Thoughts & Musings

Welcome to the Global Cow blogs, written by Jill Stahl Tyler.  She writes often, and is published in her local paper in Vermont.  There are several categories:

Silver Linings

SILVER LININGS

This is a daily response to the COVID-19 pandemic, finding at least one thing positive to come out of it.   One comment I’ve heard: “Reading your column of ‘silver linings’ has become one of my ‘silver linings’!  Thank you for writing this!”‘

Jill and Jersey

DAIRY DREAMING

 These are directly about dairy, and ways to experience ag internationally.  Dairy  Dreaming also brings any updates on possible new immigration statuses, or any other legislation or any other dairy information that dairy producers will find interesting.

graduation

EDUCATION MATTERS

This more traditional column looks at family life, with a particular emphasis on how education shapes us all. Often, it includes a special look into the high school exchange students’ fun while in the USA.  It is published mostly bi-monthly in the local paper.

family with exchange students

EXCHANGE EXTRAS

This is a special look into the high school exchange students’ fun while in the USA.  It includes a lot of heartfelt moments sure to make you pause!

2020-04-24

BEAUTY OF THE DAY

Since 2015, I have searched for something beautiful every day, and then posted it to social media.  (Follow Global Cow on Instagram to see them–or subscribe to receive them daily.)

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Negative!

Negative!

I woke up this morning and immediately bounded downstairs to check the Vermont Department of Health’s website for our family test results.     Last Monday, Son #2’s first test showed up around 7 AM; we know that we have set our hopes way too high on...

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One More Day

One More Day

We are still on the official COVID quarantine lockdown today.  But there was progress.  At 9:20 this morning, my husband, Son #2 and I all excitedly sat in our car—along with our two dogs.  When it was out turn, and the nurse came to our car window, we...

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A Loss–and a Save–for the Chickens

A Loss–and a Save–for the Chickens

Who knew that chickens would figure so prominently in our weeklong, mandated quarantine?  After Tuesday’s catastrophe with two hawks taking a chicken—and then ripping into it while standing in front of the door of the chicken coop, where all the others had to...

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Happy Chickens!

Happy Chickens!

When you are quarantined at home because someone has been diagnosed with COVID, what do you do? Well, in our house today, we cleaned the chicken coop.  I asked Son #2 to help out, and between the two of us shoveling and my husband driving the loader tractor, the...

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Family Movie Night

Family Movie Night

We’ve survived day four of enforced family togetherness.  The weather helped—we made it to about 45 F (7 C).  We all found things to do that engaged us a bit more, or at least took away some of the monotony.  For my husband, it was a quick walk with the...

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Well-Run Machine

Well-Run Machine

My phone dinged with the text message around mid-morning: “Jill, just got back the test results, and I am positive for COVID.” This is from our son’s friend.  He lives with us.  He was exceptionally tired one day last week.  He even stayed home from...

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A Reason for Celebration!

A Reason for Celebration!

Today I celebrate:  my business financials have been sent off to the accountant for tax preparation. When there is less business to track, it’s quite a bit easier and quicker to look everything over.  However… this is a silver lining I don’t want to repeat...

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How Are You Doing?

How Are You Doing?

How are you doing? No, really.  Take a moment.  Think for a second.  How are you doing? This is the type of question we throw out to each other casually, without any real thought.  “Hey, how ya doin’?” must be the number one greeting we Americans...

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