There is plenty to write about, but there is only one thing I really want to write about. It is the same thought that comes to me every night as I walk to the house from my last visit at the barn: that peace is free.

It comes to me when every inch of snow is filled with glittering sparkles, a thick white and blue blanket, the stars overhead matching with their own symphony of lights on black background. 

It came to me early on, before Thanksgiving, when I did something I had not done in a while, which was to sit against the wall in Dream’s stall as he ate his hay. I have spent many minutes adding up to hours like this in the past, and have learned his favorite places in the hay. He eats and touches me with his nose once in a while, like a good host, acknowledging my presence. When the temperatures are frigid, I can pull a pile of hay on top of my lap, which adds to my warmth, and hand feed him his favorite strands. We hang out.

Munch, munch, munch. Dream reminds me that the only real time is the present. He reminds me to stop thinking, and just BE.  Doing the work he has always done for me.

Last night, we finished decorating our indoor Christmas tree, but the only one that had pictures taken of it was the outdoor one. I had put white lights on a tree in front of the barn which Seth, “wielding his might ax,” cut for me. Our tree stand is a bucket filled with water which froze the tree trunk upright.

Yesterday there was some melting off the barn roof. The water dripped onto the tree and when I went out at night, it was covered with real natural icicle ornaments…so beautiful, sparkling with the white lights behind them. It was like having an unseen hand decorate your tree for you!

Several hours later at bedtime I told Scott about the tree. Knowing my horse tree brings me happiness, he immediately grabbed the camera and went outside in boots and bathrobe to take pictures of 'The Miracle of the Icicles.'   It’s the little things:

…that get you through the day, or a moment, at a time--  and loved ones to share it with.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. 
I am thankful to have a place to talk horses!

...and to any and all visitors: the time you give is unique, and its value immeasurable. 

~May 2011 be the best equine year we’ve seen yet~ 

 Starlight , 1879
Lexington on both sides 
Foaled May 25

this is the first Starlight registered in the U.S.A.
I chose her for my sister's birthdate, which she shares


juliette said...

This is a quiet, lovely post. The image of you in Dream's stall while he munches is time-stopping. This is what we all need to do to find that free peace you speak of. And, how sweet of your husband to capture your horse tree decorated with ice for all time. It is the little things that are the very big things.
Have a wonderful holiday with your family - humans and animals.

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Thanks for the beautiful post Allison.

Just got in from my evening barn chores. Tonight I groomed Val while he was eating his bucket of warm mash. (decadent!) A peaceful centering experience to be sure...

I love the icicle tree picture - perfection :)

Happy holidays to you and your family - and best wishes for the New Year!!

Allison said...

Thank you very much. Happiness to us all.

allhorsestuff said...

Oh, I am sighing with the feeling I know too, so comforting it is.. as you described it so well...contentment, just being in the presence of the horse.
My stall is not as homey as my old one was...I have not done this yet, where the mare is now. But you remind to do so, and do so will settle me.

Be well friend here and be well always!
Thanks for the blessings~

aurora said...

Nice post. Hanging out with our horses is fuel for the soul(s).

What a beautiful tree. Wishing you peace and happiness this holiday season.