Happy New Year!

Hope your celebrations were fun and safe. We stayed up until midnight, said Happy New Year, and went to bed. My parents were in bed much earlier, my mom sicker than a dog (having caught a bug from my dad who is now over it — I wonder if we're next).

We drank our wine earlier in the evening, with dinner, and toasted friends, family, the coming year, and our lost kitties. Miss Kitty passed on New Year's Eve 2004. Thumper joined her on Dec 26, 2006.

It is indeed a brave new year for us. We've transitioned from the military to civilian life, from the tropics to the South, from living thousands of miles away from family to living in the same house. It's been amazing.

What does the new year hold? Hopefully, new opportunities — a fulfilling career for Mike, a lot of writing and submitting for me, a new home, and continuing good health.

I don't usually make specific resolutions, so I suppose I won't start now. I intend to write more, to submit my work, to attend chapter meetings, to go to my first conference, to work harder and become more focused on my goals of publication. 2007 is the year to put up or shut up. I don't have to get a contract, but I should at least have some rejections to show for my trouble. This is the year I submit my work. No more letting time get away, no more saying I'll do it later or I need to make things perfect first. Write, submit, repeat.

How about you? (Photo courtesy of bigfoto.com)

Good night, sweet prince

Flights of angels are singing my sweet Thumper to his rest right now. This is the last picture we took of him. It's only a couple of weeks old. Here, he's lying in his favorite chair at my parents' house. Nimitz (grey tiger) is lying with him.
Thumper got sick very suddenly. The vet diagnosed acute kidney failure, the same thing that ended up killing my Miss Kitty two years ago today. It's so hard to say goodbye. I miss my good old boy. He was the best, sweetest, steadiest cat ever created.

Here's Thumper in 2004, shortly after we moved to Hawaii. I'm sad, but thankful his end was easier than Miss Kitty's. He had a good life and passed quickly at age 16 1/2.

So we begin the New Year with our Nimitz, thankful for his cute self. We're sad our Thumper is gone, but we're also certain we'll invite another pet into our lives this year.
Hope your New Year is a happy one. I'll be back with resolutions soon. What are yours?

Merry Christmas Eve!

Mom and Dad's house in the Albany Historic District of Decatur, Alabama. Photo taken by my adorable hubby, Mike. 🙂 I believe it was around 60 degrees or so that night. Not bad, really.

Merry Christmas Eve!

Happy Birthday!

To my husband, whose big day is today. I cannot tell his age, or he might yank my internet cord. 🙂

Still working on the blog, still adjusting to Bama, still frowning at commercials featuring ocean, surfing, and people in shorts.

Here we are, giving the shaka, from Monte Sano in Huntsville. Pretty, isn't it?