Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Day Pictures

You get used to not having holidays (or really any day) off when you run a farm. My Thanksgiving present to Jason was I handled all of the morning chores by myself so he could have a bit of a break. The horses were all exceptionally pleasant and cooperative, and it made for a very nice morning. The weather was pleasant as well, sunny with a light breeze.

The horses and dogs gave me several nice Thanksgiving day pictures and I have shared some of our scenes from around the farm below. It is hard not to reflect on how many things you have to be thankful for when you look around you and see so many happy animals and so much beauty.

I have a long and lengthy list of people and things I am thankful for. I am thankful that I love my job and my day to day life. I am thankful to live on a beautiful farm surrounded by so many creatures: horses, dogs, cats, a donkey, goats. I am thankful to have so many people from so many places trust us to care for their beloved pets. I am even more thankful that they give us the opportunity to provide a high level of care and that we don't have to cut corners. I am thankful to have wonderful vets, an amazing farrier and great help on the farm.

I am eternally blessed and thankful to have the most wonderful, supportive and loving parents anyone could ever hope for. They support me through everything and I would be lost without them. Anyone who has met them knows how truly blessed I am to have such amazing parents.

Last, but certainly far from least, I am so thankful to be married to Jason. There are no words to describe how much of a blessing he is to me. He is the half that makes me whole.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and has much to be thankful for.

The Big Boys took some time out from their antics to pause and reflect on all of their blessings in life today (yeah, right - they live in the manner they feel they deserve!). Baby and Ivan are standing by the fence. In the middle, L-R, Trigger, Homer, Thomas and Levendi enjoy some 'down time.' Chance is in the very back enjoying some down time as well.

Same group of horses except Elfin joined them. Elfin is standing in the back grazing.

A few of them spotted me coming with food and they started to get up. Except Trigger decided it was time to nap harder and went all the down on his side. Tony is grazing to the far left. In the front pasture Chili and Lightening are grazing together.

Homer and Chance telling Trigger he had better get up or he will miss the big meal.


Clay, O'Reilly, Chili and Slinky grazing together

Even Bella the Border Collie was taking it easy today

Trillion, Faune, Winston and Sebastian grazed quietly

Bear and Trooper were busy investigating things around the pond

Trooper looks very happy here

Bear in front of the pond

4 comments:

Kate said...

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and got a little time to enjoy it!

ZionFarm said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I gave Hoffy a Thanksgiving hug for you. :) He is really doing great- He has been a wonderful boy to have around our farm. I am very thankful for him- thank YOU for trusting us with him. :)

RuckusButt said...

What a nice post.

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Hi Melissa....I know what you mean about never having a day off.... I did today what you did for Jason on Thanksgiving. As I'm typing now, can hear the rain starting again....and it's my time to bring the horses into eat for the night! They have been out all day and enjoy roaming around but the pastures are getting pretty slim pickings. We had sunshine for most of the day. My husband delivered a new dresser to our daughter 2 1/2 hrs. away this afternoon so all the work is done now but I'm exhausted! Pretty cold here this weekend so I didn't get to ride but tomorrow back in the high 40's! Well I'll be out wading in mud in a couple of hours....yuck! Dark and dreary.....where's my vitamin D bottle! It's going to be a long winter I'm afraid! I'm thankful too for all the animals we have been entrusted to caring for.....even though it's lots of work!