Monday, December 4, 2017


"Wood-House Christmas"- by Dona Gelsinger

Oh my, it's been 3 entire months since I've last posted here on my blog.  It wasn't intentional, but there ya go!  Time does have a way of getting away from me. 

We've turned the page on the calendar to a bright and shiny new month.  Can you believe it?  December already; the last month of another year...wisp and it's almost gone!  We've been getting into the spirit of the season - well, sort of.  My niece gifted me with a KitchenAid mixer on Thanksgiving day.  I was so surprised, and pleased!  I've always wanted one, but just could never actually bring myself to forking over upwards of $250.00 for a mixer I feared would see such little use.  This one is used, but works like a champ.  These mixers have always been known to be workhorses.  Indeed!  Cookies, bread, pie crust are a breeze with this machine.  We are loving it.  I say "we", because I've yet to make use of it, but my hubby has been going bonkers with it.  He made a chocolate cream pie yesterday and the buttery crust is just to die for!  Delicious!  He's also started the cookie making frenzy that we seem to fall prey to every single year about this time.  We enjoy giving them out as little homemade gifts, and of course, we enjoy them too. 

We hosted Thanksgiving this year and it was good and bad.  Good, because we didn't have to go anywhere, really enjoyed having company in our home, which is fairly unusual for us.  Bad, because I felt like I had such little time to actually visit with our guests.  I was so busy playing hostess.  Next time I'll make sure and have more of the work finished before everyone arrives and spend more time enjoying the people.  I find that I'm so unaccustomed to having dinner parties, that I get nervous and feel pressured, which just takes so much of the joy out of the occasion.  Next year, if we host, I hope to do better.  Relax more, and maybe actually drink that glass of wine...

Despite the "nerves", the meal was delicious and there were beautiful moments of enjoying family.  And it was so worth it, if nothing else, just to give my sister a break from always being host to everyone. 

We enjoyed the most amazingly perfect fall weather.  I simply could not have hoped for more.  Even November wasn't bad.  Yes, the rains have returned.  Some days in abundance, but we continue to have breaks.  Some days prove sunny and bright, and our temps are still mild.  We have lots and lots of mud, the horses look disastrous, but all are hairy and bright.  :)  Maybe even merry, who knows?  And as always, we're thankful for their good health and safety.  Us too, fat and sassy, save for this blasted cold I've got.  Me, who never gets sick!  This year I seem to be making up for years' past, because this is my 3rd cold of the season.  Not horrible, knock you to your knees colds, but still.  They have all started the same way.  A sore throat for 2 days, and then it goes into my head and chest.  I'm in stage 2...should be investing in stock with the Kleenex company. 

I've not had much time spent with the horses lately.  Well, except for each evening during our chore time, that is.  No riding, occasional grooming sessions and kisses and scratches for each one, every day.  I ache to ride!  Total and complete withdrawal symptoms for sure!  Oh, and I just may be getting a new saddle!  New to me anyway.  It's a ranch style saddle with a Wade-type tree, smooth forks and a smooth seat and higher cantle than my current Western Pleasure show saddle that I've ridden in since 1981.  I still love it, and will likely keep it, unless this saddle suits me perfectly, in which case, I will sell it.  I've loved it all these years, but have always wanted a ranch saddle.  Maybe that would be incentive for me to get my butt back in the saddle!  Eagle doesn't mind though.  Fat, fuzzy beast!  He loves his life and I love him.  All the horses are so fuzzy this year, except for Missy.  She's a sleek little gal and I'm just so happy that they're all so happy and healthy. 

Around home, the firewood's all neatly stacked in the wood shed and the barns' hay supply is holding nicely.  I finally re-homed my old piano.  Another local veterinarian took it for her daughter to learn to play on.  Perfect, that's what I'd always hoped for.  We sold our pellet stove and replaced it with an electric fireplace.  It's beautiful and I love it, but it certainly doesn't heat nearly as well as the pellet stove did.  Not even close.  But, that's alright because our little wood stove in the kitchen does a good job.  The fireplace is just for a touch of added warmth in the sitting area of our living room - and it's pretty.  I'm looking forward to having a mantle to decorate for Christmas.  Priorities you know?

Speaking of Christmas, we're planning on getting our tree this coming weekend, and doing a bit of decorating and of course, baking.   As always, I'll make a wreath for the front door and hubby puts up a few outside lights.  That's about it.  Christmas for us is a simple affair, and we like it that way.  We'll remember Christmases past and enjoy the people we love who are still with us.  And as is always the case, give thanks for our many blessings, friends, family and beloved animals who grace our lives and give us so much joy. 

Hope all is well with all of you!

Until next time, Lorie @ Cingspots.

I'll try not to be so long between posts next time.  :)


Linda said...

Dang, your husband bakes pies?? You are very lucky girl. It sounds like you had an amazing fall. Let's hope we get a mild winter and early spring, and then you'll be back in the saddle. For now, I'm sure your horses love the treats. That's good bonding.

Hope you have a wonderful, quiet Christmas. We celebrate ours in segments as each family can come in to see us. It's a bit broken up. My mom and dad, however, are still hosting the Christmas Eve bash with my five sibs (families) and me and mine. So, we start on the 24th and pretty much party, non-stop, until New Years Day.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

You sound like all is well, except for the cold. I just received a Vitamix today and I'm looking forward to trying new things with it. A new mixer and baked goods would not be good for me because I have precious little will power. Enjoy your holiday season and avoid the stresses that can go along with it.

DJan said...

I just love that picture and smiled when I saw the three chickadees on the snowman.. A perfect picture for the season. Hope you get rid of that cold soon and can enjoy the rest of December in relative health and happiness. Thanks for the uplifting post! :-)

Grey Horse Matters said...

Good to hear from you! Wish my hubby knew how to cook! Bet you’ll both enjoy the new mixer. Sounds like you’ve got it all under control for the holidays. I’ve been decorating for a while now and the only thing left to do is the tree. We keep it pretty simple for Christmas too. It’s just so nice to be with our kids and grandkids. I love sharing their happiness and anticipation waiting for Santa! Hope you like your new saddle and get some time in the saddle.

Karen Ann said...

A husband who bakes pies is a gem! Glad all is well and your'e enjoying the holidays - I haven't done much riding either - when the weather gets cold and the ground hard - I do the chores required for their good care but that's it.

Mrs Shoes said...

Mr Shoes can't even make toast... you Lucky gal!

aurora said...

I suffer from serious hosting anxiety, and these days do it as seldom as possible. No matter how hard I try, it always turns me upside down. It's so much easier now that it's just my family. I've learned to keep gatherings simple. No Martha Stewart here! My hubby & I share cooking, he rarely bakes. I've always wanted one of those mega do all power mixers too, enjoy yours! Glad you are in a comfortable flow of life & enjoying the season with two and four legged family! If we don't type, have a Merry Christmas Lorie!!