We’re wet here. Like, really wet here. The river is nearly flooded. The ford is more than flooded.

That’s water, way up in the road out of the ford.

The ducks are happy.

A flooding rain is like candy falling out of the sky to ducks.

But there’s no milk falling out of the sky. The mud and water out to BP was beyond my puny capacity to endure.

Today was my milking day, but I just…..couldn’t…..take it. Wading out there with feed buckets, my milking stool, and my milk bucket, then wading back was just too much.

I fed BP and then I took her back to Glory Bee.

Sometimes, you just have to bring in an expert.

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  1. texwisgirl says:

    Oooh. Don’t envy you with the mud. Our prior 4 acre place was one that had black gumbo clay. It stayed horribly muddy for months after heavy rains – especially where the horses tromped to get to their stalls. Oh it’s going to be a muddy spring for you!

  2. Barbara W says:

    Its wet here too. The horses tromp it up. Its just part of the cycle of the seasons.

  3. Yvonne says:

    I feel for ya woman! I live on flat (very flat) land along the Coal River in Tornado, WV. My gravel driveway is like driving through a creek, and my yard has several huge puddles that look more like “ponds”. BUT, I too heard the peepers last night, so spring is near, just hope it’s not going to rain all of the time…Geeze, I sometimes wonder how my house keeps from sinking into the mud!

  4. ann/alba says:

    Yup wet here too.. Even our puny creek is up to the big willow tree. yes The Mallards are loving it.

  5. Sue, a Florida Farm Girl says:

    Oh, I wish you guys could send some of that rain down here to us!!! We are always on the tailend of those fronts and they just fall apart before we get anything. Today we got maybe a quarter inch. Meanwhile, y’all stay dry as you can, and I DON’T envy you the mud!! :no:

  6. Julia says:

    I am sure Glory Bee said thank you in her own way. She looks like she sure loves her mom.

  7. Darlene in North Ga says:

    Glory Bee is going; “Jackpot!!”

    We’re finally out from under the tornado watches that started at about 2am and continued until 8pm today. They had one on the ground about 10 miles from here, but it was over the state line in TN. Poor Ducktown gets every one every couple of years.

  8. Diane says:

    We got some rain today to wash off the four-foot tall snow banks here in upstate New York. The snow we got over the weekend was so gloppy that my snowblower gave up in disgust – it was like trying to snowblow wet, cold bread dough. Now that it has melted somewhat, I can welcome back temps near zero for the next couple of days and skate around the farm. Or just fall down a lot, like I usually do.

  9. Bev says:

    wow,sounds like winter is making one last stand.
    Here in Western Colorado the skies were true blue, and temps actually got up over 50!!
    Tomorrow is supposed to be maybe in the low 60.s, but winter is still lurking around. We always get a huge snow storm about this time of the year.
    Oh Suzanne, how I remember wading through the mud to milk our 6 cows!!! I don’t envy you a single bit. (We did have a milking barn, but still had to do the mud thing)

  10. Window On The Prairie says:

    Looks like you need a sump pump for your pasture. 😀 Here’s hoping you get some sun and a dry spell. :sun:

  11. Whaledancer says:

    That looks nasty. Yuck. I don’t blame you for wanting to skip the milking; nice that you have a willing substitute.

    I’ll bet time like this you really look forward to the day you have a barn.

  12. skippymom says:

    Glad you have GB there. I am sure BP feels so much more comfortable now.

    Hope she continues to nurse through until Momma has another baby. Or you have a barn. These rains are only the beginning.

  13. holstein woman says:

    I have been wading all winter on the hill to get the cows into the barn and out again to milk. I’d rather have mud than the snow and freeze we have had the last week or so and more to come here all week in Oregon. Unheard of, I wonder when pea planting is actually going to happen. It was suppose to be in February, maybe March or not….I hope we don’t have another summer like last year when we didn’t even get a good tomato crop. Oh well, what will be will be.

  14. holstein woman says:

    My point—cows don’t have traction devices for ice!

  15. Karen says:

    I couldn’t have done it either!!

  16. Ramona says:

    I’m sure GB is wishing for more rain….

  17. Barbee' says:

    Wish we could send some of this rain to Texas where that 30,000 acres of wildfires are burning.

  18. Glenda says:

    This is just another good reason not to put a calf on a bottle when born…..you don’t have to milk every single day!

  19. Jennifer Robin says:

    Thank goodness for Glory Bee! :moo: I don’t envy your your river ford. We are getting a ton of rain here too (nothing too unusual there!) but most of it goes downhill to Puget Sound where it “belongs”. I’ve got some mud you can have though :wave:

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