Sunday, December 15, 2013

Ranchsitter Dispatch #3

It was a day of animals and sun today...two of my very favorite things.
When I went out to feed this morning, I was surprised to find no one but Hank was there, so I decided to feed meowing Johnny Cash first. Who could resist this face?

I was startled then to hear a noise quite close behind me and turned to see:
He took just one bite and quickly retreated. I chuckled.

But then I heard another noise and turned to see...

I knew then it was just a matter of time before my third visitor/hay thief would appear. I was not disappointed...

Here’s Hank asking Alan to please share his breakfast with him because he didn’t get enough of his own. Alan said no. I didn’t blame him, really. Hank clearly didn’t wash up before coming to the table:

One of the side effects of the delightful sun we had today is that the majority of the lingering crusty ice/snow finally melted away, revealing a good number of ... (how do I put this delicately?) EPP’s (equine poop piles). I pulled that awesome Rubbermaid wheelbarrow of yours out into the corral, thinking this job wouldn’t take too long and found myself, instead, scooping poop in something akin to slippery quick-dry cement. The heavier the wheelbarrow got, the harder it was for me to tug it and my feet were sliding out from underneath me and then holding me fast:
It’s always an adventure at 7MSN.

After breakfast and chores, we all just stood around for a while:

I tried to liven things up a bit by running ahead and yelling at everyone to “follow me”!
Their lack of enthusiasm was palpable:

George decided chewing on a prickly tumbleweed thingy would be more fun than playing my game:

Which totally cracked Hank up...

Beautiful Lucy, meanwhile, just struck her best serene-pose, completely ignoring the boys and shadowing me for loving pats and hugs.

Which she got a ton of.

Smart girl.


  1. i see the ranch critters are happy with their sitter and as always up the their hijinx..

  2. except for the epp, what a great way to spend the day eh!

  3. love the thieves!Food is serious business it seems. and that is a heavy red mud you have there on your wheels!

  4. Sorry for the quick set cement, but glad the snow and ice are gone. Beautiful NM sky and wonderful pics. Thank you.

  5. I am jealous of that beautiful sunshine! Everyone looks content and happy as anyone of us would be if we were there!

  6. Aw, bliss. Except for the EPP. *smirk*

  7. I guess it isn't sandy there in NM. Here in AZ it can rain buckets and right afterwards you could drive on it and not even leave a mark.

  8. We all know girls are smarter than boys, right? :)
    Enjoy the sunshine!

  9. EPP! hysterical!
    I am sure that Carson doesn't mind if you just get all of those out of the way for her :)

    thanks for the update

  10. Great post! thank you for sharing. Smiling horses is the best

  11. Lucy has always been the sensible one. All that snow will make for a beautiful springtime.

  12. Great post! My favorite is Hank laughing. All of them are so funny, thank you!! Glad the sun is shining for you.

  13. Monday and no update. I would like a refund.

  14. Aww... What a great job you're doing !! Love the EPP !!! Beautiful photos!! Enjoy the sun- here in Maine snow last night-another on the weekend !
    Rain :)