Stitch did well through the night. This morning she went outside as usual. Until today, Ed has had to walk outside and encourage her to stand up and walk into the barn. She wasn't really interested in eating at all, so she didn't really care about coming into the barn. Here is the picture Ed texted me this afternoon. Stitch was the first one at the barn door waiting to come in! Hopefully she's on the road to recovery! Our next project is to get the skinny little Jersey cow we just bought looking healthy & happy! You can see her standing behind Stitch. We don't do Skinny Cows at this farm!
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
My husband & sons have decided to convert our farm into an organic dairy. That means we have had to buy some more cows to increase our herd. One of the cows we bought became sick right away. We called the vet & he had us treat her for milk fever. We've had cows with that before. They have low calcium levels after giving birth. We give them some IV calcium & they're better. But this cow wasn't getting better & she stopped eating. So we had the vet come back & check her. He found that she had a twisted stomach. That's fatal for a cow. So, Ed, Andrew, Kelly & I got to help with the surgery. Right in our barn! It was fascinating to watch. He sedated the cow so that she was drowsy, but still standing. Then he numbed her side, cut a slit & stuck his arm inside & fixed her stomach. She just stood there like nothing was happening! She felt nothing at all! Then he stitched her up & gave her lots of penicillin. She was already trying to eat before we left the barn! Saying prayers that she recovers! We've named her Stitch!
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
MARTIN FAMILY FARM
FISHING IN OUR CREEK!
AMOS OF HOLLY'S FARM
|THESE ARE OUR VERY BIG HEALTHY BARN CATS!|
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The Christmas season was particularly wonderful in my family. There were three pews of us in church Christmas Eve and then we'd head to our family party for the stuffed cabbages and gift exchange. We still do this, but there are much fewer of us now. Then, we would spend the week between Christmas and New Years visiting each other's houses, looking at each other's presents, and laughing at Uncle Geno's annual Charlie Brown tree!
But, I realized that I found myself getting lost in what was. Nothing can be as special as the memories that we grow up with and the people who loved us. But, I don't want to ignore what's good about today. Today, my son Andrew has a girlfriend, Kelly, that we already love as one of our family. Today, our friends, the O'Rourkes have their first beautiful granddaughter, Ryleigh. Today, I still have most of my cousins, however, I no longer play house with them! Today, I have my husband and my boys and we have the blessing of tomorrow, when two of my dear cousins are spending what is probably their last holiday together after 44 years of being together.
And, today, I have the blessing of my animals.
I have a duck who goes to work with me:
A bunny who likes to swim:
A cat who likes to help me write my blog:
A big dog who just loves life....and really loves to sleep:
A Gus, who just loves everyone:
A husband who loves our animals as much as I do!!:
And Amos...who has enhanced our lives in so many ways. He has innocently fought to survive and inspired so many of us to smile at the joy he brings. Amos has brought new friends into our lives, reintroduced old friends, and strengthened our current friendships. Best of all, he brought us to pray together. Amos is definitely a dwarf, and we have no way of knowing what internal abnormalities he has been born with. Every day with him is a blessing. I look forward to starting every day being greeted with his big, innocent eyes and his exuberant bouncing around when I bring him his milk. Mostly, I look forward to sharing his life with all of you!
And finally, I'm thankful for the smiles on the faces of the people who have come to our farm to experience farm life, and to be loved by Amos:
And Delaney says it all.......