Pumpkin Eating Ponies

A while back, a friend gave us a pumpkin to share with The Girls. I put in a cool place, got a little busy, and it ended up sitting for a few weeks. Ooookay…more like a month.
Either way…I cut into it last week, scraped out the seeds for myself (yes, I’m greedy. I don’t share home roasted pumpkin seeds with horses. Or The Kid. Or Hubby.), and cut it into 4 pieces for the nags.

I waited until The Kid came home from school to hand it over to them, because I knew she’d want to see what the horses did with their pumpkin chunks. And, I took pictures…because I knew y’all would want to see too. πŸ˜‰

Astrid came to the fence first...and rejected the pumpkin right away.

Astrid came to the fence first…and rejected the pumpkin right away.

“Uh, really? I’m supposed to eat that? You sure?”
She was not impressed.

Sable was next…

"Mmmmm. Pumpkin is nommie, Mommie!"

“Mmmmm. Pumpkin is nommie, Mommie!”

She had a great time chewing it. As long as I held it. Once it fell out of my hand, she was bored.

"Nom, nom, nom!"

“Nom, nom, nom!”

Cookie vibrated with glee, munching on that pumpkin chunk. When it fell, and Astrid tried to steal it…well, you can see, Cookie wasn’t letting anyone take her pumpkin…

"Mine! I'm not sharing!"

“Mine! I’m not sharing!”

She ate just about half that chunk, before wandering away from it. πŸ™‚

Ruby waited until everyone was done, then enjoyed her piece while the sun went down.

"Mmmmm! Pumpkin! Woulda been better if Mom had put some brown sugar on it though..."

“Mmmmm! Pumpkin! Woulda been better if Mom had put some brown sugar on it though…”

Sharing with Jenny Matlock’s Warm Heart Wednesday.
Even though the pumpkin was given to us a while ago, cutting it up and sharing with the Girls last week reminded me what wonderful friends we have, and that warmed my heart. πŸ™‚

Warm Heart Wednesday

The last little while, we’ve been so busy I ran very behind on my favorite weekly link up…Alphabe-Thursday. When I finally returned to Ms Jenny’s blog to catch up, I learned that this past round was to be the final one. 😦 While I will miss Alphabe-Thursday, and the unique writing challenges it offered, I understand Ms Jenny’s need to take care of her own health.
But…she has offered up a new linkup for Wednesdays. One that helps us count our blessings, no matter how big or small. One that reminds us, in the Darkness there is always a teensy spark of Light, if we remember to look for it.
I think I will enjoy participating in this link up too. πŸ™‚

So, here we are, Warm Heart Wednesday (a day late, no surprise with me!) to share the little thing that warmed my heart last week…

It starts with this picture:



A fabulous portrait of our beautiful Blonde Girl…only, I didn’t plan to do a portrait session with her. I was coming out to the pasture to take pictures of the straw bale extension we’re building onto the shelter for winter. Sable saw me coming, popped her head over the fence and smiled. How could I resist taking that shot? Ears forward, beautiful face, perfect light…I’d be a fool to let the moment pass by.

And then, this happened…



This one is not a fan of the camera. This one is not a fan of much of anything…except Mama. She’s my Mama’s Girl. When she saw me, she trotted over to the gate, popped her head over and nickered to me.
I cannot express how good that makes me feel. That nicker at the gate, that face that’s so happy to see me (and I didn’t even have treats!), that face that waited right there for me to take the picture and come to kiss her.

2 years later, and I am still moved to tears that this horse, who was so un-horse-like when she came, so shut down, has responded to me with love and trust.

She’s my Girl.
She’s my Blessing.
She’s my wee spark of Light.

Sharing with Jenny Matlock’s Warm Heart Wednesday.