Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mrs. Wishy Washy

When my boys were in Kindergarten one of their favorites books was Mrs. Wishy-Washy.  Mrs. Wishy-Washy takes her dirty cow, dirty pig and dirty duck and washes them in the tub, 'wishy-washy, wishy-washy' until they are all clean. Well, I didn't have a tub, but I did have some warm water, and it was a warm day, so I washed the horses' manes and tails; wishy-washy, wishy-washy!

In my last Hobby Horse Blog Hop I wished that I had a wash stall. (Star light, start bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might have a wishy-washy stall...) Failing that, I do have plumbing for a washing machine in my basement.... The pipes for the washing machine have a hot water connection where a hose can be attached..... I have a window in a window-well near the washing machine...  I can tie the horses fairly close to that window... (Can you figure where this is going?!)

On Wednesday I connected a hose to the hot water outlet and ran it out the basement window. I connected a hose to the cold water hose bib. I pulled the hoses around the corner and brought out a bucket to mix the water. A wash stall it isn't... but it works! I brought Pippin up and attacked him with dish soap first, and then Mane and Tail Whitener. Doc was next. It's not an easy job with all of that hair, but both horses now have their flaxen manes and tails back again! (and my hands are a peculiar purple shade from the whitener that should wear off in a day or so!)  Woohoo - my Haffies are good looking guys again, if I do say so myself!!


Pippin - After

Ach, the pictures just don't tell the 'tail'! Their manes and tails had turned a dirty gold color. After their spa treatment, their locks were back to their bright, white flaxen shade. The white is so bright it almost hurts one's eyes!


  1. I met Joy while at the literary conference in Denver last month. She was so down to earth and friendly. I love that I read her stories as a kid and mine will be reading them too!

    You're boy is so cute.

  2. First, I never used your word verification stamp out because I got so sick. Second, I don't know how well they liked being washed, but they must be so proud now that there flaxen manes and tails are restored to their former beauty.

  3. Haffie's are so pretty! They cleaned up good, and didn't even look half as dirty to begin with as our herd (still) does.

  4. They look beautiful! You made your own wash stall! I have never heard of the Wishy Washy sounds like a good one for little kids:)

  5. Pretty boys! That looks like a fun book.

  6. Very handsome indeed! The weather looks great too.

  7. lovely! But sounds like quite a chore! Maybe a washing stall is still in your future one day!


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