I am about half way done with the secret Christmas knit - it is going slowly with the tiny yarn on tiny needles, but I really like this pattern. It helps that I have knitted it once before. The yarn is beautiful (it's Madelinetosh) and it's wonderful to see the two colors taking form together with the lace pattern.
Ethan and I are now reading Never Spank a Porcupine, and really enjoying it. It is full of funny anecdotes of farm life in rural Vermont - cows getting out, annoying neighbors, attack parakeets. It reminds me of Mama Makes Up Her Mind by Baily White.
I got close enough to Chestnut's calf yesterday for him to give me a wary sniff. It was while Chestnut was still eating her milking ration, of course, because she is so protective of him. It really upset her when the goats came down to be milked and the calf was frolicking and playing among them. She was mooing and mooing for him to stop running around like an idiot and come have his ears licked clean again, but he completely ignored her. I'm so glad we put her in the close-by paddock away from the other cows before he was born, because I think she would have completely flipped out if he were ducking under the electric fence to gambol around and she couldn't follow him.