Again, it's been almost 3 weeks since I've posted. Guess I just don't have much to say. Some of you can stop laughing right about now...
Anyhoo, Christmas Eve was a delight. I prepared a delicious dinner after having had the house to myself all day long. I love those days! Talk about a gift. :) One of my daughter's from another mother called out of the blue, and asked if we were going to be home. She had a little something for us, and could they swing by? I said of course, do you have any plans for Christmas Eve? No was her reply. So I invited Josh, Jessie and their two kiddos to dinner. We enjoyed the evening so much more than we would have, had it just been the two of us. Again. It really was a beautiful evening. We ate, we talked, we laughed, we went out and fed carrots to the horses and it was great. I even wrangled up some gifts and goodies were unwrapped. Then afterwards, when the house was again all peaceful and quiet - we watched a very old version of A Christmas Carol. Very nice.
Christmas afternoon we went to my sister's house. It was the usual, same ole, same ole and I left there feeling a bit sad, disappointed and feeling like it was nothing special. I say this every year, but I just don't want to spend next Christmas there. *sigh* I love my family, but I really don't like my family. Sad huh?
The highlight of the evening, for me though, was getting to meet my great-great niece, Catori for the first time ever! She was born on my birthday and will be turning 4 years old this coming January 21st. She is adorable, doesn't speak, is extremely tiny for her age, and totally sweet! I would take her on in a New York minute!!! I won't even get into the details about her sad little life, but suffice it to say that it is not good. Mother, and I use that term, very loosely, is a druggie, homeless, jobless and God only knows what all. She has given up her other two children and lost another baby last year. Forgive me for saying so, but that was most likely, a blessing. Catori doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of having a decent life. I do not exaggerate. Anyway, her mother dropped her off via an unlatched window before my niece's household was awake and left her. No word, no note, nothing. So, grandma has her for now and is also raising the middle child. It's a sad, sad situation. Like I said, I would take her and raise her if given the chance. I've lightly gotten into this discussion with my niece (her grandmother), with not much of a response. So, I leave it up to God. I don't have any other choice in the matter. It would be a drastic change to my life (our lives) having a little girl full-time, but never having had children of my own, I would do my best if given the chance. She deserves so much more than what she's already endured. I can't even imagine what her life's been like. I don't really want to know.
In other areas of our life, Ladde was doing fairly well for a couple of weeks, but we're back to soaking and poulticing his front feet again. *sigh* He's already doing better, but without pads, he is sore, sore, sore. Abscesses are a part of life for a horse that's foundered, but this is a bit excessive, at least in my experience. I'm about to scream and I cannot even imagine how poor Ladde's feeling. He is, as usual taking everything in stride. He's been stalled more in the past 3 months than he has in his cumulative life so far. And he just handles it with grace. Such a trooper.
Our lives lately have revolved around working at our jobs, keeping the home fires burning, taking care of the horses and trying to get outside in the fresh air as often as we can. Winter is a time of cabin fever if we're not careful, and that doesn't bode well for me, especially. Our weather has been pretty good overall, ever since the monsoons of December stopped anyway. Wettest December ever on record. Christmas day was cold and we had sunshine. Another gift. Since then we've had some freezing temps and sunshine, some rain and last couple of days, cool and foggy. We're supposed to get cold again and be dry for a week or so. That's my favorite.
I'm happy the holidays are behind us for another year. I enjoyed everything more this past season than I have in years, but it always feels good to go back to normal again. I was even a little saddened to take the tree down. I really loved our Christmas tree this year, for some reason. I finally got my all white lights and it was just so peaceful and soothing to gaze upon. Now it's in the backyard sporting bird seed and bread crumbs for the birds. We're still getting pleasure from that little tree.
Anyway, dinner out with friends this weekend and nothing else on tap. We're just playing it by ear. Hope all is well with all of you.
As for resolutions, that's not something I've ever really done. I like to pick a word that speaks to my heart, and keep it near and dear for as long as it's seems appropriate to do so. Without thinking about it much, a word has been rattling around in my head for a while. It seems fitting for some things I would like to accomplish in my future, so here goes..."courage". That's my word and that's what I'd like to exhibit more of in the coming years. If not now, when?
If you would, please wish me luck and send up a prayer on our behalf. For several reasons.
Happy New Year to you all!