Today is a big day here on the Ranch! It’s Sassy and Sissy’s birthday!!! They are ONE year old today!
And it’s bitter cold here. I’m thanking my lucky stars that one year ago, on the night they were born, that it was not near this cold. And I’m planning carefully for no more winter babies. Ever!
Here’s the girls on their first-ever sojourn outdoors. I can hardly believe they were ever small enough to wear the sleeves of old sweatshirts as jackets! They’ve grown so much!
Just look at them now! I took these pictures at sunrise this morning, while they were eating their breakfast.
They still follow me everywhere and Sassy is still very sassy! In fact, I could barely get the pictures, because Sassy kept coming over to jump up on me for some lovin’.
They are still inseparable, Sassy still looks after Sissy like the big sister she is, and they love each other very much — little sweeties. And I love them very much!
You can see in the background where the wind blew a tree down in their pen. My Cowboy is not allowed to run a chain saw, therefore, we don’t even own one; so I’m gonna have to figure something out come spring, and get it out of there. Right now, they’re nibbling on it some, which is good for them, and it’s not hurting the fence, so it can wait.
And while today is a big day, yesterday was one of the saddest, most awful horrible days ever. Blueberry, the Queen of the Ranch, Boss of Everything, and My Cowboy’s best friend, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Old age caught up with her, and while we wanted and expected her to live forever, it just wasn’t meant to be. She would have turned 14 in March. We are brokenhearted, and it’s very quiet around here.
This highly stressful incident put My Cowboy’s new hardware to the test. He’s been in and out of the hospital for the last month, which culminated in him having a pacemaker replacement last week. He’s been on restrictions off and on for over a month, but he’s finally allowed to drive again, and while he can’t go out and start lifting 50# feed sacks and pitching hay, I did start letting him feed the horses and the barn cats again starting yesterday.
Have I mentioned that it’s bitter cold here? We’ve had snow, and more snow, and ice, and sub-zero temps, and only one or two days of sun in the last several weeks. I’m so ready for winter to be over — but then, I was ready for winter to be over back in November!
As always, I’m still slowly chipping away at house projects. If you were with me for The Final Countdown, you know I’m working on whipping my sewing room into shape, and I found time to clean up my office after my daughter bought me a new office chair.
But I’m also continuing to (slowly) work on the rooms downstairs.
While I’m still not quite done with the kitchen, I’ve started working on the spare bedroom downstairs. We’re planning to turn this into My Cowboy’s “office”. I wanted to have it ready before he had his heart procedure done, but he foiled that plan by having to go into the hospital early and having all sorts of troubles that kept me from getting to work on it.
I’ve stripped 98 years of wallpaper layers off of half the room, and that’s as far as I’ve gotten. And the cold and the lack of sunshine has made me really not want to work on it, so it’s going even slower than I thought it would!
I’ll leave you with the usual pictures of my baby, Ranger, who is not such a baby any more. He’ll be two years old in April! He is HUGE! And very rotund — and still my baby. I love him so much. Check out this physique!
One night not long ago, I heard someone knocking at the door. I turned on the porch light, and this is what I saw! I so badly wanted to let him in, but he’s huge and destructive now — it’s just not a good idea — it would be like letting a small pony have the run of the house, and it’s in enough of a mess, as it is!
I walked past the window Wednesday morning, and he was standing in the middle of the yard, fast asleep in the sun! It looks like he just fell asleep on his way across the yard — so cute!
I hope you’re in for a warm, cozy, wonderful, quilty weekend. We’re supposed to get more snow this afternoon — I can hardly wait — NOT! But it does mean that I’ve been parked in my cozy chair under a blanket most evenings, knitting, so maybe I’ll have something finished to show you before long! If you live where it’s warm, I’m jealous, and if you’re in a cold clime like us, stay warm and safe out there, and HAPPY STITCHING!