Monday, July 27, 2009

To Pen or Not to Pen

Remember how exciting the idea of having a pen pal used to be? Now with cyber space, we have kind of lost that. Well, Jerelene @ Jerelenes Journal would like to see if anyone in blogland would like to participate in a once or twice a month pen pal exchange.

These guys are pen pals in a REAL sense of the word...

You just need to sit down at your desk/computer area, get a cup of coffee or cocoa and write down a few things. Even the dollar store has cute and funny cards....

This is just another way of fostering friendship and good wishes mixed with blessings....

So, anyone out there willing to participate (I'm in, Jerelene), just e-mail Jerelene (e-mail is on her web site, so click here, then go to the right where it says 'e-mail me' and click on that) and according to Jerelene, we will swap addresses monthly so that everyone will eventually send a card/letter/gold bullion/diamonds etc. to everyone else who might want to get something other than bills or junk mail in their mail boxes...

Since Jerelene is reaching out to the rest of the 'village' (remember there is nothing exclusive read, you belong, automatically), I was delighted to find that her love of cows can now be brought home...LITERALLY! She just got a new fish as a pet, but she can add to her pets in a big way. Of course so can we all, according to this article I found. Lisa is stuck with just goats and could broaden her horizons with these additions as well. Think this could also work for city folks like Eileen whose grand kids and hubby would just be delighted!! Since Jackie has retired from being a full time teacher, I think she might need to investigate this further, too.....

Cows Make Good Indoor Pets?

"- These days, if Martha Crowell waits until the cows come home, she hardly has to wait at all - the cows are her indoor pets, and only go outside to relieve themselves. (THIS is a definite PLUS, although I was a tad disappointed that she didn't try to get them to use the master bathroom!)

"It was kind of hard to house-train them," admits Ms. Crowell, a retired school teacher, "but once they got the hang of it we didn't have any more trouble." (Why don't we get the good parts on this like HOW they managed this training or what transpired when these animals had household 'slips'???!!)

Crowell currently has a miniature cow named Elsie and miniature bull named Elmer. Although they're only a fraction of the size of normal cattle, they each weigh several hundred pounds."They're easier than dogs." says Crowell, "They'll
sit there for hours in front of the TV, just chewing their cud. They're both big fans of Oprah. " (Now, isn't this just a dream come and your cows watching TV together...every woman's ideal companions!)

"Martha Crowell isn't alone in having cows at home - several ranchers have now specialized in raising "companion cows". Marvin Hope, a rancher in southern Ohio, says "a lot of folks with allergies to cats and dogs find that they can have a cow around without any problems. They're calm, happy animals, and inexpensive to feed.""Plus," Hope says, "you can get up to two gallons of milk a day from a miniature cow. Just try to do that with a cat!" (Here Bessie, here Bessie, it's cereal time. Marvin Hope has obviously been breathing in too many alfalfa fumes when he suggests try doing that with your cat!!)

Reindeer milk has more fat than cow milk.
(Does this mean we can have miniature household reindeer pets? Actually, I don't even understand why they threw this tidbit in...were they short on fillers for the newspaper that day?)
"As for butter versus margarine,
I trust cows more than chemists"
(Silly girl, everybody knows you can't train chemists like these smart cows.)

- Joan Gussow "
Since this was so long, there is only one chuckle for today, but it's a whopper!

Got a letter from Grandma the other day. She writes...

