Saturday, December 31, 2011

Saturday encore ~ Wynonna and I wear the same size

The post below, published originally on January 3, 2010, turns out to be a very popular one according to my blog statistics. And you're not going to believe why. Apparently, there are a lot of folks googling the question "What size is Wynonna?" And this is one on the places Google sends them. Imagine their surprise when they find a pig in a purple parka instead.

A blast of arctic air moved into the southwest over the weekend. The overnight temperatures have been in the single digits, and the days haven't seemed much warmer because of the blasted wind. Taking care of the animals has been my only priority.

Hank and the burros have their shaggy coats and an endless supply of hay to help keep them warm. The chickens have their feathers and a draft-free coop bedded with lots of fresh straw. And Wynonna? Her pigloo is stuffed with straw, I've been serving her hot oatmeal for breakfast, and every night before I go to bed, I go out to the barn and tuck her in under my ski parka.

The porcine princess emerges in the morning with the parka regally draped across her shoulders. 

Lavender becomes her, don't you think? All that's missing is the ermine trim.

The sleeves are a bit too long, but she doesn't seem to mind,

although I did hear her grumbling that the parka wasn't long enough to cover her prodigious butt,

Hockey Steve and me | Telluride, Colorado | January 1993

 which, to be honest, was the same problem I had when I wore the darned thing.


  1. WOW! Clicking on the Hockey Steve link in your caption lead me to reading your whole "How I got here" posts! I had not read that far back in your archives. What a story! I was so surprised to hear you came from the DC area, that's where I am now.

    Your lifestyle there in NM amazes me even more now. It truly is a fairy tale.

  2. Oh, be kinder to yourself. Unless you're a starving super model, fluffy ski apparel is not flattering. Period. The indoor equivalent is bowling shoes, although even super models can't pull off bowling shoes.

  3. Oh, I had to laugh when I saw that you used the word 'prodigious" in a sentence! It just doesn't get enough use and never, I am sure, as an adjective to 'butt'--HA-HA!

    And then into my mind comes the lyric to a somewhat raunchy (not ranchy) song: "I like big butts and I cannot lie!" Just that lyric fits here :-)

    Stay've got your own parka, right??!

  4. How do you keep it on her? I use an old, thick sweat shirt on my goat.

  5. one of my favorite posts! Thanks for bringing it back!

  6. Hockey Steve!!! I love this picture! You two made quite a team!
    And seeing that pretty purple parka on you *and* on Wynonna is absolutely HILARIOUS.
    Love the addition of Mr. P. on your header...that is an *amazing* photo. With the new camera? Nice work!

  7. Very cute! I can't believe you let Wynonna have a chance at the nice parka! And, hey it looks great on you!