The end of a year, the end of a decade


Happy New Year The end of an era?  I’ve always said I might rant on here from time to time. I guess this is a rant. As a new year and decade begin, it seems like the era of morality and decency has been slipping away for a while, and will we be able to recover any of that?  Our politics and those across the world seem to be so out of control, and there is so much hatred and division.

I’ve been rambling on with this blog for a few years but I’m pretty boring over the winter.  It’s cold and dark and you can’t grow anything in the garden! My gargoyle Albert is out there in the garden with his little stocking hat on, and he just adds a little winter fun, with people on FB enjoying my philosophy about winter thru times when Albert “posts”.  You have to be a little crazy to stay sane in these days.


Even my little pet uromastyx dislikes winter and is brumating, which is a reptile equivalent of semi-hibernation.  Some of them sleep for as much as 2 months, just popping out maybe once a week to look around and then go back to sleep.  He did come out for 15 minutes a few days ago, then went back down in his cave. It’s amazing how, in a temperature controlled environment, they know it’s winter and they should do what the big uros in the real desert do, and sleep for a while.  Another amazing thing about nature and the world around us.

Geyri popped out

It’s New Years Day and our local tradition of good luck food is cooking in the crock pot.  Pork and sauerkraut are our foods for the day here, to insure money and good luck thru the new year.  I’ve never argued with that tradition. Other areas eat different foods, like collards and black eyed peas.  And in some areas, they cook a coin in the cabbage of their dishes.  Traditions, some old ways; it’s good to keep some of that stuff alive.

So enough complaining and rambling from an old lady who would like to see the world settle down and let everybody have some peace.  Winter will go like all the other winters, and spring will give us all new hope as the wheel of the year turns.

Happy New Year, be happy and healthy and enjoy each Today!

20 responses to “The end of a year, the end of a decade

  1. Happy new year to you. I’m so glad to see Albert wearing his winter hat. You think maybe he’s dreaming of summer days in the garden under a straw hat?

  2. I’ve been meaning to ask you how tall/heavy is Albert? He looks big and heavy in the photos but I’ve seen some here that are small.

  3. Happy New Year, my dear friend! Looking forward to read your posts in this new decade, especially your adventures in the garden!

    • Same to you Herman, and a new year with dear little Jimi. The garden is a long ways off now, but I have plans! And seeds. Looking forward to yours too, more adventures with your walk abouts, and more pictures of Jimi!

  4. I love the gargoyle! I am much happier not knowing what is going on in the world of politics. What they do, they do regardless of what we think. I just live positively and treat others as I want to be treated. I was never into the news or reading newspapers and never knew what was going on unless someone told me. Then, I might check it out, but not usually. If I know then I think about it. the negativity then becomes part of you and your thoughts. Your Uromastyx companion looks great! How old is it? Have a great and prosperous 2020! Take care!

    • That’s true, they will do what they do. But sometimes, when things get more intense, it’s good to pay attention, to know what to expect, or maybe not. Geyri is 7 1/2 months old now. Full grown isn’t usually till about 3, cos they grow so slow, and then he’ll be about 12″. He’s just so cute! You have a good year also and take care too.

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