Friday, April 20, 2018

No More Talk of Weather... After This

I don't know about you...
but I can't remember a spring in which we talked about the weather
half as much as we have this year.

It's almost as if Springs arrival is tomorrow... every day... tomorrow...
except, tomorrow never comes.

We get a teaser day every week or more...
and then the next day... right back to where we previously were.

Yesterday, it snowed. 
Just flurries.
But still... snow.

And yet, the grass is getting green and growing like crazy.
It won't be long before the onset of mowing season.
I've never had to mow in a winter jacket.
I sure hope this year doesn't set a precedent.

It's also time to get out the grazing muzzles.
You might remember that I had great success in using grazing muzzles on the donkeys.
And the amazing thing was... they didn't seem to mind them at all.

Here you see Dr. Becky's pony, Shirley, (sister to my Donnie and Scarlet)
wearing her grazing muzzle.

Note the fancy hairdo that helps to keep the face strap in place...

Well... this winter I ordered muzzles for all of the horses and ponies.
Because new spring grass has a very high sugar content... and is very high in calories,
we will be using grazing muzzles so that our horses can still spend a decent amount of time
out in the pastures.

Otherwise, life is just too boring.
There's just no substitute for time wandering free in the pastures.

I also wanted to give you an update on Oakley.
His quality of life is being maintained by a daily dose of prednisone.

He continues to have a zest for life and is usually eager to join us for chores.

The rest of his day is spent snoozing.
He seems comfortable and happy... so we will just keep the Prednisone going.
At the end of every day, he snuggles onto my lap and fills my heart with
such love and gratitude.
I am so grateful this dog came into our lives 8 years ago.
Best. Dog. Ever.... Ever.


GeorgiaHoneyBee said...

Best wishes for a warm, sunny, spring weekend! God bless Oakley!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

well, i think spring might finally be here starting today. i hope the prednisone helps oakley for a long, long time!

daisy gurl said...

Oh yes, spring is such a tease. I keep thinking I will be able to set out my tomato plants, but caution wins every time. Is everyone else's house being filled with transplants awaiting their turn outside? ;0D

Blessings to all of your critters. They give so much and ask so little...

Karen Ann said...

What a handsome boy - so lucky he has you to make his golden years comfortable.

30 degrees here this morning during barn chores. At least.. the sun is shining.

Beverly Frankeny said...

30 here...but no sun...yet. There is a promise of sun later!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Kisses to Oakley!

Missy George said...

Glad Oakie is doing OK!! Sunny today but nippy!!(Couldn't forget to mention the weather..) Love Shirleys "do"...Does the trick. Have a wonderful weekend.

Lynne said...

Liking some sun and spring here too . . .
And liking that “Oaklie, best dog ever . . . ever” is doing ok.

diane in northern wis said...

Aww...that Oakley is a swell dog! My husband just got started on some prednisone today....what a small world. Peace and good cheer to all....and Spring would be nice too! We're melting here.....finally!


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