Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

The last two days has been all about family. 
Well... chores, cold and family. 

If you want to know what it feels like to do 
chores in subzero weather with the wind blowing, 
please read Michaele's blog at 
Sprout N Wings yesterday, and you will understand. 
She said it more eloquently than I ever could.  (And that link will 
take you directly to the story). 

Here's the Garnett Gang, blocking the Christmas tree so you can't see it... 
friend Jay, Nathan, Hayleigh, and Chris, (Hayleigh is his girlfriend). 

Mom Sherie did not get in the picture, and I didn't realize it. 

We had a good time, only staying an hour or so because it snowed all the way down.  
It turned out we were worried for nothing, it didn't accumulate. 

We had ham and cheese sliders, chips and dip, and I took lots of cookies for them to snack on. 

Jay celebrated Christmas with us, and we were so glad to have him! 

Here's something I read about last year and did this year. 
I saved all my change... just the change I got when I was out, and it took me a 
full year to fill three jars.  I gave one to Hayleigh, Chris and Nathan... we didn't forget Jay, either, don't worry. 
It did not "cost" me anything, except to remember to put the money in the jar every so often, so I am 
going to do it again next year.  I know one jar had over forty dollars in it. 

The Intrepid Lil does not let a little snow stop her from anything. 

I go out to dump the outside water about 6:15 every evening.  I also dump the water inside the old henhouse. 
Last night, this is how I found the goats... I had my little flashlight with me. 

What I am trying to say is that it was so dark, I had to turn the flashlight on to FIND them... and then I saw where they all sleep... the two little girls curl up in the corner. 
We do have a warming light in this barn, it has hung there since Kody and Kaycee came to us in May... but we have not utilized it with these... though it got down to zero last night. 
We are thinking of using it... but we are also afraid of the little three chewing on the cord outside. 
The barn is very tight in the back, and you see they are all hunkered down back there in the back. 
It's going to be cold out tonight again, and windy, but they are in the best place. 

Then today, I ran into Jim's house, and we exchanged our gifts. Tonight they go to a big party with Amy's family... so we did ours early. 
That's Jim, little Jax, Jacob, Amy, beautiful Madison, and little sister Paiton. 
One of Paiton's gifts was a farm set, not that I'm trying to subvert her or anything. 

Lilly Ann has the right idea. 

A year ago today, we lost little Gertie Lou very suddenly, our smallest pug, and 
only three years old.  I can't believe a year has flown by. 
I hope Santa is good to all the little girls and boys tonight. 

(from Hazel the White Pug) 


  1. Merry Christmas to You and your Family!

  2. Mary Ann,

    Wishing you everything merry and bright through Christmas and the coming year.
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Mary Ann, Wishing you & yours a very Merry Christmas!

  4. I love your family photos, and thank you for sharing the time you had with everyone.
    And all the sleepy little animals all cuddled in the hay are so cute.
    We remember Gertie Lou forever. She is with the angels at the Rainbow Bridge!

  5. Looks like your holiday is off to a fun and busy start.

    M :)

  6. Merry Christmas Mary Ann!

    PS - I think your little goats will be healthier without the light. They will be fine as they are.

  7. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Mary Ann! (Your goats look quite cozy in there, together!)

  8. Your goats look like they're smiling! And Lilly Ann Does indeed have the right idea. I also want to add that the coin idea is a really good one. Thanks for that. but most of all, have a very Merry Christmas!

  9. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your family Christmas. Be careful out there doing chores this morning it is still really cold. Nice group of grandkids for sure, love the idea of the change jars!
    Merry Christmas
    Stella Rose and family

  10. i hope you are having a wonderful christmas!

  11. I bet she already wants to live on a farm!


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