January 7th, 2011



I think we fall a bit in love with every subsequent dog that we babysit. THIS dog, however, was really hard to give up. He was just the most darling thing ever and all of us enjoyed his company so much. I've told 1222 that I really hope she'll keep us in mind the next time they need a dogsitter. The kids were out in the snow with Mental every day, playing fetch. We went for a long walk today in the brilliant sunshine, and later he kept putting his head on my knee to be scritched and I hugged his head and wished he was ours to keep.

The Christmas trees have been denuded of ornaments and are shedding needles as well. If we don't get them out of the house soon, they'll be bare prickly skeletons. The big one just has to have the lights removed. Everything else is packed up and ready to be shunted back up to the attic for next year.

Two more days of weekend and then totally back to real life and regular routines. I confess to not looking forward to it, but I suppose it had to happen sometime. I've spent the past couple of days editing my 2010 journal into book form...I get faster at it every year. I just have to place the hi-res photos and then I can send it to print. It's very satisfying to see the growing row of green obiter dictum books on my shelf. Even if no one except me will ever read them...in book form, I mean. I'm assuming YOU read them the first time around, right here, after all. Hee!

Maybe, some day my kids will read them. Or their kids. That would be cool. My kids know about my journal and they know I write about them, but they don't ever read it (unless they're standing over my shoulder while I write, which is seldom because I shoo them away, in that case, because I don't know about you, but it drives me crazy to have someone reading over my shoulder while I'm writing...I'm looking at you, Mom! haha). My husband reads this journal, too, but he never comments or says much about it. So, really, I don't know what any of my immediate family thinks about it. The only feedback I get is from your comments (which I solicit and encourage!) and my own highly developed sense of self-confidence. :)

Yippee Skippee Birthday Wishes to helloheather and Belated Ones to ozswede!