The first think I thought of when I saw today’s Steam of Consciousness prompt, “moo,” was of course cows and how I’ve given up dairy for lent. It’s because I love animals, especially mammals, cause I’m a little biased being a mammal myself…..Where was I?
Ok, I’m not going to go into the bad stuff about cows on factory farms, but I will say that dairy has been hard for me to give up, especially cheese. (I cheated with cheese a couple weeks ago, and my digestive system is still not back to normal.) I’ve had no trouble not eating meat for over 40 years now, except chicken and fish, no trouble not eating mammals, but dairy has been hard. I’ve missed having pizza. I had a pizza with vegan cheese, it even melted, but yeah it wasn’t the same. It was good though.
I will probably indulge in cheese from time to time, but what lent has taught me, as it often does, is that it is possible to live without consuming mammal milk products. As an adult anyway. Lent stretches me outside my comfort zone, which is why I’ve done better over the years at not eating chicken. To be honest, I will probably go back to eating some fish after lent, mostly salmon or shrimp. I’m sorry shrimp and salmon. I will only eat your now and then, like once or twice a month, but during lent, you get a reprieve.
The second thing I thought about when I saw the moo prompt was my little Mary Moo. Her name was originally Marigold when I got her for my daughter almost 15 years ago. Marigold turned into Mary, then Mary Moo, then Mary Moodle, then the song that starts out, “Mary Moodle, you’re not a poodle, Mary Moodle, you’re just a mutt.” I’m not going to take you to the other lines my stream of consciousness has created over the years containing things that rhyme with mutt. Nope. Not going that far.
Anyway, Mary Moo will be 15 next month. She’s doing okay though she sleeps a lot and is deaf as a stone.
Do you have silly nicknames for your animal friends?
Here are two pictures of Mary Moo:
This one, below, is the painting I did for the back cover of my soon to be published book. Mary is the one all the way on the left. The littlest one.
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April 15, 2017 at 9:23 am
I think it’s really great that you cut dairy for Lent, and I’m glad to hear that you’ll likely cut down on the consumption from here on in. Every little bit makes a big difference! Cheese was never really that difficult to give up for me, since I was never really wild about it, though I did enjoy it, and I’ll admit, vegan cheese took me a while to get used to. But that’s the funny thing about it. I hated it at first, but after four years, I’m into vegan cheese than I ever was into dairy cheese! And, sure, it’s never going to be “the same,” but when you’re used to it, it’s a pretty good substitute. You get used to it, and even start to enjoy it. I’ll happily live in a delusion of equality if it means remaining cruelty-free!
Also, my cats have also earned themselves nicknames. Genghis Khan quickly earned himself the title as Leader of the Meowngal Hordes (complete with song), and Baldur Cat is naturally the Bringer of Cuddles, though his nickname is decidedly less musical.
April 15, 2017 at 5:29 pm
Thank you so much for the encouragement! I still have a goal to give up dairy. I had the same kind of struggle with chicken/turkey, but I’m about 99.9% done with that. Maybe 100%. So I believe dairy can go that way, too. Who knows, maybe I’ll be 100% vegan some day. One step at a time. I appreciate you being positive in writing that every little bit makes a big difference.
April 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm
Sweet post. I love your back of book cover.
April 15, 2017 at 4:31 pm
Thanks, Deb. I’m so glad you love it! The dogs are the ones David and I had when we re-discovered each other. The two on the left were mine and the three on the right became my step dogs. We’re down to just Mary and the crazy coon hound now.
April 15, 2017 at 6:56 pm
April 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm
are expressed, JoAnna 🙂
April 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm
🙂 She’s quite docile these days. I’ve always liked big dogs, but little dogs are so much easier.
April 15, 2017 at 11:06 pm
I love how you apologized to the shrimp and salmon😂
April 15, 2017 at 11:26 pm
Thanks, Jami. My stream of consciousness that made me do it. 🙂
May 3, 2017 at 11:10 pm
Aww, the dog and the drawing were so sweet. I used to give up food items for Lent and now I try to give up things, TV or less cellphone usage, etc. . . Thanks, Joanne for continuing to visit and sorry I am sporadic! Hugs xo
May 4, 2017 at 10:02 pm
I understand about sporadic. It’s hard to keep up with everything. Thank YOU for visiting. I hope you’re having a good week. 🙂