My kindest thanks to Rory for the ‘New Year’s Tag’ prompt. If you’ve not met Rory please do go and have a visit.

Here is how to participate:

Share a link back to the person who tagged you.

Share a link to the person who created the

Share a favorite New Year’s Memory

Answer the questions of the person who tagged you.

Tag whoever you want.

Use any picture that you like for New Years.

Memory –

This is more of a mysterious New Year‘s memory.On December 31, 2016 I went walking as I so often do and everything was as it should be. The very next morning, nice and early January 1, 2017 I saw something that caught my eye. It’s in the tree branches to Bo’s right. Look closely.

*** a wine glass was resting purposefully in the bare branches of a tree right at eye level. It brought to mind a dozen questions! I left it where I found it. Day after day I walked passed it for nearly a year. It became a part of things. Until one day someone came along and moved it. It surprised me how much I missed it being in the cedar tree.

An empty glass waiting to be filled with anything. Like a new year, empty and waiting to be filled with anything.It was that spring that I first started writing here on WordPress

To the questions –

If you could celebrate the New Year anywhere. where would it be?

sky and water…

…right here is good…

What is your favorite snack food for New Years?

although I like lots of different foods, like cheese and kettle chips and fruit and guacamole and salsa…really really I do. But, I just can’t resist the chance to say…Cookies! You didn’t see that coming did you… world’s most perfect food.

Bo, however, likes toast! He can hear a toaster pop in the next county over.He’s very well mannered though when he waits for his share…

Have you ever kept a New Year’s resolution? If so, what was it?

Well, this morning I opened my sock drawer and as I looked at the options it came to me clear as day…life is shortwear your best socks now. Don’t save them. You’re worth good socks, the kind that hug your feet.Unless you’re going to play in the mud with Dobby. Keep one pair of old socks on hand for messy doggy days.

So, I think I’ve just made a resolution. I’ll let you know next year how it all turns out.

I think I’ll ask Jack to teach me some new yoga poses too…stretch both the body and the soul..

What do you want to do with your blog this year?

Intrigue! Mystery! High Speed Adventure!

Perhaps I’ll tell you about my book idea. I already have a title. It will be called – The Dog Eats Half My Food. I can’t decide if it will be a memoir or a diet book. Probably, both. It will be riveting...and slimming…

And hopefully some quiet and thoughtful reflection…

Do you prefer a big party or a small gathering to celebrate? 

Small, definitely small. Get two sofas and have them face each other. Push them together until there isn’t any floor between them. Add fluffy pillows and blankets. Now then, you’ve built a sofa fort and you’re all set!

Who is next to answer the ‘same’ questions?

I invite anyone and everyone to wade right in and give it a go!

Thank you so kindly to all of you for being such a beautiful part of my days.I’m very grateful for You!

Suzanne ❤️

January 2, 2020

54 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. I love that… wear your good socks now.🧦💃🏼😀 I have old shoes with loose laces, no socks for muddy play. Sometimes just bare feet if the mud isnt cold or full of yucky things.😖😟
    The wine glass was really cool. And I bet you came up with a bunch of stories of how it ended up there. Too bad someone moved it😠
    I love the doggy yoga pose. I have a similar picture of my Bearded Dragon😂

    I got your email… like you, distractions are distracting. Mostly King Ben fries my brain all day and I fall asleep every time I stop moving for more than 10 minutes.😴🙄
    I’ll be writing back soon😘

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    1. Quite a revelation, isn’t it 😂. First thing I guess is to go through my socks. 💃 I love going barefooted!
      That glass kept thinking of its stories for ages! One person or two? Who walks in the woods alone with a glass of wine? And why? I figured wind, weather or animal would come along and it would be gone. I couldn’t believe it lasted so long.
      I’d like to see Jack and your Bearded Dragon doing yoga side by side 🤣

      All good.. I understand distractions 😝 When you can sleep…Sleep! Take care Angie 🥰🎶

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    1. Hello Malkie,

      It’s always so good to hear from you 😊. I pray so too! I miss your daily writing. But mostly I just want you to be good and healthy so you can enjoy getting back to the things you love to do. Do take care.

