It’s A New Year


I hope that you and your loved ones enjoyed saying farewell — and good riddance! — to 2015 and hello to 2016.

Hubby and I sat at home and quietly ushered the new year in by watching movies, sewing (just me), and snuggling with our fur kids.

Surprisingly, Hubby picked two really good movies for us to watch, Crash and The Words. I highly recommend both of them, with the caveat that neither are what one would probably consider to be funny, lighthearted, or uplifting, but they were both very good stories.

Speaking of stories… I think 2016 is going to be a good year. Not that 2015 wasn’t a good year, it was just a year full of ups and downs. More ups than downs, but the lows were pretty low.

I’ll try to give you some more-cheerful posts since the last few were real downers.

We’re just sort of puttering around the house today. I actually have some work that needs attention, and by “work” I do mean stuff that’s employment-related. It’s all good though, I was expecting it.

I also need to make the girls, i.e., dogs, new “outfits.” After removing their Christmas finery, they look sorta naked. LOL.

I also need to finish a sewing project, which I’ll tell y’all about later.

Before I go, I came across this Christmas image I just HAD to share.

A Belated Merry Christmas from ToadMama
A Belated Merry Christmas from ToadMama

Finally, in case I haven’t told you lately, I appreciate each and every one of you. Thanks for following. Really.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, love- and adventure-filled 2016!

23 Replies to “It’s A New Year”

  1. Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to your adventures in the coming year. I wouldn’t worry about the mood or content of your posts. It’s good to hear what’s going on…

    1. Life is what you make of it for sure! Riding more will definitely help. January is always interesting. It seems to be the time when lots of moto-daydreams come to light. Here’s to many adventures, big and small.

  2. I agree with Richard – it is good to hear what is going on, it doesn’t always have to be upbeat.

    A healthy Happy New Year to you and Mike and the furkids.

    1. B, thanks for the support. I guess it WOULD be weird is someone was always happy and upbeat, wouldn’t it? Happy New Year to you and the other Bs. 🙂

  3. Don’t you hate it when work (of the paying kind) intrudes on your holiday … Happy New Year and I’m with Brandy and Richard, it’s just good to hear from you. Happy riding in 2016 … perhaps, one day, our paths will cross.

    1. Karen, it IS annoying when works get in the way of life. Thanks for the support. I would love to meet you in person. Who knows what 2016 will hold. Happy riding to you, too!

  4. Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is brighter and you have much joy and happiness along the way!

    What is the fashion choice for the girls? A little poochie print?

  5. Good riddance to 2015, indeed. May 2016 be a better year medically, socially, and spiritually for us all.

  6. ToadMama, you’ve worried that your readers will think you’re a whiner or a drama queen or will think you’re fishing for attention, but no: You are human, as we all are, and there is no shame in that.

    In fact, anyone who insists they never have dark times or that nothing bad ever happens in their lives—well, they just come across as fake. It’s folks in all of their messy complexity, their honesty and vulnerability, that usually prove to be most beautiful.

    David Masse’s comment about a vampire nightmare made me think about monsters and demons in general and about closeted skeletons: Most monsters and demons fear light, or at least prefer dark places. Force them into the light and they perish, simply vanish, or are rendered powerless.

    As for skeletons, I see plenty of them and their remnants when wandering the parched deserts in and around my home state. Always they’re just a loose pile, or they’ve been scattered by scavengers and flash floods. They just end up being bleached and reduced to dust by the relentless sun.

    My point, I guess, is that so many of the celebrations this time of year are related to the return of light (winter solstice), to bringing light to dark places (tree lighting), and to renewal and resolution. Resolve to drag your monsters and demons and skeletons kicking and screaming into the light, ToadMama. Prove them weak and fearful. Render them powerless. Leave their bones to bleach.

    1. “Force them into the light and they perish, simply vanish, or are rendered powerless.”

      That’s so true, in so many ways. It’s nice to know folks appreciate the human side of me.

  7. You just now saw Crash? Wow, that movie came out AGES ago. I don’t think I’ve seen it since it first came out, but I remember enjoying it so maybe I’ll have to track it down again.

      1. Good deal! We don’t have any plans for this year yet; tax season, several weddings, and my Mom’s situation are keeping us playing things loosey-goosey, but sometimes, those are the best years and produce the best adventures. 🙂

        And who would suspect our comments emails in spam, not me, so of course you are forgiven!!!

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