It’s been a strange sort of Christmas Season for us this year. It has been somewhat fragmented. Mark came to visit us from Banff on Monday, December 15, with his girlfriend Nicola. I was so busy doing the Christmas feast thing, I hardly got a chance to visit with him. The next day I was headed towards Calgary on some sales calls. I was supposed to meet up with Mark on Wednesday night, but bad luck, his “pushing it’s luck truck” lost its drive shaft. The upside was I had to drive them to Banff from Cochrane for Mark to make his midnight shift. We had the nicest visit we’ve ever had since we packed him off to Malaspina 5 years ago.
Family Christmas was pushed forward a bit, as my Sister in Law and the two girls left for Japan on Christmas Day; that’s part of the deal of her moving to Canada – a return visit once a year. So we had another big family thing on Dec. 23rd. The differences this year were that Glen’s mom is too fragile to remove from her care home and Greg left the morning of Dec 23rd.
Duty called on Wednesday and he went back from leave to active duty and is now Family Support for the family of the Lt. Andrew Nuttall, the officer killed while on foot patrol in Afghanistan. He won’t be back until sometime early in the new year. We are so incredibly proud of him, as what his duties involve require more resources than most people have to draw on in a lifetime. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nuttall family now, as they make their way to CFB Trenton for the repatriation cermonies and then return to Victoria for the funeral.
On a lighter note, we finally caught the weanlings, did a little more handling and got Captain’s registration completed. Our first choice for TB name is Paisley’s Finest Hour and its not a long stretch to start calling him Churchill. Gidget is getting to be quite an escape artist; we are waiting with baited breath for warmer weather to reintroduce the consequences of electric fencing to her. Razzmatazz has decided to become a people horse; just like her sister Cover Girl, it took her almost a year. Little Joey is turning into quite a handsome fellow, despite being the world’s ugliest yearling earlier this year. Tickedyboo is still having some trouble with the remnants of Horner’s syndrome and often has cheeks packed like a hamster’s. But I think with some chiropractic adjustment and dentistry, it may be correctable.
Illusion has now been over to Gorsline’s twice for Janey to ride him and is a star. Janey was a little reluctant the first time. Greg had come to watch last Monday and was goaded into getting on first. That was a Kodak moment that went uncaptured, as he struggled for balance on a saddle to small for him, riding something akin to a sheep dog. Poor Illusion, his fetlocks were almost on the ground. But the general consensus was that between Lindsay and the driving, a very good job has been done all around.
Just going through a few old photos in trying to get some badly needed revisions completed for the website. I’ve been looking forward to starting Amelia and George in harness, as they are quite a pair. This photo from nearly two years ago, shows just how close they have been all along.
As we drift from Christmas to the New Year, Glen & I would like to wish everyone a happy, joyous Holiday Season, despite the trials and tragedies around us. Remember, that despite the chaos of everyday life, this is a time of year for both reflection and renewal.