      Kind regards,
      Suzanne 🌷

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  2. Suzanne… so, so so lovely, so beautiful, dreamy, wonderful. Happy new year, and my, that brown lab looks like our old family dog (may he rest in peace). Such good memories. xoxoxo lots of love

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    1. Hi Lia! That’s my Ellie 😊. So happy she brought to mind sweet memories. She is a dear. Thank you for your lovely thoughts. My apologies for being so behind on my reading these days. I so look forward to your writing. xoxoxo lots of love back to you.

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      1. Thanks for your super kind words but no need to apologize, I’m too trigger-happy on the publish button. 😉😆
        Ah, so Ellie, this lovely chocolatey darling, is whom your blog is named after? ❤️And does the number 894 have significance? 🤓

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      2. Ah! That’s a wonderful trait! I have far too much writing in limbo 😂
        She is indeed the namesake behind it all ❤️. Yes…a combo of birthdays! 😉 very observant of you 😊. Thanks ever so 🥰🤗

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    1. Thank you 😊. I had a fun time finding photos of the pups. And then there was the glass. I had forgotten about it. Indeed! One day it had been moved to a table near the lake. Within two days of that i found it broken on the ground. I gathered up the pieces so no animal would be hurt. It was a mystery from beginning to end. 😊

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  3. Oh, this is wonderful! I’m grinning from ear-to-ear. And yes, cookies are the perfect food! All the best for the new year ahead! I look forward to hearing about the progress of The Dog Eats Half My Food.

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  4. A sofa fort with pillows and blankets—and lots of cookies and dogs sounds like a perfect gathering! I hope for you all the best of everything this year and years to come. And I look forward to visiting and reading more about your book—what a fun title! Thank you for all your kindness, Suzanne.🤗💓

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    1. Thank you kindly Nina! It was said in jest one day and has stuck around in a silly kind of way. It is always my pleasure Nina, truly. I hope that your days ahead will be beautiful ones. With love and hugs 🤗❤️


      1. Suzanne, I’m reading these words with a great big smile. I love silly! Especially as I get older. Thank you for the comforting words. It helps. I am going through a difficult time right now with my husband. I can’t go back to the ‘way it was’ and I can’t (as of yet) go forward with him either. 25 years together is a long time to hope…
        So I continue to write daily because it helps me—and maybe one day I will share because it might help someone else…if I can get through it so can others. For now, it’s too close to home to blog about.
        I appreciate the supportive community here. WP is an awesome platform! It’s given me confidence to speak up and not be afraid of the challenges I now face. And as I wrote in my final post—ultimately it’s God I’m facing. Where is God not?
        Love and hugs received and given! 🤗💓🧚‍♂️

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      2. Nina, it must be a very hard time for you. Yes, 25 years is a long time to hope. I’m glad that you can write. I know you’ll share your journey when you are ready and the time for that is right. You are a kind spirit, I’m certain that anything you came to share would help others. WP is a wonderful place, isn’t it. It’s given me courage too. I’m grateful for it. There is nowhere that God is not 💞
        Thank you Nina 🤗❤️


  5. Dear Suzanne, what a sweet post, it´s great to find out more about you! Ah so good to see you are a fellow dog-lover 🙂 How many dogs do you have, or rather, host? 🙂 Love the idea of Bo teaching doing Yoga with you! You know, I just got a puppy! A small one, so he can come travel a bit with me in the future, but I love all kinds of animals and dogs:) Wishing you, dear Suzanne, a wonderful 2020 filled with love, joy, miracles small and big, and health! Much love and big hugs xxx

