In which the Easter Bunny makes an odd delivery and I ride

 The Easter Bunny had something unusual in the basket today:

Here for an interview:  Samantha.
She came to us with the name "Samantha", which may or may not be her permanent Haiku Farm name.  

New residents often choose new names here (just ask Mimsy ("Dutchess"), Luna ("Lucy"), Puzzle ("Triton") and Fiddle ("Sassy").   

We've had the position of Barn Cat open for nearly a year now, hoping that an appropriately-talented Cat Person would apply for the job.  A few nights ago, I got a call from Michelle, asking if the position is still available, because she wanted to recommend a Cat Person for it.

Brit is kind of a "cat whisperer"
 Today, Michelle and her husband Brit brought the kitty to our barn for an interview.  So far, she doesn't seem impressed with us, but her references are excellent.
Not convinced that she wants this job
(but her former owners are moving and can't keep her)
 Samantha (or "whoever") will be living in Hana's (currently empty) stall for a few weeks, until she gets the hang of life around here.  I hope that in that time she is able to convince Tang the bizarre orange bunny to quit digging subway tunnels under our barn, and to convince the starlings currently trying to set up squatter's rights in the ceiling again to get the heck out!

After settling the Easter Kitty into her new digs, we went outside to be entertained by the other residents.  Dobbie Goat Gruff has recently figured out how to work Carrot Technology, and he is eager to show off his skills.  Lupin Goat Gruff still doesn't know how to operate a carrot--he prefers hay.

In other news:
 I went riding.

Mindful of Fiddle's need to recover completely from her metabolic episode last weekend, I opted for a solo ride, mostly walking.  We covered about 7 miles in 2 hours--and she peed light lemonade at the end of the trail, which is good news.

(I know: endurance riders are peculiar about urine.  If Fee's recovery continues on schedule, I'll probably stop talking about it entirely in a week or two)

Signs of Spring (finally):
Swamp Tulips, a.k.a. Skunk Cabbage   in full bloom

Salmonberry blossoms

A bright new algae-green tinge to a pond beside the trail

 Back at the farm, goats enjoyed an opportunity to snooze in sunshine

Jim and I dragged the chairs out into the backyard for our first evening of outdoor relaxation in almost 8 months...
sunshine+chair+beer+book+good company = happiness!

...and Fiddle grazed and enjoyed not-being-rained-on.
Life is good.


  1. So...You went riding...What else is new?
    Easter Kitty looks like a sweetie.

  2. Just a good day :) Makes me happy and calmer just reading it.

  3. So..I went riding...and it didn't rain (or sn*w, or anything else untoward, weatherwise). And that's new!

    She's a lovely kitty. I hope she accepts the position and decides to stay with us.

  4. Sounds like a timely kitty delivery :) Hope she settles in well and fills the vacancy nicely. In other news... those are some BIG goats.

  5. Sunshine is the best. I have it today--but not for the rest of the week, so they say. Better follow your example and ride while the sun shines. Of course, you ride in the rain, too--not me(!)

  6. What a beautiful (and angry) kitty! I hope she decides you are acceptable and stays with you. Yay Fee, and yay spring!

  7. Sounds like Kitty has a Big Job! She looks to be big enough to handle it! Great minds think alike! Warmth, sunshine, comfy chairs, our animal family around us & a cold Beer!


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