MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: Taking the Bitter with the Sweet

Life is one big countdown, and I, for one, am glad I'm still counting. How about you?

Looking back for the 44th time, the only conclusion I can draw this time around is 2014 was a tough year — one of the toughest ones so far. A year of looking in the mirror and asking myself, "So who the hell are you, smiley face?" A year of covering my eyes with both my hands to protect them against the sunlight that is supposed to make the world a happy place. Speaking of which, my world still looks awfully strange, like a 3D movie run amok: it keeps a-trembling 24/7 on account of my invisible friend Sarco (some kinda friend, I know) and drains pretty much all of my energy on a daily basis. You should see what I see, if only for a minute, and demand a refund plus a complementary bottle of champagne. But, hey, such is life.

As for the sweet, 2014 should be dubbed The War against Incompetence or A Welcome Breath of Fresh Air. I will spare you the details, except to say that working 13 hours a day can actually feel like a blessing when the incompetent abandon ship, never to return except in the occasional nightmare. Lucky for me, I rarely remember any of those. What's more important is the fact that I've been touched by kindness, so much more (or so it seems) than in previous years, and I hope the same goes for you. If not, may 2015 bring you heaploads of joy and happiness. I've come to realize much of my joy comes down to a willingness to appreciate the smaller things in life, which may very well turn out to be the bigger things in life. Do you know what I mean?

Bottoms up, my friends (yes, those too) 
and seize the days to come!

Blue

P.S. Are you hoping... for more?

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Blue Gremlin and Dezzy Big-Ears


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  1. Hope your 2015 beats the pants off of 2014!

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    1. The very first! Way to go. Mr. Silver Fox! May 2015 be worth your while!

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  2. Hi Blue...
    I wish the best for you...
    Wellness...Rest...Peace...Love
    Happiest of New Years to you...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I wish the very, very best for you, too, you sweet s.w.e.e.t. ;) woman, you! (Did you hear that, Eddie?) Ha! ;)

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    2. Hey Blue...
      Thanks for the return wishes...
      Is the wind still loud?!?!

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    3. On second thought... maybe I'm just a bit deaf.

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    4. Hahaha!
      Just a bit deaf!
      I visited Red Shoes.....I like him!

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    5. Ah my friend and distant colleague Shoes. He's one of the good guys.

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    6. And.....he visited me!
      Of course I told him I came from yours.....
      When are you back to school?

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    7. Of course he visited you. And I told him "No funny stuff, you hear? This is Linda." :p

      The second semester start in February, meaning I only have couple of weeks to grade papers and write six courses for my fellow-teachers.... Why me! Because.... I'm good ;) (knock on wood)

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    8. I'm a victim of my own achievements, Linda. I need a break.

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  3. Hello Blue,

    Happy New Year to you! Hope it's a great 2015 for you and your family. Looking forward to reading of your great adventures.

    Fanny xx

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    1. Hello Fanny, May 2015 be the mother of all historical years for you. And I mean that in a good way! (Why am I shouting and talking to myself?)

      Bottoms up. Yes, you know what I mean...

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  4. Bottoms up and have a bottle of Champagne on me! May 2015 be awesome.

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    1. Will do! 2015 will be awesome because we will make it so! Yes?

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  5. I love the cartoon! Hot damn!

    Crazy shit ~
    nothing less,
    loving people ~
    you're the best.

    I wish a blessing ~
    that's meant for me,
    would touch your life ~
    and set you free.

    And may this one ~
    change your world,
    and give you health ~
    full life, unfurled.

    Happy Newest, New Year, my friend!

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    1. See, that's what I meant when I said I was touched by kindness :) That's so sweet of you, dear. Bottoms up and be good, okay? (Define "good"... Ha!) :)

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    2. "Good" is when I take my Christmas gift - (a one pound bag) of M&M's and make them last through New Year's day...eve... 10 p.m.

      Wash them all down with some distilled water to wash out the pipes.(He he he). Peanuts can be so rude.

      Thank you, but really, you have touched my life this year. And the Christmas village has never run so smoothly.

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    3. One pound... I had some M&M's the other day myself. They sure made me smile. But I'm greedy, so what do you expect?

      Don't mention it. It was a pleasure to stay in your Christmas village.

