Monday, December 29, 2014

Another one bites the dust

Christmas, that is.  And as is always the case, I am glad.  I'm happy to return to normalcy in everyday habits, gone are the incessant commercials pushing everything Christmas and the overly rich and abundant foods.  Simple sounds good, in so many ways.  

We had a good holiday this year.  Christmas Eve was a day off from working at the clinic for me.  What a treat that was!  I had the house to myself, I slept in and enjoyed leisurely morning coffee with Annie in front of the fire watching the changing cloud formations out the sliding door.  I did some house cleaning, a bit of laundry, took the dogs for a little walk and shot a few pictures.  The sun was shining, the sky was incredible and there was plenty of mud.  Fairly nice day in all.  I cooked a wonderful dinner for the hubs and me, and it was delicious.  I finally took a shower late in the afternoon while hubby did the barn chores.  Oh my, it was absolutely the best gift of all.  Precious time to myself at home.  I don't get those nearly often enough to suit me, so it was enjoyed immensely.  

After dinner and a few freshly baked cookies for dessert, we watched the old 1930's original version of Scrooge, A Christmas Carol.  Then we went to bed fairly early, and it was so nice.  Ahhhh, like I'm fond of's the simple things in life that are the sweetest.  I'd changed the bed linens and washed our blankets and put on a fresh quilt and oh, there's just nothing better!  We snuggled in for a long winter's nap...  

The next morning we slept in again, turned the horses out and fed them their breakfast and came back inside for a quick breakfast.  I made a dish to take to my sis's house for dinner that afternoon and wrapped the few gifts that we were taking for our family's gift exchange game.  Another family holiday and no drama!!!  We're either all finally growing up, or we're getting old.  I'm not sure which it is, but it's nice.  My sis went all out with the cooking and the baking this year, and everything was delicious.  We had turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, homemade yeast rolls, salad, jello with apples and pears, coconut cream pie, banana cream pie, chocolate, pumpkin and apple pies with freshly whipped cream!  There were also cookies, fudge, I said, so much food and such rich food it's a real wonder I can fit into my jeans.  That's probably why salad sounds especially good to me now.  After the new year, I'm definitely beginning afresh with the healthy diet and exercise regimen again.  Good grief...

Anyway, I thought what better way to remember our Christmas than with the pictures I took from Christmas Eve around the farm.  So here goes...

Ruby's sure there's a bugar in the bush

My handsome Eagle

And here he comes...

Eagle hanging with me

My Annie, patiently waiting

We're destined for very short walks only now days

Always together...Ladde and "his" Missy

By golly there were bugars in the bush!!

So funny - she was hopping up and down, barking frantically, but too "chicken" to investigate further.  :)  Bird dog, my foot!

Our Christmas snow

I've always loved this view

My sweet little old lady, Kade will turn 31 this coming May

Love this horse!!

Kadie's "guy" Shad, who will turn 26 years this coming May...

Harley "spunky"

Headin' back, as you can see it was plenty wet

Our little Christmas table arrangement

My girl all tuckered out

Precious Annie

Always has been a "momma's" girl.  Soakin' up some warmth from the fire.
Well, that pretty much sums up our Christmas this year.  It was a good one, spent with family, a few friends, lots of good food, old movies, lots of Christmas music and plenty of lounging around relaxing.  Before you know it, New Years will be here and then that long, dry spell just getting through the winter doldrums.  The years, they sure do roll around quicker these days don't you think?  *sigh*  

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a new beginning and a new chance again with 2015.  Let's go out there and make it a good one, shall we?

Cheers everyone...and Happy New Year!!!


Lori Skoog said...

Your Christmas sounds like it was very cozy. Is that an apple orchard?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lovely Christmas, indeed. Wishing you and yours the best in the New Year!

Karen Ann said...

Wow, you've got an incredible view!.. and your feast sounds fantastic. Reminds me of something on FB - "It's all fun and games until your jeans don't fit anymore".

Ain't it the truth :-)

Happy, Healthy 2015! -

aurora said...

Thanks for taking us with you on your farm walk! What pretty views, especially your animals, they are all so sweet and content! Happy New Year my friend, cheers to making it happy & healthy!!

Grey Horse Matters said...

It sounds like a wonderful Christmas. Love your views of the mountains with snow. So beautiful. Your horses all look so content. Annie looks good soaking up the heat of the fire and resting. Have a wonderful New Year!

Carolynn Anctil said...

It sounds like you had a lovely, relaxing holiday, as it should be. Your animals are all so happy. Annie captures my heart. Such a sweet face.


C-ingspots said...

Thanks so much! Lori: those are baby filbert (hazlenut) trees. They're growing fast!

gtyyup said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas!! John and I did about the same thing as you guys...ate too much, and didn't do a darn thing ;~)

Michaele said...

Amazing photos. Your post sounds so relaxing. I don't know how you manage it with winter and the farm. Maybe it is just your attitude : )

Annette Mickelson said...

I love quiet Christmases without drama. We had the same and loved it. Your view of the snow capped mountains is gorgeous -- and you can tell I'm a California girl: I thought that was a vineyard. LOL.

C-ingspots said...

Annette: wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't turn into a vineyard before long, seems like everywhere else there's nothing but grapes. We're the "new" Napa Valley! :)

T.L. Merrybard said...

I've chose a word for this year, and it's Shine. Last year I had a lot of fun making and looking at my dreamboard for my word which was Joy, so I plan on doing that again this year for Shine. I hope your year goes along just as you have planned. Lovely pics every one!