Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year 2011

The year of 1010 is almost past.  As I write this it is the last day of the year.  Tomorrow will be 1-1-11.  Now is a good time to reflect on the joys of the past year.  Not the health issues of my parents or the ever present trials of raising livestock.

Joys comes in the package that contains our four grand kids.  Watching them grow up and being part of their lives brings pleasure and contentment to my life.  Without the guidance of four wise and loving parents these four would not be such great kids.  It is so wonderful to be part of all of their lives.
Nature is so intriguing.  Part of our time spent in Australia was such an adventure in exploring the nature of that part of the world.  The animals were ones so different from those in our backyard.  Even without seeing the elusive platypus we encountered such a variety of creatures.  When one sees and has the opportunity to hold a possum, python, potoroo, lizard, goanna, tawny frogmouth, and other Aussie animals at a party you know that this is one special place.  We held a koala, petted kangaroos and wallabies, saw Tasmanian devils and other unique critters. 

Spending time with friends has to be high on our list.  Being with friends of years and catching up on what is happening with them is such a joy.  This coming year I pledge to do better.  Sometimes we get too caught up in the everyday and just do not enjoy those friendship that mean so much to us.  New friends are always a bonus.  Meeting Millie and MOTH at a restaurant in Adelaide was such a treat. 

Books, walks, gardening, shopping, napping, crafting, and decorating are joys to be shared in any year.  Sometimes cooking is even on this list.  Giving to my community and the world in small ways will continue to enrich my life.  Mostly it is money that flows to a need but my goal in the coming year is to spend some time helping others in a meaningful way. 

Happy 2011

Monday, December 13, 2010

We are Downunder

We are enjoying Adelaide's summer weather.  Today was the first really warm day.  I got out of my jeans for the first time.  We are not complaining as at home it has been cold and icy.  Samantha and Sage had their last day of school Friday - now they are on summer vacation.  We visited school twice for activities.  It was nice to see Sam's classroom and to talk with Sage's teachers.
Friday Sage and I decorated his snake cake.  This little guy had definite ideas about what he wanted in the way of a cake.
Saturday Sage had his friends over for a "Wild Animal Adventure Party".  The high light was a real python (v. plastic - his parents are much braver than his grandparents.  I think we stuck to 3 wheeler parties.) and a small crocodile.