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    4. I noticed you removed the Santa hat. I also thought, at first, you were wearing a yellow diamond shaped earring. Silly me - that's a incoming/merging traffic sign. Is there something we should know?

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    5. An earring....moi? Maybe in my next life haha. I could use some diamonds, though, and I'm not talking Black Jack.

      But what incoming/merging traffic sign are you talking about anyway? Has it somehow magically disappeared? Yes? :p

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    6. Oh, you're good. Clever and good. :))

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    7. Say it again.... say it again............... I love it when you call me clever and good. Notice the "and good" part of it. Don't you just love it? This had been a great year already.

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  6. I'm just here to see all those bottoms up with eyes wide open!
    Oh, look there's lil' Gizmo Dezzy :) We do look adorable even with fluffy ears, Randy Sir Mandy.... more to pet and play with....

    Is the trembling getting worse or better, Randy? I know you said it's a bit better with the pills.
    What are you doing tonight?

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    1. PS will those fireworks smell like vanilla? I mean given the presence of those pesky beavers.... you know...

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    2. Lots of bottoms to feast yor eyes on, Dezzmeister! The trembling is fairly stable but I'll never get rid of them again. Oh well, I'm still alive and I can feast my eyes on cheerful bottoms. What more can a guy ask for? (Don't say it.)

      Tonight... well, I will probably be grading papers 'till midnight, is what I'll be doing. Still 30 to go. Maybe if I take a few sips of champagne, the unabashed mediocrity will be less apparent, leading to higher grades and a happier me. No?

      What about you, Dezz? Dare I even ask? I'm online, just in case.

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    3. P.S. My guess is there will be heap loads of vanilla tonight. Just leave me out of it. Did you say beavers?

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    4. Then thinking of it not as the trembling world, but the world that dances to music :)
      Grading papers till midnight... reminds me of what I said to a moron who said that us teachers do nothing and that we don't deserve more money (since teachers have been on strike her for a month now because they're lowering the salaries to under 400$ a month)

      Nothing here, sitting in my room with two pairs of socks on since it is a freezing -20*C New Year's Eve night....

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    5. Are you a teacher too Dez????

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    6. Well, he used to be. He taught me how to dance to his penguin disco beat.

      But, seriously, how come teachers are so underpaid? There was atime when being a teacher meant something. -20*C... You need a drink to get warm, dear Lord.

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    7. Dezzy looks sooooooo cute!

      Oh, and so do you, Blue :)

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    8. Sure, me too huh? Pfffffft.... Dezzy, Dezzy.... it's always "Dezzy"!

      (pause)

      Really? Do I look cute, too?

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    9. Yes! Thank you! Did you hear that, Dezzzzzmeister? Eat your heart out haha!

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    10. @Linda
      yep, a professor of English lg and literature

      @Wendy and Gloria
      we are ever so adorable and have furry bellies :)

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    11. @Blue
      methinks they want to destroy our profession because without education all people will be stupid and only stupid people vote for these idiots here....

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    12. You are S M A R T Dez......

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    13. I taught him everything he knows, Linda. Except how to dress.

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    14. yes, master, the force is with me!

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    15. Don't even think about making me say, "Yes, I feel it."

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    16. I always knew he is SMART!!:))))
      and sweet!

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    17. Who is smart... Dezzy? Gloria, we need to talk. I'm so worried about you now :p

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    18. Hi Gloria...
      Dez is sweet and smart...
      Blue...on the other hand...is...shall we say...sweet and smart! hahaha!

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    19. Sweet? Me? Haha! Dezzz, enlighten her, will ya?

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    20. He's mostly bitter, Linda, but maybe he's sweet when one licks him... not that we will try that :)))

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    21. Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh
      Myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
      Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood (no, not good... hello)

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    22. Come on - let's lick him! I say - let's do it. See if he's clever and good and sweet!!
      Dezzy?? Linda??
      Okay - I'm going in alone then... maybe. Blue??

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    23. Do I have a choice? (Saying no is an option.)

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    24. No is no. Hey guys - forget the licks. We'll send milkduds instead! ;))

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    25. I'd do a group licking, but he will set Mongo against us :)

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    26. Mongo? Is it a beaver? Because I don't lick beavers, Dezz. Wait...No.

