Who'd have thought,
months ago when the grass was greener
and gentle warm breezes cooled our 90 degree days,
that we would feel downright celebratory when the mercury hit 30 degrees?
Yesterday, in what felt like a heat wave, I loaded Maddie into the gator
so that she could come along for afternoon chores.
It seemed right after days and days of being cooped up
because of snow and ice and cold,
that everyone get a chance to go outside and enjoy the sunshine.
With hay spread around our almost grassless front pasture,
I let the equines out to graze,
and I settled down in what remained of the snow to watch and take pictures.
Which, of course, became an open invitation for a couple of overly friendly donkeys
Daphne came over to me for a snuzzle...
Let me just say right now that I love everything about donkeys.
Their soft, kind, honest eyes...
their sweet kissable chin
that quivers as their attention is drawn to something moving in the distance.
their long, cupped ears that always point towards that which draws their attention...
ever listening, listening, listening....
Of all our animals, it is these two who make me feel absolutely loved.
You might tell me that they only care for me because I feed them.
But I would have to tell you this:
if they are given a choice of snuzzling with me or eating their food...
they always choose the snuzzling!
My interaction with Daphne was interrupted when something behind us caught her eye.
Chloe was having a moment with TomTom,
who had come out to walk the fence
in an attempt to let me know
that he wanted his supper.
Oblivious to Chloe, TomTom looked wistfully towards the barn,
where he knew his dinner sat - unopened.
My donkey moment had ended...
and it seemed that TomTom's donkey moment had ended as well...
it was time to finish feeding the rest of the gang.
The moment had been sweet and gentle... one of my favorites!
As for TomTom....not so much.