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Is tomorrow REALLY New Year’s Eve? Plus, presents from a dog.

I received some fantastic Christmas gifts this year, including beautiful gemstones from my lovely daughter, Wendy, a sweater from my sister, Sally, aka Thankful Rose on Etsy.

There were other wonderful presents, too–bubble bath, a new bathrobe, special spices, a crock pot that connects to another crock pot, for those 2014 dinner parties I fully intend to hold.  :)  (I’ve already chosen one of the recipes–Smoked Oyster Spread.  Yum.)

But the most interesting and unusual gifts, I must admit, were three paintings–done by my grand-dog, Margie, one of the smartest Golden Retrievers ever.  I  definitely plan to hang them, too.  I

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Is my face red?

:) Well, actually, no.  I had a great time at the show, and, since most or all of these guys could have been my son (and a late-life baby at that), I can’t say I got terribly excited.  (Bring on Sam Elliott, Clint Eastwood or George Strait and it might be a whole different ballgame.)  As adorable, not to mention truly talented, as these young Aussies are, they didn’t make my heart go pitty-pat.   Did I enjoy their acrobatics, their saucy little smiles and sculpted bodies?  You bet.  I might be getting older, but I’m not blind–or dead.  :)

We’re getting ready

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The Pony Express carried almost 35,000 pieces of mail over more than 650,000 miles during those nineteen months and lost only one mail sack.

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