Friday, January 2, 2009

Scenes from the big New Year's bash

I can remember a time back in my yuppie days when New Year's Eve was fraught with social pressures ... having a date, shopping for a new cocktail dress, getting an invitation to the right party. But you know what? No matter how handsome the date or how pretty the dress or how festive those parties were, I never had as much fun as I did this New Year's Eve.

There was one moment of angst when I thought I might be the only one at the party.



But Willie woke up long enough to wish me a happy new year.



And Wynonna poked her snout out of the straw so that I could give her a little kiss.



Deets protected me on my walk into the pasture looking for the boys.



Uh, Deets...you're barking up the wrong tree. I don't think they're in there.



There's George! The six-legged burro! No, wait. That's just Alan, hiding behind him.



Hank...don't look at me like that. This is my pasture, too, and I can come out here any time I want.



We all enjoyed a group hug at 10 pm Mountain standard time.

So far, 2009 is memorable. I can proudly say I have gone riding every single day this year. My face is a little sunburned, and that's a good thing. The weather has been just perfect ... for September.

Tonight, Smooch and I watched the sun set from the front porch and reflected upon our blessed lives.



No matter what the rest of 2009 holds for us, it has started out just right.

29 comments:

  1. LOVE all the pics and wish you a continued wonderful year.

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  2. Best wishes to you and all on the ranch for a blessed and health 2009!

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  3. I totally agree. A great way to celebrate a New Year in the Mountain version of Eastern Time. Because of our colds, we haven't ridden at all which is a bummer during this nice weather.

    We can only take the year one day at a time, but I agree, even with our colds, it's off to a good start.

    Regards,

    Dan

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  4. That sounds like perfection. I spent a quiet New Year's Eve with my furry critters too. Best way to go, in my opinion.

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  5. Yep, sounds like heaven to me...

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  6. I can relate to past New years Eve parties, but now, hanging with the critters is all I need or desire.

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  7. I've been where you were in the past for some New Year's Eves. I'd rather spend them at home now I must be getting either older or smarter? Glad you got to spend the evening with your critters and Wynonna got a kiss.
    Have a great year and keep on riding if the weather cooperates.

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  8. Good times! Happy New Year!

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  9. Yes just right. Perfect.

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  10. I could think of no better way to spend ringing in the New Year than with family, be they two legged or four...

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  11. The hugs and love that we get from our critters is simply THE best!

    Been there/done that with the fancy parties/dud dates/shoes that hurt ... I'll take the quiet, secluded country life any day!

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  12. Couldn't ask for anything better, huh!

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  13. What a memorable New Year's Eve celebration...spent with the ones you love...and who love you!

    Have a blessed 2009~~

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  14. Aww, that's so sweet! I love Wynonna. I'd take you up on your offer in the summer, just to spend time with her. And Smooch of course, who couldn't be prettier. What beautiful, happy animals. And who knew you had a six legged donkey?? Amazing! lol

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  15. Sounds like my kind of party!

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  16. What a great relief to have a New Year's Eve with the Touchstone Animals! All that frantic reveling in years past was so exhausting, wasn't it?

    Speaking from a purely practical point of view... Wasn't it kinda dark out there? How'd you find George, Alan and Hank out there in the gloom? I picture you tripping around over sagebrush, looking for photo ops...

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  17. That sounds like the perfect way to start the New Year to me :)

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  18. Not to worry, June. When the moonlight isn't bright enough, I take my flashlight. (I live in fear of walking into cacti.)

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  19. Happy New Year to you and the crew! Wishing you the best year ever
    Harmony,
    Janet & Shiloh

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  20. I can't even remember when it was I owned a cocktail dress.....nor do I care. Looks to me like you had a perfect new year celebration.

    I hope the year holds up for you like it's started off!

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  21. Did you know that pigs are considered good luck on New Year's in Austria? I think that's why you're having such a nice new year so far, you gave a piggy a kiss on the right magical day.

    Here are two Art Nouveau cards of women and their pigs (just to show you it's true!):

    http://www.artnet.com/Artists/LotDetailPage.aspx?lot_id=E6570A1308FDB578

    http://www.vintagepostcards.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=VPC&Product_Code=ARTNVI-F7504&Category_Code=ARTNVI

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  22. You had the cutest dates ever for New Years!!

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  23. Still loving all of your photos! Especially the one of 6-legged George. Happy New Year

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  24. now that's my kind of party! i spent my new year in similar fashion... and it doesn't get much better than that. all the best to you and the critters in 2009 :-)

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  25. Ha! Loved the six-legged burro shot. :-)
    It sounds like your NY celebration was as peaceful and loving as ours was! Here's to a very happy 2009 :-)

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  26. May your 2009 be blessed and the world be a better place for having you in it!

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  27. O this post! I don't know whether to smile or cry! Maybe a little of both! Just incredible and touching! A great beginning for the New Year! Happiness to you!

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  28. We did an early countdown too, I was at a party and everyone was getting tired, so we counted down at about 10:30pm. Still felt like New Year.

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  29. This is just adorable! So was Deets named after the character on Lonesome Dove?

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