Wednesday, February 15, 2012


It isn't a typo.  It is time for Buttercup to move on to greener pastures.  This last round of trouble just won't end.  Out of five months of milking, I calculate that there have been 6-7 weeks I have not been able to drink her milk.  I still have to milk her, I just end up having to dump the milk.  The cost of grain, alfalfa, and vet bills have just made her a money pit.

I know that most of the troubles have not been caused by her, but by her owners.  And the milking machine.  I get that.  Maybe in a few years, when the other parts of life aren't all so pressing, we can try again.  It would be nice to get to do the chores with the kids, but they are simply too little now. 

For right now, I want to focus on people, gardening, and school with time left for creating and cultivating beauty. I want to put a little more time into doing things that last and that bring joy than dealing with milk.

I am trying not to see this as a failure because I have learned so much.  I have learned I do not want my life to revolve around a cow.  :)  One thing can be said about us, we're certainly willing to try new things and do things out of the ordinary!  This decision hasn't been made rashly and we are both in agreement.  Now that the decision is made, I hope she can go soon.  Sweetheart put her on Craig's List yesterday and we have already had six people respond. 


Missy K said...

Sending love, because I'm sure the decision was tough. But it sounds like a good one.

Blessings to you and to Buttercup's new owners.

Bonnie said...

I wouldn't look on it as failure at all! You *have* tried new things, and I hear lots of wisdom in your words of waiting until the children are older. Glad you've had the experience and all the C. list replies!!!

Susan said...

She is such a pretty girl! But I think you are being totally reasonable about this. You have to do what is working best for you. This isn't a's a lesson learned and you will use the knowledge that you learned at a later time :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kimberly, your cow is a beauty and I admire your decision to do what is best for your family! You listing her for sale could well be an answer to someone's prayer for a cow of their own.

We've had our cow for a few years and also milk goats, so I agree that dairy animals can be quite a commitment, indeed.

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. Come by anytime you want to read about a cow. :o)

Have a lovely day,

Diana said...

Popping over to visit and to thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog! Cows are a huge commitment -- Buttercup is so beautiful. I love your quote in your blog title re tea and books (two of my favorite things!).

Jennifer said...

Dont look at it as failure... you tried & it didnt work, you learn & move on. I dont know the story but I do understand. These things happen. Good luck selling her, shes a pretty girl.

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

Failure is not trying because you are scared. Making a decision is trying something and deciding it isn't for you. You should hold your head up high. Milking a cow is a huge endeavor that takes up an enormous amount of time and money. Now you can say you did it, but it wasn't for you.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I agree completely and it is so HARD to realize what God wanted us to learn is not success in our attempt.

BaileyZimmerman said...

Well've given it the old college try....and that is a lot more than I could/woulda done!!
Next time make sure the cow can deliver CHOCOLATE milk....or better yet....milk with tea!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

All things works for good...I agree with Julie, she will be a blessing for another family. As we always say, there are no failures, only lessons. :) When you try this again in later years, you will do so with full knowledge of what you're getting in to. Sending love and good thoughts.

Vicki in UT said...

I have so admired how much you have accomplished in your new life. And I have wondered how you do all you do, especially outside chores, with such small children. We just moved across country for a new job, and I am overwhelmed with setting up our new life, in a small apartment for just the 2 of us. I don't have the large/older house, the large property, or the small children. You can't do everything, and I think you are incredibly wise to realize that and choose to concentrate on the more important things. I hope your cow sells soon.


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