Once Celebrations

Earlier this year I contributed a short photo essay covering my mother in law’s 100th birthday.  That event was special, in part, because it is so rare to celebrate someone’s century mark, and this holiday season I felt like I was participating in two unique events that probably won’t come again.

I prepared an elegant meal in our tiny loft room in the barn and family sat down to enjoy grilled wild duck, garlic mashed potatoes, string beans, homemade cranberry-orange-allspice sauce, brownies, coconut ice cream, and a maraschino cherry. Abundant red wine was passed around. And we found room to squeeze in the space with two big dogs and two cats, while we could hear the donkeys tussling in the stall just below us.  A delightfully different Christmas Eve celebration. It probably won’t be repeated; though, since we should be in the new house by spring.

Christmas Eve in the barn.
Christmas Eve in the barn.

It snowed heavily all Christmas Day, and we just barely reached Libby’s assisted living facility to have lunch with her. Some of the 80 – 100 year old residents were waiting for their children (many of these over 60 years of age) to arrive and pick them up and take them to Christmas dinner or to have Christmas meal with them at the facility in the dining room. Sadly, many could not come because of weather to pick up their parents, and I saw only four other guest families in the dining room during the luncheon.  Still, Libby was in great spirits, and I was so happy to be able to spend the time with her.  We may not “get” many other Christmases together.

Snow began at 4 a.m. on Christmas Day morning. Bruce got to use the tractor's plow for the first time. Though he went off the road during his first pass, after much shoveling and pulling the Jeep got the tractor back on the road, and Bruce got the snow cleared off the road, and we made it in time to make the luncheon with Libby.
Snow began at 4 a.m. on Christmas Day morning. Bruce got to use the tractor’s plow for the first time. Though he went off the road during his first pass, after much shoveling and pulling the Jeep got the tractor back on the road, and Bruce got the snow cleared off the road, and we made it in time to make the luncheon with Libby.

 

Sher, Bruce, and Teal (my stepdaughter) with Libby on Christmas Day at The Springs Assisted Living facility in The Dalles, Oregon. A lovely holiday meal is served for residents and guests.
Sher, Bruce, and Teal (my stepdaughter) with Libby on Christmas Day at The Springs Assisted Living facility in The Dalles, Oregon. A lovely holiday meal is served for residents and guests.

 

A bird of peace peeks around the Christmas tree bringing good cheer to all in the dining room.
A bird of peace peeks around the Christmas tree bringing good cheer to all in the dining room.

 

Favorite picture  of Bruce and his 100 year old mother taken on Christmas Day 2012.
Favorite picture of Bruce and his 100 year old mother taken on Christmas Day 2012.

 

The scene presented to us after we drove through the farm entrance on Christmas Day. Lots more plowing to do after the Christmas Day luncheon with Libby.
The scene presented to us after we drove through the farm entrance on Christmas Day. Lots more plowing to do after the Christmas Day luncheon with Libby.

 

Big Red, after the Christmas Day luncheon with Libby, is ready to clear the farm road of snow.
Big Red, after the Christmas Day luncheon with Libby, is ready to clear the farm road of snow.

 

 

 

 

 

19 thoughts on “Once Celebrations

  1. What a great lady Libby looks, nothing like 100 years old. You did so well to get out in that snow to have Christmas with her.
    I really enjoy these ‘blogs’ so intersting to hear about your interesting life.

    1. What a great lady Libby looks, nothing like 100 years old. You did so well to get out in that snow to have Christmas with her.
      I really enjoy these ‘blogs’ so intersting to hear about your interesting life.

      Hello Vanessa! Thanks for reading. It’s amazing what a sense we can get of another person’s life just through the Internet. I’m also so impressed with your dedication to horse agility, and can see all the good it has done for the many members. More than anything else the sport enhances the relationship between horse/donkey and their person. It’s tremendous to bring such a sport to the the world. Such a help to animal/human communication. I can’t say enough good things about Horse Agility International!

    1. How beautiful! And how envious I am of your white Christmas! Hi T- so good to hear from you. I have thought of you several times over the holidays! I agree the snow is so beautiful, and a romantic happening to snow all of Christmas Day. I can’t remember such a Christmas. 🙂

  2. Libby is beautiful. The picture of her with Bruce makes me smile. Do you and Bruce ever play music where Libby lives?

    1. Libby is beautiful. The picture of her with Bruce makes me smile. Do you and Bruce ever play music where Libby lives? Ardy –Agreed about Libby. I have gone in a sung songs to Libby, but Bruce and I have not yet played our fiddle tunes. We will someday I’m sure. I’d love to take the donkeys in also. They were invited, but, they aren’t well trained enough — yet.

    1. You were ALMOST in the manger for Christmas! What a beautiful setting!
      And I loved that photo of Bruce with his mom–it’s a keeper.
      Mary — with those two little donkeys we were , indeed, not far away. The snow really is beautiful, and we expect more tomorrow. 🙂

    1. I love your life, Sher. I strive to someday have one to parallel it. Hi Valerie– what do you mean? You are already doing it — you’re having one adventure after another. 🙂

    1. Mmmm… I look forward to and enjoy every post. I especially love that sweet picture of Bruce with his mother. They are blessed to have each other (and you!) Thanks Joan! Happy New Year!

  3. What a wonderful post Sher! I love the picture of Libby and Bruce. We sure do miss having Libby in Idaho but your writing helps us feel much closer to her. Thank you. Also, could you send me your new mailing address? Happy New Year to you and Bruce! Love, Robyn

    1. What a wonderful post Sher! I love the picture of Libby and Bruce. We sure do miss having Libby in Idaho but your writing helps us feel much closer to her. Thank you. Also, could you send me your new mailing address? Happy New Year to you and Bruce! Love, Robyn

      Hi Robyn- what a treat to hear from you and thanks. I’ll send the mailing address vie email to Craig. Sher

  4. The snow was lovely down this way as well but thankfully, I live in a more urban environment because I don’t own a Big Red and so would’ve been stuck! I remember being stuck at my house for nearly a week in Ketchikan around the holidays a few years back! Karen

  5. Merry Christmas to you, Bruce and Libby, Sher. So pleased you got to have Christmas lunch with her, despite the heavy snowfall. I must say, I’m amazed how you find the road underneath all that snow! How do you prevent the plow running off the road and getting stuck in a ditch or something?

    1. Merry Christmas to you, Bruce and Libby, Sher. So pleased you got to have Christmas lunch with her, despite the heavy snowfall. I must say, I’m amazed how you find the road underneath all that snow! How do you prevent the plow running off the road and getting stuck in a ditch or something?
      Hi Reggie– It did get stuck. His first pass he went off the road, got stuck, and the Jeep pulled him out. I think I put pictures of this dabacle in one of the posts. This year we put road markers on the side we won’t put all the snow, and that helps a lot; plus they glow in the dark. 🙂

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