You have probably figured out that taking care of our animals is my top priority.
Family comes first.
However some days they might say that the animals come first!
I spend a great deal of time considering the needs of all of our animals,
and actually plan my days around what the animals will need.
Weather plays a dramatic role in this.
Right now we are in the midst of grey, dreary, rainy, snowy weather.
Because of the snow on the ground, many of our animals
have preferred to remain indoors these past few days.
And so, not only do I make the necessary trips out to the barnyard for several feedings a day,
but I also feel the need to visit the pigs in between in order to offer them some
It is said that pigs are as smart as dogs.
If this is true, I know that a great deal of their happiness is derived from
Ordinarily the pigs spend a portion of each day out in a pasture,
and so they have an opportunity to visit with goats, and turkeys and chickens.
But when the weather is so gloomy, they prefer to remain in the barn.
So......I do what I can to relieve their boredom.
I leave their stall door open so that they have free run of the barn; and
I open one of the stall doors so that the horses can visit them over the door.
This way they can visit with the cats, the horses, chickens and guineas
who are hanging out in the barn.
Tell me....am I crazy being concerned with the mental health of my animals?
Just so that you understand....
this is what happens when a person
who has spent her life caring for others ends up on a farm
surrounded by animals.
All kidding aside, I do feel a tremendous responsibility for the lives
of the animals on our farm.
They depend upon us for so much...
and give even more in return!