Life on Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel

Life on Regal-Hill: Dec. 3, 2008

Probably the least favorite chore I need to do as I prepare for Christmas here at Regal-Hill is shopping for gifts. The problem is ideas and I prefer that it is something that is useful.
Now that Allegra has a horse I may think of something Thunder needs and thus save her from buying it for him. Well, so much for that; when I checked, a blanket had just been ordered on-line. Maybe that is all right since it is snowing quite a bit as I write this, and Thunder really needs it now so I wouldn’t want to wait until Christmas to get it.

Life on Regal-Hill: Nov. 19, 2008

It is rather chilly here at Regal-Hill today. One can tell Thanksgiving Day is almost here. Being that is so late this year there won’t be as many days to get ready for Christmas. Apparently this hasn’t stopped many stores from getting decorated and stocked for the Christmas season way before Thanksgiving.

Life on Regal-Hill: Nov. 12, 2008

About a week ago Yellow returned to Regal-Hill. Yellow is a big, yellow shorthaired tomcat that was born and grew up here and then left. We never thought we would see him again. Everyone was so happy when he came back. He has the best purr and loving, happy disposition of any cat I have known.

Life on Regal-Hill: Nov. 5, 2008

Winter has started early here at Regal-Hill. We have 8-10 inches of heavy, wet snow and the power has been off several times already, making it even worse.
It all started Saturday night when we got heavy rain and wind causing the power to go off.

Life on Regal-Hill: Oct. 29, 2008

We recently returned to Regal-Hill from vacation with a welcome home sign. Allegra made the sign and, I think with her uncle’s help, put it up. It said, “Welcome home grandma and grandpa.” One would think we had been away a long time. Actually it was only a week and a day that we were gone.

Life on Regal-Hill: Oct. 15, 2008

Now that we have had several frosts here at Regal-Hill, it is time to clean up the flowers and garden. As soon as we got the first damaging frost, I pulled or dug up the Dahlias and Gladiolus bulbs. Then I cut off the tops and prepared them to dry before storing them.

Life on Regal-Hill: Oct. 8, 2008

Although George finally finished haying for the year here at Regal-Hill, there still seems to be plenty to do. Now that the pastures aren’t growing as fast as they were, hay is taken to the pasture where the heifers are, nearly every day. We don’t want to put them in the barn any sooner than we have to, hopefully not until the first of November.

Life on Regal-Hill: Oct. 1, 2008

It was a bit cool here at Regal-Hill this morning. Even though the sun was out it hadn’t warmed up much yet. As I left the house for my morning walk I picked up the mail I had ready to take to the mailbox and as I reached the corner of the house I could hear a fire siren going off. I returned to the house to tell George, who was burning papers in the furnace to warm up the house.

Life on Regal-Hill: September 24, 2008

It looks like the sun has finally decided to shine today in earnest here at Regal-Hill. The previous two days weren’t very good for drying or anything else since it stayed so windy, cloudy and cool. This time of year the sun makes such a difference in how warm it feels.
Finally, George is going to try and mow some more hay. He gave up wanting to harvest another cutting in the meadow, so soon the heifers will get to enjoy it and mow it for themselves. Thunder, Allegra’s horse, is already in the meadow where he has been fenced in. He seems to be enjoying it even though he can’t chase the heifers now.

Life on Regal-Hill: September 17, 2008

Life here at Regal-Hill has been rather boring lately. We finally got a good rain and wind, then it didn’t want to dry off so more hay could be dried or other outside work could be done. We still have berries to pick, a garden to harvest and flowers to cut or stake. Every morning I am thankful there hasn’t been any frost yet.

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