As I write this we are within two hours of 2014. Perhaps the proudest accomplishment of 2013 is that Cindy enters 2014 weighing 58 pounds less than she entered 2013. Durelle and I admire her fortitude. It has been a fine year. It has had its ups and downs as all years must. Of course New Years Eve means fireworks, and fireworks mean nervous puppies. Baxter has had his melatonin and he is wrapped up in his "Thundershirt" in front of the fire. The TV with its football games is turned up louder than usual and the windows are shut so that he does not hear the pyrotechnics as much as he might.
So far, so good, but we have not had nearly as many fireworks as last year. Let's hope it continues. Our Christmas decorations are limited to a few ribbons and Mother Nature's addition of a lovely bush full of Holly berries.
Of course the RED Sox do not detract from the holiday theme. The weather has been just lovely and we enjoyed the holiday drive through the James Island County Park's annual festival of lights. We sympathize with our many friends whose holiday weather has not been nearly as pleasant. We look forward to 2014. My rehabilitation from shoulder surgery is proceeding normally and my primary care physician has sent a referral to the top hip replacement surgeon in the area. I am optimistic that the summer travel season will find me (and the bus) fit and ready to go.
We wish all of our readers a healthy and prosperous 2014.