Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bug Off Bossy2...

Inject a few raisins of conversation into
the tasteless dough of existence.
                William Sydney Porter

Those days of lollygagging around the woods without protection are over. 


Our cows tend to hang out beside our house most days, at least on those sunny afternoons. They curl up, soak up the sun and nap. They love to lie in that particular pasture, where the steady breeze blows those pesky flies and mosquitoes away. 

You will see them not too far from where I may be found lollygagging around in the garden, or I just may be sitting on the front step with a cup of tea. I like to think that their choice of location is not only about that bug thing. Just maybe, they like to hang out near me because I am "Cool", but then again, maybe not.


Every morning without fail, I head out into the woods or what I like to call the bush searching for them. It is a game that we like to play. Find the cows in the trees. With the trees full of leaves and heavy ground vegetation, after the heavy rainy days we have been enjoying lately, this finding thing is getting to be a bit more difficult.


The woods are truly beautiful but it is also full of bugs of every description. It started with the black flies, then straight to the mosquitoes and then there is always the exploding deer tick population to worry about. Sometimes I wonder if it is worth the risk to go out there after hearing all the horror stories about Lyme and West Nile. Scary indeed, but in my eyes it is worth the risk but, you have to be smart and use protection.


This morning I did find those cows lollygagging around in the trees. Let me rephrase that, most of them were napping. While I was driven to exhaustion and sweating looking for them they were napping. Yup, that sounds about right; they always get the best part of this game. I am always the seeker.


I had my bug hat on. I had also brought an extra one that my Dad had given me long ago. It is a heavier one and provides more coverage. I thought if Bossy2 has been wearing my Mom’s old red hat, that she should try on one of my Dad’s old hats. Plus, this would get her to stop bugging me about always wanting to try on mine. You need one back there.


Bossy2 walked right over to me, just as she has always done. She likes me, and I am almost positive it had nothing to do with the smell of the apple I had been munching on. She stood there and I asked her if she would like to try on the bug hat, explaining to her that it would keep the bugs out of her eyes. She agreed, while staring at my apple. I think she was licking her lips at the time.


Oh she looked so good in that hat. She gave it about one minute and then threw it on the ground. She had never done that with Mom’s old red hat. I bent over to retrieve the hat. She snapped that apple right out of my hand and smiled. “Bug off Bossy2”.


I will try again tomorrow. I will probably eat a little bit more of my apple though, I was hungry. I wish I could be the one hiding, and they could be the ones seeking, once in a while.

I do hope this made you all smile today.

Joining Theresa at Good Fences today.

http://run-a-roundranch.blogspot.ca/2015/06/good-fences-65.html

Later

55 comments:

  1. Cute post, I love the cows and images. I did giggle over you loosing your apple and the cow wearing the hat. Have a happy breezy day!

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  2. Bossy2 will probably be more agreeable about wearing the hat tomorrow as it will no longer be a scary new thing. :))

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  3. The hats are actually a little small for keeping bugs off. Get yourself off to the (Mad) Hatters Shop Buttons.

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  4. Great looking cows but ugh to the bugs, I can't stand them but they love to bite me!

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  5. You sure did make my day! I'm still smiling too. Great photos, and the coolest of stories!

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  6. too cute. she's a fine model, even if she's in it for other motives. :) black flies and skeeters galore here too.

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  7. Aren't they so cute! I'm sure they hate the bugs too, poor girls. And I don't think of life as the 'tasteless dough of existence.' Poor Mr. Porter. He obviously didn't grow up on a farm and have cute cows around him!

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  8. Great post - made me smile!

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  9. terrific bug hat better on you than the cow.

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  10. Thanks for sharing your morning, Grace- I love your hat story, and watch out for those nasty bugs.

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  11. Oh how cute. Loved this post and thank you for the smile today. I needed this. Love your pics.
    Hugs, CM

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  12. What a cute game of "hide and seek" you play with the cows. This was a sweet post.

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  13. Because of the wet May and early June, we've been inundated with mosquitoes, too. I could do without them, for sure. Now, I did really enjoy seeing the fireflies flitting around last night when I went to the hay field to pick up Randy when it got too wet to bale. Those are "pretty" bugs!

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  14. Tricky cow!

    Do be careful.

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  15. Loved sharing your game of hide and seek! Bossy 2 could get a job on a cat- no, make that cow walk modelling hats! Adorable!

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  16. the last shot is just too much for words ... so perfect!! love those hats. is Canada humid? ( :
    when i was a kid and we would visit my Grandparents (my Dad's side) Dad was always the one who had been "lollygagging" ... i was the one who had been piddling. little did i realize in my teen years ... that piddling was peeing ... i just assume was having a slow day. ha. ha!! or at least that is what i meant it be ... happy Thursday!!

