Today is the start of a new year!
I'm ready for some new adventures! I'm also ready to enjoy my new musician friends.
I guess I'm supposed to reflect on the past year, as I move into this new one. But, that would take so long...
Let me just say, the year was good and December was nice. I had a good Christmas. We spent it in New Orleans and Beth decorated the hotel room with a tiny Cajun Nativity Set. She read Cajun Night Before Christmas.
I got to join in. I didn't have a French name-tag like the others, but Beth called me Petit Ours. I think that's French for Little Bear. I felt rather LARGE for a change.
2019 ended nicely. Now I'm ready for 2020!
Happy New Year!
Make A Wish Time
My favorite part of Thanksgiving comes after the feasting! Today after the meal was done, I got the wishbone.
Ms. Donkey and I made wishes and had some fun pulling. Guess what? We couldn't break it. I think that means, both our wishes will come true!
Toys at Big Cedar Lodge
Who would have guessed our hotel lobby would have a table, filled with Lincoln Logs?
I got to rest right up against a nice Lincoln Log cabin.
This is how the table looked when we checked in. No one was playing at the table. The little stools were empty.
But there were all sorts of building creations, left behind!
It wasn't until we were checking out that Beth noticed 2 parents and their kids, gathered around the table.
Beth was pretty cautious when she approached the table. She says you have to be careful or people will think you're crazy, when you pull out a tiny bear and start taking photos.
I guess she did okay, because suddenly the family was oohing and aahing over me. That was kind of fun.
Next thing you know, the kids were posing me all over the place. One little boy put me right in the river he'd made. I was lost very briefly, but then found.
The kids decided the best place for me was high on the green roof. Oh, I hated to leave. The family was having such a good time, including me in their fun.
We only stayed a few minutes. Beth says she knows just how long to intrude.
What does that even mean?
Autumn in the Wine Country
In October, Beth and the Fam were in Napa. I got to spend some time climbing in the vines. The leaves were changing!
But these vines were not growing out in the vineyards.
These vines were growing up a wall. See me?
Inglenook Winery has more than wine. It has the most fabulous old building. I just sat on the red leaves and imagined living there.
Now that it's November and I'm back in Texas, I'm just sitting around imagining those fall colors. I miss them!
Treasures at the Beach
I've posed on beaches with all kinds of sand and coral and seaweed and shells.
This is the first time I've posed on a beach with pieces of sea glass.
Sea glass is a really nice name for stuff that started out as trash. This beach area near Fort Bragg, was a dump for about 60 years. The yucky stuff is gone and the smooth little treasures remain.
Beth hunted for glass pieces and then she let me pick out my favorite. The round green piece was tiny and smooth, like a little jewel.
I love it.
Near Fort Bragg, California
Beth doesn't always pull me out of the camera bag when we visit a beach. I've been in too many beach photos already.
But the beach at Fort Bragg had funny succulent grass stuff. I don't know what you call it, but it was sturdy and I climbed all over it.
I had a wonderful time and then Beth gasped. She looked behind me and I figured a seagull was about to swoop down and grab me. That almost happened a few years ago.
But it wasn't a flying friend, it was a furry one. He was just enjoying the moist grassy stuff like me.
I begged Beth to wait it out. Maybe the odd little squirrel would come closer and we could pose together in a photo. I've posed with a few animals in my time.
But Beth snatched me up and tucked me away. "That squirrel is hungry!" She insisted. "I'm not taking any chances."
Moss and Ferns
Last month, Beth took me on a hike to Multnomah Falls.
It was cool and moist and Beth posed me on some moss covered rocks, next to some cool plants.
On a Stump
I wanted to pose with the waterfall, but Beth put me on a stump.
The grain and bark was so smooth. It felt like the fake wood of a log flume ride, at an amusement park.
But I actually really liked my spot on the stump. The Columbia River was rolling on, right behind me!
I like Oregon.
Earlier in October I was in California. We went to a huge pumpkin patch on "Apple Hill" with Beth's family.
But there were too many kids and puppies posing with the pumpkins. I waited until the next day, when we found a quieter setting with pumpkins.
There were no puppies or kids at this winery in Napa. If there had been, they would have had a tricky time posing with the pumpkins in the pond.
What a peaceful and crazy scene! Pumpkins, sitting on cinderblocks, with a view of the vineyards beyond!
I was happy to be the only one who was able to climb on a pumpkin! Luckily Beth's arm was long enough to reach!
Yay for pumpkins!
Near Saugatuck, Michigan
Here I am on a summer day in Michigan.
I was snuggled up against some sun-warmed bark.
The tree was dead, but the view was lovely.
Except Beth posed me, facing away from Lake Michigan! But I smiled for the camera. Can you see me?
I love flowers, but I get tired of Beth posing me in them. I'm glad she found me a special place to sit, where I could look down on the garden flowers.
This was a very strange sculpture. The artist's palette was my favorite part. I sat where the artist's thumb would be. It was nice.
My mom gave me this tiny bear over 25 years ago... because I like small things.