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    Are you guys flying? Which airport?
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    Cream of mushroom soup is a cheater way, PD. You can add it to help the flavor of meat, pasta, etc...
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    I like the stories of saints that were rotten to start with and then redeemed themselves. Gives us all hope, lol!
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    I love the Sunday dinner. It's the time for the family to get together and collect themselves before the busy workweek. My days are not so different because I run the farm (twice a day feedings, cleaning stalls, pens, and managing animal health). But it is still a nice way to prepare for the week ahead.
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    We celebrate St Nicholas' feast day. John puts his shoes out and gets coins and a little toy or chocolate. He knows all about St. Nicholas. Did you know that St. Nicholas was a skinny Greek bishop that was so irritated at the Council of Nicea (where the Nicean Creed originated) that he slapped a bishop named Arius for denying the divinity of Christ (heresey from a bishop!). Spent a night in jail for that. There are old paintings depicting the event, so it was quite famous and remembered by many generations. There are also memes perpetuated by divinity students, no doubt. John knows all about that story as well. Do a search. There are some very funny memes and a take on Twas The Night Before Christmas.
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    LJ has been asking about Santa Claus. Whenever he has asked if he was real, I have always asked him what he thought. I never lied. This time, I presented it as a logic problem. I told him that either there is a man with reindeer and a sleigh, or every adult in the world that celebrates Christmas works together to pretend he exists. That means tv people, news people, single people without kids, and even NASA would have to be in on it. I asked him which one would be the bigger miracle. He said everyone working together, lol!
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    We showed LJ how to sled during a visit to Colorado. Nice steep spot in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park. It is true that you are never too old. As a baby officer in the Navy, I was doing some training at the base in Rhode Island, where the War College is located. We had a snow day, but the admirals and generals were still in and out of the War College. Lacking sleds, my shipmates and I flattened out some cardboard boxes we found by a dumpster and were trying out different hills. There was one directly across the street from the WC, so took a running jump and sailed down the hill, slipped over the icy sidewalk, across the street and stopped my box at the feet of some seriously high ranking WC folks. I was in civilian clothes, so I smiled, grabbed my box, and ran, lol! I heard laughter behind me as I scampered off. Thank goodness.
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    That train looks like a LIteBright! LOL!
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    Libby's check went better than I thought it would. Nothing serious. :)
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    RRW, you saved the cookies! That was good thinking. We were cold, then warm and pouring down rain for a few days, now cold again. 30s tonight. Weather roller coaster ride in the South. The sheep barn is almost done. It's only 8 x 12, but that should be enough room. That is the last building we needed. Now, all the animals will be where we planned to have them. With the sheep out of the horse stall, cleaning will also be easier. Their spot is a small pasture with their barn. We can close up the barn and allow air flow, so lambs are safe from coyotes and bobcats. The summer lambs are grown up now, but our next batch will be safe. Vet is coming tomorrow for boosters and to evaluate Libby. She is having a rough time. I stopped horse shopping for now. Too busy with holidays and Freckles needs a little refresher training. I'll focus on getting him going nicely before adding another horse.
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    RRW, we decided to put off buying the new horse a little bit longer. Freckles had a setback when I took him out alone on the trail. He needs some ground work before trying a again. We are in a similar place; both celebrating Christmas in a new house. Advent begins Sunday, so the decorations go up this weekend. I have Advent calendars for all three of us. Hubby has a wooden one that I fill with dark chocolate Kisses for each day. LJ has a traditional chocolate one with little windows to open each day. I have a coloring one. :)
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    Thanks, PD.
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    I adopted an older horse through this board years ago. He was from Ozland. Her vet put 18 as his age on his health certificate (I was looking for a gentle family horse) but he was much older. Nevertheless, he had a good couple of years of being spoiled and ridden lightly, and a nice retirement after that. Melanoma caught up with him at age 30+ and he was put down. There wasn't a train to get him, but he was originally from Michigan and picked up by one lady in Indiana, then to Oz, then to me. HIs digestive issues and teeth weren't fixed until he came to me. Not sure where along the way his age was recorded wrong, but it doesn't matter. It worked out.
