WHY do I tell myself that it is OK to feed in clothes that I would never, ever, EVER wear in public?!






Do you have ‘feeding’ clothes.  Or, maybe ‘barn’ clothes?

They are clothes, but you only kept them because they couldn’t be worn anywhere else so you grabbed onto the only category left for their survival…

“I’ll use them to feed!”

I think my assortment of feeding attire was formed from a mix of laziness and the ‘play clothes’ chip my mother installed into my brain.

Mother:  “Don’t go outside in your good clothes, go get changed into your play clothes.”

To my mother, play clothes could be destroyed and I wouldn’t get in trouble.  Good clothes, not so much.

To me, feeding clothes = play clothes.  It’s all good if they get wrecked.

FEEDING CLOTHES = PLAY CLOTHES, ONLY WORSE.

Except… I really don’t need to feed in my adult play clothes.  I mean, I have enough clothes…  This ‘feeding clothes’ thing is just an excuse.

At least when I was a kid, I outgrew clothes soon enough that none of them got particularly ratty or stained.

As an adult, I’ve quit growing so there is really no reason to throw out a good pair of … whatever… stained favorite painting shirt, floppy 80’s era puffy pants, flabby decorative tshirts, ripped sleeves, shrunken sweatshirts… you know the drill.

Now, I hold onto ‘favorite’ clothes that have ABSOLUTELY bitten the dust (so much so that they aren’t even GOODWILL worthy…), and I tell myself I’m repurposing  them as feeding clothes.  When in actuality, I’m just not willing to tell my floppy, puffy, flabby ripped and shrunken friends, Adios!

When feeding, I am a vision.

OR, THE PAJAMAS THAT DOUBLE AS FEEDING CLOTHES

I feed first thing in the morning… after I brush my teeth.  (I figure horses always like minty breath.)  Generally, I pretty much just put a jacket over my pj bottoms – or sweats – and go outside and do the job.

There are two problems here.

  1.  If we have AirBnB guests, I really have to step it up a notch.  Not that they are awake when I feed at O Dark Hundred… but I at least have to put on a bra.
  2.  If I feed in PJs, invariably, they will become full of hay stickers.  So what once was a nice, soft fleecy pair of pants, is no longer nice and soft, but full of prickly things – mostly around the ankles.  So, until I take them off – or rip out the stickers while I’m drinking coffee and reading comics- I feel this nagging, sticking, prickles that drives me CRAZY.

I know you know what I mean…

THE “I’M ALLERGIC TO HAY ON MY ARMS” SUMMER LOOK.

For me, I’m allergic to hay on my arms.  I get welts and itchy.  So, I always have to have a ‘slippery to hay’ shirt/coat.  I don’t want any hay to stick on my arms or onto the shirt covering my arms because I don’t want to spread the hay all over the house.

In the winter, this is easy.  I just throw on a canvas jacket, or a raincoat, and I’m good.  Brush it off and no remnants of hay.

But in the summer, when it is 110 degrees, I use my lightest throw-away long sleeved cotton shirts that I’ve shrunk in the dryer.

So, I look like a sweating reject from an office party on top, with mismatched shorts and cowboy boots.  A good look.  Invariably, when I’m dressed like this, I’ll accidentally meet up with one of our AirBnB guests who has decided to take in the sunrise/sunset or go for a morning run.

Oy.

NOT ENOUGH HOOKS TO HANG ALL THE CLOTHES

My feeding clothes hang in the garage.  As I go out, I grab whichever garment is the proper weight for the weather.

Invariably, I have repurposed so many clothing items, I have them stacked upon each other on the measly 2 hooks I have there.  I keep telling myself that I only need 2 hooks – day and night hooks – and I can change out per season.  But, I never change out per season, and I never throw away, only add.

So, now I have about a dozen feeding garments hanging on two hooks plus an assortment of temporary hooks that don’t really work.  Oh, plus some hats.

DON’T TRIM BACK THAT TREE!

I have taken the feeding ritual behavior to a new (low) level recently…  We have a huge weeping California Pepper Tree that pretty much obscures our guests’ view of me as I feed.  It is glorious.  The guests know I’m out there, but they can’t see me.

Well… Hubby decided to trim back the tree to let light stream into the AirBnB… thinking I’d be delighted.

I cried.  I literally was flumoxed because, as I said, “Now I’ll have to wear a bra when I feed!”

And sadly, I meant it.

 


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NORMA JEAN is SHEDDING IN MAY! She hasn’t done this in 10 years! I really think Gina is a miracle worker!






(THANK YOU, EVERYONE for sending prayers, great thoughts and donations to the ER BUCKET FUND for The Golden Carrot yesterday.  We are very, very close to our goal.  Amazing.  Thank you.)

NORMA JEAN is SHEDDING IN MAY! She hasn’t done this in 10 years! I really think Gina is a miracle worker!

Earlier this month, I told you about Gina Vetro and her homeopathic/ayurvedic remedies that have brought my donkey back from the brink (after 3 vets just said she was “old” – I knew I was losing her).  You can read that story here.

Soooooooooo, the next hugely big news is that Norma Jean is shedding!  SHEDDING!  Norma hasn’t shed earlier than August in years.  YEARS!

They say donkeys don’t get Cushings, but they get Fatty Liver Disease, and there is nothing anyone can do.  Well, I am going to say that there IS something you can do… Call Gina!

LOOK at how happy and engaged Norma is now… and she is shedding, trotting around, being loving and defiant, giving her opinion and demanding attention – finally – again!

I am thrilled.

Please, if you have a horse that is ‘off’ and you know it. Call Gina!

GINA VETRO CONTACT INFO:  Gina Vetro, phone: 646-403-7070, email:  Gvet13@gmail.com , Click for FB.

LOOK AT HER SHED! AND LOOK AT HER SMILE!

THE FINAL TEST WILL BE HER SUMMER DONKEY PSORIASIS… but even if it comes back, I’m still thrilled with Norma’s surge in health!

Norma has gotten donkey psoriasis on her legs every summer for the last 5 summers.  I have something that gets rid of it  (MAJOR’S SOLUTION/Fungus Free – no affiliation), but it would be great if it didn’t come at all!

So, we will see… crossing fingers.

 


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