It has been nice having Wally around all week. I miss the time that we were able to spend together before I started working. It’s wonderful having a companion that you truly want to spend time with; and it doesn’t matter what we do, it’s all good. We recently watched two good movies. The first was Winter’s Bone, a UK film that won several film awards. The other was the Last Airbender; we really liked that one. We haven’t rented a movie in a long time and it was nice to get lost in a movie.
The Christmas Tree Farm opened this week. We brought the goats up yesterday. Except for having the goats up there, this will be the first year that we are not a part of the Farm. This is our choice. It’s become way too commercialized with this year’s addition of a zip line. Last year they added a trampoline filled with Styrofoam noodle pieces. They are charging $6 per zip line ride and I expect they are making a killing. Instead of the experience of going to a farm to choose and cut down a locally-grown Christmas tree, it’s about the carnival rides and then buying a pre-cut tree that was trucked in from the mountains. I almost don’t even want my goats up there. When Wally went up to check on the goats yesterday afternoon, he said there was about 75 cars parked up there.
Christmas itself has become way too commercialized and I hate this time of year. I hate watching the videos of people running each other over to get at the Black Friday deals; I hate the commercials where they give an expensive car as a Christmas gift; it’s almost as bad as listing to all political commercials. It’s no wonder why people in other parts of the World hate us. For the most part, I dislike the human race. We’ve lost so much of our humanity.
Wally and I plan to go for a ride later this afternoon when it warms up. My farrier is coming over to drop off a few things and to pick up a round bale of hay from a local farmer. Once she leaves, we’ll get the horses ready. I am not sure if I mentioned this or not, but Wally was given a horse that belongs to an old friend of his. The horse was just sitting around getting fat and she was offered to us for Wally to ride. She’s a nice mare. Her name is Dixie, but we call her the Mellow Moose. She isn’t going to be a moose much longer if she keeps trying to keep up with those thundering Arabian horses. My horse, Sudi, has them all running on a regular basis. It’s fun to watch them. I’m almost afraid to ride Sudi for fear that I’m not going to feel the same magic that I felt when I rode him last week with Jessie. It is going to be fun to ride with Wally. We’ve been waiting to do this for a long time. We never did get to ride together when he had the other mare on lease. I think Dixie is going to work out a lot better for him.
While at Wally’s sister’s house, I stepped on some scales. I haven’t weighed myself in years. I was happy to discover that I’m at least 20 pounds lighter. That’s exciting news. No wonder my jeans are falling off me. I think drinking raw milk is what has helped me to loose the weight; that coupled with all the riding and the physical labor at MM. I wish I didn’t have to go back to a desk job.
Until later …