Countdown to the Annual Parade of Calves!

My Cowboy and calf and mama

My Cowboy and calf and mama

It’s almost time for the baby calves to start coming!

I post pictures of the baby calves born on our ranch every year and the first calf is due NEXT WEEK.

I’m asking My Cowboy husband how the cows look. Who’s coming first.

He’s moved them up to the barn, the closest ones.

He’ll say little things like, “I found one who looks close who’d not in the barn. I’m going to move her close.”

Mama licking new baby

Mama licking new baby

The first cows, mainly because of the weather, are living in the barn and in the yard around the barn. I can’t tell you how often My Cowboy will go out and find a cow, with a newborn calf, in some SNOW BANK instead of coming in the barn. It’s not a heated barn but it is out of the wind and dry. No snow gets in. So it’s the cushy place to have your calf.

And My Cowboy goes out at 1 or 2 a.m. every night, like he’s a doctor on the maternity ward, checking his ‘patients’.

Most of the time it’s routine. Mama cows are very good at having their babies and getting them to eat. They are usually born alone ad very fast, from “She’s not in labor…

Mama and Baby--most of our calves are pure black, but not all

Mama and Baby–most of our calves are pure black, but not all

to It’s a girl—with a belly full of milk!”

I only post about them if they do something cute…which…they are so cute it’s pretty much every day.

It’s time. Almost. If you want in on the fun…and it is a lot of fun…LIKE me on Facebook to watch about 120 babies born between February 1st and May 1sthttp://www.facebook.com/maryconnealy

^^^

I have two new books out this month. (what a situation!)

Two Novella Collections 

With This Ring bethany houseWith This Ring? A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry

By our very own filly sister Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings and Melissa Jagears

With This Ring received a 4.5 star rating from Romantic Times Magazine and was a monthly TOP PICK. This is my first book to get it! My contribution to this collection is:

Runaway Bride
Hired to help Carrie Halsey escape from a dangerous man intent on making her his wife, Big John Conroy never expected the job to interrupt his solitary Texas Ranger life. But now that he’s promised to keep Carrie safe, he discovers he may just want to make a few more promises.
 

And the second novella

Lassoed by Marriage

With NINE authors: Angela Bell, Angela Breidenbach, Lisa Carter, Mary Connealy, Rebecca Jepson, Amy Lillard, Gina Welborn, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Rose Ross Zediker

 

Lassoed by Marriage

Lassoed by Marriage

Come along on a romantic journey jam-packed with all the angst of marriages founded upon practical choices as well as coercion. Meet nine couples who barely know each other before they find themselves suddenly married to please family, to stem the tide of gossip, to save the land and joined for life. But can love grow when duty comes before romance? 

My contribution to this is:

Sweetwater Bride

A young woman living alone in an isolated valley. A young man who thought he was completely alone on his new ranch. A kidnapping. A visit with a lot of old friends from the Montana Marriages series. All tied together by a longhorn bull who wants his friend back in her isolated valley where she belongs. 

 

AND A SUPER SALE TODAY

A MATCH MADE IN TEXAS

MatchMadeInTexas-cover

KINDLE FOR $1.99

NOOK FOR $1.99

There’s a secret matchmaker at work in frontier Texas!
In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can’t keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she’s also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?

A Cowboy Unmatched-by Filly sister Karen Witemeyer
Neill isn’t sure who hired him to repair Clara’s roof–he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?

An Unforeseen Match-Regina Jennings
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace’s doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though–and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.

No Match for Love-Carol Cox
Andrew can’t fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?

Meeting Her Match-ME–Mary Connealy
When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker’s son how much she cares for him?

 

www.maryconnealy.com

Mary Connealy
Author of Romantic Comedy...with Cowboys including the bestselling Kincaid Brides Series
http://petticoatsandpistols.com/sweepstakesrules
Updated: January 21, 2016 — 12:16 pm

34 Comments

  1. Mary, I love your posts on this blog and on facebook. I will be watching both. Love your books so I will be looking for them!

