I’m not one to gripe about daylight savings time, but when I got home tonight at 6:30, it was pitch black outside. I live in the woods, so the darkness is deep (I keep meaning to get a night light installed). Tonight it seemed especially so.
It’s not just the blackness, it’s that it feels late, too. I was amazed that it was only 6:30, and not two or two-and-a-half hours later.
I remember when I used to show horses and wanted to inhibit the growth of their winter coats to keep them show-sleek. We’d keep lights on in the stable longer at night in the winter (not all night, but longer) to “fool” their bodies into not growing long hair. I think the presence or absence of light is interpreted by our bodies as cues.
But, not to worry. I got home to a wonderful meatloaf by MIL! She knows it is my favorite, and I never make it. For some reason Son, who loves meatballs, will not touch meatloaf. Go figure. So, naturally, I don’t make it for myself. MIL’s meatloaf is always a treat for me.
V and will be on a road trip soon. We are planning a trip to see V’s sister (our sometime commenter Kathy Sue) and their mother. Sadly, they are losing their mother to Alzheimer’s disease. V has an idea what she will find there because of her talks with KS, who lives near their mother. I know, firsthand from my father-in-law, that Alzheimer’s is a dread disease.
Still, we are very much looking forward to the 7 hour road trip together (Road Trip!!!) and visiting with KS and, of course, seeing V’s mom. We’ll keep you posted on our adventures en route…you know, I have to say: Chick trips just have a wonderful character of their own. I love ‘em!
Hope you are all recovered from too much turkey and have moved into get-ready-for-Christmas mode. C
PS – I am a bit obsessive about horse care, so I can’t resist saying: If you start blanketing a horse in the winter or doing something to inhibit the growth of winter coat, then you have to continue the practice and give extra warmth (blankets, etc.) through that winter. You can’t start and then stop or your horse will get cold! For this reason we never blanketed our horses except when we were showing in earnest—left alone, they do just fine in cold weather with their shaggy winter coats!
Sorry to preach…but if it keeps just one horse warmer…C