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From snowfall to white truffle sauce

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heard something in the nature of a folklore bit of information from a friend of mine. Her father, now among those who have gone on before us, always used to say that whatever the number of the day of the first snowfall, then that would be the number of snowfalls that the area would experience that winter. This winter the day of the first snowfall was, I think, on the 26th of the month. If her Dad was right, this does not bode well for the rest of us so she and I have been watching…and counting.

Now there is a part two on that statement that is slightly comforting. Her Dad was not talking about huge snowfalls but, to quote him, "just enough snow for a cat to leave footprints in". I was beginning to believe that this season would not live up to his folklore but now we are expecting snow tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 21) and the weather persons are making icky noises about both next Saturday and the following Monday. Hmmm. It could be that there are going to be cats with chilly paws this winter and that we shall all be somewhat inconvenienced by our weather.

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At least keeping count will help to delay the onset of the dread cabin fever.

And speaking of that, I did some checking and found out that the Retreat Round-Up to benefit The Retreat at Beckleysville (check this out at http://www.retreatatbeckleysville.org to see all of the really good things that happen there) will happen on Sunday, February 15 this year. It will run between 2 pm and 5 pm and there will be a silent auction of gorgeously decorated model horses, as well as quilts, jewelry, event tickets and more. There is a concurrent flea market of horse supplies, tack and clothes along with food and entertainment.

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Not to be outdone the TRP is having their Horse Fair Tack Sale on Saturday, March 15 between 9 am and 2 pm at the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Ag Center. This will benefit the 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program of Carroll County. There will be not only a big tack sale/swap for new and used tack, equipment, clothes, and supplies happening just in time for spring riding but also if you email Karen at trp4h@comcast.net you can find out more about making a reservation to bring your horses to a "Shots and Coggins Clinic" so that you can have the shots done on your trailer to save a vet call.

There is a note at the bottom to contact Mary at mstheretreat99@gmail.com so maybe you should try both of those e-mails just to be sure about what is being done and who is in charge of which.

But the price for a space (10X12 feet) is only $30 for the first space and $10 for each additional space…don't know if they are offering tables or if you are bringing your own or what but an e-mail will no doubt clear all that up too.

If you are terminally bored the IBR Finals ought to jolt you right out of your midwinter malaise. That would be the International Bull Rider Finals for those of you who don't regularly speak rodeo and/or bull riding. In case you are in doubt this is a BIG DEAL. There will be one of them run on February 28th and one on March 7th which gives you (and those bull riders!) time to get it together between dates. The bulls don't need that much time. They pretty well have it all together anyway and if you don't believe me you can just ask them. The bulls don't say much but they can make a true believer of you just by standing there. This is going to be at the Shipley Arena, the doors open at 5pm and it costs $15 for adults and $10 for kids and it is worth every penny, I promise.

And all of this Real Stuff brings me to something not-so-real that noticed so I will just take a minute to point it out and see if y'all think I am being too picky.

I was looking into a cowboy magazine at the big, monster food store this morning ( I LOVE the big, monster food stores by the way) and I saw a couple of recipes for, supposedly, cowboy type food. The steak recipe looked pretty darn good so I checked out the recipe for potatoes and that was where the disbelief level went 'way up.

Why is it that I have trouble believing in a cowboy potato recipe that includes white truffle sauce? Since when did your man of the range carry a bottle of white truffle sauce in his saddle bags?

Golly, have I been gone that long?

Hope Holland is the Times' equestrian columnist. Her column appears every Sunday. Reach her at 410-857-7896 or sports@carrollcountytimes.com.

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