I think there might be one tomato plant left of those I started in the house. It isn't cutworms getting them, after all; I only wish I knew what it was. Something is eating all the leaves off the tiny plants... every leaf!... and leaving only the stem standing. The expensive plants I bought, so far, are faring OK. Perhaps God is telling me I don't need to can tomatoes this year, since I'm having surgery. Whatever. Aldi's canned tomatoes are still forty-nine cents a can, so I'll just buy those; the way prices are skyrocketing everywhere, I'd better hurry up and get them.
Jody is doing fine; hopefully she has adjusted to the change, from real milk at her previous home to milk replacer here. Everything looks as it should this morning, and she ate grain and then frolicked and bucked and played for about five minutes.
In my early days of calf raising I used raw eggs and Pepto-Bismal and Kaopectate and all sorts of other home remedies and human medicines, when scours hit. When I began raising twenty-five to fifty calves per year, though, I started using more modern remedies. I get really good anti-scours pills from the vet, and I buy electrolyte solutions to mix with water and give them in place of milk when they're sick; if I'd stayed with the home remedies, half my calves would have died. As it worked out, the only calves I ever lost through the years were the ones that were already sick when I got them (from a sale barn). Sale barn calves are a risky business. Jody came to me straight from a dairy farm.