Yes lets do that. Lets all take a breather. I am one of those people that clean and want everything to look and feel perfect when company comes. I want people to feel like they have come home when they enter my house.
All the decorations and lights were up. The house was spotless. The animals were all tended to perfectly. The yard was cleaned up, the mud hayed down. The porch was even clean. Clean new sheets on my bed for Mama and Daddy to spend the night on. Everything was perfect. The food was prepared early Christmas eve. The tables were set with beautiful Christmas dishes I bought from Freds last year and this year.
My body felt like I had been beat with a bag of hammers. My feet felt like a million nails had been driven into every inch top and bottom. My back felt like it was going to snap in half. I smelled like some of the dirty hay I scooped out of Derbys barn as Shelby and I totally cleaned it out to put down fresh bedding. I barely had it in me to shower, but I did, just so I could sleep good. It is just the way I am. Everything must be a certain way. I want it to all be RIGHT for company. I did it. I pulled it off. I even got many compliments on how well everything was done up.
I loved the company. We had Ians dad, his new wife. My younger sister Erin, her boyfriend Mike, and his oldest daughter Emily. Mama and Daddy. Then Ian, Shelby and myself.
Mama and Daddy spent the night. That was very special and I loved having them here to spend the night.
The day after Christmas Mamas new found brother and his family came for the day here to visit. We had a lovely time together. Their youngest son did not know proper chicken respect and thought it would be funny to challenge Hank. Hank responded accordingly and Hank is usually an easy going roo, but when you provoke and challenge the king of the yard with a bunch of crowing and scratching and lunging, you better expect to get a reaction. Hank started walking at him and posturing, puffing out his chest. I caught all this going on and told Andrew to back off and get away. You have to give Hank the respect he deserves and he will give you respect back. That poor kid got hurt more times. He ran right into some stacked wood out front where Ian is working on that new chicken house. Tip and him got a little rough playing and she accidently gripped his hand instead of the stuffed toy with her teeth. Then he was about to get into it with Hank, and didnt even know it.
They all enjoyed looking at our array of animals. Kay, Pauls wife was especially taken with Tyler, Shelbys Flemish Giant rabbit. He weighs about twenty pounds, he is a big boy.
Derby was pretty good and social. We had his Christmas attire out but were not ever able to dress him up because it rained all day on Christmas day. He has a really cute horse coat that is red with the white fluffy outer lining, some leg wraps and a little white fuzzy cap thingie.
It had been many many years since Mama had felt and fed a horse. She enjoyed it very much. She loves horses a lot. She even smelled of him. Horses have this smell, it is a horse smell, it is nice, we like that smell of a horses hair.
Everyone left yesterday and it was just Shelby and I from 3 til 4. I sat there in my rocking chair just soaking the past two days in. Ian got home and I was really in a good mood. We went out to the trail and walked longer than we ever had. It just felt so good to get out. He said he was glad it was all over because he hated to see me so stressed out and in such pain and so tired. We are both looking forward to some solitude for the next couple of months. Its time to get socked in for winter in January and February with some good movies from Netflix and a lot of snuggling and spending some good quality family time with Shelby.
I discovered a new tv show on in the mornings. It is on Animal Planet. Has anyone ever caught it? It is called Sunrise Earth. This is not your typical show. It has NO TALKING. The show features a different part of the world at sunrise. For instance yesterday morning was a small farming village in Turkey. It is always a rural peaceful area they feature as far as I can tell. All you will hear is birds singing...the breeze is blowing some tall grass, and old man picking oranges, a woman leading a milk cow around...some old ruins..bugs singing...that was yesterdays. It goes for two hours. From 7 til 9. One place for each hour. I have to mute the commercial breaks so it doesnt break my peaceful interlude, but it is nice to sit and have coffee and just watch the sunrise and the morning time in different parts of the world. Especially when we have had a lot of overcast days lately.
Here you go, here is a link to the schedule for what they will be showing in the following days.
The above is the international...here is more..http://animal.discovery.com/tv-schedules/series.html?paid=15.15210.108966.27396.x
If you love nature, and you find it relaxing then you will love this new series. It has a very calming feeling about it because there is no intrusion of commentary. Its just you and the place.
Believe it or not I didnt take any pictures while everyone was here. Terrible I know. I guess I just got so into the moment I didnt really think. I did manage to get a picture of Erin and Mama with Darby, the irish wolfhound pup that Ians dad and his wife brought with them. He needs special care. They lost all but him in a litter of twelve and the mama dog was lost too. He has had some walking problems but is getting better. Tip was not happy about this pup coming in on her turf. We ended up cleaning some pee spots. Submissive from the pup and marking from Tip. Everything is alright now, all back to normal, no more visits from strange dogs.
Well, as you can see, I have not been on for days and days...I have been catching up on journals for a couple of hours now, and I intend on sitting here and relaxing and reading for the better part of the day. I feel I deserve the indulgence, so that is what I am going to do.
I hope everyone had a very nice Christmas and I hope the New Year brings wonderful things for everyone.
Going back to reading up on everyones goings on now. Have a good day and see y'all tomorrow I am sure. :)