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Springtime means happy cows, very happy cows!

Having a Facebook page for Every Day I See A Cow has a few privileges. It helps me reach people through Facebook and interact with them. And once in a while, someone will post something about cows they want me to see.

Recently the group Not In My Cuppa, whose goal is to bring awareness about the well-being of dairy cows in the UK and improve their conditions, invited me to check out a link on my wall. The link went to the Cow Dance website, created by the WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals).

Dancing cows - Cow dance

Dancing cows - Cow dance

If you want to smile and laugh for a few minutes, I invite you to visit their website and watch a few videos of very happy cows being released in the fields after being locked up in the barn for the winter. Check them out jumping, kicking their back legs in the air, rolling in the grass… They couldn’t be happier. Here’s just one video of dancing cows to give you a taste.

Have a peek at Dairyland and cow heaven at the San Diego Farmers Outlet!

I want to start with a quick heads-up. I’m contemplating changing this blog’s template this weekend or next, but I’m really worried it will mess up all of my data with one click of the mouse. If you’ve done it before on WordPress, I’d appreciate any feedback and advice tips you may have!

Do you remember when I tried to take a photo of the Farmers’ Outlet store by my pediatrician’s office almost two months ago while I was driving by? Well, if you don’t remember my blurry picture of dairy cows grazing by the farm, you can find it here.

This morning we took the kids to the medical office for their yearly flu shot, although I probably should call it flu “spray” since they got the Flumist. My three-year old managed to cry when he got sprayed in the nose twice, even though I’d myself pick that option any day over a shot in the arm, especially with my latest extremely painful experience with a shot. Don’t worry, he got over his crying quickly. After all, he’s only three and bounces back pretty well at this age.

We had a little time to kill afterwards and our home needed a refill of fresh produce, so I decided to stop by that farmers’ outlet down the street, especially since they often have great prices on their most common food items. I was delighted to find delicious looking comice pears, my first comice purchase of the season. Comice pears are my very, very favorite pears in the world and I always feel like I’m having a taste of home when I have one. Old, old childhood memories. We also bought potassium-rich bananas and some rep ripe tomatoes.

The most surprising thing about this store layout is what you first see when you come in. Right in front of the entrance, across from a short produce aisle, stands the dairy department. The cold fridge area is not that big but I don’t think you can miss it. Look at what’s above it. I present you Dairyland!

Dairyland signs and cow images at the San Diego Farmers' Outlet store

Dairyland signs and cow images at the San Diego Farmers' Outlet store

Is that a lot of cows or what? I’ll let you count them all. The frame at the bottom looks a little glossy on this picture so my husband took a close-up of it below. Look, even more cows!

Dairy cow poster frame

Dairy cow poster frame

Now, I’ll really let you count those. Do the cows look happy to you, or what? Look at them enjoying a little grazing, sunbathing, napping, frolicking, even some swimming in the pond.

Boy, I wish real dairy cows were this happy. This must be what cow heaven looks like…

Mrs Wow and the cow that won’t leave

Today’s post is going to be short. Very short. My son turned five today and he ran on a high of birthday giddiness the whole day, encouraging his little brother to join him in his excited state of mind. And that was before they ever had birthday cake! I’m sure the boys had a great time but I’m completely exhausted. Funny how much we like birthdays and getting older when we’re so young, while we could do without any remembrance of our birthdays later on in life…

The kids and I read a few books before nap this afternoon (the birthday boy skipped his – too excited, of course) and one of them included an early reader book called “Mrs Wow never wanted a cow” by Martha Freeman:

Mrs Wow never wanted a cow by Martha Freeman

Mrs Wow never wanted a cow by Martha Freeman

This is how the story goes. One day a cow shows up on Mrs Wow’s green grass as she’s mowing it. She wants it to go away but it doesn’t. It does take Mrs Wow a while to figure this out but in the end, she realizes the cow can munch on the grass so she doesn’t have to mow it. She also can milk the cow and make ice cream, a convenient result of munching on grass. Of course that’s when Mrs Wow decides to keep the cow:

Mrs Wow never wanted a cow but she decides to keep it

Mrs Wow never wanted a cow but she decides to keep it

It sure would be nice to have my own cow in the backyard so I don’t have to drag many gallons of milk from the grocery store. The thing is, I don’t know of any cow who would like to munch on our artificial grass. That’s why my name is not Mrs Wow.

Everybody loves cows everywhere!

I took my kids to the San Diego Safari Park this morning (formerly known at the San Diego Wild Animal Park). We’re zoo members so it’s great to use our passes to spend a few hours enjoying the fresh air and the animal sightings, and leave when we feel the summer tourists are taking the place over.

Right down the road from the park, the kids and I spotted some cows in a distant field grazing on yellow grass. I had to make a right turn to get to the park so we didn’t drive in front of them and take a picture. On the way back the kids were exhausted and I completely forgot to turn the other way for my photo opportunity, so I have nothing to show you. Better luck next time!

But it’s OK, you can relax and breathe easy. My fellow blogger at Queen of Zoom posted many images of cows on her blog today, and I can’t help but acknowledge them. Her teenage daughter loves cows and collects them – I hope they keep all the bovines corraled in her bedroom… Her collection includes plush cows, cow toys, cow decor of many kinds. She even owns a cow keychain just like the one I discovered last week at Michael’s. Wow, she really is a cow fan.

Here’s one picture of her cow collection:

Cow collection at Queen of Zoom

Cow collection at Queen of Zoom

Go see the rest of the cows at Queen of Zoom but watch out for serious overload of cow images!

Back in time with La Vache Qui Rit

I took my kids to a new indoor play area in San Diego today called Java Mama. Well, it’s not that new, probably a year old, but it’s new to us since we haven’t been there until now. The kids absolutely loved it and got to play with lots of toys we don’t have at home and climbed up and down a two-story house with balcony about a two dozen times. Very exciting morning!

They even have an outdoor playground structure but I decided to skip it. We’ve suffered from super high temperatures this past week and of the baking sun causing them. Yes, I think baking is the appropriate adjective when you can feel your skin burning if you stay in direct sunlight just a few minutes. So there was no way I’d let my kids play in the sun even though I know they would have enjoyed the structure. At least I know where the place is now and we’ll definitely go back. Besides I didn’t see any cows there today so I know I have to take a closer look next time!

After a couple of hours playing, the kids were starving for lunch so we joined their dad just down the road at Mimi’s Cafe. We even had a coupon for our meal, what’s not to like? This is a new location for me – I’ve only been there once – so I was curious to see if they had a cow somewhere since our local restaurant doesn’t.

Well, they do, right in the front lobby! And it took me back in time, and back to my home country of France. I found an old La Vache Qui Rit / The Laughing Cow print ad on a small metal plate on the lobby wall:

La Vache Qui Rit old ad at Mimi's Cafe

La Vache Qui Rit old ad at Mimi's Cafe

This is an old ad for the swiss processed cheese. I’ve always loved the earrings made out of the cheese boxes and I can almost hear the cow’s laugh whenever I see its wide grin. Thanks, Mimi’s, for the good food and for the flashback!