My neighbors D&L are … how shall I put this? … particular people. They like things the way they like things, and mostly the way they like things is labor-intensive. This is not a personality trait with which I fully mesh.
Case in point…
Several sets of neighbors keep horses, or have in the past. I have helped with those horses in numerous cases, sometimes as-needed and sometimes full-time, so I know how much work most people actually put into their horses. In most cases, it’s not 13 hours in a day. Seriously:
6 am: First feeding.
8:30 am: Clean corrals, check/fill water troughs, groom horses. If needed, empty tractor bucket of horse manure.
11 am: Lunch. Clean corrals.
4 pm: Dinner. Clean corrals. Prepare hay for midnight snacks.
7 pm: Midnight snacks.
This daily schedule doesn’t include training, exercising, and … you know, things like using the horses.
With both D & L now laid up for probably a substantial period of time, the basic minimum schedule now falls on me. I’m not normally a praying man – but it’s a two-mile round trip and I expect that by the end of next week I’ll be praying to whatever gods care to listen for speedy recoveries all around.
D tells me that L did indeed break her hip pretty good yesterday. She’s scheduled for surgery this morning, so I hope to know more later today.