Tuesday, May 24, 2011

EXPECTATIONS and CELEBRATIONS - MAY 23-28, 2011

Every Morning!  My life is filled with "expectations".....from dozens of four footed members of our "family"....oh, and from a two footed one.  Shall I give you an example?

It's Monday and the alarm clock goes off at 6 a.m.  (My clock's expectation is to have its head smashed in.)  And since it's a school day, my 8th grader shrinks under her covers in the expectation of my "cheerful" warning of, "First Call!".....knowing that at 6:10, she'd better get serious about getting up and dressed for the 6:30 a.m. school bus.

Once the school bus is gone, the expectations begin from our four footed friends........ (How do they know???)

Ella, our miniature donkey begins to bray.

Escapade and El Dorado, two of our stallions pound at the metal paneled gate that separates them (just outside of our bedroom window).

Larry pours himself a cup of coffee, and there's Taffy, our 26 year old Shetland,  spying at him from her paddock which happens to have a perfect view right into our kitchen. He pretends not to see her, but she nickers in expectation.  She knows what buttons to push.

The moment I begin pouring grain into the feed bucket, I hear the rustle of expectation (and impatience) coming from the group of mares and foals outside the barn door.  It's hard not to look because I know I'll see a half dozen furry little noses poking up and over the sliding gate.

By 11:00 a.m. the barn chores are done. I head for the house with five dogs and four cats racing to the back door ahead of me in expectation.  They all know that now it's THEIR turn to be fed.  Each one of them tells me how excited they are for their favorite time of the day.

Every day it's Expectations and a Celebration.

19 comments:

  1. Wow, I envy how many wonderful creatures expect to be fed by you! Life must surely never be dull in your house :)

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  2. What a fun post on Expectations and Celebrations!! I enjoyed reading this!! Glad to meet you here... Cheers, Jenn

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  3. I love it, Maryann and it's wonderful to read your words again! I adore animals and love reading about yours!

    My cats know when feeding time is too--they'd tell me and remind me if I was to dare forget! LOL!

    Great blog!

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  4. I love your life, just wonder if everyone understands how much work it takes to have the kind of life you do. Great job hon

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  5. Our pets always tell us about their food, too. As if we'd ever forget! Lol

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  6. You and Larry get more done before lunch than most of us do before bedtime.

    I'm so glad that you're blogging GBE style again! :O)

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  7. This post really made me smile! I arrive at work at 8:30 but am barely productive before 11. I've never been a morning person.

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  8. Great post!! What better than to expect to eat?? I love that! I get that a lot at my house! My kids expect to be fed constantly, my husband expects the house to be as close to spotless as possible..you get the drift. I enjoyed reading!

    Kathy
    http://www.thetruckerswife.com/

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  9. Thank you for all the comments... It's wonderful seeing some old friends posting. And I'm looking forward to meeting new GBE-ers over these next few weeks.

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  10. aww you are so BLESSED!! Thank you for sharing in black and white; VISUALS of your precious fuzzy family!! : )

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  11. This was like watching the opening of a movie. I LOVED this post and the imagery you created.

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  12. I'm barely as productive as that on a daily basis :) Loved hearing about all your animals!

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  13. Wow! You have a busy and full day! Animals can bring us much joy (and our teens do, too...most of the time ;) Living on a farm must be great!

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  14. hahahahahahahaha

    I can so picture you feeding and working the farm too!!!

    Loved it! and I have to agree with Beth, I have told you for years that just reading what you do makes me want to take a nap - hahahahahaha.

    Love you Ma. Yeah we REALLY need a phone call. Soon!

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  15. Sounds like a slice of paradise to me. I love this post!

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  16. Lots of expectations indeed! Sounds like a busy, but rewarding, day! (Well, except for the early alarm clock ...)

    I think it's time for someone to feed you something special too!

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