Sunday, September 18, 2011

Because they're worth it

In early 2006, I bought a dozen traffic cones to mark off patterns in the arena for training Lyle. In 2007, I adopted two burros who love to play with cones. In 2011, this is all that remains of the dozen cones.

I was in Home Depot yesterday purchasing more supplies for the chicken coop when I passed by a row of bright and shiny traffic cones. George and Alan would never forgive me if I came home with skylights for the chickens and nothing for them, so of course I added some cones to my cart.

Want to take bets on how long these will look shiny and new?
I'm putting my money on an hour. Or less.

With the old cones and the new cones set up side by side in the corral,
I called the herd home. I wanted to see which set they would prefer...
and whether or not I had wasted my money.

Boys! Lucy! I have a surprise for you. It's Christmas in September!

Hank went straight to the old and familiar set.
George opted for shiny and new.

George: These smell kind of funny.
I'd better wait for Alan to taste these first. He's the cone-noisseur.

Alan: Qu'est-ce que c'est?

George: Mom bought us new cones. What do you think?

Alan: C'est bon. C'est très bon.
Lucy: Oh would you just give it a rest?

George: If Alan says these are good, who am I to question?

Alan: These are ... how you say ... petit ...
easier to grip, not as heavy to carry around. Merci, mom!


  1. Love the cone-noisseur .

  2. Goodness Carson, have we discovered Allan is French? And how come your French is so impeccable???

  3. Looks like the new cones are a real hit with the boys. Lucy, where's Lucy? Diamonds are a girl's best friend n'est-ce pas.
    Best always,

  4. Who knew Alan was a descendent from the french-canadian burro line?

    Maybe his ancestors came from the Lewis and Clark expedition and their french canadian trapper friends Charbonneau and Sacagawea?

    (Somebody had to haul all of those provisions, mais oui?)

  5. Estella from Co,9/18/11, 6:25 AM

    You're right I don't think they are going to last long, but they look good now. They add color to the barn area. Hugs to the kids.

  6. cone-noisseur... that is classic! They won't remain shiny for long.

  7. Cone love!

    But I have a question: do they ever get stuck in the cones? I had a yearling colt (and not a quiet one) get a cone stuck upside down on his foreleg. The base was up around his forearm and the small top hole was around his pastern. It was a full-size cone, very heavy, and the dickens to cut off.

  8. oui oui ;-) I would prefer the new shiny cones myself.

  9. Who knew you had French donkeys!

  10. It so makes sense to me that Hank would go for the tried and true! And the donka boys went for the shiny and new!

    And Lucy is holding out for something more useful. :)

  11. OMG! This was a great way to start my your pasture with all the cacti.

  12. Great post! long did they last?

  13. Diane from NC9/18/11, 8:37 AM

    Smiling....what a good mom you are

  14. I've been out classed by the donkeys. I hope that wasn't offensive guys.

  15. Mystery solved. I have wondered many times where one gets traffic cones for donkeys, aside from nabbing them from work zones on the highways!

  16. I'm thinkin' that I need to buy some cones for our donkeys. They are having way too much fun!

  17. LOL, who would have guessed they would play with cones? With your photos this would make a cute children's book. Terra

  18. When did Alan & George start speaking French? lol

  19. 12 years of French, (25 years ago, yeah) and I can't say I laughed my a** off!

  20. Ha ha ha! I photographed cones *just like these* just yesterday at a triathlon race where I'm staying in eastern Oregon. I thought they looked so cute and wondered whether my boys would like them. Pls thank Alan and George for being my cone-testers!!! :-)

  21. Lovely! Of course, I like them because they're prettier. *grin*