On the up side, and it is a BIG up--Sweetheart got the machine running! Three gallons of milk in record time. At that point, the cow (Lucy?) broke out of the staunchen (again) and bolted. I grabbed the machine off her and let her go. I am NOT fighting a 900 lb. animal in an enclosed space. We'll try again in the morning.
On the down side, when we went out to milk, Sweetheart found one of the big hens mostly dead. No clue as to why. She had been just fine running around all day. Sweetheart put her out of her misery. Not knowing why she died, she is not going to be dinner.
And we had an even bigger downer. Within minutes of Sweetheart finding the hen, I found Buddy the Baby Bull really dead. He had had scoures and I had giving him medicine as directed. But for whatever reason, he did not make it. I had tried to check on him a few times today, but did not find him and did not have time for a full on search. I think that maybe for the best. Though it makes me sad, reallllly sad, that he may have suffered, it would have been heart-breaking to have found him almost dead and having to decide what to do at that point.
Our sweet neighbor was doing her chores and came over to see how it was all going. She is so kind. In fact, while Sweetheart and I were milking the cow, she and her son put Buddy on their four-wheeler to take him up the mountain. It was over and he was gone before I could say anything.
It has been a roller coaster kind of day. I am thankful for many things, even though sad about others.