The last time I wished Happy Birthday to my sweet boy on our blog was – believe it or not – 8 years ago! Where has time gone?
George is 11 years old today, but as full of beans and youthful as ever. There are not enough words in the world to describe the joy, love and laughter he has brought to our lives, the massive impact he’s had on our family or the ways in which he’s changed us forever. So, instead of coming up with some soppy message, I’ll just say: Happy Birthday, Georgie boy!
Here are a couple of pictures of the birthday boy, taken today:
If you want to see what he looked like as a (very, very cute) puppy, click here.
It’s been a very long time since our last post on this blog (2,535 days, to be more precise), so George and I thought it was time to come out of temporary retirement and start writing again. Initially, we were going to wait until George’s birthday next month, but then that would have been too ‘cliche’ and predictable for us. We might be 8 years older, but we haven’t lost our spontaneity.
What we have lost, unfortunately, is a few of our dearest blogging friends from back in the day, who have moved on to better things, or perhaps – like us – have succumbed to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Now, on our return, those friends will be greatly missed. At the same time, we were overjoyed to discover that a few of our old friends have diligently kept tending to their blogs and are still around. George and I can’t wait to reconnect with them and catch up with what they’ve been up to. Lastly, we are really, really looking forward to meeting new fellow bloggers and reading what they have got to share with the world.
So, to all our friends old and new, we’d like to say “nice to see you again” and “welcome (back) to our blog”.
Those of you who also follow Balladeer’s Blog, will already know that we’re only one day away from donning our cowboy boots and scarfs for the Frontierado holiday… If you haven’t heard of it yet, don’t worry, it’s not too late to join in the fun… The Frontierado crowd, lead by the Blackwater Kid himself, are a friendly and welcoming bunch.
As you already know – I’m sure I’ve moaned about it before – our summer here in the UK has been rubbish so far. In actual fact, it’s fair to say that we haven’t had any summer weather yet, as it hasn’t stopped raining since Easter.
Apparently, this is an all-times record… But we could have done without it, really. The rain and cold temperatures have brought everybody’s spirits down. Although we’re trying to stay positive and hope that sunnier, warmer days will eventually come our way, there is one member of our family who’s had enough and is succumbing to weather-induced depression. Yep, you guessed it: it’s George!
Fed up of getting wet, walking through mud and puddles and not being able to sunbathe in the garden, he’s been sporting his moody look for weeks now. Yesterday, after getting caught in torrential rain once again, he looked so sad and grumpy that I knew it was time to take action and cheer him up. So, after consulting with Brianna – who is Chief Advisor on matters relating to George, yummy treats and general kids’ stuff – we decided that there was only one solution to our whippet’s bad mood: emergency pancakes!
My family love pancakes… Jam, sugar and lemon, honey, cream, chocolate spread or cheese, whatever the filling, they’ll eat them up in seconds. George is usually allowed one plain or cheesy pancake, but this was an emergency situation, remember! So he had three…
They seemed to do the trick, at least for now. There’s a bit more bounce in his step and a bit more optimism in his eyes. Hopefully, the sun will reappear before I have to switch my entire family to a pancake-only diet.
Hello to our blogging friends everywhere who still remember us! Although we’ve kept a very low profile for months, we’re still around and planning a return to writing sometime soon. So, stay tuned!
Kristin, Robin, Sue and Ed – I’d like to thank you for checking up on us over the past few days. I’m truly touched that you’ve thought of us during such a long absence and I feel very privileged to have made such good friends in the ‘blind’ world of blogging. Life’s been too busy for a while, but George and I have been keeping an eye on your blogs (thanks to email notifications) and we hope we’ll be able to share our adventures with you again. Soon.
OK, so the winter holiday is (finally) over! I’ve really enjoyed this Christmas, spending time with my loved ones, indulging in tasty treats, catching up with family and friends and doing nothing (i.e. not working) for a few days.
However, now that the celebrations are over, I am quite happy to be back to normal. I don’t know about you, but personally, there’s only so much chocolate, Christmas pudding, mince pies, meat and cheese that I can eat. There’s also a limit to how much lying around I can put up with before I start thinking that I should be doing something more valuable with my time.
It looks like I’m not the only one who feels this way. This morning, Brianna was buzzing with excitement about returning to school and meeting up with her friends again. My husband woke up early looking forward to sitting at his desk for a proper, uninterrupted work session. As for George, he has decided to cut down his meat intake until he’s burnt off the Christmas excess and seems to enjoy being able to snooze in his dad’s armchair again, for the first time in weeks.
With the Christmas tree, lights and decorations already packed away, the only thing left in our living room to remind us of the holiday gone is George’s gift from Santa: a string of rubber sausages which he brings onto the sofa a few times a day for a little bit of whippet love.
Finally, it’s nice to be able to return to the blog, too! And it’s great to reconnect with all our blogging friends all over the world. Wherever you are, we wish you all the best for 2012. Happy New Year!
I know there are still a few days to go until Christmas, but this will be our last post until after Boxing Day… You see, there are so many things to do and such little time! Plus, I’ve already been warned by my family that I am not allowed to get anywhere near the computer at least until the 27th…
But before I go, I’d like to wish all of our blogging friends a wonderful Christmas, full of love, joy, peace and fun.