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    27. it's his cat, Mongo, who is three times bigger than my Nyatza

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    28. And when you say milkdud (no not milkdude, Dezz!), you mean the candy, right - not some self-serving evil bitch (pardon my Swedish) who seemed kinda fun to be around at first? Or did you mean some um... thing involving milk? Say it ain't so right now haha!

      Dezzzz thank you for another indelible image. By the way... Dezmond is n't a fan of beaver either. Did you know that? Mongo is my cat, a mini-panther, really. He thinks he is Batman. It's a long story. Meow.

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    29. Oh - you refer to Miss Milkdudden, no. Of course the candy - my sweet Blue-Tooth (There's a blog!) Dezz-raldo and have things in common then. He thinks he's Batman. I think I'm "Phock of the Mountain" - no, not Heidi. It's a long story: "Yoddle-lady-who"? Hiss.

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    30. You guys are crazeeeeee....

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  7. For all of the crap that happened in 2014 (in my world), 2014 was still a better year than I've had in a LONG time. I actually had whole days go by migraine-free. That was a blessing.

    Interesting how the small things are the big things... sometimes. Sometimes they're just small things.

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    1. I hear you, Robin. I wish I had a magic pill for you to get rid of those migraines once and for all.

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  8. I hope that this coming year will be much better than this one for you and for all of us.

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  9. Yep, always hoping for more, Blue. That's half the problem. Always searching ... and never finding.

    Oh well, things could be worse. I could be like Dezmond wearing two pair of socks because the bloody temperature is -20*C as apposed to being Down Under where I'm currently siting by the fan trying to cool down. Actually, the cold is sounding more appealing by the second ...

    Do ya think Dezzy would share those adorable fluffy ears?

    Oh, Happy New Year!

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    1. He needs the ears to stay hot (though he would no doubt argue to be hot without the ears too), but come spring in his neck of the woods and he might be willing to share them with you, Wendy.

      Keep searching.

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    2. the legends say that anybody who rubs me ears wins a lottery... or gets fleas..... and you certainly mustn't feed us after midnight!

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  10. Happy New year dear for you andAngie!
    Me?
    Oh i dont think in new year only live the moment!!
    Xoxoxo

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    1. Hahaha smart thinking, Gloria! Thank you very much. Angie isn't feeling too well, but at least she's sitting right next to me and not lying in bed feeling exhausted.

      Thank you for your friendship and raise that glass, Gloria Dear! Champagne! (Milk?)

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    2. Champagne of course:)
      I love champagne
      ....and dont like milk haha!
      Salud dear!!!

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    3. Seriously I hope the next year will be nice to you and Angie:))

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    4. What... no milk? Hahahaha! Salud!

      Thank you, Gloria Dear.

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  11. Oh, look how cute you and Dezzy are! Do you multiply if we feed you after midnight?

    Stopping in to say I am so happy to have met you this year. I am looking forward to our continued friendship in 2015. Happy New Year to you and your lovely wife, Blue! :)

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    1. We sure do. But we need to steer clear of bright light or we turn into scary monsters! Well, Dezz does.

      That's so kind of you to say, Theresa. The feeling is 100% mutual, you bet. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones :))

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    2. We don't if you feed us Snickers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2bhoIpwb88

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    3. HAHA! We were so young back then.

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    4. and could pull and carry furniture... I wouldn't even try that these days....

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    5. I looked like Rambo on a good day (and a tad more eloquent).

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    6. you did? Give us photographic evidence! I looked more like ... more like.... Humpty Dumpty....

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    7. Oh, that's a good commercial! Something about British accents makes it all that much more better too! :)

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    8. Brrrrrrrrrrrritish accents? Dezzy can do it. I'm positive.

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    9. Snickers has the best commercials, from Betty White one to Joan Collins to the gremlin one :)
      I do speak English with posh British pronunciation, indeed....

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  12. I hope 2015 proves to be a very Happy New Year for you and yours!

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  13. The little things can sure make life fun, if they are looked at and from them one doesn't run. Hopefully 2015 is a better year and you kick some of that health crap in the rear. Plus maybe get rich by a ton. That would be tons of fun.

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    1. Wouldn't that... be great! Hey, maybe we get to send someone a bill for a change!

