Life on Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel

Life on Regal-Hill: Feb. 24, 2010

Well, we finally got a real snowstorm here at Regal-Hill that amounted to six or seven inches. Except for the winds afterward it wasn’t too bad. I enjoyed watching it snow, from inside of course. I was glad to get some snow so that when it gets cold again, the ground will have a nice ground cover to protect it and keep it from freezing so hard. Hopefully we won’t lose any flowers or bushes that are in the ground.

Life on Regal Hill: Feb. 17, 2010

Having just celebrated Presidents’ Day Monday it is time once again to see how well we know our American history with a quiz about our past presidents and their wives. You will probably know all the answers but I hope it will be fun.

I. Match the First Lady with the statement.

_____1. Was first married to a wealthy tobacco heir who
was 20 years her senior.

Life on Regal-Hill: Feb. 10, 2010

Our dog Buster, a Beagle mix, has finally decided to come in the house. He came here about eight years ago. He actually picked us by showing up here at the farm and wouldn’t go away once George saw him and fed him.

Life on Regal-Hill: Feb. 3, 2010

It has been an interesting day weatherwise here. The road was bare and the sun even tried to shine on and off. I started for town and by the time I got down to the county line the road was white and the snow squall was so bad that I couldn’t see far at all ahead of me, so I put the lights on bright. Within probably 10 minutes the snow stopped, but all the way to the state road there was quite a blanket of snow on the road.

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.

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