1. Christmas is barreling towards us. I still have so much baking to do and just this one weekend left. I am working through the holidays with just the "eves," Christmas Day and New Years Day off. I was able to do all of my Christmas shopping online which was a HUGE help. And I have severely curtailed my Christmas card list; limiting it to those people who I don't correspond with throughout the year. I stopped at Starbucks in Placerville this morning and the place was full of people decked out in ski pants, buzzing with excitement as they headed to the snow.
2. I've finally come up with a new name for Mufasa that I like, that Brett likes, and that Mufasa likes. I'm calling him Tex. He is, after all, a Texas bred roping horse. He comes from a cowboy background and deserves a cowboy name. Tex is simple to say and when I look at Mufasa, it fits.
3. Brett and I both have spots reserved in the Mark Rashid clinic in March. Brett will work with Pistol and I will work with Tex. I hope to have my relationship with Tex on more solid ground before we go. Our cold, wet weather continues -- and Jackson's stall in the barn is the round pen -- so my opportunities to do much are limited at the moment. I'll work with him when I can and enjoy the rainfall when I can't.
4. At Thanksgiving, the kids and Brett requested that I stop making so many meals with Plated and the like. They miss my cooking. I'll still use the programs from time-to-time but not on a regular basis. I've been annoyed more than once by late deliveries, incorrect/incomplete recipes and (the worst), a bag of beautifully chopped chard -- that was full of grit.