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    2. lmao that would be fun
      Send a bill to someone
      But then they'd have to pay
      That can take forever in a day

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    3. If they're like me we'd have to wait
      Like forever until it's too late

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    4. Yep, easier to drop dead
      Then for bills to be fed

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    5. Easy as one two four
      When the IRS come knockin' on your door

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    6. They can't bother me
      At my canadian sea

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    7. But the idea still makes me cringe
      Like a tongue stuck to a syringe

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    8. That it does indeed
      They'll take your dough until you bleed

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  14. Without the little things, where would we be? Happy New Year

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  15. Well, congratulations on making through 2014. May you use this relatively arbitrary delineation of Earth's rotation around the Sun to hit a reset button and forge forward as the triumphant Grumpster. If things get tough, hey, maybe get wet and spawn a bunch of world-domination bent Gremlin Grumpsters.
    A tip of the cap to you, and a wag of my bottom that is up in the air as you requested.

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    1. Thank you, Pickleope. May you find what you're looking for and may I ever be a eloquent as you are.

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  16. Hello my dear friend...

    Happy New Year to you!!

    Much like your year, this year has been Hell... the next year? Who knows??

    I'm not even sure I will be alive a year from now... I am going to make the best f it that I can... That's all any of us can do...

    I have not been a good visitor to any blogs lately... since August, my Life has been in much of a turmoil... I'm trying t make it better...

    Best Wishes for you in the year to come...

    ~shoes~

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    1. HolyCrap!!! All of these comments have been today!

      ~shoes~

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    2. I'm sorry to hear that, Shoes. You're right. That's all anyone can do. Keeping my fingers crossed for a year that is more like a romantic boat afloat (don't sink!) than a rollercoaster to hell. Am I asking too much? ;)

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  17. I, for one, am very grateful for the times when I can look at my life and truly appreciate all of the little things. Those brief, fleeting moments that make life so very wonderful.

    It's hard to believe that yet another year has flown by! It's as though life keeps pressing the "Fast Forward" button, and with each year that button's influence gets faster and faster, until I'm suddenly staring down another New Year's Eve thinking: "What just happened?"

    But I remain hopeful. I can't help myself. Whether the year has been a good one or a tough one, I always hope for a chance to make each upcoming year as good as I can make it.

    All my best wishes to you for your New Year, Blue. May you enjoy tonight's festivities (whatever they might be) and may your tomorrow be bright and hopeful.

    PS: Can I exchange the free bottle of champagne for a can of Coke and a dozen cookies?

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    1. Well, we'd better believe it. Time is like money: poof! and it's gone. What we need to do is invent a "What-a-minute-let's-pause" button. Do you reckon I should put it on my to-do list?

      Yes, of course you can exchange the free bottle of champagne for a can of Coke and a dozen cookies. Just a dozen?

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    2. Yeah, I figured I'd better keep it at a dozen. One of my New Year's Resolutions is to cut back on the sugar intake. Even if it only lasts a few weeks, I can at least say I'm trying, right?

      You should definitely see if you can figure out how to put a "Wait-a-minute-let's-pause" button on life. You'd make a killing. I'll help, if I can. And then we can split the profits 50/50. It's the perfect plan!

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  18. Seriously, all around I'm reading about the crap that 2014 dumped everywhere. Was it something we did, 2014? Something in the water?

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    1. 2015! Keep than chin up and your fingers crossed!

      Something in the water? No, it was just bad luck.

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  19. Wow Dez looks just like Gizmo

    happy new year

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    1. So how come I'm the one screaming, "Bright light! Bright light!"? ;)

      Happy New Year, Adam.

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    2. me is so gizmoish, you could sell me in China Town

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    3. What do you reckon should I write on the box?

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    4. Wait, what box are we speaking of?

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    5. Geesh Dez....
      The box with you as Gizmo inside!
      Right Blue?

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    6. That's right, Linda. But Dezzy's got a dirty mind, so I think he had a different type of box in mind...

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  20. A great new year to you Blue!
    I find it humorous that fireworks are banned in the city I live in, but everyone in my neighborhood blasts them till 1AM...

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    1. Banned? The nerve! Unless, of course, you live in a forest. Then it makes perfect sense.

