Dear Santa

We've had to relinquish the ease of summer days
opening the valve to the automatic water system and walking away
while the waterers fill and empty and refill as the animals take a drink.

Today the water line sits empty and idle while we draw their water from another source,

attaching a garden hose at the house,

and filling jugs for the more distant groups beyond the reach of the hose.

There are lots of different ways to approach a task.

The important thing is that it gets done.

Lately I've been thinking

that a deluxe, heated, winter waterer with an automatic filling system

that didn't freeze up,
need daily draining,
or hauling by sled

might be another way to get the job done.