December Thirteenth

December Thirteenth

Slept almost EIGHT HOURS!  Holy cow.  When I woke up at 7:30 I thought I was late for life!  Sometimes, when I sleep that long, I think I am just making up for all of the short nights.  Every now and then I crash.

Flew out of bed and fed the dogs, who were being very patient.  The temps are so mild these days I could go out to the porch with no coat or shoes.  Raced around to soften butter and get the whoopie pies made before having to head out of town for Char’s concert. Jim and I loaded the troops up with hay and water buckets to last them for two meals.  There were a lot of happy munchers out in the fields and the barnyard.

Not happy with AJ’s behavior, the new roo that Julietta brought by the other day.  He’s pestering Almonzo and Almonzo is getting on in years.  I shooed him into the little coop(AJ) and shut the door so Almonzo could regroup.  Almonzo strutted off in the other direction and after I saw that he’d found things to do in the other henyard, I let AJ back out.  He was distracted by the other hens, then.  I will hope that they will sort it out.  There is usually some establishing of pecking order that happens when new hens and roos are introduced to the settled flock.

Peppy was super squeaky and happy about her breakfast.  She got a half loaf of rye bread that was starting to go by the wayside.

The chickens got all of the swept up hay from the hayloft this morning.  They got very busy sorting it.

Thimble was not dragging around any more or any less this morning.  She’s seeming to become warier around the others, better able to avoid getting into a tricky situation.  Little thing.  I just want for her to be able to have the same quality of life the others have.  I’m happy she’s not in pain.  I’m not sure what else to do to rehab her.  She’s still got several months of growing before she’s full grown.  I might put a call into the vet this week for advice.

Ran inside to finish the whoopie pies – had crushed candy canes to finish the outside edges  Made a very nice vanilla cream cheese frosting to fill the inside of the cakes.  Packed 5 boxes of whoopie pies to go, grabbed bouquet for Char, grabbed poinsettias for mom, for Joan, presents for Joan and the boys, things for Char from home.  Cleaned up and changed to drive to pick up mom and pick out a tree at Joans’.  Gave the dogs and cats full bowls of water and encouragement since we would be home late.  Told them to be good dogs.  Take care of the house.  They nodded 🙂

Got to Joan’s and the boys’ and we walked around the field where she & Larry had planted so many spruce trees for some privacy in the back of their property.  The trees are all quite beautiful, also, quite prickly as they are spruces.  That means gloves when decorating!  Jim tried to negotiate a tree from the back 4 rows but we found one that was not so close to the edge. Chase was amused by mine and Jim’s tree-selecting banter.  I warned him that it was nothing as compared to when the whole family is searching.

Joan wouldn’t take money but I made Chase take it.  When she and Larry planted the trees, they didn’t do it with the intention to sell, but still, they had to invest to buy the young nursery stock and put them in.  It is the least we can do to reimburse a little bit for what she was giving us.  Jim thought the bottom of the tree would need some fixing because some of the branches were dead.  Joan showed him a little tree to take that he could use the branches from to fill in the spots he wanted to fix.  Chase commented “A mama tree and a baby!” to which I brightened, thinking how cute it would be to have two trees!  And we loaded the truck and then mom and Jim and I loaded into mom’s car for the trip to see Char’s concert.

Mom supplied Jim with slices of banana bread on the drive and we stopped for a coffee in Shelburne Falls.  A very good cup of coffee.

I finished casting on my new hat and was so excited to have completed it. It’s my least favorite part of knitting.  I can’t count, is the problem.  I count and then lose my count, and then I count again.  I take way longer than seems necessary to cast on.

We arrived at campus in plenty of time to be in line towards the front.  In the past if we hadn’t arrived early enough, there would be S.R.O. for the Vespers.  This time around we should be able to pick good seats in the Chapel.  Char came out to see us while we waited in line.  She had a bit of free time before the concert.  We caught up and hugged each other to stay warm.  Char is almost done with classes before finals.  Two more days.

Char had to go inside half an hour before the concert and we waited outside for about fifteen more minutes.  When the doors opened, we were able to find good seats, hurrah, so that I’d be able to see Char from the audience.  I worked on my knitting while waiting for the concert to start.  The line had gone all the way around the buildings and out to the streets, the Chapel was jammed upstairs and downstairs with audience.  It was a comfortable seat with a good view to the singers, I knit with my mom next to me, chatting.

The music was magical, as always.  Char sings with her whole self.  It’s always such a pleasure to see her perform. All of the Choral groups sounded like angels.  I especially liked a piece, “Tundra”, which the Glee Club performed.  They sang a Georgian piece, too, which they knocked the socks off of.

We got to sing, too! Lots of carols between performed pieces, so much fun to be conducted by Lindsay!  Rather bittersweet, her last Vespers’ concerts, too.  She’s going on to study for her doctorate next year.  Char thinks she herself won’t be able to sing any more Vespers’ concerts as next year she’ll be working on her thesis.  This was our 7th Vespers concert.

Took Char to dinner down the street.  Had to rush in order to have her back to the Chapel for the second performance.  But it was an excellent time with mom and she and Jim and a really nice dinner.

Drove home via dropping mom off and swapping vehicles.  Realized about 10 minutes into the drive that I’d left my knitting in the pew at the Chapel.  So disappointed.  SO disappointed!  That’s what I get for chasing Char down after the concert to give her flowers, to collect her for a photo, then thinking about dinner I totally forgot about picking up all of my belongings.  My #5 needles, my yarn, all of that work.  So disappointed!

Pups were so happy to see us when we got home, cats too.  All of the cats were lined up for dinner.  That’s a lot of cats congregating in one small section of counter.  I was being chastised for leaving them.

The goats appeared to be all hunkered in. I would not disturb anyone so late in the night.  Instead feed them all early in the a.m..  The temp is 42 degrees out there, just unheard of for this time of year.  Really waiting for the ball to drop.  We all know we’re in for it, weather-wise.

Announcing, the upcoming calendar! Soon going to post how folks can buy this.

Announcing, the upcoming calendar! Soon going to post how folks can buy this.

Campus lights

Campus lights

Vespers!

Vespers!

Char and Grammie keeping warm before the concert

Char and Grammie keeping warm before the concert

Peppermint Whoopie Pies for the singers

Peppermint Whoopie Pies for the singers

my cast on stitches for the hat project I lost :-(

my cast on stitches for the hat project I lost 🙁

2 responses to “December Thirteenth

    • Thanks, Carrie! I agree they are adorable, and I hope I get my knitting back, too! I’m so bummed! Have a great week!
      -Tammy

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