      Happy New Year, David!

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  21. I hope that this year knocks your pants off. In a good way. I'm sure we will all still have ups and downs and constantly question and analyse and wonder at things. It is the nature of the creative mind. Far better that than not.
    Quite simply, my blue friend, I sincerely wish you the very bloody best of everything and thank you for being small and yet large, piece of my life. x

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    1. Hi Jules! I whish you a beautiful New Year!

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    2. Is there a bad way? Wait.... I didn't think this one through. No ups without downs, no happiness without the blues. It's how we perceive the world, including ourselves. We are a bit like Rainman that way.

      You're the first one to associate me with the word small ;) I mean tht in a good way, dear. May 2015 be the year of Jules (even if some say it's the year of the goat.... what goat?)

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    3. I meant 'a' small. How simply missing a word can make all the difference. A man that wears speedos, clearly has something to show off. ;)

      Year of the goat, eh? I guess I shall have to eat chèvre fromage salad and see if it tastes different this year! Here's to us all having a spanking good time.

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    4. Hello Gloria :) And a beautiful New Year to you too. May it shine with brilliance.

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    5. The same for you Jules:)


      Grumpy hope you are ok dear:)))

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    6. @ Jules - Haha good one. Maybe a guy wearing speedos needs to pay his doctor a visit. Again. Yep, I'm told 2015 is the year of the goat, alright. Whatever that means, for I'm quite shallow when it comes to naming years, especially when animals are involved. I mean, why not the year of Jules? Sounds to much better in my book plus it's practical. I mean... the goat... what goat? Does the goat know?

      Here's to a spanking good time.

      Gloria - Did you hear that, Gloria Dear? Jules said "spanking"? I'm doing okay, relatively speaking. Had an off day yesterday, but today my inner-lights are switched on again. 65% at least. Thanks for asking.

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    1. From east coast to west coast!
      Have some toast!

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  23. Happy new year! I'm with you, 2014 was really tough but I have high hopes that 2015 will be better. Maybe not easier but now we're armed with the tools to deal with anything, right?

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    1. Of course it will be better.Otherwise we want a refund, right? It's that simple.

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  24. This was a rough year, but also a great one. You are right about one thing, though. Bad or good, we should all be grateful to be counting down another year. Happy new year, Blue!!

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    1. Let's keep counting, Jax. So what are you counting today.... diamonds or pearls? (Bills? Say it ain't so!)

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  25. 2015 is the year of the goat, which is supposed to bring peace. Here's hoping. Personally, I'd just like to stop keeping the kleenex industry afloat with my allergies.

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    1. Allergies... What are you allergic to? I'm allergic to politicians, the PC brigade and bills. When exactly will it be the year of the blogger?

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  26. Here's hoping 2015 is your best yet, Blue, with many to follow.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. Good to hear from you again.

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  27. 2014 was really a tough year
    Compounded by incompetence
    You can say that again no fear
    What a sad kind of existence

    Just hope and pray for a change
    It has to be real strong prayers
    Gloomy forecast hopefully not in vain
    Momentarily enjoy New Year cheers

    Hank

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    1. Are you summarizing mine or was your year tough too?
      Say it ain't so like a forever missing kangaroo shoe

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  28. I hope 2015 brings you a much better year. And I totally get the 'little things' turning out to be the big ones. I discovered that one a long time ago too. ;)

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    1. Thank you, Rosey. A long time ago? But you're still so young ;)

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    2. That's what my granddaugther thinks too. ;)

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    3. Hahaha! Sorry.... I'm not laughing at all. Um.... well..... tell her you look so much younger than me.

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  29. I'm with you, simplicity for me this year. May yours treat you well!

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    1. And yours you as well! Simplicity is so underrated.

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  30. May 2015 bring you the biggest little things ever! The great thing about having a crappy year is it can only go up from here. So... let's all take that trip up.

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    1. Thanks, fellas. You mean because "crappy" is rock bottom?

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    2. I sure hope it's not rock bottom. Just remember, it can always be rock bottomer. Think positive thoughts of Bora Bora and sexy female helper elves.

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  31. Best wishes for the new year 2015...have a lovely time.. keep posting..Smiles Blue:))

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    1. Thank you very much. May 2015 be a good one. Short but good. ;)

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  32. Happy New Year! Hope 2015 is much better for you!

