Some years I send out holiday cards to friends. Some years I don’t. I like it best when I do… I like staying in touch with friends, and I love getting real mail in my mailbox instead of unwanted junk and wasted trees. However, I haven’t even thought about cards so far this year; as often happens, I’ll end up writing them after Christmas when I have time to savor writing them.
However, it occurred to me that I have several kinds of friends now, and one important category is made up of you–the people who daily overwhelm me with their honesty, knowledge, intelligence and inspiration. Not to mention some truly kick ass senses of humor. Here’s my holiday card to you, a collage of many of the photos I’ve used on cards in the past (that’s Willie’s uncle Luke and Pippy Tay with the sign, Luke and Lassie in the hats), or just photos that I especially love from this year. The older photos are easily distinguished, but as grainy as they are, I couldn’t resist including them.
Next week, (December 28th) I will be taking a week off from posting even a short blog. Picture me hand writing cards to friends, cooking yet more Butternut Squash soup, and taking the dogs on long, ambling walks in the woods.
I hope, more than I can say, that each and every one of you is able to savor all the good that you can find within the next few weeks, and that the love of animals that brings you to this site lights up your life and warms your heart. You certainly warm up mine.
May your New Year be full of peace and exhilaration, in just the right amounts, at just the right time.