Saturday, February 05, 2011


Fiction author Mary Connealy provides a series of calving photos for our blog's ‘Country Life Captions’ feature. . . .



1.) First baby of Spring


Simmi Blaze
This calf is what we call a Simmi Blaze
Or maybe Simmi Angus Blaze
A simmintal/angus cross calf with a white blaze on her face. My cowboy is particularly partial to this kind of calf. He says, "I like some chrome on them."

Blizzard Baby


Born at the Connealys. Mama apparently ... ahem ... was a bit too generous with her affections during an ... encounter ... so brief only the presence of the calf attests to ... let's call it an 'elopement'.

Mad Cow
4.) MAD COW 

Look very closely and you'll see she is pawing the straw. Pawing the straw. As in bull fighting, el toro, pawing the dirt getting ready to CHARGE. I'm taking these pictures through an iron gate or you'd have pictures of me RUNNING. Even extremely tame, gentle cows, which this cow is, have instincts and I don't disregard them.


Mary Connealy
"Don't be afraid to strive and sweat and pray and fail and strive and pray some more for the desires of your heart. Because my books and site are proof that dreams can come true. That with God all things are possible." Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is the author of the Lassoed in Texas series, Petticoat Ranch, the Christy Award nominated Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. The Montana Marriages series, Carol Award Finalist Montana Rose, The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride. A stand alone romantic comedy with cowboys, Cowboy Christmas which won the 2010 Carol Award for Long Historical Romance. A new series with ties to both of the old ones, Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats and Sharpshooter in Petticoats.
Also an avid blogger, find her online at:
Petticoats & Pistols
My Blog
My Website

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Connie Sue said...

Love hearing about the calves and your books Mary . "Don't be afraid to strive and sweat and pray and fail and strive and pray some more for the desires of your heart." We all need encouragment to do what others say we can't! Blessings to you

Mary Connealy said...

We now have seventeen babies.

My cowboy husband watches them pretty closely at first, then, when they're about THREE DAYS OLD (not exactly long term care, huh?) He puts them out of the Maternity ward cowyard nearer the house and across the road. We were watching them on...I think it was Tuesday, so stinking bitter cold. Vicious nasty, horrible weather. Sub zero, high wind chill, ice and snow and clouds and wind. Yuck.
And my cowboy says, "Look at them over there."
I looked across the road to the pen with the bigger calves (3+ days old) and they are leaping and bunting each other and kicking up their heels, playing in the snow. Loving it.

They're tough little tikes.

KC Frantzen said...

Thanks for sharing these, Mary.
Love it.

Our Arabian mare wanted us THERE when she had her first and only foal, a beautiful dark, dark bay filly. Wonderful experience... and SO QUICK.

I assume cattle are similar in that respect.

Thanks for letting us enjoy with you. Sure hope those babies are ok in this weather. Wow.

Vickie McDonough said...

I'd love to witness the birth of a calf or a foal one day. Being stuck in the city, the only births I've witnessed besides my own kids, were puppies and kittens that our pets had over the years. Even those were really cool. When I was younger, I dreamed of growing up and marrying a rancher. Alas, I married a sweet computer geek who's scared of horses.

Stephen & Janet Bly said...

Mary: Thanks so much for your fun feature...and to Connie Sue, K.C., and Vickie for leaving comments.