Tonight's picture was taken in January of 2003. Mattie was nine months old, and celebrating his first new year. Mattie was always a night owl and required VERY light sleep. Needless to say, as the ball in Times Square was going down that year, Mattie was wide awake and sitting with us. You can see the energy and happiness on Mattie's face!
A New Year's Poem (author unknown)
The day does offer promise
A change for something new
Time for new direction
To make a change or two
This burst of inspiration
Does come but once a year
A time for something different
And hopes that change is near
How will you use this moment
What will you choose to change
What aspect of your story
Are you poised to rearrange
In truth it's just illusion
It's not about the day
It's how you view the future
And challenge in your way
Frankly it did not even dawn on me that today was New Year's Eve until my friend Tina emailed me and told me she was going to be watching the fireworks tonight. Honestly I had to stop and ask myself, why? I had no idea why there would be fireworks going off tonight, until I put two and two together and looked at the date.
It seems to me that we can't get through a New Year's without hearing the word.... RESOLUTION! My friend Charlie sent me the link below about New Year's resolutions. I have never made a New Year's resolution in my life. Mainly because if I want to do something or change something about myself, I make that commitment and try to abide by it each day. I do not need December 31, to help or inspire me. However, what I like about the article Charlie sent me is that the author tries to encourage us to think outside of ourselves as we make a resolution for 2012. In fact the article presents a campaign that challenges people to make outwardly-focused resolutions to care for others, instead of inwardly-focused resolutions for self-improvement. This notion caught my attention because I do believe that simple acts of kindness do make the world a better place to live. In addition, I will go out on a limb and even say that helping others provides us with much more happiness and in the end enrichment of self than any form of self improvement or self change could ever produce.
New Year, New You: Making Resolutions Matter.............................
It was a slow start to the day for Patches, our calico cat, and myself. Patches illustrates how I felt all day. Despite feeling tired, feeling as if I was still swaying on a ship, and cold, I got it together and headed out on a walk with Peter.
I entitle this photo....Spring in December. Believe it or not, some cherry blossoms do bloom at this time of year. However, to me it is still a very unusual sight and when you take into account that it is cold out, these flowering trees seem down right miraculous.
Peter and I took a 3 mile walk today. We walked around Roosevelt Island and I came armed with a sleeve of crackers. I snapped a picture while we were feeding the ducks. The ducks devoured the crackers and I laughed when I recalled Mattie feeding ducks on Roosevelt Island. Mattie would feed the ducks, but he always popped some of the bread or the crackers in his mouth as well. It was like one piece for Mattie and one piece for the ducks!
A Duck close up! There is something so beautiful about the coloring of a male mallard duck!
For the most part, today was another grey day in Washington, DC. These are very common during the winter months, which is why to me summer is so glorious here. Sun almost every day! While walking, the sun did come out and was shining between the trees. So I snapped a picture of sunlight through the woods at Roosevelt Island.
As we were completing our walk on the trail, I heard a sound in the woods. I stopped and looked around me. Here is what I saw.... A New Year's Eve Deer!
To all our readers, we wish you a healthy and happy 2012! We are thankful to you and appreciate your support as we move into our third year without Mattie in our lives.