December at the Farm

December at the Farm

What a beautiful morning in Paris, Ky.  It’s Sunday, December 27th and 60 degrees – warmer than it should be.  Just put on a second pot of coffee, as Susan and Mariela (our oldest daughter and granddaughter) gather their things to head back to Wilmington, Delaware.  Chuck is still at the barn, as Sarah (another daughter) and I send off the girls and start breakfast. Looking out the front door I’m enjoying another colorful sunrise and Tinner’s Storm sees me on the porch and, being the spoiled grandson of Secretariat, he believes if he comes to the fence he will be rewarded with a treat.  He’s right. So we enjoyed another Christmas at Rosecrest Farm with uncharacteristically warm weather and more mud than we’d like, but the horses seem to enjoy rolling in it.  The horses are a little confused with this weather.  They grew their winter coats about six weeks ago preparing for winter and want to know just when are they going to need their coats. Farm life in December is usually cold and the ground is frozen.  Not this year…some days I think it’s been warmer here than Southern California.  So the weather has been great for the B&B guests, we are able to tour the farm in my open air runabout. In fact, several weeks ago I had just finished giving a group their farm tour and returned to the house when Chuck asked me if I saw Rocky (our house cat) at the barn.  I said no and that I had never seen him go past the B&B.  He said Rocky was up at the barn earlier,...
Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is that holiday when most of us spend at least some time thinking about our blessings.  There is a wonderfully long, long list for Chuck and me. Top of the list is Our Family — even though not everyone could be at the farm this Thanksgiving weekend.  We are blessed with a loving family — immediate and extended. Next is Rosecrest Farm….we have many furry faces that we own or have the privilege of taking care of.  We thank, too, our clients for choosing us to love and care for your horses.  We are also thankful for our great support staff.  They are how we are able to take such good care of our horses.  And we thank all of our guests who have chosen the Guesthouse to stay while in Central Kentucky, and for sharing your lives with us. Next there is Lil’s Coffee House, where we are blessed with many “regulars” who are indeed like family, and the many visitors who share their stories with us.   We were especially grateful before Thanksgiving with how busy we were preparing special dishes for our friends’ Thanksgiving dinners.  That is such an important trust.  And after Thanksgiving, we were happy to have many of you choose Lil’s to share a bit of hometown friendliness with your family members on Friday and Saturday.  One of our favorite phrases became, “I’d like you to meet…” There are lots of other thanks, naturally, including many events throughout the year I never got time to write about here.  Oh well, there’s always next year!  But I am grateful for my blog and the...