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WordPress weekly photo challenge: My 2012 in pictures of cows

I love the WordPress new photo gallery feature and this is a great way to display a lot of photos in one post. I also love the opportunity to review a year of cows by showcasing the best of the year. If you missed my Top 10 Best Cows of 2011, make sure you take a look.

This year, there was no runaway cow (at least that I know of) and no ugly cow sofa, but still plenty of memorable cows for 2012. They include my very own cow slippers, as well as a whole shelf of cow slippers I almost bought, skiing cows, cow artwork, the Skinny Cow, the American Flag cow, the cow from the Puss in Boots movie, the udder rings, the birthday balloon cow, the grossest birthday card cow, the cow flashlight, the bug-eyed cow, the hot air balloon cow and the lawn mowing / bulimic cow. Enjoy!

The many cows of Christmas – Part 3

I hinted yesterday that one of my cow gifts for Christmas goes well with the cow slippers. Can you guess what it would be? How about some cow pajamas?

Cow pajamas as a Christmas gift

Cow pajamas as a Christmas gift

These cow pajamas are made out of fleece material so they’re warm and cozy, perfect for our cold winter nights. Now, you can picture me wearing these cow pajamas with cow slippers, and of course the cow headband.

Now, can you guess what my last cow gift for Christmas was? It’s something you wear, but it’s not clothing, and this one features a cow in a very special color, previously mentioned on this blog. But I’ve said too much. It’s your turn to guess until the next post…

The many cows of Christmas – Part 1

I hope you had a very merry Christmas yesterday (if that’s what you celebrate). We had a great time at our house and my kids received an avalanche of Lego toys and books that kept them entertained for the whole day.

As for me, I received several presents and I quickly noticed a pattern regarding several gifts. I saw cows. Lots of cows. In various shapes, sizes and colors. So I thought I’d share, because if you know someone who likes cows (or simply blogs about cows), these are some cool and fun presents.

I’ll start with the cow headband.

Elope cow headband

Elope cow headband

This cow headband was a gift from my sister. First the kids said it looked silly when I unwrapped it. Then they said I looked ridiculous when I put it on. However, the minute I put it down (after wearing it for a couple of hours), one of my kids snatched it and put it on his head. And so the headband went from one head to another for the whole day.

This cow headband goes very well with the other cow gifts, but you’ll have to wait for the next posts to find out what they are. Can you guess? I’ll give you a few clues: there are three more cow gifts waiting to be showcased, and like this gift, they all can be worn.

Cow gifts from afar

Did you notice I didn’t post yesterday? For the first time in this whole year I skipped a daily post. But I had a good reason. Really, I did. Remember when I took my youngest to Dairy Queen last week and he got sick in his bed a couple of hours after that? Well, he had a stomach bug. A nasty stomach bug he then passed on to his brother, then his father, and then me. Here’s the score at our house:

The stomach bug: 4
Us: 0 (as in, we were reduced to nothing)

‘Tis the season for stomach bugs, so I hope you stay away!

I did have some cool cows to show you yesterday but was just too weak to type, so here they are today. My mom is visiting us for the holidays and she’s taking on to this daily cow blog a little too seriously (don’t tell her, I’m enjoying the cow sightings). So she brought me two gifts from afar. The first one is a plastic cow you can use in a manger display. We don’t have one but my youngest seems to have a lot of fun playing with it. This cow was actually made in Spain:

Cow laying down in the manger

Cow laying down in the manger

But wait, that’s not all my mom got me. Check out the European version of the Chia Pets. Here’s the cow grass hair grow kit:

Cow grass hair grow kit

Cow grass hair grow kit

 I love the tongue hanging out and the cute laced shoes. My five year old took a quick look at the box and said, “Look, you feed the cow grass and grass grows out of its head!” Yeah, it’s kind of like that…

Heifer International: pass on the gift of a cow

Heifer International logoI sometimes see commercials for Heifer International when I watch TV shows online, so when I saw another ad today, I decided to find out more about the company.

Rather than providing food directly to people around the world, the organization gives them livestock, seeds and trees. It also teaches them how to take care of the animals and grow food for their family and village, empowering them to become self-reliant. Most people then pass on the offspring and the new seeds to other families, so they can start their own agricultural business too.  This looks like that Chinese proverb really does work, except that you give him cattle instead of fish!

“Give a man a cow and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to milk a cow and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Heifer International has enrolled Food Network’s Alton Brown (who doesn’t like that guy?) to explain the principle behind the charity. Did you know that Alton had a goat, a Heifer cow and a water buffalo? Well, you’ll have to see it for yourself in this video from YouTube. Very cute, and very smart.

Kudos to Heifer International for using cows to pass on the gift of life and self-reliance!