Thursday – A Little Personal – Twiggy and Lucy Think About 2022

Well, Little One, the year 2021 is almost finished.”

“Do we get another one?”

“Why yes, we get another one. It’s called 2022.”

“So why do the years keep changing?”

“Gee, no one has ever asked me that before.”

“You have to wonder. The same question could be, why do the clocks change?”

“The years change because humans need to mark time. They want to know where they’ve been and where they are going.”

“What about the clocks?”

“You have me there, Little One. I can’t think of a good answer.”

“Anything special we need to do when the year changes?”

“We can make up some New Year resolutions.”

“You have to explain more about that. What are resolutions?”

“So many questions. Let’s just say you promise yourself that you will be a better dog in the next year.”

“I thought I was the best I could be already.”

“For instance. Maybe you not bark the UPS person to St Louis.”

“Oh, so resolutions are giving up what you love to do?”

“No, I think it is more thinking of others more than yourself.”

“So the UPS guy doesn’t like the barking, and if I gave it up, he would be happier?”

“You have hit the nail on the head, Little One. I think you have the idea.”

“Between you and me? That’s not going to happen. I’ll have to think of another resolution. Maybe giving up snowboarding.

“Well, you work on it. In the meantime, I hope Dad resolves to do something about these leaves.

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  1. Hmm… resolutions are giving up what you love to do? Sums it up for me. Happy New Year John, to you and those you care for.

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    1. Thank you, Keith. Happy New Year to you and your family. πŸ₯‚ πŸŽ‰

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  2. Happy New Year, John, Lucy, and Twiggy!

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    1. Thank you, Mark. Happy New Year to you. πŸŽ‰

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  3. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    I think I’ve outgrown resolutions or at least they’ve faded far into the sunsets of life. You’ve tackled it well through the pups, John. Giving up snowboarding seems like a good resolution to me. 😁

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    1. I thought snowboarding was a perfict thing to give up. Like you, I have cast off the notion of resolutions. Almost seems like a waste of time. 😁

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      1. Gwen M. Plano · ·

        Definitely… 😁

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  4. Poor Lucy … she’s always must explain stuff to Twiggy … and to think someday Twiggy will be the explainer … oh boy, wisdom will skip a generation.

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    1. Life in the dog lane for sure. Thanks, Frank.

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  5. That resolution to give up snowboarding reminds me of our junior high resolutions to give up watermelon during Lent. Legalism always can find a way out, as it seems Twiggy already has discovered! Happy New Year to them both — and to you!

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    1. Thak you, Linda. Happy New Year to you.

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  6. β€œI thought I was the best I could be already.”

    Like Twiggy, we all have room for improvement. I for one resolve to eat less kale.

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    1. There you go. Kale is dangerous but hard to resist. 😁

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  7. I think she probably is the best she can be already. Happy New Year, John.

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    1. Thak you, Craig. Happy New Year to you. πŸŽ‰

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  8. So hey, Dad, what are going to do with the leaves?

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    1. It is leaf day today. They will be gone by noon. 😁

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      1. That earns you an “ATTA BOY”!!

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      2. Yes. A big report tomorrow

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  9. My New Year’s resolution is easy: I am going to continue to do what I love… Reading good blogs!

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    1. I agree with your resolution, Pamela. I think I’ll join you on that one.

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  10. I love the exchange about New Year’s resolutations! I never did see the point of New Year’s resolutions. If you need to do something, just do it.

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    1. I agree. Too much messing around for me. Thanks, Liz.

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  11. This was wonderful, John. I felt like I was reading a children’s book…hint! Good luck with those leaves.πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thak you, Jill.. The leaf team will be on it.

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  12. Giving up barking at the UPS man would be a tragedy for sure. Happy New Year, John!

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    1. Thank you Teri. Twiggy agrees. 😁

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  13. Happy New year, Lucy and Twiggy! Dot and Lia are not going to stop barking at everyone who walks by our place either. Wishing a wonderful year ahead to you and your Mom and Dad.XO

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. Happy New Year to you, Dot, and lia. πŸ₯‚

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  14. The joy of resolutions. I think I’ll give up snowboarding like Twiggy. Also bungee jumping.

