I’m Sending Zelma a Cow

Old cow dish from appalachia nc

I greatly enjoyed all the comments left on the post about the cow that kept turning the light on. Nice to know many of you need a little help with your eyes too. The cow I’m sending out is the one you see in the photo. I’m not sure where I picked up the little covered dish but I’ve had it for quite sometime. It seems totally appropriate that the handy dandy number generator picked Blind Pig reader Zelma as the winner. This is what she said:

My hubby and I had beef cattle for 23 years. Some people say cattle are dumb, but I’ve seen enough to know that is not true. They can be smart and wily, so I’m not surprised to hear of a cow that turned the lights on and off. I, too, have the drugstore readers. I keep a pair in most rooms, so I don’t have to worry about carrying around a pair, then laying them down and forgetting them. Both the eyes and memory have good days and bad days! I collect cow things, so a BP&TA item would be cherished.


Here’s 2 more Blind Pig and The Acorn posts about cows-jump over and read them if you have time!

Life On Wiggins Creek

Appalachian Sayings – Fly Over A Field To Land On a Cow Pile



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    February 11, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Ed-thank you! I’ve never heard the little rhyme but I like it LOL : )

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    Ed Ammons
    February 7, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Tipper – I don’t know if you remember the purple cow poem. First you recite it.
    “I never saw a purple cow,
    I hope I never see one.
    But I’ll tell you anyhow,
    I’d rather see than be one.
    Then you asked, What do purple cows drink? Most kids would say milk or purple milk. You laugh at them and say No! Calves drink milk but cows drink water.

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    February 7, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Ed-thank you for the comment! You’re right the cow is sort of light purple. Now what do purple cows drink? Please share the riddle with us!

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    b. Ruth
    February 7, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Ed, I think the red lid and the blue sky blend in refraction off the white cow to reflect in our eyes as light purple…? Then again we may need color adjusting glasses as well as reader glasses, old eyes change the way we see things! ha
    By the way….
    What do purple cows drink?
    Thanks Tipper,

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    February 7, 2016 at 7:27 am

    congratulations Zelma! A cute addition to your collection 🙂

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    February 6, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Never had a cow, so never had one that turned lights on and off, but we’ve had a few cats that did so, rubbing themselves on the switches.
    Some say horses are dumb too, but we’ve had horses that could get themselves into the feed room and out of the fence when they chose to, until we put chains and locks on both the entrance/exits.
    God bless.

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    Ken Roper
    February 6, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Congradulations to Zelma on winning the Cow. I use to know this family that had those Porcelain Cows all over their house. They don’t do anything for me, but they’re cute. Enjoyed the cow story! …Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    February 6, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Maybe it is the lighting or maybe my eyes are deceiving me again but that little cow has a purple tint. That then reminds me of a little riddle from many moons ago. What does a purple cow drink?

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    b. Ruth
    February 6, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Congratulations to Zelma!
    Looks like Zelma is going to have a Cow!…ha
    Just perfect! A special piece for her cow collection…
    Careful picking up the lid on that deck railing….a fatal cow-tipping might occur! ha
    Thanks Tipper,

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    February 6, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Hi Tipper,
    So glad to hear I will be getting the cow! It will be a great addition to my collection. I sent you an email with shipping information.
    One funny story about our cattle, and one of our previous dogs: Surge was part springer spaniel, but we think he had a lot of border collie in him too. We had an awful time with him trying to nip at the heels of our cattle. One day, one of our cows, Big Mama, had had enough. Surge got too close to her calf, so she took off running after him, and was getting close to him. He shot under the board fence into the yard so fast that he hardly had time to scrunch down to make it under the fence, For years, my dad laughed about the dog “coming under the fence standing up.”

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    Miss Cindy
    February 6, 2016 at 9:29 am

    I think that may be the sweetest cow I’ve ever seen, congratulations Zelma!

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    February 6, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Congratulations, Zelma! I enjoyed your story!

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