Both daughters were with us, along with No. 1's Roommate and his sweetie and her darling little girl. What a treat to have a 7-year-old in the house! We all tromped through the mud to the stable so that Little Girl could meet our critters, and she lit up the rainy day with her smile. Roommate simply must give me some copies of the photos: her sitting on Sara, smiling; her petting a wet baby goat, smiling; and I hope he got one of the incandescant grin that greeted the baby goat's baaaa.
Little Girl's presence brought back many happy memories of Christmases when our children were small. I look forward to someday having a grandchild or two--this little taste was quite sweet. I also hope Sweetie brings the Little Girl back up here to visit.
Great presents: DVDs, books, chocolate in the stocking, and a kick-ass tooled saddle acquired waaay cheap from my friend and riding guru Miranda. I suppose I should feel guilty: she sells me these horse things at very low prices to keep her little family afloat. Naaah. I give her stuff a good home! The Dad and I had hopes we could put Miranda with The Son, but she got married and had her little girl, and he found his heart's desire, so now I just get great deals on horses and tack. The Universe wants me to be happy, dammit!
It was nice to have Daughter #2 with us, and what a blessing to have had all day and well into the night with Daughter #1 in the kitchen. Her Soulmate is now firmly fixed in the family; I am happy to have a not-quite-son-in-law who so obviously cares for her. (And he laughs at my jokes. Smart guy!)
Himself went off to San Antonio to do his sonly duty for a couple of days, so I am alone with the livestock and the dogs. It's good to have these absences--it makes me appreciate him much more when he returns. It's nice and quiet out here in the country, until it gets a little too quiet. Horses, goats, chickens, dogs, cats are all wonderful, but they are terrible conversationalists. I'm spending a good bit of my time with the DVDs I was given--can't go wrong with Inspector Clouseau and Battlestar Galactica. Interesting combination, that.
So here's to Peace on Earth and Happy New Year and Christmas stockings filled with chocolate. God bless us every one.