But, on to the story...
Friday I picked up the hay feeder from the local feed store ($10 more than the catalogs but still cheaper) and yesterday was the big installation day. We made the mistake of taking two ridiculous black dogs out with us and for some reason they were all jazzed up. Made the donkeys nervous. Chastising the dogs/hyenas fell on deaf ears. Idiots.
The hardest part of the process was climbing over the huge snow pile next to the shed. Rick said, "you go over there and hold the bolts while I put on the washers and nuts". I said OK. Until I walked around and saw the size of the snowbank I'd have to climb over. For those who aren't personal friends, following surgery 10 years ago, I now have the balance of a baby. Zip, gone. So perchinging atop this huge pile of snow was not for me. Instead I got the job of putting on washers and nuts and then tightening. Piece of cake.
Then the grand unveiling.
Actually it took some coaxing for the donks to want to come in and examine it - darn dogs had them skittish. And, I had the pure audacity to want to measure them with the scariest tape measure in the world. Good lord.
No dogs, you're not invited next time.