It is already January 8, 2006. This new year has been off to quite a start.
Our Grandfather clock just struck 3:00 A. M. Here, in Southern California, our weather is very comfortable, not too cold, nor too warm, but a little foggy.
My home is quiet, except for a program on the "Animal Planet." My husband is still asleep, as is my 13 year old 135 pound "puppy", Cocoa. We are dog-sitting for our niece. The dog is still a puppy, not even a year old yet, named Max. Max is a mix, part Golden Retriever, and part ???, he is very well mannered and follows us everywhere throughout our home, wanting to either be given some form of treat or play ball. Cocoa seems to be okay with him, as long as he doesn't try to intrude into the areas she has deemed hers.
All signs of the holiday festivities have been boxed and stowed away, until, once again; the holiday's are here. The one thing not boxed, of course, is our Holy Bible. That being said, I will now go into retrospected memories, highs and lows.
Loving the holiday season, the family gathered, sharing stories and laughter, always bringing a smile to my face even when the stores are not new. These stories become treasured memories. It seems that during this glorious time of the year, most strangers wear a smile. Some, however, demonstrate anger and disdain, this saddens me.
The year 2005 is now part of history. Hopefully, the lessons have been learned, never to be repeated. I shall now continue in review of the high and low experiences of this now bygone year.
The major trials and tribulations seemed to be focused on death, lingering for what seemed to be forever. I thought it would never end. This, of course, is the low in experiences of the year 2005.
My much beloved mother-in-law, such a kind, gentle, and generous soul was, absolutely, heaven-bound. Mom crossed over just a couple months shy of her 90th birthday. A wonderful lady, Mom, and Grandma is most assuredly missed by this family. For the past 36 years, either Dick or I were in contact with her on a daily basis.
The next, death of a friend, completely unexpected, without illness or disease. He even had plans for the next day, then quietly, in his sleep, crossed over.
As for death in the year 2005, the last was my beloved Annie. She was my friend and protector, her main duty was to guard; which she did very well. The presence of our alpha dog, Annie, is deeply missed not only by us, but our other dog, Cocoa who still mourns. On August 9, 2005, the day before our 31st anniversary, Annie had to be euthanized. Annie was 15 years old, a wonderful dog we rescued from premature death. Her last call to us was a heart-wrenching wail. I shall never forget the sound, it still brings tears to my eyes and raises a lump in my throat. We remained at her side until she took her last breath. This was the kindest, most loving thing we could do for her;as her kidney's had completely shut down.
Death, indeed, tested my faith in the year 2005. I am not certain whether or not our year long guest was the "Grim Reaper," or the "Kind Messenger."
Now, as for some high points, my faith remains strong. My family is, basically, well. A few broken bones, bumps, bruises, and minor illnesses scattered among the family, but nothing that wouldn't bring them back to good health.
Once again, I joyfully started writing again. I had this placed my writing on the back burner during the pay-check years, as well as the years of self-employment.
Many new friends have been made on this site, eliteskills, as well as the poets using the poet's workshop site. I was delighted to find out the majority of poets are spiritual, and have a sense of humor.
I was asked to join as an author in the publishing of a book titled "A Baker's Dozen." The publishing fees have already been paid for, and there will be 13 poet authors, with 13 different poems a piece that will make up this book. All of the authors have been chosen, now it is a matter of bringing our works together. This will be a lot of work, but very exciting. Should this first book sell well, this will be an ongoing publication.
The new year 2006 is starting off in a not too wonderful way. The last few days, I have been battling with a virus and spyware on my PC. After a lot of hours spent on tracking it all down, I think it is finally gone.
I have not sent anyone a message during this infected period, as I didn't want to even, possibly, send anyone else the malicious virus and spyware as was done to me. Why these people waste that kind of intelligence on infecting someone elses computer instead of something our nation could use to maintain quality of life or the such, is beyond me. What a waste!
Well, my home is now waking up, so it's time for me to move on, wishing everyone a very happy New Year. May God fill this new part of your life with many blessings.
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