Monday, December 31, 2012

goodbye 2012, hello new year!

I went out this afternoon and had a ride with Keil Bay, who was in extremely good spirits because he got peppermints after each stage of the grooming/tacking up process, peppermints when we walked into the arena, peppermints at the mounting block, and one last peppermint after I mounted. I've never given him a treat from the saddle before and he was very impressed. A fun ringing out of 2012 for the Big Bay!

He was relaxed and happy and responsive, and although there are a lot of things I could say about the ride, those are the most important to me these days and so I'll leave it at that.

There's no better way to spend a day than with one's horse, and I'm glad I got to ride on this last day of the year.

Inside, we're making a special New Year's Eve meal, and I'm thinking about the year and all the scares we've had, as well as the two beloved family members we lost: Keats and Moomin.

Right now Salina is out in the back field with Keil Bay and the donkeys. She's moving well and enjoying being out with her boys. I'm letting her out some again with the big boys but not all at the same time, as they can get rowdy and she can't help herself - she joins in.

I'm grateful she feels good enough to boss the big boys, and grateful too that in the year we said goodbye to two special feline friends we are also saying hello and welcome to two new ones, Pixie and Pippin.



Happy New Year, all - I hope 2013 is good to all of us!

10 comments:

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Those kit-tens look especially snuggly...

Wishing you and all the residents of November Hill a healthy, happy New Year! (((♡♡♡)))

billie said...

You too! And all the residents of Edgewood. :)

Grey Horse Matters said...

CFS is right those two kittens look snuggly and adorable. I love their names.

I'm so happy to hear that you had a great ride on the big bay and that Salina is doing well.

May everyone stay healthy and happy in 2013! Wishing you and all at November Hill a great year.

billie said...

Thanks, A, and happy new year to you and yours! May we all have great rides and healthy horses in 2013.

Strawberry Lane said...

Sweet!Love those kittens! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

billie said...

Thank you, S. Lane - happiest of New Years to you and yours!

Victoria Cummings said...

Billie - Happy New Year to you and everyone at November Hill! Those little cuties look right at home already, a great new addition to your family.

billie said...

You too, V - and they are totally ensconced here. It happened really fast.

Máire said...

Cute little kittens - I'm sure they feel at home already.

billie said...

They have settled in and taken over. :)