Honey Bandit is a happy guy. After we spent the last three days clearing out dead trees and doing major cleanup, the horses can now find a ray of sunshine between the trees on those cold winter days. Prior to this weekend, the area where Honey Bandit and his "band" spend their days, was quite dark and dreary. The horses would spread out, grabbing the limited spots of sunshine. Now, however, there is much more sunlight available to them, and they are enjoying it immensely. I have to say thank you to my hubby Matt, our boys and a very good friend Wes, (one of my "extra" kids, as they did a tremendous amount of work to allow the sun to shine down on our beloved critters. I may not be much use for the "heavy work", but I am a pretty good supervisor - haha.
Seriously though, Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, the Orphan Foal Division of WWAS, is truly a much brighter place to be. PTL!!!! Sunshine makes me happy! The horses were of great help, of course. Matt, Travis and Wes all set their half empty coffee cups in the wheel barrow as they worked away. Chilly Pepper, the inspiration of CPMM, and Dakota (a very unhappy 'string" trail horse - who came to our rescue to "get away" from that life) decided to help in this endeavor. While the guys weren't looking, they drank all of their coffee. They did not spill or knock over the coffee cups, they simply stuck their big ole tongues in their cups and drank away. (I have to admit that Dakota and I will share a cup of joe once in awhile. He just sticks his tongue in and has a lick or two of coffee. He loves it!) Of course we don't do that if he has a muddy face. :)
We have been quite busy, preparing for the upcoming foal season. We have had wonderful visits from some beautiful ladies who came and helped. We don't really have volunteers, more like a great big family. Some of the best times we have spent are sitting around the table "breaking bread" with our "extended family". I really think that having a community rescue and a great big extended family is such a huge blessing. I feel so honored to have met so many wonderful people and to be able to share what we do with ya'll. In today's world, people forget how wonderful it can be to just sit around the table, (or the fire) and eat and visit, without television or computers etc. This world has become so commercialized and high tech that sometimes people forget how much joy the simple pleasures in life can bring you, like sharing stories as the fire crackles and dances before you.
We want to send out a big thank you to the beautiful Carla Bowers and Suzie Cortemanche. We were lucky enough to have them visit and not only share their fabulous company, but help us with our chores. I also want to send such a big and heartfelt hug to Cat Kindsfather, who spent some wonderful hours with Little Mister. Thanks to her being there, we were able to get him the medicine he needed even though it was in the middle of the night and about a two hour round trip. She spent her gas and time and love for the little guy and made it possible to get the meds right away. Although God needed Little Mister to come home right away, the meds did indeed make him more comfortable. So I will always be grateful for the way she "cowgirled up" and "got 'er done". We are looking forward to her being a big part of the ongoing foal rescue. Suzie C was also with me the night Little Mister flew up to heaven in the arms of the angels. We heard what sounded like hundreds of birds, and away he went, almost as if he were flying on the wings of angels.
So as we look ahead, the trailer is packed, and we are ready to go. We have medical supplies, some milk powder to get us started and a broken heart that is ready to wrap around the next little one that needs help. Again, we thank you so much for making all this possible. Fuel for a 400-500 mile trip will always be a challenge, but I know in my heart that ya'll will be there to help us bring these little angels home. Thank you in advance for always being there for the horses. We simply could not do this without the whole "family".
God bless and take care! Palomino & the gang.
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