>fa, la, la, la, la…..la, la, la, la

>We are nearly three weeks into Rose’s 30 day confinement. She finally got her stitches out yesterday. The weather kept us from getting her to the vet last Friday as scheduled, in fact the icy conditions made us give up on taking her back to the surgeon and we just had the local vet come take them out while Rose stood in her stall. Vet was amazed at how calmly Rose stood for her. The incisions look amazing, no swelling, no redness – she’s doing great now. Rose is handleing her lack of outside time very well – thank goodness – most horses would be going nuts by now. Horses are meant to wander about. The two biggest threats to her health right now are colic (can be fatal in horses, but we are doing everything we can to prevent it) and neuroma, which is a painful growth of scar tissue on the ends of the nerves that were cut. Again we are taking steps to avoid that problem.

Here are a few shots of miss Rose in her stall – one includes me cleaning house.

The front yard still looks nice. This morning we had freezing fog so all the trees and plants looked as though they had been sprayed with glitter and, being a whoping 21 degrees, all the snow was hard frozen and glittery as well. It was lovely.

Meanwhile, back in the house…

D1 has been baking, with a little help from the boy. This is an almond pound cake they baked and decorated with marzipan. Yummy! Now they are baking and decorating sugar cookies.

When she’s not baking, D1 is working on her family gifts. She’s making pot holders, totes, and little pouches that she will fill with chocolate and party poppers for the neices and nephews.

D2 is beading gifts like crazy – these are necklaces, earings, and key rings for cousins, aunts, and rumor is perhaps there is something for sisters and mother somewhere.

D3 has done nothing yet, as far as I am aware – though there has been talk of gingersnaps decorated with white icing.

We keep a box full of little wooden “ready to paint” ornaments from the craft store sitting on the table, the ones on top here are in process. When anyone has a little down time, they sit – color – paint – glitter – and otherwise embellish…

Until we end up with things like this –

and this –

I always stock up on these after Christmas, when they are marked waaaay down, so that nothing we use costs more than a dollar, most are fifty cents or less.

Another standard is buying several boxes of plain glass balls after Christmas every year. Whatever is left by the time they are being marked down 75% (I’m a tight wad)

Then we glitter them up and give them as gifts.

D1 did these…

and I did these…

Of course all the while there are corgis underfoot

So we torture them by making them hold cookies on their heads while we take photos πŸ™‚

All this Christmas fun and frolic is coming to a close far too quickly. But we’ll continue to wallow in it as long as we can πŸ™‚

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bitterroot
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 16:52:09

    >I'm happy to hear/see Rose is doing better. Seeing those pictures brought back fond memories. Working horses and even mucking stalls can be great therapy. It's been over 25 years since I had the pleasure, and I still miss the sights, sounds and smells of horses…


  2. Bitterroot
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 16:52:46

    >P.S. – you can keep the white stuff.


  3. p
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 17:19:01

    >Haha, usually I do love a good snow. But this one had very bad timing!I love the smell of horses too.


  4. Joanie
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 05:17:33

    >I'm loving the handmade gifts. They're awesome!I used to stock up on everything post-Christmas when you can find $75 items for 75 cents. Then I ran out of space. I think it may be time to do that again. I'll just hang stuff off all of Buster's drums and lighting frames and such.Enjoying the lovely Celtic music that continues to fill our home. Thank you so much, Patti!P.S. Glad your horse is such a good girl.


  5. vw bug
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 08:19:53

    >For the third time. I keep losing my comment. Roses is a cutie and what good corgies. Love the decorations.


  6. Mrs. Who
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 09:35:27

    >Y'all really do Christmas right…lots of good activities and family time. And y'all are very talented!


  7. pamibe
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 11:13:34

    >LOVE the pictures! Just what Christmas should be; home, family, fun!Rosie is such a good girl… and, of course, so are the Corgis! Poor tortured babies… LOL!


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