Merry Christmas from all of us here at Prairie Moon Ranch! And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you are at least enjoying the holiday season as a time to slow down, take a breather, and enjoy family.
Our family is not gathering this year. I need to keep My Cowboy safe, and our father just turned 86 years old, so we’re protecting him, too. And we’re usually not a family who does things for Christmas in a big way, anyway, so it’s not a big deal for us to skip one meal together. I’m sure my sister will enjoy her time off without having to cook for everyone! I know I’m relieved FOR her!
The one thing I’m saddest about is that this is our first Christmas since our brother passed away back in March, and his husband is in the city all alone, and we can’t get together with him. That’s the part that hurts the most.
My Cowboy and I don’t do much for Christmas here at the ranch, either. I don’t decorate because we have cats and never have company, so it’s not necessary, and I seriously don’t have the time or talent for that, anyway!
Our one tradition is on Christmas Eve, so tonight, we will be watching “Christmas Vacation”, and the old original “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” movies. I’ll wear my grinch pjs, and drink eggnog, while My Cowboy runs the DVD player on the computer for us. He doesn’t like eggnog, and wouldn’t touch it with someone else’s mouth, but I did make an apple pie this morning, so we’ll probably add some of that to our evening on the couch.
And this guy . . . will probably be wedged in between us.
One week from today, on New Year’s Eve, Tucker will have been with us for 2 months already! We love him so much. He has learned a lot, and he’s such a happy, playful boy. He’s completely potty trained already, except when he wants to get revenge for something he perceives as unfair in his treatment, like not getting to go outside with My Cowboy EVERY time the door opens. He’s so smart — he throws temper tantrums, takes revenge, and seriously thinks about things!
He likes to put his nose at the crack of the door, and as soon as it opens, he shoots out like he’s been shot out of a cannon, barking orders before he can even see what he’s barking about. One day last week, he did that, misjudged the gate opening, and got caught on it, and tore the skin on his side. We rushed him to the vet, and he got 5 stitches. Two days later, he tore some of them out, and had to go back. But we’ve got things down to a routine now, and he’s doing much better.
We know he’s doing much better because he’s back to his normal playful, bossy self now. It was a sad few days at first!
Stormy is having a midlife crisis, at 4 1/2 years of age. He has taken to running out the door when it opens, and going outside. He knows nothing about the outside world, or traffic on the road, or predators, or I’d let him stay out there; but I also want him to be safe and stay healthy, so I keep going after him and bringing him back indoors. I’ve tried to tell him that there’ll be none of this:
. . . if he moves outdoors permanently! He’s not making the connection.
Thelma and Louise have been with us for 14 months now, and they are the sweetest girls. Thelma loves to help in the studio, but she has to be carefully supervised, and
sometimes often gets banished for misbehaving. Louise wants to come in, but I’ve let her in in the past, and she hides, and then I can’t find her to remove her from the studio, so it’s just easier to not let her in in the first place.
And this is Ranger’s FOURTH Christmas! I gave him a banana peel treat this morning:
He’s grown into such a large, fine boy! I can’t say “gentleman”, because he’s NOT nice to the girls at all, especially if there’s food or attention involved. But he’s still a momma’s boy, and I’m OK with that. He will still come running if I call him, and none of the stubborn girls will do that!
Here he is at 6 weeks old, helping with chores. Such a darling cutie! And still a darling cutie!
It’s now officially winter, and today is bitter cold and hella windy. Our guinea fowl took to sleeping on the back porch railing, no matter the weather — they’d roost there during snow, rain, wind, whatever — and we felt sorry for them. So we built a little shelter ON the back porch railing, so they could use that to get in out of the wind, snow, rain, whatever. What do they do? Perch just BESIDE the shelter. I know they’ve been in it, but I’ve never seen them all roosting in it for the night. I don’t know what to do for them. They won’t go in the goat barn, they won’t go in any of the huts, they won’t go in the barn . . . silly birds!
But the cats like the shelter! Rufus is taking a nap in it out of the wind:
In other ranch news, I’ve been working on some of my remodel projects, and also doing a lot of quilting.
I’m almost done with my kitchen remodel, so when I’m done, I’ll give you a tour of it. The other night, I finally painted over the growth chart from the family who lived here before us. A bit of a sad moment, but the time had finally come. Those five kids are all grown and gone now!
I’ve finally begun sewing those 480 pinwheel blocks together that I made a few weeks ago:
And I’m on almost my last customer quilt of the year. I still have 3 more to do after this, but hey, there’s still a week left in this year! This particular one is king-sized, and has a lot of custom quilting on it, so I’ll be showing it in a future post and talking about my design choices and how I did them once I get it finished, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.
So that’s what’s been going on around here. I hope you are all having a nice, cozy holiday season, and staying happy and healthy. Merry Christmas!!