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  17. Awww, I love this post. Too cute for words that cow of yours throwing the hat down. Wonderful images especially that last shot. Thanks for the smile!

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  18. Cows do seem to enjoy ruminating in the shade. Its like cow phylosophy 101. Mine used to see if they could sneak back to the barns for shade....if not that they would lounge in the choke cherry and scrub brush in the coulees. Be careful with the ticks!

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  19. You look like a Ninja in that hat....Buttons the Ninja cow seeker.

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  20. What a cutie. I pulled a tick off myself today :-(

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  21. That is a sweet cow in the hat :)

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  22. Love the hats -- and you made me think of my dad calling "Come, Boss" to his cows.

    My first visit here, via Good Fences.

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  23. Playing "seek the hiding cows" every day must be an invigorating way to start your mornings. I think your cows look forward to seeing you ( wouldn't, no couldn't be because you might have an apple )and even if not pets, they know where their security lies.

    You have so much fun with your cows.

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  24. Too bad about the bugs. They can really make life unpleasant. One of my favorite farm chores when I was a little guy was to get the cows. Yes, sometimes you really had to look for them. It was a time of peace and quiet for me.

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  25. Dear Button, I'm glad that you're using some bug protective hat. I worry about getting one of those infected bite too but I don't wear my mosquito mesh jacket with hat. Not fun to wear.

    I guess Bossy 2 wanted the apple more than the hat.

    I got 2 new calves this week, a girl and a boy.
    Have a safe weekend.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  26. Never heard of that word, 'lollygagging', will look it up..
    Take care. Hugs M xox

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  27. Indeed, I'm smiling, but I'm glad I don't have the bugs to worry about (yet). BossyII knows what she wants and aims to get it. I like that in a cow.

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  28. This definitely made me smile!

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  29. When I go into the woods to observe the Eagles, I dress like that as well. Although I don't get to dress any critters when I'm there, it is totally worth protecting yourself...:)JP

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  30. Oh my gosh Grace girl ... bugs drive me insane, we are so lucky we don't have any problem here .. phew!
    Garden PA wears the same kind of hat when he hits the fishing spots where the bugs are waiting for them .. haha
    Bossy 2 just prefers particular hats .. she has her own sense of style and lets you know it ... plus the apple thing ? She knows it is really her apple ... you just begin it for her ? haha
    Thanks for your kind words on my blog !
    Take care ... and be so careful about checking yourself after the trollop in the woods !
    Joy : )

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  31. it's always the way with children and animals, you worry about them and they couldn't care less. I take it there is no danger to any of them if they get bitten by all the bugs?

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  32. I don't like them nasty ole itchy bugs. You think Bossy2 would be more appreciative about wearing a hat and not just steal an apple. Moooooo!
    MB

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  33. Buttons,

    It sounds to me like Bossy2 loves wearing the hats and loves to play games to get at your apples, lol
    Great post, and pictures :-)

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  34. Very lovely photos and nice story!

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  35. I loved it Grace! And wow, I can't believe how bad the stinking bugs are there, will you ever get a reprieve? And here we thought our mosquitoes were bad.

    Jen

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  36. The thing I don't look forward to... mosquito season. Right in there between 4 foot snowbanks and -35C ...or +35C.... where is the happy medium anyway? .. I wonder if somewhere in the world there is a place that is more or less +18C year round...with no big spiders, bugs and mosquitoes? ...

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  37. Delightful shots! Fun with Bossy2.:-)

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  38. I tell you, Bossy2 looks good in ANY hat! That is a great anti-bug hat - I have just the netting that goes over a cap. I can't go out most days without it.

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  39. Such a silly and clever girl B2 is! I love those pics. I think the ticks and mosquitoes must find find you pretty cool as well.

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  40. She looks so cute in her hat!
    Lynne x

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  41. * smile *....they are smart, finding that sweet spot!!!!

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  42. Fun, fun, funny! Love the shots. Thank you for sharing! Aloha

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  43. What a cute fun post. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

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  44. It did make me smile Thanks! That is a great bug hat, the skeeters are getting worse everyday...and the Deer Flies are out and about biting everyone in sight:(

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  45. Made this gal smile! Oh and the bugs...no words!

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  46. you sure gave me my laugh for the day! thanks for sharing!! Phyllis

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  47. You have quite a job looking after those cows. And I hear you about the bugs in the woods (and out too). Love the photo of Bossy 2 with the bug hat on. Take care.

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  48. LOL! What a photogenic model!

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  49. My comment just flew away. Playing Hide and seek with cows. What next? Love the quirky photos.

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  50. Naughty Bossy 2! I am so paranoid about this lyme disease - more so than I was about West Nile last year! Think I need to buy myself one of those hats!

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  51. Not only do you need a spare hat, you need to start carrying an extra apple. ;)

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