Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Today is the first day of 2012 and I'm snug as a bug inside my home. It is below zero today. I skipped church this morning due to an achy body. I slept terrible last night because of the fireworks in my neighborhood...I'm not complaining about fireworks, it doesn't really bother me at all that people are out at midnight having fun. What is a pain is our dog Roxy who is petrified of them. We let her sleep in bed with us because she was panting and shaking and needed to be near her humans. Taz was fine - she seemed curious about the noise and sat at the back door looking out. She wasn't frightened at all. Because Roxy was between us, shivering and panting, I slept on my side and must have had a twist in my back because at 1:30 am when I rolled over my back was killing me. Roxy jumped down and slept on the floor the remainder of the night, but the damage was done.
We have had one of the snowiest winters on record so far this year. This is our driveway - Sweetie piles the snow up on each side each time he shovels. It's getting so high that when I back out in my car I can't tell if any cars are coming. I may have to start backing into the driveway so I can see better.
This is the back yard. We had some problems with a leaky garage roof, so Sweetie is shoveling it off each time it snows a bunch. That's why there are big piles of snow in the backyard too. I don't know what possessed anyone to put a flat-roof garage in Anchorage, AK. We get lots of rain in the summer and lots of snow in the winter, so it makes for a very inefficient roofing system.

I didn't make any New Year's Resolutions because I'm tired of always breaking them. What I have done is make some general suggestions for myself:

Eat less and eat healthier, get more exercise, write thank you notes to businesses letting them know when an employee has helped me above and beyond (good customer service seems rare and I'd like to make sure the employee who provides it gets recognized), and do something art related every day even if it is just a quick sketch. I want to take better care of myself and quit being so over-committed that I feel stressed all the time. I need more lazy days with nothing to do. I have so many ideas and plans for my art, but rarely get them done because I'm too tired to do it.


A Lady's Life said...

Oh do I know those times.
I had my roof cleaned and they did something and my leak destroyed the living room ceiling in a matter of hours.
They don't make homes like they used
Well I hope you feel better and Iunderstand about the dog shaking I once had a dog that was afraid of thunder and lightening but even people are afraid of those.

New Year resolution???
Choose to live for light.
Enlightenment, progress life.

tainterturtles said...

Wow, look at all that snow!

Last night someone across the lake also had fireworks going off and my cat Manny got sooooo scared....poor boy. Manny was in hiding for a short time until the fireworks stopped.

Happy New Year to you too Patty.

Kellie said...

It's hard to make time for ourselves it seems. I think we'd probably be better off if we did tho, so good luck finding/making that time for yourself - and if you figure out how it's done, let me know.

Happy New Year Patty!

marianne said...

My gosh what snow!
Looks beautiful.
Too bad Roxy is so afraid of fireworks. And that your back got twisted. What a start......
Hope you feel better soon.
Happy New Year♥

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Your night sounded like our night. Our Annie is petrified of the noise and this year our Cat was too. So it made for a very crowded bed and a bad night of sleeping. groan One resolution.. to keep breathing and enjoy life. :)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You poor girl. I hope your day at home made you feel better. One needs those days more often. Next time don't wait until you hurt. Take time for yourself. I know it is easier said than done. UGh.. Such is life. Happy New Year. What a way to start the new year with all that snow. WOW.

Marj said...

The snow looks beautiful. In the 1960's, we were transferred to Wisconsin and these pics remind me of our time there--very snowy Winter, lots of below zero days, and snow piled on both sides of the drive. Had to put a flag on your car aerial so people could see you backing out of your driveway! No aerials anymore :-)--I'm dating myself...oh well.