Well, it's all about balance.
Bringing the year to a close is always hard - you have to say good-bye to the old, knowing that what has passed will never pass this way again, not in the same way.
But then, you also get to welcome in the new, and that can be pretty good.
Let's start with that, then.
The Good: The 2011 Midwest Witches' Ball
OK... I'm late. The Ball was actually back in October. That I'm only just writing about it now should give you some sense of the chaotic condition of my life lately.
But it was a blast! In fact, it was so much fun that, in my memory, it looks like this -
In my clearer memories (which mostly come from early in the evening), I see things like this:
These are some great people - I got to talk with them for a while, and I'm very glad that they won! I hope they enjoy it for a long time to come.
And they have the absolute coolest costumes! Aren't they great? The theme of this year's ball was Through the Looking Glass.
We're going to miss him a lot, although four of his daughters still live with us.
He was doing pretty well, right up until the end. When he got to the point where he could no longer eat or drink, we knew it was time.
I have no idea how old this cat was. We had him for eight years, and he was already old when we got him - we ended up taking him in because we knew he couldn't survive another Michigan winter outdoors, and so he ended up his life living in a luxury that he would have never been able to imagine while living on the streets.
He paid us back with the pleasure of his purr, and the touch of his fur.
We consider the debt paid in full.