Monthly Archives: May 2011

This may be the most shocking cow spotting of the year!

I could show you the few cows I spotted in the books I read to my kids today. Or the one that made a shameless appearance in an Elmo video this afternoon. Or the Playmobil cows that stand (or sometimes lay on their side if an earthquake has struck our living room) on our coffee table every day. But you’ll see none of the sort today. Why? Because I have much, much better to show you. It’s so good, I don’t even think I’ll be able to top it off by the end of this year. Yes, it’s that good. It’s going to be legen…wait for it… dary (or dairy?). Sorry, I am an How I Met Your Mother fan after all.

Let me take a break and remind you that I live in Southern California, just east of San Diego. I think I can count our local dairy farms on the fingers of one hand. If I want to see real cows, I need to drive to the countryside or the mountains, at least a half hour away from my house. So when something like this shows up in my town as it did today, I find it shocking amazing baffling:

Bull shipper car with longhorns on hood

Bull shipper car with longhorns on hood

What the heck is that??? Longhorns mounted on a car hood? Did I just get transported to Texas? And before you tell me that I have stereotypes about Texas, know that I’ve been to Texas several times. I even drove all the way from Houston back to San Diego the week of September 11, 2001, when all flights were grounded for days. Driving 750 miles from Houston to El Paso, I did spot a few of those longhorns on car and pick-up truck hoods. So yeah, the Texas analogy sounds about right.

Now, if you’re impressed with the front of the car, wait till you see the back. And no, I never saw such thing in Texas – this is sooooo Southern California:

Bull shipper car with gigantic exhaust pipes

Bull shipper car with gigantic exhaust pipes

I’m sorry but these exhaust pipes leave me speechless. At a loss for words, I’ll leave it at that so you can enjoy the pictures a little longer…

Today’s cow is on Modern Family

Cows are everywhere, including on many TV shows. So far this year I’ve spotted them on:

Well, I just saw one on ABC’s Modern Family today. My husband and I started watching Modern Family at the beginning of season 2 late last year. We missed all of season 1 and patiently waited for it to be available on DVD. Then we forgot all about it and got busy watching our regular TV series on our computer. Now that all season finales are complete, we’ve got time to catch up. So I got the season 1 of Modern Family from the library and we started watching it, episode by episode, commercial free (that’s the best part). If you haven’t seen this show, I highly recommend it. It is hilarious, and amazingly close to reality, no matter what your own family looks like.

Today’s cow appears on the episode called “The bike thief”, in Manny’s bedroom. It’s a longhorn bull painted on a chair. Unfortunately it appears out of focus because the camera is on Jay, his step dad, but you can still see it’s a cow:

Cow on ABC's Modern Family - The Bike Thief episode

Cow on ABC's Modern Family - The Bike Thief episode

I’m ready to bet you see more cows every day than you actually notice. I know I do because other people notice them for me when I miss them!

Is it a cow? Is it a sponge?

I couldn’t make it through the day without seeing several cows but I thought I’d share the best spotting with you on this day before Memorial Day.

I saw today’s cow on the Facebook Real California Milk news feed. They often have cute cow products on their page, and this one doesn’t disappoint:

Cow sponge holder for kitchen

Cow sponge holder for kitchen

Is it a cow? Is it a sponge? It’s a cow sponge… holder! I didn’t even know they made such a thing, but I’m sure it makes a lot of cow lovers. And best of all, this very cow sponge holder is available on Amazon for just under $11! If it wasn’t made out of breakable material, I’d seriously think about getting one. But with my infamous klutziness, it probably wouldn’t last a week in my kitchen…

Cows at the town fair? Not so popular.

Today came with a lot of anticipation, as it was our town’s annual fair. Unlike the San Diego County Fair, which is a huge deal if you’re a San Diego resident and includes lots of farm animals and fun rides, our town fair is a lot smaller. When you have little kids, smaller is better, as a child’s patience runs out pretty quickly.

We got the opportunity to browse the booths of local vendors, sample some fair food, enjoy the kiddy rides, and listen to live bands. A interesting statistical fact about this fair, it clearly gathered the highest number of shaved ice vendors on a half-mile stretch. Yummy!

Refreshing snow cone

Refreshing snow cone

As for cows, since our town fair didn’t host any live animals, they happened to be a rare occurrence. I did spot quite a lot of not-real-life animals, including pigs, horses, even monkeys. Here are the only cows I saw but I think they’re worth the rare spotting:

Stuffed cows at the town fair

Stuffed cows at the town fair

I just love the flowers coming out of the cows’ nostrils – life always has to smell beautiful for them!

There’s a cow on the roof!

We borrowed the book There’s a Cow on the Roof by Eric Maddern a few weeks ago from the library and the kids really enjoy this story, so we got a chance to read it again tonight.

There's a cow on the roof by Eric Maddern

There's a cow on the roof by Eric Maddern

I mentioned this book at the time I got it from the library and I told you about its premise, but I thought I’d share the funniest picture of all tonight. As the farmer gets busy trying to keep up with his wife’s tasks, he doesn’t think he has enough time to take the cow to the field. So he does the next best thing and pushes her onto the grassy roof to munch. He puts a rope around the cow’s neck, and throws the rope into the chimney. Back in the house he ties the rope to his leg. The cow ends up tripping and pulling the farmer up the chimney – not a pretty sight.

Here’s the cow as it’s falling off the roof – precious sight!

There's a cow off the roof!

There's a cow off the roof!

I love the heart-shaped pattern on the cow’s forehead, a very nice touch.