know if there is major head damage by Friday. In the meantime, I said that he needed to be optimistic: 'Maybe you have a brain tumor and they'll see it now where you might not have known about it before!' He wasn't amused.
Neither was he excited to learn that Martha Stewart's French Bulldog head-butted her over the weekend, sending her to the hospital for nine stitches. [Thanks, Rosemary, for that news update!] It's like the time I fell off a headstrong horse while riding around a ring, and landed right on the wood fence: I had more bruises and stitches than Evel Knievel who jumped, unsuccessfully, over the Snake River Canyon the very same weekend in 1974. I thought that was strangely cool.
But getting head-butted and near-blinded by a large bovine is not cool. You just have to keep things in perspective, hope for the best, while realizing that farming is among the most dangerous, and risky, of professions. In the immortal words of Roseanne Roseannadanna, who probably didn't know much about cattle, either, 'If it's not one thing, it's another.' And that goes for a farm with large headstrong beasties on it.
You come back when you're ready!