A very nice new year’s dinner, good friends, good music, an early evening. We had another event to attend, but drove in that direction after leaving Oddfellas in a driving rain, and decided we didn’t want to get soaked and muddy getting to our neighbor’s place, though it would have been nice to see folks we have missed over the holidays.
Thanks, Doug, for taking this picture of Ann and me last night, and I have uploaded it to FFF this morning just to add fodder to your contention that some blogs exist for some bloggers only to show their mugs to the world.
That said, I’ll refrain from showing the picture of Doug and lovely wife in which he seems to be saying “I’ll break your fingers if you take that picture.” I know he’d break ’em if I posted it.
So. The odometer has rolled over as we slept. And there is a first-day-of-school feel to the first day of a new year. I have my pencils sharpened. My notebooks are fresh and full of clean, white paper. I’ve labeled all my subject tabs, and have my schedule laid out.
Now, I need to get to my classes.
I. Field Notes from Nameless Creek: a nature journal complete with photographs, eventually a book
II. A book, also with full color images, about a locally prominent mountain (tentative)
III. Whatever becomes of Fragments from Floyd, TBA on a daily and ongoing basis
IV. Collaboration with another blogger in which he writes, I provide the images. Details to follow.
V. Continuing twice-monthly Floyd Press column
VI. Magazine article or two (under construction)
VII. Empty class periods are open, to be filled in as the opportunity arises
Oh yeah. I have my real job, too. And the wood to be cut for next year, the garden that will need vast retooling, planting and tending; and the usual assortment of home-moaner’s tasks that will arise from time to time.
So, life is full already, this early into 2007, and we are thankful for 2006, for friends, our health, our family, and a renewed sense of hope and purpose in the year to come. Hope your year is pleasantly challenging, then rewarding for those goods things that come from good work.