Life on Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel

Life on Regal-Hill: Jan. 28, 2009

What do you do on Saturday? Here at Regal-Hill I try to do some baking and finish any projects that I started during the week. Saturday before last I was busy trying to finish up some cleaning projects, so I asked Allegra to do some baking for me. She likes to bake and she is very good at it.

Life on Regal-Hill: Jan. 14, 2009

Our granddaughter Allegra has been staying with us for a few days here at Regal-Hill. Of course where she is Yellow, her big orange cat, also is. During the day he would spend many hours sleeping down the cellar. Whenever anyone tried to get him to go outside he would stop at the door, turn around and go back inside or back downstairs.

Life on Regal-Hill: Jan. 7, 2009

It is already 2009. My how quickly 2008 went by here at Regal-Hill. It was a good year in many ways. When the fuel price was high we tried to stay home as much as possible and do all our errands in one trip. When the stock market fell we tried to become more self-sufficient since we weren’t depending on investments for day-to-day existence.

Life on Regal-Hill: Dec. 30, 2008

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. We sure did. It is always fun to get-together with family, no matter how often. We even had a Christmas tree at the last minute. With all the snow making it difficult to get a tree, I thought that we wouldn’t have one this year.
Now that 2008 is over it is nice to look back over the year and see what the high points were.

Life on Regal-Hill: Dec. 17, 2008

Assuming that most of our Christmas shopping is completed, it is time to begin preparing meals in earnest. Breads are in the freezer, cookies are in airtight containers, and eggnog confections are being made, so now it is time to begin planning a party or Christmas breakfast or dinner. Ideally any food preparations should be made ahead of time as much as possible so you can enjoy your family and guests. Planning and shopping a week ahead for these rather than waiting until the last minute helps as well.

Life on Regal-Hill: Dec. 10, 2008

As we continue preparations for the Christmas season it makes it more enjoyable to play Christmas music as one works here at Regal-Hill.
Special music gets one in the Christmas spirit and makes working hard at preparations so much easier to do. It is like when you are shopping and there is Christmas music playing, it puts you in the mood for shopping for Christmas gifts. So listening to music as you work at home continues to put one in the holiday spirit even if you are doing the usual household chores around the house.

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.

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