My 300-Pound Mushroom Fairy

☆ February 27, 2018


When Mara moved in, she was thigh-high and liftable. Heavy, but liftable. Now, less than two months later, she’s waist-high – over a foot taller! And way too heavy to carry.

She’s still super cute.

These past weeks, my life has felt like a blur of cow poop and ice. But at least I get calf cuddles whenever I want or need them.



17 Responses to “My 300-Pound Mushroom Fairy”

  1. torre
    February 27th, 2018 @ 6:53 am

    very cute and calf cuddles!

  2. Barbara Sanchez
    February 27th, 2018 @ 8:26 am

    Love Mara’s soulful eyes :)

  3. Dennis Collins
    February 27th, 2018 @ 9:38 am

    Charlie & Mara help me feel alive.

  4. Charity
    February 27th, 2018 @ 12:11 pm

    awww! I want to cuddle a calf! So sweet <3

  5. Debbie Lee
    February 27th, 2018 @ 3:22 pm

    Great up date Shreve, that is one beautiful calf, hope Daisy is still doing well. Best x

  6. Sheila
    February 27th, 2018 @ 3:43 pm

    What a sweet picture! It made me smile.

  7. mlaiuppa
    February 27th, 2018 @ 7:12 pm

    She has the most beautiful eyes.

    I love her little whiskers.

    I just want to hug her.

    And her “Momma” too. She has the best momma. She is going to grow up so gentle and loving because of Daisy.

    With so many milk cows now, are you going to get into cheese making?

  8. Laura
    February 27th, 2018 @ 9:23 pm

    awww what could be better than calf cuddles?! cutest baby girl in the world~~ xo

  9. Janey
    February 28th, 2018 @ 7:41 am

    How is it that ALL of your cows are the most beautiful cows ever?

  10. LJ
    February 28th, 2018 @ 11:40 am

    She is beautiful! Sweat pea.

  11. shreve
    February 28th, 2018 @ 11:47 am

    J ~ this made me laugh out loud!!

  12. shreve
    February 28th, 2018 @ 11:48 am

    M ~ well, Daisy is my only milk cow now, and I won’t be milking Mara for two years yet.

  13. K
    February 28th, 2018 @ 9:06 pm

    So, so disappointed to see the donate button. “Buy Daisy a bale of hay and I’ll keep the stories coming”. I’ve contributed to everything — bought every book, multiple purchases from the shop, donated for the little red reefer, etc. This is just too much. When you had your first Kickstarter, you said you were mortified to ask for a hand out. I guess it got pretty easy to ask, eh?

  14. shreve
    March 1st, 2018 @ 6:27 pm

    K ~ Happy to explain it from my end, and it’s easiest to start with The Daily Coyote. The only – seriously, ONLY – reason I have been able to share daily photos of Charlie on his blog for going on eleven years is because a devoted group of people subscribe to the paid email list. This patronage grants me a consistent part time wage to do this work (and pay for hosting fees and domains and all the other expenses of a website).

    I have not posted to this blog very much in the last couple of years, and much of that is because I have prioritized paying jobs since I have so many more responsibilities (ie, dependents) than I did when I started this blog. It’s $10 a day to feed a cow. I pay five figures a year to feed my animals. This isn’t a gripe – but I’m going to do what I need to do to keep taking care of them, and recently, that has meant neglecting this blog.

    I get a lot of requests for MORE here – post more, share more, etc. I’m toying with ideas of how to make this sustainable for me, and decided to try a donation button rather than a paywall. The beauty of a donation button is that it’s voluntary.

  15. INA
    March 2nd, 2018 @ 4:11 am

    Thank you, Shreve, you (and Mara) made a boring german day at the office shine a little brighter!!

  16. Vee
    March 5th, 2018 @ 7:23 am

    Love Mara. I see what they mean about bovine eyes. <3

    And you keep doing you… donate button and all.

  17. Wendy Smith
    March 6th, 2018 @ 1:37 pm

    She has doe eyes and the most kissable nose!

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