Crisp, Cold & …. Complacent?

After too many dreary, rainy, cloudy, raw-feeling days, the sun is shining brightly today.  “Out!” I said to the animals.  “Out you go!!”  Yesterday, we opened their gates as the muddy, soft ground was starting to freeze up, making a firm enough foundation for them to walk on without ruining the pasture.  It cuts down on hay use when they can graze in the pasture.  Plus, the bonus of exercise is good for them.

However, this morning I heard them complaining and grumbling.  They were expecting their meals-on-wheels to be delivered to them.  They wanted to soak up the sun and have the work done for them.  Not even leaving a tip!

I started with Happy.  He does get his hay since he doesn’t get to roam the pasture with the others.  Happy is a good boy for me, but is a bit of a control-freak, wanting everyone to do what he wants.  You might even call him a bully.  Or, just a pain in the _ _ _.  After all, he is one.  Sometimes, it is best just to leave asses alone.  1231Happy

Since it is the end of the year and a good time for reflection, as I coaxed the goats out, I thought about just how easy it is to become complacent.  Doing the same things, day after day, just because that is what we did yesterday.  After the goats were out, they followed me about on my walk.  They enjoyed it once they were encouraged out of their status-quo.


They found, that the grass, really might be greener … if you aren’t afraid to look and work for it.1231Jethro

Bert, embraced the sun, running in and out of his cozy coop;1231Bert

 Bernice, was more cautious.  Reasonably so, checking her footing as she ventured out.  After all, she is preggers again.  There are times when caution is wise, of course.


The big babies were the cows.  Normally, they love being out on the pasture.  However, they had gotten very content with us hand-delivering their hay, not having to put much effort into their reward.  Why bother exerting effort, when the reward is coming regardless of what you do, right?  So, the goats and I walked through the pasture to the cow barn to see what the lazies were doing.


1231Goats and Ab

1231Goats and Pie

Would you look at that?!  Those now-non-complacents are infringing in our territory!  Why are they changing things up?  Why are they here?  Why do they think we have it better over here?

MO-OO-OMmmmm!  Do something!1231Pie

We may as well branch out, shake the dust off, stretch our legs …1231ABandPIE

Isn’t it sad how easy it can be to stagnate, like a puddle of murky, oxygen-deprived water?

The birds know to keep moving or freeze or starve and also to keep their face to the sun.1231Bird

Now that the holidaze are almost over … what will you do in the New Year?  Stagnate?  Branch out?  Exercise?  Become lethargic?  Motivate or drag down?  Work a little harder for your reward?  Sit back and feel entitled?  Be complacent or challenge yourself?

I hope you keep your face to the sun and let the shadows (and nay-sayers) fall behind you.



About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and a dash of cooking. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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15 Responses to Crisp, Cold & …. Complacent?

  1. Dianna says:

    Once again, I love your photos (and captions)! And you’re so right about it being easy to become stagnate. I’m afraid I’ve done that as far as my morning walks go….it’s hard to get motivated when it’s so dark and cold in the mornings. But I’m going to TRY! Happy New Year to all of you!

  2. cecilia says:

    Bernice is such a good girl.. do you have a heated toom for her to farrow? I need one of those.. Poppy is almost One so the cycle after next we will AI her.. Your herefords are beautiful.. happy new year.. c

    • Yes, we have a propane heater for a “farrowing house” that we enclosed in the barn. It has sure come in handy for many a reason. Last year, the goats kidded during that awful winter we had, and we were able to utilize it for them. It is great to have a room like that.

  3. dayphoto says:

    Happy New Year! I have so enjoyed getting to know you and all your critters…I just don’t think it’s a farm without critters. Although, I know we farm…I do miss our animals!

    See ya next year!


  4. Diane in Wis says:

    And thank YOU for writing! You’re a blessing for sure!

  5. pattisj says:

    Holidaze–you described it SO well. Branch out and challenge sound good to me. Happy New Year!

  6. says:

    I’m trying to drink more water in the new year. I read this amazing article about this gal who took 10 years off her face by drinking 3 litres of water a day. I’m trying for half that much until my body gets used to it.

    • Good to start out with a reasonable amount! I have heard that even water, in very large amounts, can be toxic. Causes issues with the heart or something. I know I don’t drink enough in the winter … tend to go for the hot coffee!

  7. Bill says:

    Our goats are still able to find some green things to eat, which is nice for this time of year. We haven’t had to give them any hay yet. Expecting to start kidding in the next week or so.
    Happy New Year!

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