The mobile butcher is coming mid morning on Friday. I've had some trouble being in the barnyard this week. While I want to spend more time with Buttercup and get more photos, I also don't want her to be upset by my tears - or my held-in emotions - while I am with her.
The exciting thing is that Anne is due within about 4 weeks and her udder is slowly expanding. Enough that I saw it peeking behind her slightly-forward rear leg when she was eating last night. That, along with the fact that Betty Boop did not come back into heat this past weekend, makes me very happy.
It will be good to have a calf soon to love on and a new cow to train to milk. It will go a bit toward healing my heart.
I feel your pain in your words. Hold fast, this too shall pass. You'll have relief (nothing to feel guilty over) and you can move on with a new baby (or two) to love on. I will be thinking of you. (hugs)
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Post by serendipity on Aug 13, 2019 12:59:17 GMT -5
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Post by Meadow Creek Mama on Aug 13, 2019 13:07:10 GMT -5
Hang in there Karen. Hugs
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulations; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33
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I am sorry, I know this is hard. You are very blessed to have a mobile butcher. That was the part that I was not okay with when we put April in the freezer. It was too hard to send her to the locker.
"And God said, "See, I have given you every green herb that yields seed which is on the face of the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food ... Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed, it was very good." Genesis 1:29, 31a
"Then God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them: "...Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given them to you, even as the green herbs." Genesis 9:1,3
Keeping you close in thought and prayer dear lady. You both have enriched each others lives. Even though it sucks that none of us gets out of here with our bodies alive, I can't help but wonder if those special souls will be there to meet us when our own time comes to cross over... I sure hope so! Hugs and more hugs and looking forward to sharing all the new joys that await you!!
Post by justonecow on Aug 13, 2019 23:06:55 GMT -5
I'm so far behind, I had no idea you were having to butcher Buttercup. Totally understand your reasons and your current feelings. We will have Betsie butchered at some point, but honestly she is such a grouch I don't think anyone will cry! But, she was our first cow too an it still makes me take pause when I think about it.
Post by Debbie Lincoln on Aug 14, 2019 17:16:53 GMT -5
Just read about your plans, and I am so sorry. Unfortunately we have made the same decision regarding Harriett. Just lining up buyers as we have no room in the freezer. I will haul her to the butcher myself. no sale barn. Sure wish we had a mobile butcher. Be strong for the rest of us who must follow....
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