Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Cow Appreciation Day by Merrillee Whren

Sometimes when I'm trying to figure out what to talk about on my assigned blog post day, I must resort to celebrating some well-known or not-so-well-known holidays. Last year on July 14, I talked about Bastille Day, so that one was out. July 14 is also National Nude Day, but I didn't think that would work for Sweet Romances. It is also Pandemonium Day, and any other year, I would have chosen that one. But we've all had enough pandemonium this year. 

My other choices were Mac and Cheese Day or Cow Appreciation Day. I chose to talk about cows because I remembered having the above photo. I love to use this photo and have people guess where it is taken. Very few people guess that I took this in Florida somewhere on a road as I traveled between St. Petersburg and West Palm Beach. When I saw the cows, I had to stop and take a photo.

Besides the beef that we get from cows, we get milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream as by-products of dairy farming. When I was a little girl, I helped my grandpa milk the cow on his farm. When we were home in Montana, we got fresh milk from the lady down the road. I used to watch her separate the milk from the cream. Then she poured the milk into a jug, and we carried it home. Our other neighbors had a few cows, and one day before I went to school, we stopped and watched a calf being born. I had no idea that those experiences would one day inspire a scene in a book. A Match to Call Ours takes place on a Montana ranch. It is the first book in my Front Porch Promises series. You can read an excerpt if you click on the title.

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How will you celebrate Cow Appreciation Day? I think I'll have some yogurt. I'm pretty sure my hubby will have ice cream if he hasn't eaten it all. 

Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.


  1. I love cows!!! We raised Herefords. We ususlly had one dairy cow for our own milk. Now friends from church have a creamery that draws people from all over Michigan and the Great Lakes region. It is so much eadier to just go by theirs! We I go home to Michigan Moo-ville is one of the first places we go!!!! Wish I had something similar in West Texas.

    1. Jennifer, cool that you had your own dairy cow.

  2. I hear you on trying to come up with blog topics, Merrillee! I appreciate cows for milk and yogurt to make my daily smoothie. Also for leather to make shoes and belts, etc. I don't eat a lot of red meat, but the occasional hamburger is another reason to appreciate the cows who gave their all. Great photo, btw!

    1. Magadalena, I love a good steak and a good hamburger, but like you, I limit my red meat. So having either one of those is a treat.

  3. Love your stories Merrillee! I see ChickFila is cancelling Cow Appreciation day in some areas due to COVID. My sister and my nieces and I enjoyed dressing like a cow and getting a free sandwich. :-) Maybe that will happen again in the future.