Okay. You explain this photo. I think the hay I bought is haunted.

haunted hay

It could be the whole eery moon thing.
H helped me load and unload 80 more bales so I now have 100. Sigh of relief. My arms, they are aching today, and I ended up with a weird bruise circling my wrist. I must have gotten hung up or squeezed between something. Funny how when you are busy doing something physical you can end up with the hugest bruises and not have a clue how you got them. I know the knob on the top of my head is from standing up on the hay in the back of the pickup truck and having my head collide with one of the beams. Ouch!


Temps are now dipping into the single digits but staying above zero. Java likes the resulting poopsicles. She grabbed one out of the paddock and proceeded to gnaw on it. It’s a doggie dreamsicle!

dog with manure

I had to convince Java that branches are much better.

dog with stick

The Christmas tree is up. Java has only chewed up two felt decorations so far.

Christmas tree

And a few other decorations are out. The manger scene belonged to my adoptive parents.

Christmas decorations

Next weekend I’m hoping to get together with my cousin and make Christmas cookies. Cousin A wants to make krumkake but doesn’t have an iron. Any of my local people have one I could borrow or know where to get one cheap?

I dug out some of my adoptive Mom’s recipe notebooks. I found a sugar cookie recipe. Mom always either titled the recipe with the name of the person who gave it to her or put the name next to the recipe title. It’s fun looking through these old notebooks and seeing all the familiar names of neighbors, relatives, and friends.

cookie recipe

I also want to use this recipe for chocolate wafer cookies, only I usually top the cookie with a chocolate kiss rather than a mint wafer.

cookie recipe

As I was paging through the notebooks (there are several), I saw “Mock Chow Mein I Made for Judds Shower”, “Aunt Minnie’s Cupcakes”, and “Crunchy Ras’n Rhubarb Cake” with a comment of Delicious! written next to it. Next time I need to bring something h’ordervish, I’ll have to bring my personal favorite “Helen’s Wings in Wine” which is made with white wine, soy sauce and sugar and baked for 3 hours at 250 degrees. The recipe calls for 70 wing pieces. It’s kind of a mess to make and to eat but it is way good!

Only 19 days until Christmas!