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So long 2010, Hello 2011

Published January 08. 2011 09:00AM

We officially rang in the New Year and anything is possible.

But before we go running wildly into 2011, I thought I'd wrap up 2010 by updating you on some loose ends from last year.

Our little Gracie Blundetto, who was born prematurely May 1 at 2 lbs. 2 oz., is now eight months old and weighs about 15 lbs. Medically, her corrective age is six months old and she is doing everything a six-month old baby should be doing. The doctor says she should be all caught up at 18 months old. She is a sweet dark-haired, green-eyed little beauty who has become the apple of everyone's eye.

The second little baby that came into our lives in 2010 is Sassy Sue. Not quite six months old, she is almost as big as her daddy, Trapper.

It's too soon to tell yet if she's going to be the hunter that her daddy is, but she sure is a rambunctious thing. She tires me out with her antics and energy.

Harry has put her in a starter pen with a couple of rabbits and has successfully rousted them from their hiding places. He says its amazing to witness the inherent traits of sniffing and chasing of a Beagle. She just seems to know what to do.

We are a little bit disappointed in her bark. Trapper has this very distinctive deep bark. Really cool. Sassy is all girl with her higher pitch prissy-sounding bark. Kind of like Mariah Carey. Eeeesh.

Back in November, I told you I had read how to keep the shower clean and one way was to use car wax on the walls and tub.

Well, I just wanted you to know, it works!

Harry read the article that Saturday and Monday when I came home from work, he was coming out of the bathroom with a can of car wax. He told me to go in and look at the shower. That baby shined like a '57 Chevy at a Barrett-Jackson auction!

"Just don't kill yourself when you take a shower," he admonished. "It's probably slicker than all get-out."

It's been two months and it's still repelling water! Love it! But what I really love, Harry has now been designated the shower/tub guy.

I had received an email from Roseann Wasser of Hometown about how she cleans her tub.

"I also hate shower scum and cleaning the tub. I have a large square bathtub and it is hard to hang over the side to scrub. After trying all the products, here is what I do to minimize the job. I have a bottle of Clorox Cleanup under the sink. When I see the first sign of the black crud I spray the shower (works on the curtain too) with the Clorox when I'm ready to get out of the shower. No scrubbing or wiping necessary.

"Every three months I get in the tub wearing my bleach-stained clothes, spray the walls with the bleach and use a soft brush to wipe down. Then I take a cup of hot water to rinse.

"To clean the tub, try the new Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power. There is no easier way to shine up the bathtub. Good luck."

I told you back in September about how it's difficult to watch your pet grow old. I'm sad to say, Tinkerbell passed away the week between Christmas and New Year. We console ourselves with the fact that she lived a good life for 18 1/2 years.

The day after, I swear I heard her meow to come in. A couple days later, I thought I heard her crunching her food. So maybe, she's still with us.

I know we all get a lot of emails and this is one you may have already read. But it seemed appropriate for the start of a new year and I wanted to share it with you. It's very thought-provoking.

"I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things: a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life.'

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back sometimes.

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."


I think that's what's great about the New Year. We can take what we've learned in 2010, from how our lives are enriched through the coming of others into our lives, from the memories of those leaving our lives, to the gaining of knowledge that can enhance our lives and learning from it all to help make 2011 the best it can be.

So here's to 2011. May it be a happy new year for us all.

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