Saturday, December 20, 2014


And it's not even Christmas yet! :-(

This week I noticed Barbados' hind legs were out of his leg straps. He's a sweet boy and often comes to the fence for chin rubs, but do you think he'd come up when I needed him to? Noooooo. Yesterday he was naked (except for that gorgeous fleece, which I want to keep clean and free of VM) – and he still won't let me get a hand on him. Today he may look chocolate-dipped when I go out; it's been blowing and raining all night and that's supposed to continue all weekend.

It's just one more thing on my stress pile. I need to do a major sheep shuffle (my breeding group is STILL together), but just haven't had the block of time to do it. The few days off I have are consumed with getting Brian through his schoolwork and practice and staying abreast of mail and laundry; squeezing in time for 30-minute rides on my horse here and there feels like the only thing that's keeping me from unhinging. We're going to be gone all day tomorrow visiting my dad and his wife while they are on the west side of the mountains; looks like I'll be working sheep on Christmas Eve. Not that I mind that, but my DH can get kind of cranky when I don't treat holidays as strictly family time. Tough; this is our new reality.

At least I have Sabbaths. What would I do without this oasis in time to turn away from everyday work and worry to worship? I don't want to contemplate that; it wouldn't be pretty.

Here is something that isn't unwrapped yet, but promises to be a lovely gift:

That's it for today from . . .

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Just in time for a little holiday baking!

There's no rhyme or reason, but I'll take 'em! Today is the first time all month that I've gotten more than three eggs any one day – and the first time Goldilocks (the Easter Egger) has laid an egg in months.

I should be mixing up some cookie dough right now. But the rare opportunity to sit here in my quiet house, not another creature stirring, is too tempting to ignore for the time being. Maybe I'll sort through the video clips I took of Brian sparring tonight. After his Épée class, he had the second opportunity in one week to practice with a world champion – invaluable experience before his first little fencing tournament next Monday evening!

That's it for today from . . .

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

If a tree falls in the forest...

apparently we don't hear it!

This morning I was riding Lance in our arena (I usually blog about that on my other blog) and noticed a downed tree in the adjoining woods. I'm not sure how long it's been there; I've been riding catch as catch can and may not have noticed it for awhile. We had some high winds last week, but this doesn't look like a wind fall. The tree, a good sized Doug fir with at least a 12" diameter, broke off 10-12' above the ground. Fortunately, it didn't come down on any structures, fences, or animals; it will be put to good use as firewood next winter.

That's it for today from . . .

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lovin' the light

After a foggy Saturday, Sunday morning's light was a treat.

When I stepped out the door for morning chores, I could hear one of the resident red-tailed hawks screaming. I scanned the trees, and spotted it perched at the top of a tall fir tree.
I was hoping to get lucky and catch it taking flight, but it was treat enough to see and hear it.

That evening, the setting sun kissed the eastern clouds.

From our house we often see more sunset color in the east than we do in the west.

That's just one of the quirks perks of . . .