NYE 2015

Beth and I rang in the new year with homemade pizza, beer/wine, and a movie marathon. Oh, and we hit the hot tub for an intermission.

Me: pepperoni/ricotta pizza, CoConut Porter

Beth: eggplant/orange bell pepper/ricotta pizza, organic wine

We watched the second half of The Desolation of Smaug and the first half of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

It was a lovely night, and it was absolutely cold outside (in the teens), which made the hot tub both a delightful (settling into the 103f water) and miserable (walking back into the house) experience. But the 3/4 moon was amazingly bright, and the air very crisp.

Moving to Castle Valley in 2014

I really didn’t think, when we discovered and first flirted with the idea of moving to Castle Valley, that we’d make it out here before 2015 spring. But I was wrong. So the experience was extra special for me, being outside in the absolute quiet, the clean, smog-free air with the silhouette of various mesas, buttes, mountains, ridges, whatever they are.


At the start of the new year, a natural time for reflecting, I am especially grateful that Kitty is still with us. After being diagnosed with feline leukemia in 2011 and given ~ 6 months to live, she did unexpectedly well for several years, until November 2014, when she almost died. We rushed her to the vet E.R. one night—a 1.5 hour drive for an emergency blood transfusion. Her red blood cell count was ultimately 11% right before the transfusion (that’s really knocking on death’s door), but she recovered well. After the transfusion her RBC was 21%. A recent blood test showed her RBC to be 46%. Amazing.

As I write this, she is sitting on my chest, purring. Am so thankful.

It was a good night. I’m looking forward to 2015.  Am super happy I get to spend it with this girl:

beth and sean needles

Happy New Year!