Life on Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel

Life on Regal-Hill: Jan. 27, 2010

About the first of January I took two different amaryllis out of storage and started watering them again in the hopes of them growing leaves and also blossoming. So far I have only real tall green leaves and no sight of even the beginnings of any blossoms. I have faithfully watered them, had them in bright sunlight and turned them every few days to encourage symmetrical growth.

Life on Regal-Hill: Jan. 6, 2010

For a number of years we have not had a pet in the house. In fact we haven’t had a dog in the house since we had to have our dog, Ebony, put to sleep. He loved the farm and especially George. I didn’t realize how nice a dog he was until he was gone, even though I had to clean up cow manure and dirt off the couch or chairs after he had been in the house.

Life on Regal-Hill: December 30, 2009

by Gail Hillriegel
Well, we just finished the last birthday before Christmas here at Regal-Hill. Yes, George just had his birthday. Allegra made his cake, an orange-raisin kind that his mother used to make. Then I just made an ordinary uncooked white frosting for it.

Life on Regal-Hill: Dec. 23, 2009

Well, it’s time to begin planning your Christmas dinner unless you have been invited to someone else’s home. Here at Regal-Hill we will either be here or across the road. If it is icy we will be here since I don’t go outside when it’s slippery. Either way we all share the work of preparing Christmas dinner. This makes it much easier for all the cooks who include Allegra, her mother and myself.

Life on Regal-Hill: Dec. 16, 2009

We continue to get ready for Christmas here at Regal-Hill. Some Christmas breads and cookies have been made and hopefully more of both will be made before Christmas. It just came to me that I hadn’t made plans to make pineapple-filled cookies that I have made every year in the past, and everyone here loves.

Life on Regal-Hill: Dec. 9, 2009

Now that the decorating is done here at Regal-Hill, it is time to write out the Christmas cards. In the past it has been a big job as I sent 60 plus cards. According to the 2009 Christmas Shopper, the start of sending Christmas cards began in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. It seems he was inspired by examples of Valentine’s Day cards that had been popular in England.

Life on Regal-Hill: Dec. 2, 2009

Decorating for Christmas is always fun. Here at Regal-Hill I think we are finished. Certainly I am done doing anymore outdoors since it is too cold to be outside for any length of time. Inside I still need to do a bit more like little details in the bedrooms but since we aren’t in the bedrooms much maybe it isn’t necessary to spend much time there since hopefully we will be sleeping most of the time.

Life on Regal-Hill: Nov. 25, 2009

This year I was hoping I could come up with some different things to be thankful for. It isn’t that good health, a nice home, good food, family and friends aren’t important. I just thought it would be nice to have a change of thankfulness. For example, my daughter just came home with some skirts she got at a thrift store for practically nothing for me to wear. How good is that?

Life on Regal-Hill: Nov. 18, 2009

It would seem to me that we are having Indian summer now, although George disagrees with me. We are enjoying it anyway. At least it isn’t raining or snowing. I am sure that will come soon enough.

Life on Regal-Hill: Oct. 28, 2009

Recent days here at Regal-Hill were spent digging potatoes. It seemed it was time to get them out of the ground and into storage before it got any colder and the ground became muddier.

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