We did manage to fit a 10 foot tree in here this year. Don't ask me how. I was beginning to think we wouldn't get a tree in here at all, let alone a big tree. We considered a small one, but with the way our front room is built, we just love having the big tree. So after moving everything around about a dozen times, we found a spot. I've still got some decorating left to do.
Saturday night completely unexpectedly, Chance, our llama passed away. He was about 15 years old but not sick, he showed no signs of even not feeling well. He was eating and drinking and everything was normal. It was very quick, so I am grateful he did not suffer. But we are all still in shock, since it was so sudden. Wrambler, our Haflinger was very close with Chance, so this has been hard on him and on Max. They were with him when he passed but they don't understand why he's gone now. Thankfully all our animals get along and no one is alone, so that helps with the grieving process, but it's still hard. Chance was a nice llama and I could trust him with all our animals. He loved the dogs, even the puppy, and the kids and lambs. He wouldn't hurt anyone. And even though he was not halter trained, he'd follow me anywhere for treats. He'll be missed by all of us.
When Kevin and I went to get him to bury him the following morning, Max had brought all his toys in and put them with Chance. The depth of feelings animals have is incredible. So many people think they don't feel, or think... they do. Maybe more than us. And they grieve just as we do.
We got snow finally, yesterday. About an inch or so, not a lot, but enough to cover the ground. it's the first real snowfall we've had this winter. It was Flav and Buckwheats first snow ever. Neither were sure what to think of it, but both adjusted quickly. Torn Ear has been hanging around a lot, actually all three of our bucks have.
I'm trying hard to get my Christmas cards done. Once that is finished and the decorations are out of my way, it will be time to start baking cookies for the guys at the feed store, and to bring goodies over to certain peoples houses to thank them for their help or kindness in the past year.