It's the end of the end...the last day of the last month and soon 2008 will be history. Here's the monthly list of assorted and unrelated ramblings to take us to 2009:
1. In my domestic clean-everything-in sight rampage, I attacked my computer keyboard. I have no idea why but the really dirty keys were s, d and f.
2. The shoulders of the back roads we take when we head to the kids' house were littered with cotton that fell off between the field and the gin. There was enough in places it almost looked like snow.
3. I love how the smell of smoke from a big bonfire permeates your clothes and stays with you long after you've left the warmth of the flames behind.
4. After opening her silver shoes on her birthday, Kayla proclaimed she had the perfect outfit to wear with them to school on Monday. And so I could fully appreciate just how perfect it was, she e-mailed me a photo of her as she was ready to head for school that morning.
5. Speaking of Kayla, I had to laugh when I read her comment on one of blog posts. She signed it Kayla (the granddaughter)...as if I wouldn't know who Kayla was.
6. Did you see the comment that the Redneck Christmas Parade was covered on the television in London, Ontario? I hope they didn't judge all of us in Northwest Florida by what they saw there.
7. That giant moon earlier this month really lit up the night. The moonlight on the fairway and green behind the house was awesome...and you could have easily played at midnight, thanks to the glow.
8. Where would one look for the parts to the little wooden Christmas sleigh? Why, in the scrapbook bag on the top shelf of the closet. Makes perfect sense, no?
9. The best idea I ever had might have been to buy timers for the outdoor Christmas lights. No more running outside in the late-night cold to unplug things.
10. It was the first year Kayla didn't put out cookies for Santa. She's obviously known for years, and I think she sat with Brad while he ate the ones she put out last year but still....
11. Kayla sent me a text message before her arrival wanting to know if she could get an appointment with my haircut dude. Paul, who regularly cuts my hair, will be honored at his new title.
12. While those of us who took her on at Mario Kart on the Wii might have won a race or two, Kayla reigned supreme. There's just no substitute for youth.
13. My Christmas present was a Ping driver; Wayne's was an outdoor cooker. That combination just makes me smile.
14. Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar in four pieces with your bare hands...and then eat just one.
15. My online scrapbooking classes are over. Torm had some terrific ideas in her Christmas class, and I absolutely loved Cathy Zielske's Design Your Life class at BPS. If she teaches another class, I'll be among the first to sign up.
16. We seldom visit the beach except when we have company, and I always come away with a renewed appreciation for its beauty and the intent not to wait so long before going back.
17. Like good hosts we ordered perfect weather for our Kansas visitors. With warm temperatures and green leaves still in the trees, they thought it was spring.
18. And it well could be soon...I looked out in the backyard yesterday and it was full of robins. Hang on friends in snowy places...maybe spring will be early this year.
19. I'm looking forward to another type of robin. Rumor has it a Red Robin restaurant is opening in Pensacola. Yummy!
20. Life's been pretty hectic around here. I sat down to work a crossword puzzle and realized the stash goes back to December 9.
21. The e-mail is almost as bad. If I owe you one, don't give up on me...it's coming soon.
22. The one good thing about winter is jeans and sweatshirts don't need ironing. The bad thing about holidays is I fall behind in the ironing...again. I'm trying to get to it before it becomes three weeks worth.
23. My eyes are still adjusting to the new glasses I got earlier this week. While the change in the correction is small, it's enough to notice. Funny how the sunglasses don't bother me nearly as much as the regular ones.
24. Gumbo, like chili, might actually be better the second time around.
25. In the spirit of participation, I filled out a sheet picking the winners of the various college bowl games. And since I don't know records and standings and favorites, it was mostly done on a whim. We'll see how it turns out.
26. Wayne-O was a happy camper tonight when his Jayhawks had little difficulty in their win at the Insight Bowl. While we would have liked to have gone, we (and our bad karma) stayed away so they could win.
27. No big New Year's Eve celebration for us, but that's the norm. We enjoyed a cozy evening with friends and were home by 9pm.
28. We broke with tradition, however. And since tradition has been terrible, awful, you-can-hardly-drink-it champagne, it was a good thing. One year Dale brought some so old the cork had dry rot and the champagne had turned to vinegar. This year Wayne made a champagne punch that was quite tasty so we enjoyed our toast to friendship.
29. I used my extra leap-second to watch Dick Clark and the ball drop in New York City. It wouldn't be New Year's Eve without it.
30. There's a big countdown in downtown Pensacola, too, but instead of a lighted ball they're lowering a giant, lighted pelican. I'm sorry, City Fathers...it just looks weird and somehow wrong.
31. I'll kick off the Gratitude Project tomorrow. You can read more about it here and here. I'm eager to share something fun and exciting. I hope to get a post up before my usual late-night hour.
The year is coming to a close. I love the new year with its clean slate...so many possibilities in a fresh start. Wishing you peace and blessings in 2009.