Today was a rich and lovely day at the ranch with the ole sun coming back again, a rare sight lately! We welcomed back seasoned WOOFER Quatre and let everybody out today, which is so exciting after being stuck inside 4 of the last 5 days. Even though it was sunny, there was still residual ice that was pokey to melt, despite a liberal sprinkling of salt. The slippery conditions meant Daisy Mae, Molly, and Rodney had to wait and wait and wait while the sun and salt did their best melting dance. Mournful moos of protest peppered the air until they were freed to the pasture, and they didn’t even sniff twice at the conciliation prize: an ample handful of carrots. Roman was so gleeful to spend the day outside, and was very agreeable about letting our WOOFERS ride him bareback - Quatre in the morning, and Cody in the evening. Gertie the goose, right on schedule, made the rounds saying a goosey ‘Good Morning’ to the horses, and spent the rest of the day making googly-eyes at her buddy Quest. All the horses should be relieved to know that their bedding was replenished from the huge pile in the back barn. Greg and Cody teamed up on the bagging and Bran escorted Cody for the bag transport on the Quad. The afternoon remained dry and nearly clear out, so all ranchers at hand took the opportunity to pile up a truck-full of dry wood for our home furnace. It was by means of 5 tractor trips and Macho and Alicia being quarantined to their innermost pen. Again, the injustice! Muscles were sore afterwards but we have a solid 3 weeks of fuel for our house heat. On the way back to the ranch Greg noticed that 2 plum trees were bent over from the ice storm last week. He decided that an experiment was in order, so we shall leave them be and let them grow up sideways. Hopefully this doesn’t mean a free meal for the wasps, deer, bunnies, and birds. About the time the wood trip was completed was also the point in the day for evening chores. Little-big Lamb Chop straggled at the back of the herd, again, and made a sneaky beeline for his old roommate Holly, who was distracted with dinner. Cody coaxed and jostled him back home, and Lamb Chop baaed to the tune of a barf in response. Our special ranch traveler can’t get used to the monotony of hanging out with ‘just’ other sheep. Quest had a successful training tonight – Quatre practiced saddling him and leaning over the saddle on his back. Considering that the training was being documented with a scary and loud camera, Quest did quite well. The day ended a wee bit chilly, but all animals were content and relaxed, including our tough barn kitties who’ve been spoiled lately. Sweet dreams 4 and 2-legged ones.
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