Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Raining horses and cows!!!

We've definitely gone beyond raining cats and dogs!  It's virtually a torrential downpour today, and it began last night and hasn't let up, even for a nano second.  The ditches are flooding, there's standing water in the fields and in our yard, and before long, the creeks and smaller rivers will be flooding their banks.  Have I mentioned lately just how much I despise rain?  No?  Well, ok...I hate rain!!!  I don't mind the occasional rain shower, or even a good gully-washer from time to time...but this is beyond ridiculous!

Texas?  Believe me when I tell you that if I could, I would...send a lot of our rain down to ya'll  I believe in sharing the wealth.

So, the horses are inside today.  My hubby cleaned their stalls before going to work this morning and turned them out with their morning rations while he worked.  They chose to huddle together with their butts to the onslaught of water and didn't even show any interest in their hay.  That's almost unbelievable, even to me!  But there they were, sappy little faces, heads hung low, butts to the weather and I couldn't take it.  I put more hay in their stalls and called them back to the barn.  Without any second thoughts, one by one, they wholeheartedly marched inside and went straight to their own stalls...and quietly began to eat.  It's a balmy 58 degrees today.  The weatherman says to expect rain and winds throughout the day, and for most of this week.  Oh boy.  There's some hope for a drier weekend, but that's a long way off.  We'll see.  I can only hope.

My boss is on vacation this week and it's been unbearably slow at the clinic.  I've done everything that I can think to do, and now I'm going to start working on some projects for handmade Christmas gifts for family and friends.  Like so many others, we've opted to check out of the holiday craziness.  There will be no "black Friday" shopping for this gal...no siree!!  Instead, I plan on staying home the day after Thanksgiving and work around the house.  I'll probably spend some time with the horses, keep a fire burning in the hearth and continue with Christmas gift making.  I might even indulge in an afternoon nap.  That sounds quite lovely to me.  You couldn't pay me to go out in a shopping mall, or heaven forbid, a Walmart!!!  I shudder at the thought!!  That's simply not the way I want to begin my Christmas season.  No way.  No how.

This Thanksgiving we're having a simple affair in our home.  Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade bread rolls and of course, there'll be pie.  You simply cannot have a holiday without the pies!  I'm baking an apple pie, a pumpkin pie and might possibly try my hand at a coconut cream.  Mmmmm, that was my mom's favorite.  I like it too, but if I were to pick a favorite kind of pie???  Well, I guess it would have to be either apple or marionberry.  Any old kind of berry will do, really, but marion or boysenberry is simply to die for!  I just love pie!!  They're my most favorite dessert item ever!!  My hubby's a cake man, but I'll take a pie any day.

I hope that however you choose to spend the Thanksgiving holiday, it will be done so in the spirit of thankfulness.  For that, my friends, is what this holiday is all about.  Being thankful and keeping in mind how we all are extremely blessed.  Be mindful of that, and give thanks to our Heavenly Father whose made all our blessings possible.  For as the Bible says..."all good things come from God".  I believe that wholeheartedly.  Blessings everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Lorie @ Cingspots


Grey Horse Matters said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Hope it stops raining and the horses can go out and enjoy their paddocks.

I'm with you, I hate shopping and you won't find me near a mall or any stores in the Christmas season. I'm done with my shopping and just have to decorate and wrap and think of Christmas dinner.

Thanksgiving is easy for us, just the turkey and trimmings with family and I love pies too. We have a farm by us that sells frozen pies, my favorite blueberry and everyone else's is pumpkin and this wonderful apple nut with caramel drizzles on top. Guess I'll be dieting after this Thursday!

fernvalley01 said...

sounds like a lovely dinner you have planned , what time shoudl I be there?lol HAppy Thanksgiving

BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

It's just a quiet dinner at home for us again this year. Thanksgiving is really a day that my hubby and I enjoy cooking together and just hanging out.

No Black Friday shopping for us either. We already know what we are getting everyone for Christmas and I don't enjoy wading through a crush of people to get those items. LOL

I'm a pie girl too. Apple being my favorite.

Leah Fry said...

Lovely sentiments. And you've already heard how I feel about shopping madness. I saw a cartoon that questioned the sincerity of being thankful for what we have one day, then killing ourselves the next to acquire more.

I'm a pie girl, too. My favorite is just about any with a crumb topping.

Carolynn said...

I'm a little late to the table, but hope you enjoyed a wonderful, God blessed Thanksgiving holiday.

(I'm with you - the whole concept of Black Friday just seems wrong, especially so close on the heals of a holiday devoted to giving thanks for all you already have)