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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

By the close of 2012, may we be celebrating regime change in Washington! In the words of this old song:
Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow.
As I think back on 2011, I have three personal things that I'm most grateful for:

1. Stable health. In fact, Mr. AOW's health has improved! Now he has an iPad and a blog of his own!

2. Our beloved Cameo's return to health. Back from the brink!

3. The generous Christmas gift from my homeschool families. Cash!

What three events of 2011 are YOU most grateful for? Your responses can be personal or "big picture."

New Year's Eve music from days gone by:


  1. Hi AOW, I'm so happy that 2011 is turning out great for you, your hubby and darling Cameo!

    As you know, I'm grateful for darling Kittehkins! Also, for great blogging friends, and that soon it will be 2012, and come November we can reverse the curse of 2008!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year, AOW! We'll just have to keep slogging on!

  3. And a Happy New Year to you and Mr. AOW. Much happiness as well.

  4. Happy New Year to you & yours, AOW! Wishing you the best in 2012.

  5. Mr. AOW and I are looking forward to a visit this afternoon from these friends, who were such a blessing to us in those dark days of despair in 2009.

    These former clients coming over today are among the few friends who have stuck by us after Mr. AOW's stroke. Never mind that Mr. AOW and I are white, and these dear friends are black. We consider ourselves family! And for good reason, too, not the least of which is our common bond in Christ.

  6. Family, Friends, and all the new friends I've met on the internet.

  7. It's nice to end the year with good news.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  8. Company is finally gone for the week. Love to see them, glad to see them go. ha

    Wishing you and Mr. AOW a happy and healthy new year

    Right Truth

  9. I am thankful for family and friends.

    Happy New Year! Wishing you blessings in the New Year.

  10. Happy new year to my better half.

    She'll be proud of me for taking time to make this comment.

  11. Hugs and a Happy New Year to you and Mr. AOW-


  12. Forgot to check the little box...

    Champagne is the blame! We have less then an hour for 2012!

  13. Happy New Year! Such good news you have!

    I am thankful for family, friends and health.
    I'm thankful that I took the plunge to start blogging in 2011 and have met some dynamite patriots like you.

    I am grateful that my son is finding his way as a Freshman in HS--we moved a year and a half ago, 1,000 miles from all of his friends. 13 is not an easy age to be uprooted. But all is working out beautifully now--in fact, I am convinced that God knew where my son would bloom the best.

  14. Always grateful to be Alive, to have the Gift of Sight partially restored, to have Friends, a House that's paid for, to be Solvent, to have outlets for Creativity -- and especially for renewed ties with old schoolmates after our 50th High School Reunion -- and the blessed discovery that several of them live close by.

    It's astonishing how glad most of us have been to be in contact again after long years of separation. To me it proves that you CAN go home again -- sometimes.

    Very glad to hear that Mr. AOW is making good progress, and grateful for Mrs. AOW, SilverFiddle, Jack Camwell, Farmer John, Z and others with OPEN websites for putting up with the stress of feeding and maintaining their blogs so that we have a chance to share our views somewhere besides the pages of a diary -- or the corner bar.

    My fondest hope is that we may learn to express more CURIOSITY and less HOSTILITY towards those with whom we disagree.

    And of course that we may learn to ACCEPT the things we cannot change -- however odious and terrifying they may be.

    My best advice on the art of living?


    ~ Freethinke

  15. Yes I am so happy that I am not a wimp like obutthead! Only the WEAK roll over for THUGS!

    I’m being a GOOD SPORT and plan to fight for MY FREEDOM.

  16. Happy New Year BNI! Looking forward to following you to your new cyberdigs wherever that may be.

  17. Happy New Year, AOW! So glad to hear that Mr. AOW continues to improve! It is such a long process, but with therapy, determination and a wonderful caregiver such as yourself, recovery does happen!


    I appreciate all your kind words and well wishes in this thread.

    Yesterday, I took some time off from the web. Real life should always take precedence! At the moment, I'm closing in on the end of Stephen King's latest novel: 11/22/63. A wonderful read -- especially for Baby Boomers. The genre is a departure for King: historical novel.

    Today I have a busy day ahead of me: (1) private tutoring to do, (2) errands to run, and (3) last-minute preparations for the resumption of classes tomorrow.

  19. Have a Happy New Year, AOW! :D And be safe! :)

  20. Benning!

    It's been a while, huh?

    Off now to see if you're blogging again.

  21. Happy New Year AOW!

    After a very warm weekend (high up to 71) and good crowds on the beach on New Year's Day it looks like winter is headed my way tonight with the first freeze of the year. I'm scurrying around moving plants into the garage.

    I have a New Year's Resolution (and this one people can keep) at my page and I would invite your readers to join in as well:


    It's an important year for our country and I hope everyone is on board!

  22. Mike,
    Thanks for stopping by.

    I'll be sure to check out the post you mentioned.


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