Daisy Update, and Other Stuff, ‘Cause I Can Breathe Now










First, thank you for your continued prayers!  Daisy is doing really well.  She’s on a twice daily course of penicillin and, besides disliking her twice daily shots and, by association, the person who gives them to her (me), she’s a happy cow.  She’s back to swishing her tail at flies, drinking water, eating grass and a little grain, ambling up and down the pasture, and just generally being cow-like.  Davey has been more-or-less unconcerned since we found her down with milk fever that first Sunday morning.  She probably should have died then, but we found her in time, and the vet got there in time, and all the days afterward, when we struggled and prayed against this blackleg disease, he said, “Why would God have kept her alive until you got there in the beginning, only to take her away now?  What kind of lesson would that be?”  A really crappy lesson, I said, but he had a point.  And she seems to be saved, so I guess he’s right.

I spoke to our vet last night to get treatment instruction updates, and I asked her when and how this gas inside of her is going to go away.  It’s much lessened, but I was wondering what we’re looking at.  She sighed, and said, “I don’t know.  Cows don’t survive this.”  I’m not exaggerating when I say this is a miracle, friends.  Cows don’t survive this.  Our cow (most likely) will.

In other news, our garden is thick and lush, in need of regular weeding, which Evie is tired of, and not nearly as productive as it looks.  🙂  We have a volunteer zucchini plant doing great, and I love how the tomatillos hang like party decorations beneath their leaves.  The broccoli is obviously a bit overgrown, but the garden is hardly even planted, let alone productive.  Looks great, though, and that’s just as important as actual food, right?

The last picture… My little girls have been spending their days together in that hammock, crocheting dresses for their little dolls.  I think all children should learn some sort of handicraft.  It gives them something to do when they think there is nothing to do.  But get them a book of child-friendly patterns, too, because they are going to get pretty tired of crocheting rectangles after a while.  🙂

Davey had some minor surgery on his toe yesterday.  Evie was a champ at the hospital all morning, and she’s quite the little darling of the VA healthcare system.  Babies are not real common up there, and nobody walks by without saying something to her, and she always, always smiles or speaks to her admirers, even the ones who look like the walking dead.  Good baby, making everybody’s day like that.

And I’m going to go ahead and add this to the {P, H, F, R} link-up, even though it is not in the approved format.  Just because.  It’s a free-form {P, H, F, R}.  I never did like rules much anyway.  🙂

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About Jennie Cooper

I'm the mother of eight children, the wife of a retired soldier, and a newly minted farmer. I spend my days fairly productively, home educating our children, raising large quantities of food for several families, and volunteering in our community. I read entire novels a page at a time in the comfort of my bathroom. I tell people I'm Catholic just because they find it so shocking. I think there's nothing so exciting as a thunderstorm coming in. It doesn't bother me at all that my dog barks outside my bedroom window all night. And I rather enjoy being 40. I didn't think I would, but 40 is pretty good.

11 thoughts on “Daisy Update, and Other Stuff, ‘Cause I Can Breathe Now

  1. Michelle Reitemeyer

    Evie is undeniably gorgeous. Bonus when a baby has a good disposition too. George was like that…smiling and waving like the Queen on parade and making everybody happy.

    Wow about Daisy. What a complete stoke of luck then to have milk fever…that must have been what made the difference (that and prayer, I’m sure).

  2. Beckie R.

    I’m so glad that Daisy is well! I know it would have been very traumatic for you to lose her. But now, we don’t have to worry about that! And how is her calf?

    The kids are all beautiful and I love to see pictures of their smiling faces!

    Your garden is lovely. We had a dozen pumpkin vines covering the snow blower, wheelbarrow and garbage cans last year. We got 1 pumpkin out of it. (The woodchuck was really the culprit, there, so it’s not the fault of the plants 🙂 ). This year, our garden is not doing as well, though it is early yet. I can’t wait till the green beans start producing! We love beans here!

    xox to you and glad you can “rest” a bit now that your darling is doing better.


    1. Jennie Cooper Post author

      Stewart – Stew for short 😉 – is doing just fine. Pictures will be coming soon, because is hands down the prettiest little calf I’ve ever seen. I was heartbroken to find he was a boy!

  3. Kirsten

    Yeah for Daisy!! Your pictures are beautiful and so are your children ;0) Your garden looks amazing and yes, that makes a difference HA! Ours looks like a weed garden instead of a vegetable garden. Why do the weeds grow so well and why don’t bugs like them instead of my veggies?

  4. Barbara

    Daisy really is a miracle cow. I read enough about black leg disease (just because I’m curious) and none of the articles spoke of recovery. You need a Charlotte to spin a web up in the barn door — “Miracle.” She should be in all the veterinary journals. I think it’s because she is loved. Let’s just keep on praying it all goes away.

    And thank you for that one picture of Evie. You made my day. 😉

    1. Jennie Cooper Post author

      Happy to oblige on the photos! I asked our extension agent about recovery from blackleg, as the vets have never seen it, and because it’s such an uncommon thing, he jumped all over me. “How do know it was really blackleg?!” He didn’t have any answers, either. Got another vial of penicillin for Daisy, and immunizations for the rest of the crew…. And we just keep plugging along!

  5. CMerie

    You have such pretty babies! I remember when Penelope was just a baby and you posted the prettiest picture of her on your blog. Little Evie reminds me of her.

    So glad Daisy is doing better. I’ve been praying for you!


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