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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Punky's Polar Patio Picnic

It's been snowing and temperatures have plummeted since last night. It's currently -5ºF with windchills closer to -15º, so I wasn't surprised to look out onto our patio a few minutes ago and see these frosty faces peering back at me. They know they get alfalfa treats when it's this cold out...

And you just know Punky was here! She shows up on the patio even on nice days!...

Don't you love how she just steps in front of the camera? :)

Word gets out quickly. These ladies must be Tweeting and texting each other. "Alfalfa treats @ Laloofah's!"...

Punky always claims a front row seat. I love her expressions!
"MY cookie."


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  1. Fantastic!! So many deer! I love it! Hope it gets warmer for all of you.

  2. Daphne ~ I know, isn't it fun? This was just a small, intimate luncheon compared to the SRO crowd that'll show up when I go down to the barn to feed Mocha in a few minutes! That's when they'll get alfalfa hay. I'd take my camera, but my it's just too bloody cold have to take my gloves off to work it, and my head has been pounding all day with this weather front that showed up. So I intend to stagger down there and back as quickly as possible!

    It's supposed to be back up into the 20s by Sunday.

  3. Oh my goodness, just look at them! <3 I love how fluffy they are right now.

    It's been in the upper 30's & rainy here, but then the temps are going to plummet back down. Crazy weather!

  4. Laloofah -- What beautiful visitors you have. Punky is a photo ham. I swear animals know how to pose for a camera. I can just envision you with a hot drink sitting in front of a window, observing the wildlife of your area. Your temps sound frightful. My native state, Michigan, temps for sure. -- barbara

  5. Oh, Punky and friends are just cuties!! I love the ring of snow they have around their schnozzles. What big and beautiful eyes they have. I'm so glad they can rely on a little extra sustenance in the bitter cold courtesy of the Laloofah household.

    I agree with Folkways that Punky really seems to like the limelight!

    Truly special and wonderful visitors undoubtedly are harbingers of many good things to come in 2011!

    Happy New Year everyone!!! And stay warm and cozy!

    PS, I'm making a version of your Smokey Freaky Mac n Cheezy tonight...I've made the smokey version several times and we love it...tonight, I"m leaving the "smoke" out and adding in some sherry and mustard. I hope it's as tasty as the original... we'll be thinking of you as we munch it down! :)

  6. Oh, and the eyelashes! Beautiful eyelashes! Oh to have eyelashes like those! :)

  7. Molly ~ Do you see why I want to bring them all inside with us?! And I'll bet THEY love how fluffy they are right now, too! :-) (I'm with you, I love how they look in their fluffy stage, especially the babies!)

    It has been crazy weather. It was in the 40's here just yesterday morning.

    Barbara ~ You are so right about Punky, and she's been that way since she was a tiny fawn. She was born for the limelight and does indeed know how to ham it up for the camera! I agree that animals know how to pose for pictures, and some can work the camera like professional models. :-)

    I do spend a lot of my time watching (and frolicking with) the critters (and often with a hot beverage in hand at this time of year!). They are wonderful company and beautiful to watch. And fun to share with you guys, too! :-)

    Rose ~ I know, I love that ring of snow around their schnozzles too (and again, I love that word!), especially when they've been rooting around in deep snow and then suddenly look up at me. All you can see is their nose and eyes (with those enviable eyelashes indeed) peering out from a white mask. :-)

    I hope and think you're right about them being good harbingers of wonderful things to come!

    I hope your sherry & mustard version of the Smoky-Freaky-Mac-N-Cheesy was a success and that you'll report back on it, because it sounds intriguing and fancy! And I too am a mustard fan. :-)

    Happy New Year to you guys too! :-) xoxo

  8. I love those pictures! It's like something you'd find in a National Geographic magazine. :-) They simply make me smile. Thanks for sharing!

    Wishing you a very wonderful New Year!

  9. VW ~ I'm so glad you love them and that they make you smile! :-) And your comparing my humble amateur photos to National Geographic's? That definitely makes ME smile! :-))) Thank you! And a very Happy New Year to you and everyone at Chez Wheekers!

  10. I just want to kiss those frosty furry muzzles so much!! I hope that New Year's treats are in store??? Bun could spare a few carrots perhaps!!

    Have a wonderful 2011 Laloo!! xo

  11. Izzy ~ New Year's treats are not just in store, several have already been dispensed! Punky and a friend (unrecognizable because of all the snow on her face - looked like she was wearing Kabuki makeup) were at the patio back door bright and early this morning (who can blame them, it was minus 12 out there!) and got the first of what will no doubt be several handouts today. Tomorrow, for New Year's, they'll get a special treat of organic apples and carrots. And if Bun would like to share some of his carrots, that would be lovely! :-)

    The very best to you in 2011, Izzy! And to Mr. Bun, of course, who's clearly kicking off the Year of the Rabbit in style! :-)

  12. It may be snowy and cold outside, but those are some of the most heartwarming faces I've seen. I love your fluffy friends!

  13. Andrea ~ Thank you for stopping by and Happy New Year! I loved your sweet comment. :-)

    I know my fluffy friends would love you right back if they met you. (Even moreso if you had alfalfa cookies in your pockets!) :-)

    May your 2011 be filled with lots of heartwarming moments, faces and friends (fluffy and otherwise!)


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