Have you ever had one of “those” mornings? The ones that seem to start out ok, but early on there is an event where you think to yourself, “self, this might be a hard day”? Today was one of those days for me. Nothing like the beautiful title picture that makes me long for that morning last week.
Today started out great. Got a good night’s sleep. Felt rested when I got up to milk. Everyone but my wife was still asleep when I left the house heading for milking chores. Things were looking good.
My first four steps… still going in the right direction. Now let me interject here and let you all know that we have been getting rain the last couple days, lots of rain. And not the rain that brings May flowers. The kind of rain that brings frozen roads, driveways, and front steps. The front steps are where I started to have an inkling in might be one of those days. I very nearly bit it on that top step, I caught myself, but just barely. I honestly thought to myself, “ok, you caught yourself, you now know it’s icy, you’re good.”
So I shuffled to the barn and got my milking supplies. On the way from the barn to the cow, even the yard was icy. I shuffled my way down to the gate and opened the gate. Prudence, who normally meets me AT the gate, peeked her head out the tarp wall as if to say, “I’m not coming out there.” Nice.
Our water drains through the pasture down into a swale. As we have been having melting, thawing, and freezing rain, the part between the gate and the animal shelter/milking parlor is more or less an ice skating rink. I didn’t bring my skates.
After nearly biting it two or three more times, I made it to the relative safety of the milking parlor. “Not too shabby,” I thought to myself, “balance like a cat.”
During milking Prudence was a little more fidgety than normal. On a regular day Bullseye will vacate the milking parlor knowing that he doesn’t get any grain and I prefer he leave so as not to bother Prudence. He wasn’t interested in going out in the rain so he stayed.
Throughout milking the rain seemed to continue to come down harder and harder. When I was just about done, Prudence decided she was done as well, and decided to relieve herself. Bombs away! Right into the water which was now flowing at a steady pace through the shelter, and splashed poopy rainwater everywhere.
I was hoping that by the time I finished there would be a slight break. Unfortunately, as I finished, the rain began to beat on the steel roof. I hung out with the cows for a few minutes longer, and then finally, the break I was looking for. Just as I was heading out the door, lightning and thunder, which unnerved the cows further. After skating back to the gate with my catlike reflexes(wink wink) I thought I was home free.
It was on the way to give the pigs the milk that I was greeted with the reality that I neither have catlike reflexes nor was I home free. I stepped on the slight slope that is between the gate and the pigs, and my foot lost grip. As I plummeted to the ground the bucket of milk hit the earth first, right next to my head, and an explosion of milk erupted all over my face and upper torso. It was sweet if you are wondering.
After picking myself up, injury free but knowing I need to work on those reflexes, I headed to the hydrant to rinse out the bucket. Wet, milky, and defeated, I shuffled to the house.
While aiding my pregnant wife to her car we managed to only almost fall twice. Fortunately she made it safely to work, the milky clothes made it to the washer, and I am now clean and conversing with you. All before 7:30.
Now that I have had time to write down the morning’s events, I can see how they might be humorous to others. So if you have a story like this, that you can now laugh about, share it in the comments below. I’d love to laugh along with you.
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Have a wonderful rest of your day, I’m going to. Until next time.