Missouri Mule


Every day on my way to work I pass a farm where there are about 8 or 10 mules in the field. This little guy is always standing apart from the rest of the herd and is usually close to the fence. The other day I couldn’t resist the urge to stop and take his picture – isn’t he a cutie?

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My name is Joan Williams and I'm a self taught jewelry designer and mixed media artist. I was born and raised in the Chicago area, and I now live in the Missouri Ozarks with my husband, son and jillions of beads - along with lots of ephemera and stuff that my packrat ancestors saved (and I'm so glad they did)! My passion is creating jewelry that bears the patina of time and travel, using a blend of new components and found objects. I'm also crazy about antiques, horses, flowers, rusty hinges and chipped paint, so you never know what I might be inspired to talk about. I hope you'll stop by from time to time to see what I'm up to! Click below to visit my Etsy shop and my Facebook page, and to see additional photos on Flickr.

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    • Those pics were fantastic! Thanks for sharing that website with me. Those are Donkeys (which come to think of it, I think your pic is too, I thought he was a very unusual mule. I love donkey’s too, worked with a couple of miniature donkeys years ago. I have a mule named Mel who doesn’t live with me anymore. Since becoming disabled, I am no longer able to take care of him. But I still visit him, but not nearly enough. Not like when I used to spend hours every day with him. But he lives in a HUGE field (with wooded areas and a stream) back in the mountains where an extended family has a lot of property. He has a horse girlfriend. And the family treats him very well. But I still miss just driving 2 minutes to get to him from my house and spend hours and hours every day with him.

      • After I posted about him I realized he probably is a donkey and not a mule, as all the others in the pasture are the traditional looking mules and are larger and solid dark brown or dun color with the light muzzle. He’s definitely the cutest though!

        I enjoyed your comments about Mel and his horse girlfriend! I don’t own any horses although it’s been a lifelong dream. So I just have to enjoy seeing them (and the mules) each day as I drive by.

      • I’m glad you enjoyed my comments about Mel. Let me tell you a little more about how I met him and how he became mine. I was deathly ill and at age 30, I had to move into my parents house to have them take care of me, I had been on my own since age 18 and it was really hard giving up that independence, but my parents are wonderful and my mom and I have a great relationship and she helped to nurse me back to health. When I was getting better, but not totally there yet, it was fall and my parents wanted to get me out of the house. They wanted me to go leaf peeping with them. So we drove around looking at the beauty of the mountains and I kept seeing horses in fields and told my dad that my goal for the day was to pet a horse. I used to ride a lot growing up, but after my first big spinal surgery, I couldn’t ride anymore, but I still enjoyed the company of horses. We couldn’t find any that were close enough to the road to pet and I was bummed. My dad said that he knew of a mule right in town. He had done some handy man work at the woman’s house. We went and I knocked on the door but she wasn’t home. Since I had to go into her yard to pet him, I was a bit hesitant. I wouldn’t want strangers coming up and going into my yard to pet my animals. But my dad convinced me that it was OK because he knew the lady. I instantly fell deeply in love with this very special mule and he fell in love with me too. I left a note for the woman and said that if she ever needed anyone to take care of her animals (there was a friendly dog and cats in the yard), to call me. Two weeks later she called, she was going away for a week and her normal critter sitter backed out at the last minute. I not only went over to do the necessary work, but spent nearly all day every day with Mel the Mule. When the woman saw how in love both of us were, she told me to visit him any time, it didn’t matter if she was home or not. It turned out that she had recued Mel from an extreme abuse situation. And while she had a good relationship with him, she said looking at the two of us was like watching long lost loves from a previous life meet again. So she gave him to me! He stayed in that wonderful field and barn right by her house and was only a two minute drive from me. TRUE LOVE. Thanks for listening.

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