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  33. Mr Blue Dude,

    Beyond the mirror is the peaceful reflection you so crave, good sir. Let's hope that 2015 is upbeat, peaceful and positive for you.

    From adversity comes a new hope.

    Gary

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    1. Ah there he is... the one and only Gary. Yes, may 2015 so good that even heaven would be our second choice. ;)

      Blogger Wars IV: A New Hope.

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  34. What's wrong? Your eyes are really sensitive to light? I'm so sorry if you're having health problems. I hope this is your year.

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    1. Hi Stephanie, thank you for asking. Yes, they're extremely sensitive to light or should I say my brain is. Plus whenever I look at an object, it starts to tremble like I'm making it nervous. Strangely enough this also happens when I look at certain people.... ;)

      I hope this is your year, too.

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  35. Happy New Year Blue,

    May 2015 be our year of awakening. Don't ask me how that will all come to be as I don't quite know yet. I am a believer in dreams so maybe the dreamworld is where we will be awaken to the bigger picture show in life or maybe it will be a time of healing of mind, body and spirit. The smaller things in life are often the most beautiful things (for example a rose). Life is indeed bittersweet like a rose such exquisite beauty to warm the heart, yet it has thorns to pierce the flesh. When did we first meet Blue? Was it in a dream or some other facet of time?

    PS - You and Dez look very sharp...I also see the bat cat and an interesting bird tweeting around. May 2015 makes us a lighter shade of blue..perhaps, soft light blue like a summer sky.

    (hugs) a smile can turn a frown around..wishing you many smiles in the journey..

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    1. Happy New Year, Truedessa. When did we first meet... good question. I have no idea. But I do know you know how to make me a lighter shade of blue. Thatnks for all the songs and our wonderful poem.

      Dezzz looks sharp being fuzzy and all haha. Well, he does look cute... now :p The Rhyming Batcat is always there. Even when I don't draw him, somehow he always ends up in some corner. Must be magic.

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  36. So sorry 2014 pulled a nasty one on you; hope you give 2015 no such power. :) Seriously, things can only get better, right? That's what I keep telling myself.

    Happy 2015, and I hope things do continue to improve for you.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by :) Things can only get better? Okay, I'll take your word for it and keep my fingers and toes crossed ;)

      Happy New Year!

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  37. Happy new year. I'm with ya on 2014. It sucked BIG TIME...

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    1. Happy New Year. Thanks for stopping by. It sucked big time for you as well? Say it ain't so...

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  38. Hey Blue! I'm sorry I'm so late getting on to Blogger. Happy New Year! I'm hoping this one will be a better one for you. You deserve it. Sometimes life throws us a curveball and we swing and miss. So, it throws us one again when it thinks it's time for the challenge and it's a home run. Here's looking to a healthier year - for the two of us, my friend.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog so much last week. You're a sweet guy. Hugs.

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    1. No need to apologize, Elsie. Happy New Year! Swing... and miss... swing... and miss. Maybe be not so in 2015, right? You called me a sweet guy... now I'm all smiles. Don't make me do the pigeon strutt, now.

      May this be a better year for you too. :))

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  39. Happy New Year, Blue . . . . .

    I'd give 2014 just 5 out of 10 . . . .and one of those points is because I met you, my good bloggy pal. You have been very kind and supportive when I was 'down' ~ thanks buddy.

    I hope (and pray) for good health to you . . .and I mean big time . . . you never know just what is possible . . . . . :)

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    1. 5 out of 10... What, you too, Eddie? Say it ain't so, my friend. Really? Well, whenever you're down in the dumps (well, preferably not in the dumps.... smile), you know there's always someone who's sort of an expert when it comes to the blues, and he likes to listen to whatever might be bothering you. That's what I'm here for, too, you know...

      Thanks for the hopes and prayers, Eddie. I really appreciate that. Here's to 2015! That's right, bottoms up.

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  40. For sure the small things are the more important things. Like I just ate the juciest, sweetest clementine and I feel so satisfied right now. It's a small thing, but in the midst of my stressful work day, it works. Add in sneaking in a few blogs as downtime in my day and I'm a happy camper :)

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