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Happy New Year

Dear Friends,

Another year has come and gone. I began 2009 by burning biscuits.  2009’s first Punny Monday was the hardest one I have ever done.  Capsun is still congratulating himself for winning.   And mid-January I enrolled in a photography class.

Come February, I started Three Word Thursday.  In March I shared one of my very special talents, Amoeba bought me a brand new computer and I created my 1000th post.  On April 5th, I proved that Thom is a vampire.  A few days later I broke my camera lens.  And a few days after that I hit the half-century mark, and Amoeba and I discussed new wardrobe options.  Of course, the most remarkable thing about April was National Poetry Month and the fact that I murdered a guest at our dinner table.

In May my new camera lenses arrived and some of the first photos taken were of Thom.  I also told you The Truth About Gilligan’s Island, shared an elevator sex-ed class, my washing machine got agitated, and I wrote my most popular short story to date.  In June my blog had its third birthday.  I also got horribly sick, Amoeba went off the Friday Harbor and Thom was our good Samaritan.  We flew off to Friday Harbor and I captured an Eagle. July brought fireworks, a soggy camping trip, and not whale watching.  July also brought paid blogging.

August brought Quillian — and then the video camera died and ended her career before it began.  September found me working on the Great American Novel – -which died a painfully boring death.  October left us high and dry for 5 days, two of which we spent in a hotel.  We spent one day being Waikiki tourists.

November brought the turkey hat and a square pie.  December brought 12 fun filled Days of Christmas and lots of good natured squabbling with Thom; a trip to St. Andrew’s Cathedral; and photos of our new home.

And the year ends with me both happy and sad at the same time.  I am glad to be returning home to the part of the country that holds the greatest portion of my heart, but I will be leaving some of my heart here, on this beautiful island.  I have given a little piece of it to OJM and our other friends in Waianae, and I have given a piece of it to Thom.  We don’t see each other often, but it is nice to know that he is just down the street.  I will miss him.


  1. Happy New Year, Quilly. 2009 sure had its ups and downs for you — as for all of us. One of the highlights was meeting you in person at Kincaid’s. Sorry you couldn’t make it to my party, because I know my other guests would have liked you, too.

    The next 2 weeks will be super busy. Packing and moving are such a chore, I don’t envy you.

    Take care and God bless!
    .-= gigi-hawaii´s last blog ..Hospital negligence =-.

    1. Gigi — meeting you was a highlight for me, too! I hope 2010 keeps you healthy and safe, meets all of your needs, most of your wants, and keeps you just as busy as you want to be.

  2. I think you have a very good memory, like an elephant. I don’t remember what I have done or not this year, besides my travels, lol ! I think if there wouldn’t be all these festivities at the year’s end I wouldn’t even notice that I will get one year older.
    When do you move ? I think it must be very soon. Of course you will miss Hawai and your friends there especially Thom. But we have our blogs which ( as Rennie (Norway) points out in almost each post he writes) are connecting people. 🙂 !
    .-= Gattina´s last blog .. =-.

  3. Quilly, I can’t believe that anyone lucky enough to live in Hawaii would leave… but you talk about HOME in the 48 so I can understand why you’re returning. I wish you the best of luck and hope 2010 treats you well and brings you happiness, joy and peace! 🙂
    .-= maryt/theteach´s last blog ..Postcard Friendship Friday =-.

    1. Mary — your use of the word “lucky” tells me that you believe all that aloha hype. It’s white wash for the tourists and doesn’t wear well for any length of time.

  4. I think I started coming here around February after seeing some of your comments at Melli’s for some time — the 1,000th post and Thom as a vampire are some of the first posts I remember. It’s been fun! How long have you been doing Punny Monday?

    I think you’ve done great with what you learned at the photography class!

    It’s been an eventful year for you in many ways. Here’s too a wonderful 2010.
    .-= Barbara H.´s last blog ..Prayer for the New Year =-.

  5. Happy New Year dear Quilly! I look forward to having you THAT many miles closer to me… and therefor that much more hopeful for a meeting!!! I would miss the beauty and the friends too though….
    .-= Melli´s last blog ..Friday Fave 5 =-.

  6. it has been an eventful journey and you’re about to face new challenges. i have enjoyed your company and am looking forward to new adventures with you and amoeba.

    happy new year!
    .-= polona´s last blog ..first minutes =-.

    1. Polona — that’s the great thing about blogging – -it doesn’t matter where our friends move, we can still visit them daily!

  7. What a great year in review. You sure did do a lot. The old Vampire in me is still burning brightly. I cannot believe that we are this close to having you guys move. In a way it seems like we have been friends forever and not just one short year. I still remember the roast, potatoes and veggies you made for dinner the first time we met. I for one am going to miss you terribly. Like you say, we don’t see each other all that often, but it’s just the thought of being right up/down the street. And if you think about it Q, we go back and for more with email and/or phone than anything, so that isn’t changing. But the physical aspect is and that’s what is going to be a little difficult to get over. But we have a busy weekend next weekend and then I will have to bid you my fondest Aloha as you and Charley set out for a new chapter in your life. It will be a sad day, I’m not going to deny that but something we have to go through. 🙂 So I’m going to try and keep a positive spin on this as I do most things in my life to get past it. It’s the only thing this vampire/scarecrow knows what to do 🙂 xoxoxox
    .-= Thom´s last blog ..Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, What Chocolate Dessert Are You?, Cowboy Boots, Goodbye Mom and Bambi & Thumper ….really do exist! =-.

  8. Thom — I am looking forward to next Saturday — and Sunday dinner. We’ll make a couple of fun memories to make parting even more difficult! LOL!

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