    1. Connie I should go out and take pictures of the ten or so cows in close to the barn but OH MY GOSH IT IS COLD OUT THERE! Hoping Winter is getting the worst of itself out of it’s system!

    1. I’m excited for the babies to come. My Cowboy too. It’s hard, hard work and he’ll admit he doesn’t like the 2 a.m. maternity check, but we love the calves.

  2. I always enjoy calf season and seeing your pictures on Facebook

    1. Janine, I’m glad others enjoy it. It’s really been good for ME to post these because this life is just so ‘everyday’ to me. I forget how unique it is.

  3. I love reading about the baby calves, Mary. I’m sure it’s a lot of work for you to post about them so often, but so many enjoy it!

    1. I love doing it. I think that’s why it works. It’s also oddly romantic. Me and My Cowboy out driving around checking cows. It’s about the closest I get to a date, and there are often killer cows and calf slobber involved, so let me have this moment!

  4. I am new to this, but am looking forward to seeing the calves. I’m a city gal but know I would enjoy being a country girl if younger.
    We live semi country so my grandkids grew up in 4H. Now my greatgrandson is in 4H.

    1. Maureen I did the 4-H thing but I could NEVER SEW. All my sisters were good seamstresses, my littlest sister pretty much made every piece of clothing she wore all through high school. But it was maddening to me.
      At some point in every sewing project I wanted to pick up the sewing machine and SMASH IT INTO A THOUSAND PIECES!!!!
      So it wasn’t what you’d call a RELAXING hobby.

  5. Both books sound good!

    1. They were a lot of fun to write, Shirley. I hope readers enjoy them.

  6. Mary, that’s a lot of calves! Good luck, girl! I recently finished Lassoed by Marriage and it was very enjoyable! I haven’t gotten With This Ring? yet but I hope to one of these days! I love all the authors so I know it’ll be a fantastic book!

    1. Thanks for reading Lassoed by Marriage, Valri. And yes, With This Ring? Is a lot of fun, too. I love working with this team of authors!

  7. First off, contrats to all y’all. I love collections of great stories. Second, I always thought animals had their babies in the springtime when the weather is more cooperative LOL. Hope all those little moo-ers have a great start! xoxox

    1. Honestly Tanya, though we have a lot of babies in February the real FLOOD gates open in March and that’s spring….eventually it’s spring!

  8. Oh so cute! Congrats too on the RT Top Pick! Wonderful!

    1. Thanks Charlene. Those are some of my favorite cow/calf/cowboy pics that I save year to year. NOT the new ones. THOSE ARE COMING.

      Yeah, that Top Pick was pretty thrilling!

  9. OH my I love cows! Especially babies! I want to kiss their faces! My dream is one day to bottle feed one!

  10. Mary I always enjoy seeing your babies pics. About all baby animals are so cute. You would thing they would go to that cozy barn to have their babies, but animals never do what you think they should. I have a kitten that wants out in this snow every day and then walks around like his feet are freezing, not sure why he wants out at all.

    1. Quilt Lady, you can figure out the FIRST time they want out, but over and over?

      KITTY! WHERE IS THE LEARNING CURVE?????!!!!!!!!

  11. Hi Mary,
    I can’t wait to see your photos. Good luck with the calving–I hope everyone stays warm!

    1. It’s January in Nebraska Jeannie…ain’t no one gonna stay warm. 🙁

  12. Growing up we had both horses and cows-only a few – but come time for foals or calves we were allowed to take a bed roll to the hay mow and spend the night watching. We usually woke up to a nursing baby but every once in a while we got to watch a birth. Always left us in awe.
    I love seeing your posts of calving time. Brings back some good memories.

