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Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Beautiful White Christmas

I know, I know...many of you are really tired of the white stuff. Recently you've had an overdose of the stuff. But, we had a nice lil' storm blow through last night and give us 4-6 inches of new, powdery stuff...then the sun broke through the clouds about mid morning and the world was right!

Christmas with just My Man and I is a pretty quiet affair. We're up at the usual 6 a.m. and having coffee by the wood stove; this mornin' there's a lil' Baileys in it...Yum! After the first cup, My Man headed out to feed the herd, and I popped the French Toast Casserole in the oven and caught up on some blogs and Dogster.

Then, it's time for presents!! My Man was way too good to usual.

Lets see a couple of books, a Montana Silversmiths belt buckle, a set of western plates for the horse trailer, and the biggie~~~a hackamore and mecate rein (similar to the one in the photo). Well, Dan Fowler is the maker and is really backed up; I won't actually get it until February.

The hackamore in the photo I won with the cutting club last year and was made by's the softest, smoothest kangaroo hide. He's a true craftsman with leather braiding. But, I need a larger one (bigger around) to start Colt and show him in. The one I have is for when I ride him in the two rein the following year.
So, I'm really excited to get started on this new phase of his training!!

As we're eating breakfast, here comes the Wild Bunch down the hill for breakfast. Look at the snow on Catnip & Stetson!

It's time to get outside to check out the snow and see what I can find interesting.

Coyote is the first to the fence..."Take my picture!"

Stetson is like a woolly mammoth...him & Catnip have snow
on their backs (and their heads) all the time...their undercoat is really thick.

My Man is playing with his tractor...plowing snow is one of his favorites!

We walked up the hill behind the house...nice horse trail through
the snow heading toward the west hill.

Cindy Sue's in hot pursuit of some Chuckers...she's really
a big dog in a small body!

Cowboy is checking over the edge...he's scaring
me's straight down a good 50 feet!

There's the Wild Bunch running across their paddock.

Ok, I had to step on the edge where
Cowboy did to get this shot!

Ok, we're off the hill..that was fun!

Brego's trying to get a lil' attention.

But Colt won't get away from me far enough to take any pics!
He's such a clown...playin' with a weed.

Whiskey says he likes the sunshine and is ready for spring!

Are you?


Rob said...

Well, i don't feel tired of seeing snow at all
there's no snow in my country...

Ed said...

O.K. after the Bobcat pic and these great pics I may have to take ya up on your offer for a visit. Just the idea of photographing the countryside and maybe a sunset, or some wildlife has me drooling....

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

All your photos are just spectacular. Whiskey's photo with snow covered cliffs is quite pretty.
I enjoyed reading about the way you and your man spend Christmas. The coffee with Bailey's sounds delish! I usually make Overnight French Toast, sort of like a casserole, every Christmas, but this year I spent in the Emergency Room and can't walk or stand up, so the traditonal baking flew out the window....
I'm glad you enjoyed such a beautiful white Christmas. You got some really nice gifts, too.

Merry Christmas, my friend :)

New Mexico

The Wife said...

It feels like spring here today. Going to be 76 degrees and humid. Love the pics. Glad y'all had a nice homely Christmas. We did too!

Kathleen said...

Love the pictures, the birds eye views made me dizzy, heehee! Such beautiful country you live in. :-)

the7msn said...

Well that just looks like the best Christmas morning ever. The cliff shot is picture perfect for next year's card, don't you think?

Amanda said...

Your area looks exactly like mine!! Those lovely photos could have come from my own yard.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures! They'd be good for a December/January page on a calendar.

froglander said...

Oh wow, when you add the sun in with the snow pics so the sky is blue, then yes, the snow is pretty! Yesterday, the sun peeked out for a bit in the afternoon and it just brightened everything up and it was pretty again. But we are back to gray skies and dirty snow today :( It is supposed to warm up into rain this weekend so now we have a flood watch issued. Yay weather, lol.

Hugs! Meg (Punchy) said...

These pictures are wonderful as are your pictures!!!I loved this post sweetie! Hope you are wonderful and enjoying your Christmas weekend.


Anonymous said...

Awesome pictures and post, thank you so much. I really like this one. Merry Christmas to you and the wild bunch.

Latigo Liz said...

Looks like you had a fabulous Christmas day! That you so much for sharing your sunshine and snow! :)

20 meter circle of life said...

Looks like a Harney County Christmas, thank you! I miss home a bit this time of year.
Hey next time you are at the post office tell Theresa hello from Jewel, we used to work together several years ago!

Jim and Jana said...

Christmas is always grand in the West! We are all so imbeddedwith traditions and the richness of the simple life, others try to find this, how blessed we are to live the life.
Great photos! I'll send some of my gang; all snow covered and prancing around. Glad we have met up. Lookin' forward to gettin' to know you all.

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Awesome pics! I love the wild bunch one... looks like you made out like a Bandit with your Christmas gifts! Nice

Heidi said...

What a lovely place you have. I love the beauty of the snow and that's what I usually miss from my childhood in Montana. But this year in the Seattle area, we've had plenty of the white stuff this Christmas!

Happy New Year!

Heidi M. Thomas
author, Cowgirl Dreams

roentarre said...

These images are stunning! I love them all

Jocelyn said...

WOW those are amazing pictures! Lookslike you were on Santas good cowgirl list this year!

Those pics make me want to hop in Big Bertha and go for a Sunday drive to East Oregon.
So my camera can try and get some pictures too!

Celeste said...

Great pics :) Stetson and Cindy Sue are my two favorites!

The Wades said...

Gorgeous there!!! Loved these pictures.

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