Fine Art of Cow Collecting
months ago I ordered a new teapot. This is after not having
one for several years. Every time Herman would make a cup
of tea, he would simply boil water in a saucepan. This seemed
so uncivilized to me.
a catalog came in the mail. It was like divine intervention.
When I opened the catalog, a cow teapot greeted me. The best
thing about this teapot is the fact that when it boils, it
does not whistle, but moos. I have never heard a real
cow, but Herman has when he grew up on a dairy farm. He tells
me that the moo the teapot makes is cute for a teapot, but
sounds nothing like a real cow.
named the teapot "Shirley" after a cow Herman had
when he lived in Arkansas. He tells me the cow was named after
his pastors wife there. I just found this out myself,
and I had to share it with you. As I was typing this, he looked
over my shoulders and said, "It was really no reflection
on the pastors wife. She neither looked nor acted like
a cow. Im not sure why I named the cow that."
thats his story. I never met Shirley, though she will
always look like my cow teapot in my mind. Wherever you are,
Shirley, I sincerely hope you dont have a fat pink nose,
as my teapot does.
have come to me in very innocent ways. The second cow I bought
was at a yard sale just a few houses down from my own. It
is a cookie jar with a cow dressed like a milkman. Not only
does he have "The Sunshine Dairy" imprinted on his
hat, but he has the spitting image of Sam, my adorable yellow
feline, at his feet.
named the cookie jar "Harvey" in honor of Shirleys
husband. Harvey is currently holding some vanilla sandwich
cookies and some home made chocolate chip cookies. Id
like to tell you that I made these, but I cant. I did,
however, supervise Herman as he made them. The thing is, this
particular recipe called for a teaspoon of vanilla, which
of course we did not have.
problem was remedied thanks to our neighbor Felicia, who saved
the day. She and her husband John are probably basking in
the sunshine in Florida as you read this.
to my cow collecting. A catalog came in the mail with these
adorable salt and peppershakers. The salt is the front end
of the cow, and the rear is the pepper. Well, I had to have
them. The next day, Terry my aide, tells me she has a butter
dish that is ceramic with cows on it, and would I like it?
She told me she never used it, and it was sitting up in a
cabinet. Well, what was I supposed to do?
of the cow show has just arrived. It is a cow dust buster.
And get this: it was back order! I guess Im not the
only one who has an affection for cows. The dust is collected
in the udder which is pink and the extension looks like a
need to tell you about my wind chime in the shape of a Holstein
cow with three cowbells dangling beneath. It was getting whipped
around by all the wind off the lake, so Herman moved it to
a safer place towards the side of the house.
may seem a strange collection for a city girl. But Herman
tells me, having grown up on a dairy farm, that this is as
close as Id ever really like to get to a real cow. Something
about the smells of a cow barn in the springtime
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"