Hi! Everyone! Jemima Jones Beck here wishing you a happy New Years Eve! The tradition in the Beck home on New Years Eve is to "bring" everything that we want for the new year into the home before midnight. So, for instance, if Mom wants a clean house in the new year, she must make sure that the house is spotless on New Years Eve. We also set up a little area for things that we wish for in the new year, but cannot necessarily "bring" into the home tonight. You can see our little wishful thinking area in the second photo included here. Each of the cups contains something that we want in our lives in 2009. Mom has already filled hers with Monopoly money, representing her wish that we will have enough money in 2009, and with dice and a paper crane, representing her wish for good luck in 2009. Dad isn't home from work yet, so he hasn't filled his cups, but we know that he is going to put a picture of a Cervelo bicycle in one of them because he is hoping for a new Cervelo sometime this spring. Each of the cups is sitting on a stack of books because Mom and Dad both want lots and lots of new books to read in 2009.
In order to get ready for this evening Mom has done the following things today: washed the car (for a clean car in 2009), gone grocery shopping (to make sure that we have enough to eat in 2009 we have to have enough in the house tonight), made the bed, washed the windows, cleaned the bathroom, vacuumed the floors, swept the tile floors, mopped the tile floors, cleaned out all of the cabinets and replaced everything inside them extra neatly, cleaned the kitchen including fridge, stove, oven, and all dishes, dusted, cleaned the ceiling (long story...), rearranged and cleaned her entire stash of knitting supplies and yarn, reorganized the closet, washed all of my toys (no pug lick stink in 2009, apparently), clipped my claws, clipped the cats claws, brushed me and all three kitties, bathed me, and made 2 apple pies. So...the house is pretty clean as are the kitties and I.
In order to get ready for this evening I have done the following things today: Sleep.
The other pictures included here are of Netty after his belly brushing this morning, and a few pictures that Mom took at Blossoms of Light which Grandma Andrea and Leo took Mom and Dad to to celebrate their 4th Wedding Anniversary on Christmas Eve. I wasn't invited, but I guess that that is OK since Mom and Dad had such a good time and were so happy that someone remembered and wanted to celebrate their special day!
Well, I had better sign off - Mom is about to take pie out of the oven! Love, Jemima Jones Beck.