Every year in the ‘Spring’ (Spring starts in January, deal with it) we start calving. We have a herd of mostly black cows, mostly Angus and they all have a baby every ‘Spring’. I try as a responsible blogger, Facebooker and general book promoter, to take pictures of the babies and inspire people to say things like, “Ahhh, they’re so cute!” In the hopes that will make them buy my books. We have a small group of cows that are due to give birth in the next couple of weeks, then the bigger bulk of the cows start calving mid-February. But right now we’ve got this little group, let’s call it a Mommy Group, close to the house who will soon give birth.
As always the cows are delighted to see me. Here (above) is one delighted mama trying to decide if she can crash through the fence and get me.
Here is another of our soon-to-be moms, staring at me, as if it’s MY FAULT she’s living out in the cold instead of inside the house. If you wanted to live in here honey, you shouldn’t have come with a built in fur coat. Get over yourself.
Here is the same cow appealing to My Cowboy husband for just a bit of PRIVACY from the paparazzi in her delicate condition. Face it girl, he’s on my side. He wants these books to sell like hotcakes. How a picture of you will help escapes him, but he’s willing to play along with me.
I just wanted to include this picture because she is an almost perfect cow. Look at her shape, how she is almost rectangular in her body, the deep belly, the straight back, the square chest and (ahem) butt. This is a body type we look for and love. In cows. When it is used to describe me, it’s not so thrilling.
Here are three girls all together, all acting just a little bit stand offish. But I want you to notice the middle one. She’s going to be FIRST! to the extent any baby’s births can be predicted of course. And she’s interesting because (prepare for a close-up)
Prepare for another close-up
See it? yes, it looks a bit like a heart but there is an actual ranch called Mitten Brand Ranch and we know who they are and we bought this cow and it came originally from them. So it’s a mitten and Mitten is gonna be a mama. I follow the antics of our cows and calves (some of them are just ridiculous!) on Facebook. Click Here and Like me on Facebook if you want to come and join in the fun. It’ll be great! (Assuming the cows don’t get any unfriendlier, and of course assuming it isn’t chilly or wet out. that’s just NO FUN for me) The fun should begin because this mama is due in TWO DAYS!!! I was hoping I’d have a calf for this blog post but she failed me. (that’s right, it’s allllllllllllllllllllll about me!)
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A Novella Collection written with my Petticoats & Pistols cohort Karen Witemeyer along with Regina Jennings and Carol Cox.