Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Goodbye 2008!

May the New Year be bigger, better and brighter for each who visit here (and if I'm lucky, for myself as well)!

My birthday found us with Dottie juggling the books as is becoming common each month; I'll be hitting the bricks this next month or so to find a job. After she deposited some of the cash we'd saved for the weekend (what with Bill moving and all) I paid the last bill due for the month. Between my back and the cold she brought home from work, I didn't really feel like going anywhere, so after we finally ate breakfast we spent the early afternoon putting together a scrap wood riser to fit the new scanner I mentioned onto my desk as it's to a point the only way to go is up! I spent the rest of the afternoon deleting old software and installing new.

John, my nephew and a friend of John's dropped by to lend me an anime series I had read some good things about so I could watch all the episodes in order and not have to Netflix it. Dottie made me a pumpkin pie for a "birthday cake", since she's made pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas but we never ended up with any of our own except the cherry one I made a while back.

I got cards from Dottie's family in Vermont and phone calls from the grandkids and Noel. My sister sent a nice e-card; our New Year's Eve tomorrow night at her house will also be my family birthday party.

My mother didn't call, though last week she could find the phone each and every day for something inane. I'm sure she'd have wanted Galileo imprisoned as well for saying the world didn't revolve around her!

Since Bill and Laura hadn't paid to take their cats to the vet for the last 2 years, ours said keep them apart from ours until he could give them their shots and do bloodwork on them this Friday (after I get paid). Meanwhile, knowing they had "food issues" Dottie let them have full bowls of food anyway and the last two nights have been spent cleaning up gallons of cat puke. Thank goodness we covered the spare bed and love seat in the room they are in with plastic and old sheets first...

Bill called last night a bit after midnight; they made it to Alexandria safely. Laura called earlier to say that she had hung up Bill's heavy winter coat and an hour or so later uncovered another; mine. I guess it will be returning to me by parcel post; hopefully before we go back to zero again!

Bill was at work; tonight they planned to unload the rest of the stuff in storage and return the Budget truck. They have until Thursday, so hopefully if they don't return it tonight they will tomorrow.

As 2008 winds down I thank you each for your visits, your kind words, your support and for "being there" this last year!

May 2009 be kind to each of you!

Happy New Year!



Lori D said...

Prospero Ano Nuevo, Senor Alan! May 2009 find you among caring friends and family!

Samantha said...

I hope 2009 is a wonderful, prosperous, healthy, happy and all around wonderful year for you Alan. Goodness knows you deserve it!

I also hope the new scanner, and the inevitable trips down memory lane it brings you while using it are all good ones!

Anonymous said...

Happy new year Alan!! have a good one :-)

ryssee said...

Happy Birthday and Happy New Year Alan! Both are beginnings of a New Year, which always makes you feel like you have a clean slate.
RE: your Mom-I just had to laugh! Totally get it.
RE: cats with "food issues"-at least when ours yack, they do us the favor of cleaning it up. Pretty gross, huh?
Best wishes to you in 2009. As always.

Anonymous said...

EEEUUU, hairballs! We have 3 cats between the 2 of us, they leave us little presents every now and then. It's bad when you find one in the middle of the night by stepping on it!
Happy birthday and happy new year!

Shauna Baggett said...

Hoping you have a wonderful New Year Alan, you are truly a gentleman to me and wonderful for all your sweet comments, even though I stop and read here I also hardly ever comment but you are in my thoughts.

Take care and I will see you soon, I know it :) MWAH

robin andrea said...

A belated happy birthday, alan and a wish very a bright and happy new year.

Sassy said...

Hello 2009! Out with the old, in with the new...I'm ready!

von Krankipantzen said...

Happy New Year! May 2009 be filled with joy, love, great health, um..., yummy food, lotsa monies, tropical holidays, shopping sprees, and zero puke and back pain.

chosha said...

Happy New Year! I'm quite eager for it actually. I hope it brings you good health and greater happiness.

Green tea said...

Happy Birthday Alan, and I hope the New Year is good to you and Dottie
Good luck in that job hunt.
With our new President, I am sure things will get better for all of us.

JLee said...

Happy New Year Alan! (and a belated birthday...sorry) xo

beckyboop said...

Loved this; got it in an e-mail and thought I would share it with you as well.

My Wish for You in 2009

May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts. May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills. May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips! May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and may happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy.
May the problems you had forget your home address!

Happy birthday and Happy New Year!!!

Anji said...

Belated Happy Birthday and a very Happy new Year to you and your family.

LucyTolliday said...

Many birthday and new year wishes to you.

My cat did something similar, cleaning after is something I dont wish on anyone

sttropezbutler said...

Happy New Year Alan!


No_Newz said...

I hope all you wish for in 2009 comes to you and then some. Happy belated birthday. I'm sorry I missed your special day. Looks like the cat gave you a gift that keeps on giving, huh?! LOL! Dern cats and their finicky tummies.

Heidi said...

{{{{{{ Alan}}}}} All the best to you in 2009..health and happiness always.

Ange said...

Happy New Year and happy birthday!

You must still be very busy.
I hope it's all been good so far.
At least less cat pukey.

I have a good vibe about 09, but maybe I'm just an early year optimist.