Archive for December, 2009

Christmas Greetings

December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas,  here’s wishing you a joyous season filled with donkey hugs galore!     
 
Everyone … including the “Don’t Touch Me Luc” and Mr. Pigpen donkey (Galahad) received a good ole’ coat brushing yesterday.  I was able to get the mud off their backs and legs and the ice balls cleaned off their tummys so the hair can fill with air pockets and keep them cozy warm during this cold snap.   All but Luc love to be with their people for winter cuddle time….even with a new round bale in the feeder everyone, excluding Luc, wanted to stay with us, he’s like Alvin in the Chipmunks. AL vinnnnnnnnn……!
  
We are having a White Christmas with a beautiful layer of snow.  At 20 degrees yesterday they were all snuggy warm boys, it’s 4 degrees now and have been at the round bale feeder all night waiting to hear Santa’s sleigh bells, I’m sure.  Jim added extra bedding around the feeder so not only can they eat in comfort but they have warm dry bedding to lay in.  He’s a good Donkey Dad! 
 
They received Christmas Eve apples in their afternoon hay pellets  as well as a fresh round bale yesterday.  Hank has put on some weight, which is good for this time of the year.  Merlin is eating like he’s a growing teenage boy but not filling out much, using those calories for play time…. I’m thinking.  He’s definitely the youngster of the bunch. 
 
 
We have more new baby calves across the road and Hank and Galahad spend hours watching them.   Hank has such a protective nature.  I did see Hank instigate play yesterday with Merlin and later with Galahad.  We sure love him.  
 
 
Luc is more interested in filling his tummy and napping in the sunshine or playing with Hank with their new rubber toys, a 16 inch piece of heavy rubber hose, that is when the urge hits or when Hank strikes Luc with the hose!
 
On my agenda is to get on the ball and write Hank and Merlin’s web intro pages for the new site.  I now have a new photo program to learn… sure will do a lot more than the old one. 
 
Looks like a busy one today…. cooking and gathering everything it takes to put food on the table then packing it all up for a trip to town to have Christmas dinner with Grandma and Grandpa, who are shut ins this time of the year. 
Merry Christmas to all,
  
Jim n Kristi n the donkey boys

 

Season of Reflection

December 20, 2009

 

Okay gang, this is it… the last update for the year and it comes to you filled with our holiday YouTube favorites.

Our biggest holiday news is that a whole new look is in progress for the website and I’ll just have let you know when it has launched as of right now it is cloaked in secretsey!  

This blog has been moved and is now set up for the New Year at

 2010teamdonk.wordpress.com

 … seems we have used up all our photo space here, which was my goal!  The new updates will be posted at that site from now on, so add that to your radar.

Now for my favorite Donkey holiday videos…. each of these YouTube programs takes about 30 minutes to view and are set up in ten minute segments in three parts.  Be sure to enjoy them all the way through.

The first one is narrated and sung by Roger Miller and is a Gene Autry production.

You’ll find Nester the Long Eared Donkey at

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmSvoyIit7I

The second one is a Walt Disney production called The Small One and can be found at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGTjbSS8hSc&feature=related

 Ahhhhh…and my all time favorite Christmas tune! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok5rOO2v2dU

This has absolutely been one of the best years Teamdonk has enjoyed and I have enjoyed sharing it with you.  I wish each and every one a terrific 2010! 

Jim and Kristi,
The “Stars” of Teamdonk…
RMS Lippyluver Luc,
OK Sir Galahad,
Handsome Hank Bishop
and RMS Magical Merlin

Year End Report

December 6, 2009

Wow time does fly!  I need to thank my patient readers who keep writing and calling to see if all is Okay at Team Donk.  Yes, I am happy to report all is fine and we are in the process of surviving the holiday season and staying warm.  With the wind child factor we have seen -4 degrees in the last few hours.  With today’s 24 mph winds it is bone chilling cold!  The donkey boys are eating, drinking, playing and sunbathing to stay warm.  Very seldom do we see them inside the pasture shelter.  They’re busy keeping track of what is going on in their world like their new horse neighbors they enjoy watching.  I see the horses being ridden on a regular basis which excites them to no end.  We have Black Angus cattle across the road and a new baby calf.  The donkeys are in hot pursuit of any coyote that gets near “their baby”.  Blowing, snorting, feet stomping are warning the predators to stay back!  I heard a wolf howl the other night and saw one on my way to work.  The tall slim predator stopped to watch me and was close enough for me to see his intense bright yellow eyes.  I much say they are a deadly beautiful creature. 

 

The four boys are getting along great!  The two older ones Luc and Hank are best buds.  Merlin and Galahad are like teenage boys who pick on each other all the time and a play session can begin at any moment for no apparent reason.  All four are haired up and Galahad looks like he should be named Pigpen Donkey as he loves his mud baths.  Hank is Jim’s lover boy and Merlin likes to hang out with me.  Luc is their leader and Galahad is the rat pack’s brat child!  All is well at Team Donk.

 

The website is in the update process and will have an exciting new look and feel.  The webmasters are keeping it under wraps so we are all in limbo at the moment.

 

Merry Christmas to all the Team Donk fans and thanks for a wonderful 2009!  I’m excited to take you with us down the 2010 Team Donk trails.   Hopefully it will include some new territory we can all explore together.  Until next year I wish you a life full of health, love and plenty of donkey hugs! 

Sincerely,

Jim and yours truly, Kristi

RMS Lippyluver Luc and OK Sir Galahad’s

2009 Yearly Totals….

255.5 miles in 111.5 hours