The other day I went up to a local Christian book store and saw a "Honk If You Love Jesus " bumper sticker. I was feeling particularly sassy that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting; so I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper.
Boy, I'm glad I did! What an uplifting experience that followed!
I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection just lost in thought about the Lord and how good He is...
and I didn't notice that the light had changed.
It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he hadn't honked, I'd never have noticed!
I found that LOTS of people love Jesus! Why, while I was sitting there,
the guy behind me started honking like crazy,and then he leaned out of his window and screamed,"For the love of GOD! GO! GO! JESUS CHRIST, GO!"
What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus! Everyone started honking! I just leaned out of my window and started waving and smiling at all these loving people.I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love!
There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling something about a"sunny beach"...I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air. When I asked my teenage grandson in the back seat what that meant, he said that it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or something. Well, I've never met anyone from Hawaii; so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign back. My grandson burst out laughing...why even he was enjoying this religious experience!
A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me. I bet they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended,but this is when I noticed the light had changed. So, I waved to all my sisters and brothers, grinning,and drove on through the intersection. I noticed I was the only car that got through the intersection before the light changed again and I felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared; so I slowed the car down, leaned out the window and gave them all the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away.
Praise the Lord for such wonderful folks!

~~~Thank You Lord for the blessings of people who reach out to people in so many different ways, sometimes through just writing a few words in a cheerful card.


  1. I'm in too! I'll email Jerelene.

    Now, I've heard of people having pigs as indoor pets, but cows?! Well, at least they don't use a 'litter box'!

    I am hysterical laughing here with this post and especially the joke!
    Thanks for the smiles, as usual, Marcy!
    Love you,

  2. Good morning! I'm in! What a great idea. I'll e-mail Jerelene now.
    Regarding the indoor cattle as pets....sigh...what are people going to think of next? Never mind. I don't want to know. We don't have indoor pets any more. Sammie (our cat that died last year) was our last (and only) inside animal. We've had several outside pets: dogs and cats...but he was the only one we allowed inside. He was a wonderful addition to our family and was actually my daughter's kitten. He grew up with her. When she got married and moved to her own home, he stayed with us...until he died.
    I loved the joke! I can just see the li'l old lady rejoicing with the 'one-fingered wave'...and the angry faces that she unknowlingly left behind. Thank you for the smile this moring, Marcy. I hope that you have a great day.

  3. I would love to do the pen pal thingy. I will let Jerelene know.I loved that letter from grandma Marcy, I just tried to call Jake to read it to him but I guess he's busy. I'll read it to him later!

  4. Now I've heard (herd?) it all! People are crazy! Cows in the house? A mini for a pet outside, sure -- but sitting on the couch next to me watching tv? I don't think so. I really can't IMAGINE how they could really "potty train" them, for one thing! And, you know, hoofed animals -- well they don't smell so good... I think I'll stick to my little foofoo dog, Brigid -- and leave the goats (etc) outside. &:O) Boy, takes all kinds to make a world, doesn't it?

  5. Okay, first reindeer milk?? Never knew they had milk that was used other than for their own!

    Enjoy your week. The pen pal thing sounds interesting, but to be honest life is so busy I don't think I would be able to keep up with it!

  6. As an Iowan, I must say...Having a cow as a pet is a new one on me. I wonder if I could convince hubby that I NEEEED one. ;o)

  7. Okay ladies, you know it takes time for a new idea to catch on. You know they DO say "Don't knock it until you try it." So, meanwhile, I will wait here patiently while one of you gets a couple of miniature cows to watch television with and then reports back on the joys of cows watching your favorite shows with could even try movies!

    ***Diana you just have this naughty streak in you, don't you??

    ***C'mon, Jackie you KNOW you and Jack need a cow or two in the house...who knows...they might even be good watch cows and moo at burglars. Now that I think about it THAT could scare a burglar away!

    ***Having coped with the swine flu and a house full of sick little ones, don't you think a miniature cow is what you need now...think of all the time you could save milking. No going out of doors...just milk them in any room in your home, probably straight into the cereal bowls too!!

    ***Amy, it looks like you might be our first indoor cow owner...plead with your could even moo in his ear (guys probably like that).

    ***Eileen, you didn't jump on the wagon here and say you're cow hunting yet...maybe you prefer surprising Ray for some special occassion??

    ***Walking on Sunshine, don't you know how thrilled your hubby would be with a miniature cow, or are you really being drawn to the reindeer?

  8. Cows Marcy? Maybe you should go rustle one and bring it home and let us know what a moooving experience it is!

    Pen pals?...I will have to think about that one. I can hardly keep on top of comments and a letter to my brother in law in Forida once a month! But I will ponder it quickly!

    Keep smiling,

  9. I should proof read...see I told you I'm pressed for time! :0

  10. Now, Wanda, You of all people could handle a miniature cow or are a natural with all living creatures. Is it because Disney hasn't had a good cow story with a heroine? Or don't they photograph well? What do I know...I only found that one dead cow when I was a teen ager.

    Loved that moooving experience you wrote!

    Also loved your typo for Florida!

  11. Hi Ladies...Sorry, I tried to post a little bit a go...a nice long one and I got kicked off or something..Argh...
    Marcy, Thank You So Much!! You are such a sweetheart...I loved this cracked me up..really :)
    I think I'll stick to my little cute-non-accident cows...Can you imagine the mess of an accident? OMGosh...too funny....
    What a wonderful, sweet, hilarious post!
    I never knew there were mini-cows...Oh, no I'll be having to look that up!
    Anyone interested will just have to e-mail me then we'll figure something out...where we can all take turns..that way no one will get overwhelmed :)
    Love to All, Jerelene

  12. OH my goodness that was the best story! I was LOL in my office and someone walked by and said, oh looks like you are working real hard! Hey I wanted to give them the Hawaiian sign but opted not to because I am a good Christian woman so I just smiled back and said, "yes I am, isn't work just a bundle of laughs!" I am sharing this delightful grandma story! Thanks for the uplift today while I am at work and not at home with my girls! Just one more hour! YEAH!

  13. Well, I have the worst hand writing since I started typing in high school! I even type my Christmas cards.....bad huh! lol I have always considered these blogs my pen-pals in blog world, but that truly sounds fun. I am joining!

  14. Hmmmmm! I wonder if they have miniture sheep for pets too...I just might consider that! I really like the pen pal thing...not sure I have time to be committed to it right now though.

  15. Oh my gosh that video was too funny. What a great post! I would love to do the pen pal thingy but I would have to think about it. As you can see right now I'm having difficulty keeping up with my comments and etc. Maybe it's a summer thing. I don't know.


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