Tidying up 2011

You might think that a person who likes to talk to herself and her cats would have so much to say about New Year – or Old Year. You’d think there would be much to remember fondly and opine grandly upon such. You’d think! Not really. I think just about everything that can be said about New Year has been said.

There are things I dread as the New Year approaches – those really, really horrible “Best of…” lists. I never, ever agree with those lists. Best movies of the year – are you kidding? I mean did you really watch “The Descendants?” Remake “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?” Never a good idea, but I will grant you that it is easy to look at Daniel Craig for two hours. Ditto Robert Downey, Jr. Come to think of it, I rarely agree with movie critics at all, but what a great job. Watch movies for free, write about them and you probably don’t have to pay for popcorn, either. Nice deal.

The “Best Albums” drive me nuts, too, because it reminds me that I’m on the other side of the music scale and have no clue as to who 90% of the people on the list are. I have learned things, though…that by looking up some of the winners, I’ve found new favorites, so I’m not THAT old, just don’t keep up the way I used to in my youth. (And I have a young lady in Finland who provides me with new artists!)

The “Best TV shows” are the worst. Either they are on premium cable channels (which I won’t pay for) or whoever assembles the list has pretentious airs that make you think of the old fable, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” I find that if words/phrases such as edgy, ground-breaking, most interesting show in years, or breath of fresh air are used, then rummage through your DVDs and enjoy your evening.

I did add a new member to the family in 2011! Miss Sassy has lived up to her name and has represented the world of kittenhood well. There is nothing that is not explored, jumped upon or knocked over to see what happens. She’s impervious to the word NO and does as she pleases. She is also loving, adorable and totally manipulative. Here are a few pictures of the “Day in the Life of a Kitten.” One friend told me years ago that if the theory of reincarnation is true, she wishes to come back as my cat!

Sassy is intrigued by all of the postcards, which means she was really busy shuffling my cards in December! I received so many great ones. The Christmas cards range from beautifully religious to hysterically heretical! Hope you enjoy the array!

A Kitten's Day

The round robin groups continue to provide comedy, drama and sometimes pull-out-my-hair frustration. You really cannot please all of the people all of the time! And that leads me to something I have found that I love to do and that is go out and find a quote for any theme or occasion. There are the famous quotes by famous people – Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Gandhi, Confucius, Oprah (just thought I’d throw her in there) and many, many others. I love finding the odd “anonymous” or “unknown” quotes. I lean toward satire/irony more than motivational, but there have been some inspirational quotes that are less sappy than others.

Some of the ones I’ve really liked have been:

“New Year’s Day – Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”
~Mark Twain

“I’m not young enough to know everything.” ~JM Barrie

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.
~Francesco Guicciardini

‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.’
~Henry David Thoreau

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.
~Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

Advertising – a judicious mixture of flattery and threats.
~~Northrop Frye

“This is a free country. Folks have a right to send me letters, and I have a right not to read them.”
~William Faulkner

A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever, and generally stopping before it gets there.
~Agnes Repplier

And a couple of my favorites from my favorite irreverent comedian – an entertainer I still miss to this day – George Carlin.

“Here’s all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.”

“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.”

    And – I can quote this because I am a Texan…

You know the good part about all those executions in Texas?
Fewer Texans.

I close with a suggestion to the universe…perhaps Christine could use an extra star in her sky. I think she would like that.

May 2012 bring you things you didn’t even know you wanted!
Michelle

December's Delights
December Greetings to Others
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~ by Wheeler on January 5, 2012.

3 Responses to “Tidying up 2011”

  1. Hei, I sent that :)) The kitten I mean.

    Hugs.

    Liana

  2. You sent several of them! 😆

  3. Your kitten is just gorgeous !

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