Got new hay delivered this morning. It's really pretty stuff, green, leafy, dense bales. Getting hay for the bunnies is a special moment for me, always a satisfying and reassuring moment getting enough hay to last through the winter. December is very late for me to get a hay delivery but last year I bought more hay than I ended up needing, still have a bale and some left. So I waited to get new hay. If this were hay for my horse, it would last not even 2 weeks, but bunnies eat far less. I got 12 bales which isn't enough for an entire year, but at this point, I don't need enough for an entire year. I just need enough to get me through to first cutting. I prefer second cut but I also like hay less than a year old. And it must smell fresh and sweet. I usually get my face in close to newly delivered hay and inhale deeply because that good hay smell is worth putting your nose in. It smells wonderful! But more than that, it is a moment of optimism, a moment where everything is right with the world. The animals will eat all winter. And bless their sweet little hides, they paid for it themselves. It did not come out of household funds. Even if the bunnies don't have to pay their own way, it is a pleasing "atta boy" when they do. Kind of confirmation that I'm doing ok.
What I don't usually have to deal with when getting hay is snow in the way. I had ordered the hay in advance of the storm we had a week ago but storm and delivery schedule ended up colliding, which then complicated the feed store's delivery efforts. Because I still had hay, I agreed to wait until today but of course, Mother Nature tossed in another round of snow before the hay arrived. And I only have this afternoon to get the hay into my shed. More snow coming. The garage is both too full and inconvenient to store hay so I shoveled a path around to the shed, and will start moving the hay in a bit. The bunnies will be doing a happy dance.