Who Likes a Challenge?

One of my older sisters–I have four older sisters–asked me awhile ago what I like about exercising.  You see, she and I have started our ow mini-accountability group where we cheer each other on regarding our fitness and healthy eating goals, and she actually likes to workout.  I don’t.  I don’t like “the burn.”  I don’t like how long it takes to get ready after jumping around and sweating for half an hour.  I don’t like wheezing for air when the cardio gets intense.  I don’t like waking up the next day with sore muscles.

As I explained all these reasons to my sister she was so utterly befuddled by my angst towards exercise.  “But don’t you feel so accomplished after you’ve completed a hard workout??”  Nope, I feel sweaty and gross.  “But don’t you like the feeling of getting stronger?”  Nope, I feel sore muscles.  “Well…I’m not sure what to say to help motivate you then!”  Sorry, I workout because I know it’s good for my body, not because I enjoy it.

Fast forward a few days and this same older sister and I are talking about the books we are reading.  I’m currently halfway through The Iliad and actually enjoying it.  My sister was again befuddled by me.  Yes, The Iliad is a very difficult book to read, and a bit confusing.  It’s taken me three weeks to read 150 pages.  Despite having to re-read many, many passages and my very slow progress in this book, I am loving the experience!  I feel so accomplished and like I’m really stretching my mental capabilities.

So there you have it.  I’m a certified nerd.  I get a sense of accomplishment and pride from reading classic literature not from working out and physical fitness.  But hey, at least I’m working out, right?

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Bottle Baby

Mr. Rancher called this morning to tell me the good news of one of our cows having twins.  It’s not exactly good news actually when a cow has twins.  Cows are inherently good mothers, but only to one calf.  Beef cows in particular will only accept one of their calves, even if they have multiples, because they can only afford to feed one baby.  By afford I mean that since beef cattle live on range ground and have to walk long distance for food and water, their bodies can only produce enough milk to support one calf at a time. Dairy cows can be convinced to take more than one calf since they definitely have enough milk and they typically live in pastures close to home where owners can monitor the calf’s eating and make sure all babies are getting enough milk.

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Our cow decided to keep her heifer calf, the one standing next to her.  Ty brought the bull calf home for me and Henley to bottle feed.

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He has figured out that we bring him milk (well, colostrum) and that makes his tummy full.

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Henley loves to rub the calf’s back while he drinks his bottle.

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We are so hoping this calf makes it!  He is tiny but he walks well and drinks his bottles crazy fast.  Hopefully we can keep him going until one of Lexcie’s milk cows has room for an extra calf.