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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My Herd Is Moooovin' Up


Yes I'm accumlating my own herd, but my herd doesn't eat or make those nasty cow patties. When you have more then one place and a large ranch (leased) sprinkled with cows from time to time you will loose one. Sometime one will get snake bit and die, sometime they will eat too much of something that will bloat them and if you don't catch it in time it will die. One time lightening struck a wire and it fell on a cow and electrocuted it. One time a long horn got her horns all entwined in some wire and went around and around a tree until she couldn't get away and she died without water or food. Sounds sad but it is reality on over 1000 acres you cannot see all cows everytime. When we find a cow scull I can't stand to pass it up. Stop and think where those sculls with bluebonnets or other country scenes painted on them sold with arts and crafts come from. They were someone's cow at one time. So I collect them and put them in my yard. One with pretty long horns in my ivy bed, two under a tree, one by my birdfeeder. I think its better to remember them this way then to leave them in a hot field or have a stranger find it. Sad but true my herd is slowly growing.

11 comments:

Dar said...

You have the most interesting entries, Paula. It is sad that your herd grows in such a way but, having painted a few skulls, lots of deer skulls, some cow, I would collect them too. I like that you display them around the yard. My Dad's barn and shed is full of skulls from past critters he had raised, processed for food, then displayed, also not able to just dispose of. Collections come in many forms, don't they. Our cabin is full, FULL of deer sheds, skulls, some painted some just because. Sad but true, our herd is slowly growing too., but at least we get lots of venison stew out of the deal.
Have a great week. By the way, love the header and the quote....so true. Also, Very interesting crotch of the tree. Inverted, those legs would make a wonderful table. I did one like that for my TX sister.

jack69 said...

Amen to Dar's comment. We love your entries. YOu handle words so well, even when not writing poetry.
This one was unique. like many of your posts. Thanks!
Sherry & Jack up in North CArolina for now.

Donna said...

It is sad, but I like the way you think.

Sayit-baldys said...

SOUNDS GOOD TO ME, PAULA. sam

Sheila said...

We planted a cactus (it might have been one of them prickly pears) in a hollow part of our backyard tree, when we lived in Texas. Your picture reminded me of it. Have a great week, Sheila

Ora said...

Hi Paula...going to give this one more try..otherwise will put you on hold for a while...LOL..blogger won't let my comments go thru here...you are not the first or only one..but!!!! farm life sure is different from city life...big difference!!!!! hugs...Ora

Lucy said...

That is sad but you are doing a really cool thing.
I do love your pictures.

Missie said...

I think it's a cool idea to place the skulls around the property.

Shirl 72 said...

I hope I am back for awhile, computer had
virus plus which was pain in the butt. I have also been busy. You sure have a full life. Since I have always lived in the City your blogs are information to me that I would never know. Very interesting.

Shirl

Toon said...

That's cool. I think Georgia O'Keef would approve.

Gerry said...

The story of your collecting skulls reminded me at once of the Arizona Xmas card I bought to send off to people with the skull on it with long horns. A week after I bought it my ex disappeared in the Nevada desert and his body has never been found. I just could not send that card with a skull on it after that even though I paid good money for that card! I do find your activity with the skulls quite interesting. And I laughed at your comment that the 'herd' was growing.