Wednesday, December 31, 2014

So Long, Farewell 2014

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(Artwork: Diana Lapshina)

"New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions."

~ Mark Twain

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The Christmas decorations are (at a snails pace) beginning to come down and it's time to wish Baby New Year another Happy Birthday.

Anyone else watch "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" once Christmas is over? After every Christmas I can't live without it. It's my crutch to lean on after coming to terms with our Christmas tree and all its adored ornaments being locked away for another year.

And don't even mention the snowmen. I ADORE all our snowpeople. I treasure them so much that I've even given most of them names.

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But Christmas, and 2014 (almost), is over at last.

Which begs the question:

How do you feel about New Years Resolutions? Friend or Foe?

I've read a few blog posts on the matter, and it seems more and more people are coming up with New Years words. (Which I personally find more appealing, and healthier and not so stressful as listing straight out goals/resolutions). Some take them pretty seriously, while others regard them in the same light as emptying the litter box.

I used to be the former. If New Years Resolutions were a subject in school, inside my teacher's grade book there would be a sparkling 'A' next to my name. These days however, I don't have much use for them.

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Doing anything special as a swan song for the old year?

We aren't at all. We can't really go anywhere, since we're dogsitting, but it's not like we would have gone anywhere special anyway. There isn't much to do around these parts. Even if you want to go to the mall - which I don't - you have to go all the way to College Station or Austin.

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Since it's actually cold out, I was going to make our famous fudge but instead Mom made Pralines/Mexican Candy from all the pecans picked at my brother's house. They are delicious!

We ran out of sugar, so the fudge I'll have to make on another cold day. (It doesn't really matter though because either tonight or tomorrow we're making Shrimp Gumbo! Yum!)

So, here's a little New Years Eve Math for this household:

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We love to party around here, can't ya tell? Someone might have to tie me down so that I don't hurt myself with all this rocking and rolling and throwing confetti in the air in between sipping iced mocha's and kissing my dogs at midnight.

As I said, we're dogsitting my brother's two dogs. That's 5 dogs outnumbering 3 humans. (HOW did we do this when we also had 2 cats to add into the mix?) My brother and his wife are visiting New Orleans this week.

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(Artwork: Joe Rinaldi)

Here are just some random photos from recently, mainly of the pets.

But of course....
(I took a lot of pics of one of Lance's dogs, "Beans")

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"Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to."
~ Bill Vaughan

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(Abby loooves her pet rock)

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I almost forgot that today is also my uncle's birthday!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmastime Posts - 2013 and 2014

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So another Christmas has come and gone. I hope it was a pleasant one for you, and that now you can sit back and relax and reflect.

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Or forget about it, depending on what it was like. If it wasn't so swell, it's over now and you're a survivor! Photobucket

Our Christmas season felt pretty rushed and nonexistent. (Last year it felt that way, too, because we moved into this house only a couple days before Thanksgiving). We just weren't getting our Jolly on. It happens, but at least I tried feeling the spirit of the season.

We don't have anything special planned for the New Year. We're dogsitting my brother's dogs again while he and his wife are in New Orleans. This means that currently the number of dogs (5) outnumbers the humans.

Okay, enough rambling. It's time to get to the point of this post.

I understand that only a small handful of people read this Little Blog 'O Mine...

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... so knowing that little factoid, perhaps it was silly spending so much time lately hunting down and editing all those old photos, but I've been so disheartened over how my Disney World photos turned out that I decided to stop brooding over 'The Great Disney Photos Disappointment' and redirect my focus elsewhere.

I've always wanted to put together all those old Christmas photos, so I figured there was no time like the present. Hardly anyone will ever see them, but at least I will.

To make it easier to revisit them, I decided to clump all of my Christmas posts together.


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I want to thank Marie from A Colorful World for mentioning my "Happy Peddler" post on her blog the other day. (It was the 2nd time she mentioned me). Because of her, that post did gain a few new readers. I'm terrible at blog pimping, so it's nice when you have someone else do it for you. Photobucket

I also want to thank Diane from Always Crave Cute. She's been a regular visitor as well, as has pinned a few of my photos on Pinterest. I have quite the love affair with Pinterest, and her Pinterest Boards are one of my favorites, so being included there makes me glad.

I especially love seeing my "Wendy Kitty" on there. I miss that cat so much.

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Christmas Decorating at our old house in Spring:

Hang Up Who-Boo-Hoo Bricks

Our Pets at Christmastime:

Furkids Christmas Past

The Kindness of Strangers:

Christmas Spirit through The Happy Peddler

Mom's Christmas Lantern:

Jack Frost, Where Art Thou?

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This year's decorating at Crick Hollow:

Do they still make wooden Christmas trees?

Glitter Houses we've made over the years:

Glitter House Love

Our Christmas Tree Ornaments:

Bingle Balls and Whofoo Fluff

My old Christmas Village, which I miss displaying:

Christmas Village Love

Niece and Nephew's letters to Santa:

North Pole Post Office

Christmases Past:

The Magic of Christmas during Childhood

Twas the Night Before Christmas:

Christmas Eve 'Catastrophe'

Christmas Day:

Crick Hollow's Lackadaisical Christmas Un-Celebration

New Years Eve:

So Long, Farewell 2014

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Crick Hollow Christmas Preparations

Bells are Ringing, Choirs Singing

Goodbye, Christmas

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