Wednesday, January 1, 2014

It's A Wrap - Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

It's hard to believe we've wrapped up another year. The weeks from Thanksgiving to New Years went by in a festive whirlwind, work, shopping, and time spent with family and friends enjoying the holiday traditions. After Thanksgiving, we wasted no time getting out the Christmas decorations and Christmas toys...

Then it was time to wrap gifts. Lucy did her part (she specializes in ribbon). 


Whew, wrapping is hard work!

At some point during the colder weeks of December, it became apparent that both dogs preferred the bed with the high sides. Perhaps it's warmer. In any case, Katie seemed always to be left on the floor. (Never mind that there are at least 3 or 4 other beds lying around the house, all of which look quite comfortable).

Santa took note. 

The week before Christmas, we paused briefly to record our solstice shadows on one of the shortest days of the year. One year ago on the solstice date, we were all waiting to see if the world would end. Remember that? 

I was hoping the world would not end on Dec. 21, 2012 because Lucy was to be the featured kitty in the 365 Cats Page-A-Day calendar on Dec. 28. If the world ended, that would spoil all the fun. I wanted Lucy to have her day of fame, and fortunately for all of us, she got it. Here we are, one year later, with the December 2012 doomsday prediction now a distant memory.

Finally the big day came! Santa must have known that Lady, Katie, and Lucy had all been very good this year, because there were many surprises in their stockings. 

But wait... there was more! A big box, hidden behind the tree. 
We wondered what it could be... 

A new dog bed!! The warm, cushy kind, with sides! 

Now there are two round beds with sides, and Katie is no longer on the floor. 
It was a good Christmas.

Happy New Year to all our blogger friends. I pray that 2014 brings love, health, peace, and prosperity to you and your families, both furry and otherwise!


  1. Happy New Year dear Brenda! I hope you and your loved ones have a year filled with peace, love, health, and happiness!
    Love so much seeing all those beautiful pictures. Looks that you, Lady, Katie, and Lucy had a lovely and great Christmas!
    Many hugs and much love.

  2. Happy New Year! Love your photos, looks like Santa was paying attention. Hey, I like the idea of photographing your shadow at the solstice, I'll try to remember to do that this year (maybe even the summer solstice?).

  3. LOL Gotta have the sides on a bed! Love your photo essays, and, after all, one would have to be stoic indeed not to respond to Katie's face, eh?

  4. This was wonderful! And so glad Katie got a new bed. The pictures are great!

  5. A Happy New Year to you, Brenda, and to all your furry friends!

  6. What a happy bunch of friends you have Brenda. Just reading about your Christmas brightened my day.

  7. Furry friends make the holidays oh so much sweeter.

  8. That's adorable. I just love Katie's face. It is so expressive.

    Where did you find those beds? They look great!