Monday, December 31, 2012

December 2012, and life goes on, past 12-21-12

12-31 hugging Red
12-31 hugging Sonny
 I am looking over my shoulder again  here at the month of December. It was a good month, with the exception of Christmas day, and that day's weather, spoiled my plans to visit the family in Gibbon.
              C'est la vie.
To put the topping on 2012, we got out of school on Dec. 20 and will be out until January 7, 2013. I have no plans for doing anything during this time, except hang out with my horses, go see the Hobbit on Christmas Eve, pay all the tax deductible bills that I can by 31 December.During this time I planned to just stay home, relax, and enjoy my horses, the Season and the backyard wildlife.

Pictures of the season looked like this...

12-31 10:00 am before everything becomes covered with fog

12-31 after everyone had breakfast I put the electric tape gate across the end of the driveway
and for the rest of the New Year weekend, I let the colts out to play with me.
~ You can use FULL screen option on video ~

12-31 a few p.m. deer gathering in the backyard
Goldie joins the deer grazing 12-30
then Goldie decides she will chase deer for awhile 12-30
she and Summer had a lot of fun chasing deer that day
very entertaining in a simple way

12-29 finally a Ringneck touched down and didn't run around, so I got a few shots
of him, with my camera, this at about 150 yards out

12-29 Sonny and Red... waiting for their next meal

12-29 view from my office window, Misty and the foot of Lincton Mtn
on the other side of the river

12-28 another beautiful December sunrise 
12-27 a colorful sunset - view to the west from the porch

Christmas sunrise
 Plans for Christmas day was to go to Lois and Lynn's for the afternoon and evening. All looked well until about noon, then it started snowing. No snow was sticking but the snowfall started getting heavier and heavier, to the point it did start sticking, and my plans were dashed. Thinking this situation was not looking good, I called Lynn and told him that I was going to have to opt out of our get together since I felt uneasy about driving back home in the dark, the fog, and snowfall. C'est la vie.
my mares having had their Christmas morning molasses muffins... me thinks they want more

Christmas afternoon snowfall

The week before Christmas I wore my Santa's cap everyday, had lots of fun comments offered to me
12-24 I was thinking about going to see The Hobbit this afternoon
but staying home out of the cold sounded better. Plans to go to Gibbon tomorrow.
12-24 salmon on the smoker - a gift from cousin Lynn
Thank You, Cuz
Sorry I missed the Christmas feast
12-24 salmon smoking is done - out of this
I got about 2 lbs of smoked salmon pate to take to cousins Lois and Lynn
+ 6 big steaks for tonight's dinner and some dinners later
Good stuff ~ one can not buy fish like this ~ a simple pleasure

English china of fly fishing motif on my dining room wall
Mary helped me decorate while she was here in September

Mary gave me a Christmas present - of another plate for the wall

and Mary gave me another Christmas present - a plate for the wall
Thank You Mary

12-16 Winter is heading this way, and my horses are looking like mud puppies.
December 9 - our first heavy snowfall. Maybe ½" accumulation for the day.
 The biggest excitement in December was...
an Internet connection via Hughesnet satellite service.
Since I moved into my new home on April 14-16, I have been trying to get connected to the WWW. I tried with five ISP's and none could reach me including Hughesnet. Either I was too far off their lines or the satellites were full and they were not taking new subscribers. So I enjoyed the balance of spring, summer, and fall offline spending lots of time with me horses, working around the house, with the hope that bythe time the snow blew across the territory, I might be connected. The last week in November I received a postcard in my US Mailbox announcing that Hughesnet had a new, improved, and faster satellite in the sky and that they could provide my area with WWW service. So on 3 December I became reconnected, with everyone on the other side of my computer monitor.

 Now with December said and done... no one I know was wiped out on 12-21. We missed another bullet... "The End of the World is coming" via the Mayan calendar.
12-21-12 came and went... here we are
So this is how my December shaped up as we head into the Winter 2012-2013. Burrrrr, my wild rags, double Mac wool, and goose down coats sure feel good now. Looking forward to spring.

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