Monthly Archives: December 2019

Poetic Thursday: Sleigh Ride!

No after-Christmas doldrums around here: it’s time for Poetic Thursday with Pam, Teddy and Angel Sammy at Two Spoiled Cats.

Those of you who know me well will probably have the same reaction when you see this week’s photo inspiration as Marshall did. (He didn’t really say anything, just gave a gesture as if to say: “Well, you’re a shoe-in for this one”. )

Yes, Motor Man and I have been on many sleigh rides, and it’s always a thrill (at least for me). Here’s my poem:

 Sleigh Ride

A little girl’s dream from so long ago
of a horse drawn sleigh, gliding through the snow.

But down deep in her heart, she knew
there was little chance of her wish coming true.

She knew no one who owned a sleigh,
and deep snowfalls rarely came their way.

The little girl grew up, put her dream aside,
seldom thinking about a sleigh ride.

Then, years later, that dream came true,
with a winter wonderland sleigh ride for two.

It was cold as Christmas, with snow in the air;
the horses, the sleigh bells: all the magic was there.

Hubby knew in a moment that she was hooked;
that, in years to come, more rides would be booked.

It was everything she hoped it would be.
No longer a dream, now a fun memory.

Here’s a little slideshow of photos from some of OUR sleigh rides. Will we plan a ride this winter?

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Stay tuned to find out!

~These Days Of Mine~

Merry Christmas

Motor Man and I have been celebrating the holidays for a few weeks now.

At Bacon’s Castle with Mr. and Mrs. Claus:

In Indy with Penny, the carriage horse:

At a nearby farm during their “winter wonderland” (sans snow) event with Bonnie & Clyde, the miniature horses.

And, outside our shop by the photogenic holly tree:

We wish you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

Kitties’ Christmas

Two of Marshall’s kitties, Snugg and Chessie, celebrating the season:

(And with all due apologies to Clement C. Moore.)

“The children kitties were nestled…

…all snug Snugg in their beds,

while visions of sugarplums catnip danced in their heads….

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.”

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Poetic Thursday: Christmas Eve Shopper

It’s time, once again, for Poetic Thursday over at Two Spoiled Cats .  Here is the photo Pam provided as inspiration for this week’s poem:

This made me think of my late brother-in-law, Ed. In addition to the picture, my poem was also inspired by him and his last minute (by choice) Christmas shopping:

Christmas Eve Shopper

 Early in December, he can’t understand
all the rushing around with gift lists in hand.

He laughs and says: “I can do it all
with one Christmas Eve trip to the mall”.

Man on a mission, he joins the crowd.
His shopping’s soon done, and he’s feeling proud.

Then he heads back home, where down he’ll flop,
giving truth to the saying: “shop til you drop”.

Is your Christmas shopping complete? Or are you a Christmas Eve shopper?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

A Visit To THAT Farm

My friend, Susie, shared this video on my Facebook page several years ago. It was my introduction to the Friesian breed of horses. Immediately, it became one of my favorite things to watch (many times)during the Christmas season.

 

Last week, Motor Man and I were in Indianapolis on a business trip, and, on the way home, he surprised me. We took a different route and actually went to the farm where this video was filmed.

Can you imagine my excitement? That fence….that lane….that barn….those horses….from the video!

The manager and trainer, Terry, could not have been more welcoming. And…Terry’s the driver in the video. It was a little like meeting a movie star.

Terry gave us a tour of the barns and introduced us to Bizkit, a Baroque Pinto.

I think it’s safe to say that Bizkit is a love bug.

Before we left, Terry mentioned my coat: the result of Bizkit kisses. The dry-cleaning bill will totally be worth it.

In addition to the Friesians and Baroque Pintos, the farm also has a Gypsy Vanner named Tristan.

What a wonderful surprise Motor Man pulled off.  Terry invited us to come back when the weather is warmer, and said he’ll take us for a ride on that wagon.

My reply: “Can we play Jingle Bell Rock”?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Poetic Thursday: The Artist’s Intent

Once again, I’m participating in Pam’s Poetic Thursday. Visit Pam and her “boys”, Teddy and Angel Sammy at Two Spoiled Cats to see other poems inspired by this beautiful picture:

Here’s my poem:

The Artist’s Intent

Boats and fog and morning gold,
frozen and glistening, winter cold.

Travel by boat will have to wait
til the waters thaw at a later date.

Meanwhile, enjoy the view that’s been sent,
for that, most certainly, is the Artist’s intent.

This poem was fun to write; not nearly as challenging as some in the past.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Poetic Thursday: The Simplest Blessings

It’s Thursday! Time for a little poetry with Pam and her boys, Teddy and Angel Sammy over at Two Spoiled Cats.

Here’s this week’s photo inspiration:

And here’s my poem:

The Simplest Blessings

At first look, you might say
this certainly must be ‘laundry day’.

Blankets and towels, shirts and pants,
but go back and take a second glance.

It’s hard to imagine an open-air closet;
your clothes exposed to wind, rain and grit.

Dry clothes to wear: a reminder today
of the simplest blessings sent our way.

Thanks, Pam, for challenging us again this week.

~These Days Of Mine~