Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Michael and I spent Christmas Eve cooking. I made horse treats, while he made human treats.

My husband making cookies on Christmas Eve

Michael looks pretty tired in this picture because it was well after midnight when I took it! We started making cookies pretty late, since we didn't get home from having dinner with my parents until after 10:00.

Last year I made stockings and horse treats for all the horses at the barn, but that was easy because there were only four horses there at the time, including Panama. This year we're at a barn with probably 40 or more horses, so I opted to just make treats for Panama's three playmates: Voodoo, Spaghetti, and his girlfriend Lady.

Christmas stockings for the horses at the barn

In each stocking goes a ziplock baggie of horse treats and the recipe, another bag with a couple of Christmas cookies (human treats), and a Christmas card. I've also made a stocking for my trainer — shhhhh, don't tell! Our last lesson this week got cancelled because of the snow, so she won't get it until Tuesday!

I'll probably make Christmas cards for a few of the other people I've met at the barn, but only Panama's playmates will get treats. I feel a bit bad for not doing the same for everyone, but hey, a busy writer and horse owner can only do so much, right?

Actually, I've been quite preoccupied lately, which is why I'm finally finishing my stockings on Christmas Eve. My cat Prince has been rather sick lately — we noticed a couple of weeks ago that he wasn't eating, so I started force-feeding him and we took him into the vet. After a couple of vet visits and a pretty normal blood panel, he got two bad teeth pulled on Wednesday, and the rest of his teeth cleaned. He still has a sore mouth from the extractions, and is on another four days of pain meds. Cross your fingers for us that once his mouth starts feeling better, he'll start eating on his own again — otherwise, it's more force-feeding and back to the vet! I'm not giving up on him yet!



At December 25, 2009 at 4:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please have a very merry Christmas!

At December 25, 2009 at 6:18 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks, Kate! You too!


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