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It’s a meditating cow jar

I went to the outlet store Ross this weekend, looking for cargo pants for this summer. The problem is, all the clothing stores are now selling summer clothes, which only include pants missing half their legs (capris) or 90% of them (shorts). I love wearing light pants here in the summer so I don’t have to use tons of sunscreen every time I go out, something I need to do to avoid turning into a lobster. So after shopping at many stores, I tried Ross since it carries leftover clothes the other stores can’t sell.

Ross was a bust for cargo pants but I spotted a few cows while I was there. The first one was a cow dog toy, or a dog cow toy. Hmm, which one is it? I can’t believe no owner wanted to buy it for their dog in the original store. Doesn’t look good enough to chew?

Cow dog toy, chew toy for dogs

Cow dog toy, chew toy for dogs

The second cow I saw looks like a meditating cow. It’s a small jar, so small I’m not really sure what you’d put in there, but it’s very cute.

Ummmmmmmmmmmm.

Meditating cow jar at Ross

Meditating cow jar at Ross

This butter cow is heating things up, literally

I saw today’s cow in my Facebook newsfeed as part of an NPR (National Public Radio) article on the Pennsylvania Farm Show that took place a few days ago. There was a butter sculpture on display at the event. This is the cow photo used in the NPR article:

Pennsylvania farm show - butter cow sculpture

Pennsylvania farm show - butter cow sculpture

 After performing a quick online search, I was able to find a photo of the whole 1000-pound sculpture. Quite an impressive feat knowing this is all made out of butter.

Pennsylvania farm show - butter sculpture with cow

Pennsylvania farm show - butter sculpture with cow

 The big question was what to do with the sculpture after the event. A farmer offered not to let it go to waste and throw it into his manure pit. There it will decompose, being eaten by bacteria, and in the process it will heat up and produce methane gas. The gas will be used to generate a few days of electricity. How cool is that?

So I’ve learned something new today. I thought only the cow’s “natural emissions” produced methane gas, but even the butter the cow can be full of gas.

I’m going to build my own cow!

I’d like to mention, as I’m typing this, my kids are watching the Curious George 2 movie. Just five minutes ago, a cow licked the face of the man in the yellow hat. We’ll all seen at least one cow today.

For today’s cow sighting, I’d like to thank Knotrune (welcome back to the blogosphere, my dear). When I clicked on the link she emailed me, I had no idea what to expect but as soon as I saw it, I loved it. And who wouldn’t, look at this cow!

Boris the bull - make a cow craft project

Boris the bull - make a cow craft project

 Technically, it’s not a cow but a bull called Boris (just like my cat, who’s about that round too), which you can find on the Zippity Zoom website, along with all the materials and instructions I need to put it together.

I’m seriously considering building one of these with my kids. Actually making it by myself might even be more fun. It would be my little pet cow project. What do you think?

Meet the “Cow Lady”, owner of the world’s largest cow collection

I love the internet, where you can find the most important and the most trivial news on the same page on any given day. Today I found out Libya’s dictator Gadhafi was captured and killed and a few paragraphs below I discovered the biggest cow fan in the world! What a strange world we live in. Thank you, Mr. Internet.

Meet Ruth Klossner of Lafayette, Minnesota, who owns what she believes is the world’s largest collections of cow items - nearly 14,000 of them! From clocks to toys to coffee cups and everything in between shaped like cows or decorated with them, Klossner probably has the item in her home. Just look at her car license plate, “COW LADY”, I love it!

Cow lady license plate

Cow lady license plate

Ruth’s collection is very impressive. You may imagine her as a messy hoarder but her house is actually very organized, with a lot of shelves, well, covered with cow stuff. I really wonder if she’s got a butter cow sculpted by Norma Lyon, the butter cow lady, somewhere in her freezer… She clearly exceeds her cow sightings on a daily basis.

But Ruth’s story doesn’t stop here and is part a lesson in history and a reminder of how far women have advanced, at least partially, the workforce. Ruth tried to take an agriculture class in high school, just to be told by the principal she couldn’t attend because she was a girl.She tried to join the national Future Farmers of America organization but wasn’t alloweed to as it didn’t open up its ranks to girls until 1969. When planning to study dairy husbandry at the University of Minnesota, her adviser told her she’d never find a job, as a woman. Talking about a lot of closed doors, and it was just 50 years ago! So Ruth settled for Home Economics, which she never enjoyd. She became a local reporter and later an editor for a local newspaper and seemed to enjoy her career.

But Ruth’s life passion is cows and she’s managed to surround herself with tons and tons of happy cows. She’s even created her own “moo-seum” out of her collection, which she allows people to visit by appointment only.

Cow moo-seum in Lafayette, Minnesota

Cow moo-seum in Lafayette, Minnesota

Cow Lady, I bow to you. You’re awsome!

Read the full article on Ruth Klossner and see her extensive cow collection in a news video.

Today’s cow is corny and I’m just lazy

Today’s cow comes from The Laughing Housewife’s blog, who awarded her weekly CoWAbunger to one of her lucky blog commenters and chose the award below for the occasion. Meet the corn on the cow!

Corn on the cow - cow statue from the cow parade

Corn on the cow - cow statue from the cow parade

Oh, pretty! I’m guessing it’s a cow statue from one of the cow parades, but I may be wrong. Maybe it’s just a cow table decoration people use when they want to have a little joke on their guests.

What? Did I say there would be corn on the cob? I’m sorry, you must have heard me wrong, I said corn on the cow!

As for the lazy part, I had a really horrible day. Yes, I did see other cows but this one was easy to grab and I find it really cute, so it wins today’s spotlight. Thanks for another great looking cow, Tilly Bud!