A few extra minutes in the morning is a rarity 'round these parts so when I found myself with about 25 extra this morning (GASP) I seized the opportunity to hang out with my sheep peeps! 

Murray and Maggie were the first to greet me - surprise, surprise.  After playing on the pile of hay bales I sat down to give them some rub downs.

I think this may be the second selfie I've ever taken - not too shabby I'd say! 

Guss was noticeably attentive to my interactions with the sheep this morning, at one point coming withing a couple feet and bending down to get a better look at what we were doing.

While still timid, Mamacita is definitely warming up to me - letting me touch her nose briefly this morning, all under the watchful eye of Guss.

I think this is a beautiful photo of the two, glowing in the morning sun.

Kato was basking in the orange glow of the sunrise as well this morning!  After the subzero temps we've been having lately I think this change in weather is very welcome by this ol' chap - those old joints can't feel great even with the regular dosage of anti-inflammatories. 

Perhaps he was still somewhat sleep this morning.  Or maybe he thought I was bringing him his favorite treats, Fig Newtons.  Or perhaps he was enjoying our one-sided conversation as I sat next to him on a big stump.  Whatever the reason, he stayed put until it was time for me to head to the office and let me get much closer with the camera than usual.  Thanks Kato :)  Made my morning!