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    They are useful. We would have a lot more bugs without them. Regardless, some horses don't adjust to Florida well. Beautiful horse came down from the northeast and the horse looked horrible by summer. She had to rehome him up north. I have a coupld of leads on some local family horses. I get to go try out horses. This is fun.
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    There is another reason to shop locally for a horse. There is a risk associated with bringing a horse down to Florida from another state. The word from the local vets is that all Florida horses are exposed to possums (except maybe the ones kept in those insane fancy farms in Ocala and Palm Beach). The university took random blood samples of average Florida horses and all of them showed exposure to the possum parasite that causes EPM. Very few horses actually get sick from it. Only some horses are susceptible to EPM. If I bring a horse down here from another state, they could have already been exposed, but if they haven't been, they might get sick.
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    A horse train! Those were the days. Too hard to get enough time off. There is a Paint mare locally I might check out.
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    Libby is retired. We all rode together yesterday. It was awesome. The only sad part was that Libby has more advanced sight issues and a mild lameness, hence the decision to retire her. Hubby did great on Freckles and poor LJ, who loves to ride his pony bareback, came off when Libby spooked the pony because she jumped at the sound of a pastured horse running towards her on her blind side. LJ proved his mettle when he got up, spit the dirt out of his mouth, dusted himself off, and got back on. The pony, wonderful little Maggie, stopped and waited for him, even though she had a straight shot towards home. So, I need a new horse to ride. This horse needs to be another family horse, though, because I want any one of us to ride any horse. Yes, he or she will ride differently with me, maybe, but I want the ability to switch horses with the hubby, if I need to. Or, with LJ. He is getting to be quite a rider. He will likely need a new mount next year. But Maggie is family. She will stay. Libby's health issues are piling up. Her Cushings seemed under control with the meds, but she is in constant heat now. Weird. The vet will be out soon for shots, so I'll try to figure out what's going on with her lameness and Cushings.
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    We wait until Advent but keep it all until Little Christmas. I think it's the 2nd of December this year. Only six at our table tomorrow. I'm cooking.
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    Sounds like a good day. Love the truck! Do you earn money plowing for others? Speaking of food... This lettuce recall is widespread. Whole romaine lettuce, spring mixes, etc... The last time this happened, I started making carrot based salads, instead of lettuce based. They are very good and more filling, so you don't need to serve as much. Here is the recipe, if anyone wants to use it for Thanksgiving: -4-5 carrots, peeled and grated -one whole cucumber, peeled and chopped into small chunks -one chopped sweet pepper -one package of blueberries (or dried cranberries) -pine nuts or walnuts -fresh feta cheese, chopped or crumbled into pieces -vinaigrette dressing or just olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and spices. Serves 5-6 people. I added little tomatoes once, but they didn't add much. I would use either sweet pepper or tomato, but not both.
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    They tell stories of the saints at John's Catholic school, so he has heard about humility being a virtue. Teaching the virtues by using the saints is easy. It's something that kids would need to be taught. Telling others what they have done comes naturally. They just need to learn to temper it so it sounds more like a story, rather than bragging. I think I learned at public school from kids being mocked if they bragged about anything.
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    RRW, I think the boys would have a lot of fun! We are about 2 1/2 hours north of Orlando. Not a bad drive, though. You are welcome to visit the farm. All the animals are friendly. :)
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    Our son sold two of his registered lambs. A ewe and ram, from different ewes. They can begin a new flock. His intention was to ship them to a farmer in Puerto Rico who lost his entire flock, but the red tape was too daunting. Instead, he is donating the money from the sale to farmers in Puerto Rico. He's a good kid.
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    Heidi, glad your family is okay. I have family close to the Ventura fire. They were the ones that lost their home last year in the fire. They are packed and ready to evacuate. My cousin knows some friends who were at the nightclub shooting (it's all in Ventura area). In fact, they were at the country music festival in Las Vegas for that shooting. Now, they have been in two shootings. This younger generation will be like shellshocked WWII survivors.