Accidental Cowboy

(This post was originally authored on December 22nd.)

My Indian name is now “Leads Burros Through the Woods in the Dark.” The temperature has dropped precipitously today, going from the mid-50s to 30. I am so glad I’ve got plenty of knit goods on hand to keep myself warm now. And yes, I know, I’m a lightweight when it comes to cold temperatures; my heart goes out to you northerners who are staring down the barrel of winter.

As night was falling, we realized that Laredo and Burrito were still in the neighboring pasture. They spend most of their time over there with the horses. But when it gets this cold, we’d rather see them (relatively) cozy in their covered, wind-proof paddock. So I went into the field and looked for them. I walked clear through to the next fence – no sign of any critters except squirrels. So I hiked up through the cedar woods to the upper level of the property and there they were, belly up to a hay feeder with one of the horses.

To make a long story short: I got Burrito to come back with me and come into the paddock, but Laredo would not come through the gate. We were running late for a party, so we closed the gate and left Burrito out.

When we got back from the party, it was pitch black and COLD. First really good test of the Aran – with a jacket over it to stop the wind, it’s good and toasty. I went back through the woods (did I mention it was dark?), found Laredo, and after a couple of abortive attempts (he did not like entering the woods), got him to come all the back across the field and into the paddock. Both burros were given a scoop of oats, and everyone was happy.

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  1. Stasia Says:

    Glad to see everyone made it home ok!

    Loved your Cecilia kufi pattern – the beads are really cool. :-)

    Happy New Year!

  2. Suzy Says:

    Nothing like getting back to nature to keep you grounded! I’m envious of “Leads Burros Through the Woods in the Dark.”