Monday, August 29, 2011

Abbey the Black Jersey Cow

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It has been an eventful past two weeks.
My precious Aunt Anne passed away last Saturday, and Mike and I journeyed to Baton Rouge, my birthplace, for her funeral on Thursday. In actuality, it was a joyous passing for her - she lost her husband three years ago and was ready to join him. As usual, I was delighted to visit with so many of my Cajun Cousins and their children (and grandchildren). Cousin Betsy wants a reunion - and so do I. Texas is actually quite nice in January (and so is Louisiana)...Think about it, cousins!
Another event: we have purchased a milk cow - a black Jersey named Abbey. We used to have a milking Shorthorn 30 years ago, and like Abbey, Red Cow was a combination family milk cow/nurse cow. I would get baby calves from local dairies and she would raise them in addition to her own calf. Abbey has been doing the same. She had been nursing 2 calves and came to us with only her own calf, so she has a LOT of extra milk now. We don't yet have a milking stanchion nor is she halter broke, but I can put a bucket of feed before her and she lets me milk her while she's eating. In about 7 minutes I can get a couple quarts from her - more than Mike and I drink in a day, but I plan to make cheese this week...stay tuned. (I promise NOT to turn this blog into a soliloquy on self-sufficiency, but I think most of you out there already know where I stand regarding the need to prepare in advance for emergencies.)
Leviticus 20:24
But I said to you, “You will possess their land; I will give it to you as an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey.” I am the LORD your God, who has set you apart from the nations.


Margaret said...

I just love your clever use of line. This is outstanding.

Trudy R. Gomez said...

Wonderful drawing with so much character. I enjoy your farm postings and admire your self sufficiency.

suzannepaints said...

wonderful drawing. Your blog is quite fabulous. Love the color palette and your Bible verses.