And still no calf.
After a couple of bottles of kid milk replacer and a bit of extra warmth he seemed to be getting more stable. He went back out to nurse last night and got a good latch, then slept in the house. After one last bottle this morning, he went back out to his mother. Apparently through the night Sheila remembered that she'd had two kids, not just one, and was anxious to have him back. He was much more stable, latching well, and the weather is gorgeous (+11°F!), so we left him outside all day.
Sheila is doing well, and Mama seems to be quite a doting grandmother.
Which brings up a lot of things to think about. First- the garden. All of my garden plans I made in the winter are being thrown to the wayside. The past couple of years of early springs had me dreaming and making plans that aren't going to be accommodated in this short growing season. While our frost free date isn't until the first week of June, I tend to push the season a bit and actually have most of the garden planted earlier than that. This year I'll be ready to have the peas in early, since we'll still have snow into May, and then need to do soil ammendments, greenhouse clean ups, and tilling. June is looking like it will be a very busy month.
Starting the garden in June also doesn't give me much hope for a lot of the more tender crops, or the longer season crops this year. I planted corn our first summer here, and it never made it over two feet high, lol. I expect this summer to bare similar results. So, I'm minimizing a lot of my previous plans- maybe a plant or two of squash and melon, no corn, fewer broccoli, cabbage, etc. I'm undecided about the beans so far. The first two summers (late springs/early fall frosts), I barely got three or four pickings off the bean plants. So I could plant half the garden in beans to make the most of each of those pickings, or I could plant just a row or two to eat fresh for this summer and not worry about freezing so many. I definitely won't be planting the dry beans.
On the plus side, I expect it to be a bumper crop year for berries, and low concern for forest fires. All of that snow should keep everything moist.
On the negative, I'm losing nearly a month of prime firewood and construction season. That greenhouse I was planning in the backfield- not going to happen this year. Ah well, plans are meant to change.
For now, we'll keep puttering away at tidying buildings, getting ready for spring.