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    1. Dear Maria-Elena, how lovely to hear from you! I am a fellow dog lover! Four pups, the smallest is Jack at around 50 pounds and the largest is Miss Ellie at 100! Bo and Dobby fall in the middle. Occasionally I have 6. There are two that come to visit regularly. Vast amounts of energy 😂 then! And yes, I can learn a great deal from them when it comes to yoga 😊. They’re quite naturals at it! But I keep trying. How wonderful that you have a new puppy! I can’t wait for you to share more about him/her on your site and your travels. What an adventure to travel with such a beloved companion. Naming! It’s so hard isn’t it, choosing just the right name for them. Mine are mostly rescues as I live where people drop unwanted animals off around here. It’s very sad but touches my heart when one finds me and becomes part of the family. I have one small cat as well. Miss Fred 😂. She was also found in the woods, very tiny at the time and was named Fred before it was so easy to tell she was more of a Frederika! 😂. At one time we had 4 dogs, 5 cats, 1 guinea pig, 2 hermit crabs and a small garden snake, nearly a whole zoo 😊. I loved your elephant post! I sometimes call Ellie my “lelephant” (yes with an l in front). She is big and sweet and lumbering but formidable and very very wise. 😉. Well, now that I’ve gone on and on 🙃 I shall wish you all the best that a year can bring. Than you always for your gentle kindness. Much love and hugs xxx

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      1. Ah Suzanne, you know animal-friends are surely my favorite kind of people ever!! I am not surprised to hear that you give those beautiful animal- refugees such a loving and caring home. So so wonderful to hear that honestly!!! I wanted to get a rescue pup as well, but I looked for a quite a while and there was none small enough to fit the requirements for cabin-travel… I LOVE the idea of one day having a whole animal sanctuary like you have/ had at one time dear Suzanne!!! You are amazing!! You are actually one of only 2 blog friends I´ve told about Lucky (a Maltese puppy) yet. I plan on traveling with him when he´s a bit older, and until then, will post stories about the many travels I did in the last years. I am also moving towards a more mindful and eco-conscious travel style than before, because I care a lot about the environment and do not want to cause more harm… So it will be an act of balance to combine the love of travel with the love for mother earth! Your dogs all sound adorable! So so happy for them that they are with you, such a lovely and kind human 🙂 Hugs do you, Miss Ellie, Bo, Dobbie, Miss Fred, and I hope I didn´t forget anyone haha. Much love and hugs to you in Texas!! xxxx

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      2. Maltese are such sweet and lovely little animals! I had a small fluffy mix dog named Muffin a long while back. Lucky is very fortunate to have found such a good home so early in life. All dogs need that. It’s a wonderful thing to give one a good home right from the beginning. I’m honored that you shared him with me. The environment is a great concern of mine as well. I have a clothesline so as to seldom use the dryer, reusable bags ( I love wonderful canvas totes, a veritable weakness), recycle, reuse, try to make good choices in the first place so as to create less waste and the list continues… You know, all those little things. I can only imagine how hard it would be to be an eco-traveler! Thank you! Much love and hugs to you!! Spain, yes? You have so many wonderful adventures I associate you with Lots of beautiful places 😊 xxxx

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  6. Yes, I agree with you, Maltese are very cute and lovely. No matter how much mischief Lucky is up to, one look at him and everything is forgotten haha. Too cute!! Muffin is an adorable name! Thanks for saying that about Lucky being lucky to have a good home from the start. That´s great input for me, as I really would love to rescue dogs (and animals) and was struggling a bit with not getting a dog from the shelter. Thanks Suzanne 🙂 Love how much you´re doing for the environment! Wonderful. I also use the clothesline, am aware of not consuming too much in general, am working on getting rid of more and more plastic/ substituting that, and I´ve been eating a 95% vegan diet for years now. No dairy or meat at all, just a bit of fish here and there due to health reasons. Thanks Suzanne for your lovely message, and yes, am currently based in Southern Spain:) Will post more about my former Aussie adventures tomorrow, think of Australia lots these days…! Much love and hugs 🙂 xxx

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    1. I really enjoy hanging clothes 😊 That’s neat that you’ve gone vegan. I haven’t done that yet. I will look forward to your post tomorrow! Have a great rest of Monday, love and hugs xxx

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