Monday, November 21, 2016
Week of Thanksgiving
And Fall rolls on...this, the week of Thanksgiving and we have much to be thankful for. We are to have dinner with my side of the family at my nephew and his wife's home. As always, should prove to be - interesting. I pray that besides eating a meal together, we can share some love and emotion. Those things are commonly found to be somewhat lacking at our holiday table.
Since my sister's stroke a few months ago, and the small tumor they found on her brain, she hasn't been able to hear very well and because of that, finds conversations frustrating. She also has trouble with balance and was told to use a walker for stability, but because of her pride, she refuses. Oh how quickly circumstances can change. There is much I could say, but I will not. I choose to be thankful because I know the situation could have been so much worse.
Other than a week of respite from the rains, this Fall continues to be one of the wettest on record. We truly are, in monsoon season. Our grass has grown thick and lush, and is so vibrantly green as to be shocking. In between downpours, we continue with our winterization projects. Thanks to those few days of dry weather, we were able to let the deck furniture dry out and move everything inside for winter storage, just got the barbecue moved inside the shed yesterday and all the firewood that we'll need is neatly stacked inside the woodshed. Our camper has been thoroughly cleaned, has been removed from our truck and is tarped and sits where it has protection from the southerly winds that blow this time of year. My favorite time of the year has been foregone for an early winter. That is, what we call winter around here. I know compared to many, our winters are extremely mild. We rarely get snow or cold weather, but more than our share of rain. So, we are in full blown winter mode. We bring the horses inside each evening and let them out to pasture each morning. They are wooly and oh, so very muddy. Unless we find time to haul to an indoor, riding is but a distant memory now. To me, it seems like such an abrupt change. The days are short now, it's dark before I leave work and just having got light when I rise in the morning. Long evenings, for me, are the worst.
So far, my goal of riding my horse once a week has not happened, but once. When the wind is blowing and the rain is pelting down with such force, it takes so much sheer will just to walk outside if you don't have to, let alone groom my horse, haul the tack into the trailer, load the horses and drive to the arena. And then when we're finished, all the tack must again be hauled back inside because anything left outside in the barn or the trailer will be covered in mold in just a few days. Have I mentioned lately just how much I detest living where I do when it rains so much? Well, hate it I do. And this fact is becoming more and more apparent the older I get. I enjoy four seasons, and definitely not all the rain we get. It isn't like this every year, but time is short and I question our motives for staying. I don't mean to sound so depressing, but I guess maybe I am a bit lacking in joy lately.
Here's my Christmas cactus that was blooming just before Halloween. It used to be a darker, vibrant pink but something must be lacking in the soil because now it's always this light pink color. The blooms were a welcome site in our home, and now the flowers are declining.
And my Chrysanthemum is finally blooming! I kept waiting and waiting for the flowers to emerge, but because it's on the north side of our home, it gets very little sunshine. I'm thankful for this beautiful color near our front door. This photo was taken about a week ago and already the blooms are fading because of relentless rains pelting on the flowers. The only thing that seems to thrive with all the rain is the grass.
This is how the dogs spend their time. We let them come out to the barn with us during evening chores so they can get some exercise and play time, but they suffer when we come back inside because of "muddy paws". Even though this doesn't exactly seem like torture, to them it's imposed confinement and they die a little each time they're told to lay on the rug. Rough life huh?
During this week of Thanksgiving, I will try to remain focused on all the good in our lives. I will acknowledge so many blessings that have been bestowed on us, and give thanks to God for keeping us within His protection and Grace. We are richly blessed, and I do know that. My hope is that all can count their blessings and are thankful as well.
Draw your loved ones near and enjoy a long and peaceful holiday.
Until next time,
Lorie and all, here in our little corner of the world.