Thursday, December 1, 2016

This Is Fun

Do you know what the difference is between having a wonderful time and not?
A decision.

With every new adventure that life hands us we have a choice.
To make the best of it...and perhaps even enjoy it.

Or... not.

I have learned this lesson from my dogs.
My wise four legged friends surely know the key to happiness.

They greet each day with enthusiasm
and claim that each activity is their most favorite...
no matter what it is.

They jump into each adventure with gusto...
not worrying about what might happen.

They ooze unbridled enthusiasm with every fiber of their being....
whether they are playing, eating, accompanying me on chores...
or even just snoozing.

Whatever it is... it becomes their favorite thing to do!
And that, my friends is why dogs are always so happy.

They hold no grudges.  They carry no anger or spite or hatred.
They don't fret about the past or worry about the future.
They open themselves up to the possibility of each and every moment of life...
and they do it with love and gratitude.

Some people say they'd like to be the kind of person that their dog thinks they are.
Me?  I aspire to be like my dogs.
And in the end... that will make me a much better person!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It's Beginning To Look....

The house is full of plastic totes.
The paper and tape are flying.

Don't stand might get all wrapped up!

The decorating has begun.
The Christmas tree in the living room is complete.

It's theme: a north woods Christmas.

The fireplace mantle will coordinate, but is still a work in progress.
But, sitting on the hearth.... a woodland Santa.

The metal buckets that I painted a few weeks ago?

They are filled with fresh greens, pinecones and mini lights.

The first floor guest room...
ready for guests.

Complete with its own little tree.

I love this tree!

Oh what fun I am having.

There is still more to come.
Stay tuned!

Now we just need a little snow!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dear Santa...Please Bring Treats!

It's that time of year again...
filled with sweets and treats for everyone.
The farm animals are no exception.
Everyone gets a little extra in the treat department these days.

We've bought Ritz by the case, and will keep peppermints on hand for the equines.

Our horses and donkeys have the sweetest breath at this time of year!

And watch your fingers if you go in to visit with the donkeys.

These two get a little nibbly after consuming a few peppermint treats...

always convinced that where there is one... there is more!

Their little noses can smell a treat from across the pasture!

It's especially important to make sure gates are adequately locked this time of year...

as little noses get quite adept at finding their way to the outside of the yard...
in search of yummy goodies!

Dear Santa,
The horses and donkeys have been especially good this year.
Please bring more treats for them!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving Gratitude

To me, Thanksgiving is the most perfect of all holidays...
with no purpose but to be grateful for the lives that we live

As with every year, we celebrate with our family on Black Friday.
With grown children who have other families to be with,
we have made the day after Thanksgiving our traditional get-together.

And since everyone else feasted on turkey the day before,
we opted for an Italian dinner 
complete with wine that we purchased while in Italy this past autumn.

I made most of the food the day before,
allowing me a day to visit with family and play with these two....

We visited and played and ate together... 
the four generations who make up this family of mine...
all of the people that I love most in this world.

We stopped by Dr. Becky's so that Mackenzie could meet Daisy.

Dear, sweet Daisy...

who is quite photogenic!

After eating, we hiked in the woods to make room for dessert.

After a little rest at the campsite,

we hiked back home again.

Saturday was our annual trip to cut down our Christmas trees.
We have a favorite local Christmas tree farm that we visit on the first Saturday after 
Thanksgiving each year.
It's tradition for us and friends as well...

making the day even more fun and festive as we search for trees alongside friends.

Hubbs, Amanda and her hubby Tim survey our trees...
three for us and one for them.

Sunday began the Christmas decorating...
I'll have lots to share as the week progresses.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from Tom...

Fred, and Ethel...

who are all very thankful to not be the main course in anyone's celebration today!

And from the rest of us here on the farm...
may your tummies be filled with yummies
and your hearts filled with love and gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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