November started out with us all getting sick.  We were going to a homeschool leader's meeting in Glorieta, NM.  First, I hate making reservations, but I had to make them 2 weeks ahead of time for this.  So, I did.  We were to leave on Friday morning.  Thursday night, my youngest son (8 mos) started throwing up. He threw up all night, every 20 minutes.  We sat around Friday morning and he stopped, so we decided to go.  We got there just in time for supper.  Ate a really nice supper, but 1/2 way thru, my daughter started complaining of a tummy ache.  We went to the room, unpacked, and she threw up.  Sigh.... She threw up all night long, every 45 minutes.  I went to a couple of the meetings, and by noon, she was feeling better.  Mom, however, was getting queasy.  So, we decided to make a break and head for home.  Got home safely and not 20 minutes after arriving, my oldest son threw up.  His episode went most of the night, every 45 minutes.  On Sunday, Mom was doing better, but I was feeling awfully queasy.  However, I haven't thrown up since 1983 when I got the flu and to drive clear across New Mexico in a non-air-conditioned pickup in July, and I wasn't about to start now!  So, I spent the day popping ginger, eating garlic, and taking slippery elm.  And I made it!!  Yeah!!!  But, it took us all a full week to fully recover.  I didn't take any pictures.  : )

The big news in November is that we got a horse!  We've been "Horse Free Since 1983" and proud of it, but I guess that episode with the flu weakened our resistance to Equninecephalis and we succumbed.   "Jessie" is a 3-year old, well-broke, and very well mannered.  We've been working with her daily and she's doing well.  She's a little thin in the picture, but we've been feeding her and she's gained a little more meat.  We can ride her bareback or saddled.  She gets a little excited when outside the pens, but inside "her" space, she's very well-behaved.

So far, we've had 2 major snowstorms.  Here's one of them:

Also in November, the wind blew and we had tumbleweeds for the first time since I've been here.  You can see them piled up against the fence in the above shot.  The weeds stack up against the fences and when you get snow or rain on top of them, it adds a lot of weight.  I've got a bunch of busted fence posts to fix in the spring.  But, in the meantime, I'd better get to work on guitars!!!  More later!!

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