It’s Not Ok!

Earlier today I received a phone call from someone. I will not mention who to protect their privacy. Suffice it to say it made my blood boil. They were verbally assaulted by men, who should know better, with words and gestures that are not acceptable.

It’s Not Ok –

It’s not ok for you to yell at me
It’s not ok for you to whistle at me.
It’s not ok for you to use vulgar terms when I ignore you.
It’s not ok for you to make rude gestures of what you think I want you to do me.

I am NOT your play thing.
I am NOT a piece of meat to rut your animal instincts upon.
I am NOT a trashy whore who deserves your filthy words.
I am NOT weak.

I AM a woman!
I AM a human being with feelings you can never imagine.
I AM more powerful than you will ever be.
I AM something you will never attain, because I am, and always will be better than you.

You will never own me.
You will never control me.
You will never have a true love or trust.
You will never be good enough for anything other than the garbage you are.

I will no longer hear your words.
I will no longer feel degraded, hurt and worthless.
I will no longer allow you to control my mind.
I will no longer hide behind extra layers of clothes to hide who I am.

Verbal abuse is abuse. A hand does not have to be raised. Words can inflict wounds as deep, if not deeper than physical wounds. If you see men making cat calls, and verbally assaulting a woman stand up for her! Just because she doesn’t quip back doesn’t mean she likes it. Fear of retribution stops her.

We make big statements about stopping the bullying of school kids. But every day women are just as bullied and terrorized. It’s time we said ENOUGH!

Say Hello to My New Friend

I am so excited. For those that don’t know it, I am a huge grilling freak. It doesn’t matter if it’s beef, chicken, fish, pork, asparagus, peaches, lamb, pineapple or onions. Even if it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. The grill isn’t just for meat, it’s for pizza’s, desserts, side dishes and everything in between.  I present to you my new best friend. The Weber Genesis E-310.

BBQ, Weber

Weber Genesis E-310

Oh but wait, there is more. So much more that makes me weak in the knees. There is a gourmet bbq system for this grill. I can add so many options I don’t think I’ll spend one day in the kitchen when the weather gets nice.

Thank you Weber, Thank you!

Thank you Weber, Thank you!

I have never had a grill like this. We got this as an anniversary present to each other. I love to grill and hubby loves to eat grilled food. Win!

So I say let warm spring days come forth. It’s time to “Come on baby light my fire!”

It’s Baby Calf!

****WARNING MAY BE GRAPHIC TO SOME****

 

****WARNING MAY BE GRAPHIC TO SOME****

 

Today had a wonderful surprise. As I was sitting in our living room looking out over the reservoir and the field next door, I noticed a cow that was acting peculiar. Then she turned where I could see her profile and I knew something was up.  She had a large sack that was protruding from the rear. It looked like a giant water balloon.

Now I do ask forgiveness if my descriptions are graphic or the words I use to describe them are inaccurate as I am a old city gal who has never experienced this before. I also document more than needed for my own reference so I can remember the details of this wonderful event.

She was pacing around and kept looking back her to hind quarters. Then she laid down and assumed a position that looked like the way a cat would lay before it pounces on her prey. This would last about 3-5 minutes before she would heave herself up take a few steps and attempt to follow her instincts and graze. But she could only take a couple of steps before she had to lay down again and repeat the process. This pattern went on for an hour. Then she went off to lay down and I could see her sides heaving. After about 15 minutes there, I saw them, the front two hooves. It was happening!! The baby was coming. Up and down she went for the next 30-45 minutes. Holy cow it’s a nose..a nose folks that means this little thing is going to arrive soon. I am GLUED to my binoculars and my chair. I will see this to completion.

She wanders into a brush area and the one cow that’s been laying next to her all calm and composed simply watches her and stands up and moves up a bit and lays down again near her. Then another female comes over and starts checking out what’s going in the rear area. The new mother kicks at her and she backs up. But she continues to try and get close, even licking the baby’s hooves clean. New mom kicks at her again and she backs away.  Next thing I see is the entire herd suddenly running full board towards the new mom. They must know it’s getting close. They surround her in a ‘bovine wall’ even the other 2 young calves that were born (Norman and Sarah, yep I named them and not clue if they are male and female respectively) were curious. After about 5 minutes they all wandered off but the original cow that was calm and peaceful and the other cow that was all up in her business.  15 minutes later…da da ta ta! We have a new little calf, who I have named Katydid.

But then the soap opera started! All the other cows came to see the new calf. They all do a meet a greet and wander away, except the cow that was so up in her business. She remained and became very pushy. I actually wanted to hop the fence and shoo her off. She kept putting herself between the new mother and calf. The new mother head butts her. But the other cow is persistent and keeps maneuvering herself to put her rear up to the baby calf. What I don’t know is, if she’s currently pregnant and is developing her udders for nursing and reacting the hormones released or isn’t pregnant but wants this calf for herself.

It’s dark now so I cannot see what is developing. I hope to see in the morning the new mother and calf bonding together and her successfully nursing. The picture below is very soon after the birth and before all the other cows came to investigate. Man living out here is so incredibly enriching!

Baby Cow

Herbs and Orchards Batman!

This has been a very busy couple of weeks! After graduating as a Master Gardener I am now working on my volunteer hours so have been putting in lots of time at the plant clinic fielding calls, people bringing in “what’s this thing growing in my yard” samples and others who have some weird bug. Not too fond of the bug questions, but at least I don’t scream and jump on the desk anymore.

A couple of days ago I attended an extended education course on grafting fruit trees. The work was done on apple trees. Using good root stock, which is  just a small stump, and which already has an established, healthy root system, onto which a cutting (scion wood which is one year old) or a bud from another plant is grafted.

Once cut they will fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. So it’s very important your root stock diameter and scion wood diameter are close in size.

'V' cut grafting tool

‘V’ cut grafting tool

So now I have my mini orchard started. Five small apple grafted trees are sitting out in my garden in their tubs where they shall remain for 2 years before finding their new place out in the yard. I have 2 Spitzenberg, 1 Black Arkansas, 1 Honey Crisp and 1 Golden Delicious.

Mini Apple Orchard

Mini Apple Orchard

Not sure if you can see the green ‘goop’ midway up the trunks but that is where the graft was done. The blue tape is just the names of the trees which, now that I think of it, I should probably put something a bit more permanent in there. Two of these trees will be pretty big, 15′ or more and the other 3 are on root stock that should keep them around 8-9′.

This brings my total of garden items to 12 tomato plants, 6 cherry tomato plants, 9 broccoli, 8 heads of lettuce (more to be started next week to keep my lettuce supply going) 8 jalapeño plants, 8 Anaheim chili plants, 4 eggplants, 20 leeks, herbs – cilantro, basil, oregano, sage, thyme, rosemary, parsley and marjoram, one small catnip plant for Ranch Kitty. Next month will see my squash and cucumbers started as well as bush beans.

I think this year is my most exciting year yet!