    1. Rosie that is so sweet, but you were YOUNG. I am so far beyond my sleeping in a bedroll in the hay mow stage of life …. wow, my back aches just thinking about it.
      AND
      There might be mice. 🙁

  13. Love all your pictures of baby cows and they’re so cute! How long do cows carry their babies? I enjoy your stories a lot. I’m currently reading 12 Brides of Christmas and your story The Advent Bride was very good! Jenny

    1. Jenny, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the book!
      It takes baby calves almost the very same as baby humans to grow up and be born. Nine months. Which is sort of weird, right? I’ve never paid much attention to other animals. I wonder how long a horse is pregnant?

  14. Mary —
    As another cattleman’s wife, I enjoyed your post. We calve in the fall — before the snow comes 🙂 Like you, most of cows calve easily but we keep the first calf heifers close at hand. Too many for barns, though; we run 1000 mother cows so it’s out in the fields we go (like you!) checking for those who might have problems. We’ve had to only pull a handful this year which is a blessing. But one mama rammed my husband as he was trying to help her and he broke his right index finger. Had to have it pinned and wired. Two years ago a 1400 lb steer ran him over while he was trying to load it and had to have rotater cup surgery 🙁 Normally he doesn’t get hurt and, as an old bull rider, he’s pretty tough! We live on the original homestead (five generations now)….and, like you, can’t imagine any other life! There are six partners now so we are a crew — to feed and to work with — but it’s exciting. And in the last 3 years, we “girls” have started our own farm to plate business, http://www.jennerfamilybeef.com! A whole new adventure…along with writing, kids, grandkids, garden, cooking, substitute teaching, and the ranch, I’m usually pretty busy. Oh, you’d be interested in a book I edited (and contributed to) called ANKLE HIGH & KNEE DEEP — 40 women’s stories of life on a ranch or farm. It’s done very very well….Well, nice touching base with you. Good luck on your stories. Gail L. Jenner (www.gailjenner.com). My last few stories have been published by Prairie Rose Publications.

    1. Gail I love this comment. I’ll go find your book, too.
      ONE THOUSAND COWS! Wow! That’s a big operation. And yes, I know there are much bigger ones, but this is impressive. And your poor cowboy! As careful as they learn to be, it seems like they still run into trouble sometimes.

  15. I always enjoy your calf posts. They are all cute when they are small. I remember begging our mom for a calf when we were young. The rationale being we would have “free” beef, what did kids know. Anyway, wise woman that she was, she said no. We didn’t really have a good place to keep it. She was correct when she said “You will look into its big brown eyes and fall in love with it and we would never be able to send it off to be hamburger.”
    I hope this winter isn’t too hard on your herd. I worry about some of the herds here in TN. Yes is warmer than where you are, but we do get some pretty cold weather and many do not have barns to retreat into. I know they don’t need them, but I am sure it is safer for them.

    1. It does help you keep that degree of separation if there are 120 (or 1000) of them. If you only had ONE it might be hard to follow through on the hamburger!

  16. Looking forward to seeing the new calves. A city girl doesn’t get to see them born up close.

  17. Mary, Thanks for the delightful blog, I found it very interesting. Who can’t help smiling at those pictures. And the calves, well I just wish I could reach out and hug those little cuties. I’m not a farm or ranch girl, but am an animal lover, live in a rural area in NYS where there are large farms throughout the entire region. Before becoming an author, I was a Public Health Nurse and worked many years in homecare. Each time I’d visit a patient who lived on a farm, I’d most likely end up out in the barn or pasture with one of the family members so I could see and pet the cattle, cows or horses. I hope my previous supervisor isn’t reading this–I think she knew anyway. I even have a picture of two cows on my bathroom wall where their snouts are right up to the camera and the long hairs are magnified. Everyone loves it. I’ve read Lassoed by Marriage and thoroughly enjoyed it, so am looking forward to A Match Made in Texas, and will also grab With this Ring. Wishing you the best with all your stories and with the baby calves.

    1. Beverly, I loved reading this. I’m going to look up your books! Thanks for stopping by.

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