Coming into Winter

I initially wrote this on December 12, 2013 and am re-posting it here for reference.

Greetings to my distant, wonderful acquaintances!

Well, autumn was short lived as usual, and we’re flying into winter (as a nation, I see, with all the bitterly cold temperatures across the country). Whew! Stay warm, y’all! Today was rather entertaining, considering that 2 days ago I was wearing a t-shirt all day, and today was an ice-storm warning! Thankfully that didn’t come and it was just a monotonous Oregon rain that persisted all day accompanied with temperatures hovering just above freezing and the groans and complaints of the native southerners. I get it, you think it’s cold….shall I tell you the temperature at my Wisconsin abode, show you the pictures of the river frozen over (yes, a river), mention that Idaho is experiencing sub-zero, and Oregon snow? Yeah, that usually yields the raising of eyebrows, the dropping of jaws, and the expected response, “Glad I don’t live there!” I was glad that they didn’t cancel church today, that would have been a shame since the ice did not come and the choir sang a BEAUTIFUL song accompanied by brass and the organ!

Even the sunsets are prettier

Even the sunsets are prettier

Autumn Colors

Autumn Colors

I’m looking forward to the Christmas concert that 3 church choirs from Graham are putting on for the 24th year consisting of multiple songs, all 3 directors and accompaniment including hand bells! It’s going to be beautiful! Can’t wait. All I’m missing now is involvement in drama productions like I used to do when I was in high school. Boy, do I miss that. Emme and I have seen the productions of Macbeth and Frankenstein put on by The National Theater that was streaming in several cinemas across the nation and are planning on attending some of the others that will be showing in the upcoming year. They were fantastic! I just love theater and would like to still do it at some point in the near future if scheduling permits. Now, a musical! I’d be game for that! Combine music and acting and I’m in performing arts heaven! I’m sure there are some community groups around here and will have to do some poking around to locate one.
I hope you had a good Thanksgiving filled with friends and family as mine was, for I was blessed with my parents and my sister, Danae, coming out here to North Carolina from 3 different corners of the country to spend Thanksgiving with me! It was so good to see them and once again it was hard to see them fly off. Don’t get me wrong, I’m doing just fine here on my own and wouldn’t change anything about my current situation, but all my life I’ve been with those 3 wonderful people and as I’m sure you all well know, change is hard. I miss the family discussions of theology, politics, mathematics, and everything else that pops up in conversations. It was good to smile and laugh with them again…the ones that know each other best. And that got me thinking about our tight little group of 16 that was my graduating class of high school and how much I miss them. For many years we studied, discussed, debated, sang, and acted alongside each other. How can we just let that go to the wind? After the robes are donned and the funky, square graduation caps are thrown in the air to the shrills of all involved, we scatter. One of my greatest memories of that day was that evening we all went out to dessert at a swanky mall and then stood in a circle in the courtyard and sang “By the Mark” in four-part harmony. Mmmm….beautiful….but all that is gone now and we’re all paving our own roads in this world. But how I miss conversing with them and wish that I could be as intimate with them now as I was then. Why is it that in this world of technology, keeping in touch with loved ones from the past is so hard? Tell you what, with all of you as my witnesses I challenge myself to doing just that and would like to invite you to do the same! What do you say?
Well, I can hardly write one of these emails without including a little splurb about the horses! That’s what I came here for, right? Pepper is now being referred to by Eliza as a “second-level horsie” doing all his little fancy dressage stuff!  I feel like such a proud mother! He is making leaps and bounds and it reflects back on me as a trainer! We have even taken him free jumping a few times and he is a pro! Such a talented little pony I have! Can’t wait to show him next year!

Pepper doing splendidly!

Pepper doing splendidly!

Look at him go!

Look at him go!

Well, upcoming now is Christmas with the fam and then migrating farther south to Florida for 6 weeks! Yippee! Warm weather and more horses! Maybe I will see some of you there? Come on, I know there’s gotta be some snow birds lurking out there. Just look outside right now, jeesh!
 Any of you Oregonians reading this: I hope I will have a chance to see you face to face again someday. I miss you all dearly and that beautiful oasis of the Willamette Valley and will do my best to come out for a visit. You are the ones who have shaped me to who I am today. Who can forget those 20 years?
Cheeseheads, Choopers, and Yoopers: I will be back soon! Inundate me with cold temperatures and snow for a week! (I do kinda miss it). I hope to see all of you while I’m there and know that you have helped me with my transition from the west to the mid-west and helped give me the push to branch off and come here. Thank you for being so welcoming to me and my family as we aimed to lay down new roots.
Now, as my eyes have lost their ability to re-moisten themselves and I hear my hamster stirring in her cage, I take that as a sign that it is time for bed. Yes, I realize it is even earlier than the time I was told to go to bed as a child, but working at a farm chocked full with horses and physical labor, the body adjusts to the schedule of the sun, and seeing as it is winter, it has already been dark for 3 hours now!
So with that, farewell.
And to all a good night and a very merry Christmas!
God bless.

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