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maryjane

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Posted - Feb 29 2016 :  9:46:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lest someone call me kooky, I think I should try to describe what happened to me tonight.

There’s been a lot of flu going around. One nearby school district shut down last week because so many kids were sick with what is basically a 5-day fever--nothing terribly bad, just down and out. Three of my granddaughters came down with it. Adults aren’t getting as sick; more headache-y and lethargic. I woke up feeling off this morning and wondered, me next? I pushed through the day but felt, well, cranky and I had a low-grade headache. I’d promised the girls I’d come to their basketball game tonight. I’d missed Stella’s last game and hubby said she’d run up to him on the sidelines during half time to ask if Nanny would be coming to the next game. Halfway through tonight's game, I wondered it I should head out to the truck to lay down and wait for Nick to finish watching the game. Anyway, Meg mentioned that bags of organic oranges were on sale so Nick said on the way home he’d run in and pick some up for me.

I knew that when I got home tonight I still needed to put a halter on Miss Daisy and bring her into the milking parlor for a treatment I’m trying on her (Miss Daisy has an abscess I’m trying to clear up.) Anyway, I didn’t feel all that great to say the least. I brought her in and went to work cleaning her. She took an interest in some grain. If Miss Daisy feels even slightly under the weather, she won’t eat any kind of treat and instead stands and moans in a most adorable way. It’s how she communicates. Tonight I did the moaning. I also talked to her a bit like I always do. After I put her back out into the dark of night, I grabbed the mop to clean up and the transformation I’ve experienced before after being with one of my cows hit me like a choir of angels--inexplicable happiness that almost had me levitating. I walked to the house to stir my sourdough mothers noting the night and day difference in my very soul before Miss Daisy and after Miss Daisy. Chakras, auras, positive ions? Who knows. Maybe this is why there are cultures where cows are thought of as sacred and all-knowing. Even as I type this, I feel like I could cry a river of happy tears, not to mention I feel completely healthy again, actually energized and it’s 9:30ish at night. It’s not just the milk I’m after.



MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~

NellieBelle

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Posted - Mar 01 2016 :  03:53:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yap, a good dose of cow. Heals what ails you. Seriously I'm happy that Miss Daisy brought you out of your dull, ill feeling. I think being around animals raises ones immune system. And look at Miss Daisy, how beautiful. Just looking at her makes you want to smile. I hope you are feeling much better by morning.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown
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maryjane

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Posted - Mar 01 2016 :  06:29:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I woke up feeling fit as a fiddle, Janet. Now if I could do for Miss Daisy what she did for me. Heading down to check on her. Sorry to be confusing. The pic is of the lovely Rosetta who was due to calve this week. So much to learn from our cow friends. It's endless.

Remember that Doris Day song? I think Gene Kelly did it also.

Fit as a fiddle and ready for love
I could jump over the moon up above
Fit as a fiddle and ready for love
Haven't a worry, I haven't a care
Feel like a feather that's floating on air

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Mar 01 2016 :  06:53:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fit as a fiddle ready for love, (cow love that is) ;) Well Rosetta brought a smile to my face with her lovely picture. And if it does that then it must release those feel-good chemicals, endorphins, serotonins etc. Has to be a good thing. Hoping you find Miss Daisy doing better today and healing.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown
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txbikergirl

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Posted - Mar 01 2016 :  08:27:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i so buy into this. mentally, emotionally, physically they are very powerful influences. i am always on an emotional high after spending time with sally and elsa, but sally especially does something strong for me. and when i am less than 100% she senses it and is even more gentle. the bonding of the last few months has only strengthened this.

cows are amazing.

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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farmlife

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Posted - Mar 01 2016 :  7:07:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I find that Elli mirrors me, so I make a point to be mellow and easy and she does the same. If I'm in a hurry or not patient she lets me know. It's been good for both of us. And there is just something about singing and milking that is good for the soul.
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Sydney2015

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Posted - Mar 01 2016 :  8:28:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
MaryJane, I feel the same way with AppleButter, it would be a little more relaxing if she stopped trying to eat my shirt, but she makes me feel happy, being with any of our animals will calm me down instantly, talking to Allie, my dog, Lucky, my horse, or going for a ride on Ira, another one of the horses(Lucky isn't ready to be ridden yet). Animals are the best!

A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing - Laura Ingalls Wilder

I live on a small farm of seventy acres called Green Forest Farm, with 10 horses, a donkey, 5 beef cows, 2 beef heifers, 3 Hereford heifers, around 60 chickens, 8 dogs, my amazing cow, AppleButter, and her little Jersey calf HoneyButter!
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CloversMum

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Posted - Mar 02 2016 :  6:24:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A friend and I were just talking today in-between goat labors about how animals communicate so much more than what we could possibly realize. There is a peace to be had while being with our animals. So thankful for that!

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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