Monday, December 15, 2008
This one is for Joanne one of my favorite non-horse bloggers, who takes wonderful pictures of front doors all over New England, and has a giveaway going on right now that you don't want to miss(Barnes and Noble GC). I ran outside just for her, in the 5 degree cold, and snapped this shot. On closer inspection from the warmth of my home, I realized the wreath is crooked and part of the lights and poinsettas in the garland are falling off!
This scrawny little tree is a flowering plum (in the summer--in the winter it's a scrawny little tree). There weren't any trees here when we bought the property--so we planted about 20. It looks better at night when you can see the lights, but not the size of the tree!
Our dog, Maggie--Labrador Retriever, barn cat, and horse herder all wrapped into one.
Remember 42? She's the cat from the cruelty case here in Spokane. A woman hoarded 85 cats all sick and in horrible condition--some with broken bones. It was sad and sickening. Poor 42 still has a cough that acts up now and then, and as you know, she lost her little sister to a coyote. Now she's an inside cat who walks to the barn with me every morning.
She's a cutey--and has the personality of a dog.
This is the view of Mt. Spokane out my back door. We love it this time of year because it has snow on top.
The barn this morning--when we woke up it was 3 degrees. Yesterday Beautiful's automatic waterer froze and we spent the day fixing it. It's cold out there! (Beautiful's story continued below).
Here's my latest Beautiful story: She's trying to steal my husband. Yesterday, when I'd go to pet her, she'd put her ears back at me--like, no, I don't want you. Then, she'd walk over to my husband and nudge him. She did this several times all day when we were out fixing her waterer. Hmmmm....
Here's Cia taking her winter roll---washing off the dirt from the mud we'd had previously. The horses get cleaner and cleaner every day with this snow. Oh, and their manure is frozen in their stalls!! Yippee-three cheers for sub-zero weather!
Here are the horses in the snow storm from last week. You can barely make them out.
These are just DANGEROUS--dangerous, dangerous, dangerous. Need I say more? Someone stop me!!!
Never underestimate the simplicity of fake poinsettas. I buy them by the truckloads and stuff them into every vase in my home. Makes it look like I labored all day when really it took about 5 seconds to cram them in there.
Our Christmas tree. We always go with a fake one because I grew up with artificial and they're safe and clean. I burn a pine candle to get the pine scent. Some people don't like this--real trees are very important to them.
See the angel at the top of the tree? Years ago when I was teaching--I think I bought it 17 years ago--one of the ladies brought in those paper angels to sell. I bought two, and that one has topped our tree ever since. (It's ratty, but still in one piece).
My kids take turns putting it up there each year, and for the first time, my fourteen year old son was able to place it on the top without a step stool.
It's the little things that make Christmas special.