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    1. Naked skydiving for me.

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  15. I think I will give up jet skis this year. Maybe I will save giving up snow boarding for next year. Happy New Year.

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    1. Good resolutions, John. Happy New Year to you.

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  16. The girls sure do a lot of thinking. Happy New Year, John! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Tim. As an aside I graduated from Michigan State University and you have nailed that part of the geography in the Valley Walker. I also spent 70 days in Sparrow hospital after a car accident and spent 3 years working at my first job in Lansing MI. (Small world)

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      1. Wow! It IS a small world. I lived in Mason, MI for about 18 years and worked in Lansing until I got transferred over here. Now I’m in Shelby Township, north of Detroit.

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      2. I know where that is. I grew up in Detroit. Lived in the city till I was 15 and then moved to Birmingham for high school.

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  17. β€œGiving up something we love to do” – that is a perfect definition! Happy New Year Lucy and Twiggy – and to you John!

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    1. Thank you, Maggie. Happy New Year to you.πŸŽ‰

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  18. I resolve to keep reading Lucy and Twiggy. Hilarious – especially ‘I thought I was the best I could be already’ and ‘thinking of others more than yourself’. A lot of life lessons in this post. Hugs and pets to the girls!

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    1. Thank you, Noelle. Hugs back.

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  19. I honestly hadn’t thought of it that way, John. Giving up something you love yet not great for you is so interesting! Pups are adorable, and the leaves are like sparkles for the grass or kinda like grass. Ha.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Audrey. 😊

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  20. “I thought I was the best I already could be.” That’s the attitude! Let’s not give UP anything, nor give in. Let’s just BE, like Lucy and Twiggy. Happy New Year!

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    1. To BE is the best, Pamela. Thank you.Happy New Year. πŸŽ‰

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  21. Anonymous · · Reply

    The New Year Eve’s summit at the Twiggy Resort has left too many questions to be pondered in 2022. For a better life, better gods, better squirrels & better deer. πŸŽ„πŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰πŸ˜

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    1. All makes sense, Dear Maria. The summit is very successful. πŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚ 🍰 Happy New Year

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  22. I think Twiggy has it right. Besides, resolutions are just an assured way of feeling like a failure because who in the hell actually follows through? Just BEing is the way to go, I say…
    Happy New Year’s Eve Eve!

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    1. We need a t-shirt that says Just BE. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. Yes, we do!!

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  23. Ha! Ha! Giving up something you love doesn’t always work well, so Lucy is right in her advice. Happy New Year, John!

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    1. Thak you, Jan. Happy New Year to you.

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray. Happy New Year to you and yoiurs.

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  24. Always a fun story between these 2! πŸ™‚ Here’s to a great New Year, John!

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    1. Thank you Mar. I hope yours is the best.

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  25. Lucy is wise beyond her dog years. I like her answer about resolutions – just be the best you can.
    Fall must have come to Texas, the leaves are falling.

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    1. Yes, the live oak is dumping them like no tomorrow. Happy New Year, Jo.

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  26. Looks like the UPS guy is going to continue to get serenaded with every delivery, LOL!
    Happy New Year, John!

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  27. I’m wondering, did β€œDad” resolve to do something about the leaves. I think your leaves are just fine. I’d be happy if I had that few leaves in my yard!

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    1. I did resolve and did something. Check back tomorrow.

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  28. The UPS person would be lost without dogs showing him/her the way, lol. Love your flowers and vines, they’re doing great!

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    1. Yes, The UPS guy would be lost. Thank you on the flowers and vines. The cross vines are doing really well. We have struggled with the hibiscus but I think we found its happy place. Our hanging baskets are doing really well and at the end of January they will get a redo. It has taken some time to find out where everyone is happy. Thanks again, Jacquie.

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      1. Cross vines are new to me, I’ll have to look them up πŸ™‚

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      2. We originally wanted to have Jasmine but the landscaper told us they attract snakes. Of course, we didn’t want that so we went for Cross-vines. They get an orange trumpet like flower twice a year. Not sure they are hardy though.

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      3. Wow, I didn’t know that about jasmine! I read the crossvine gets beautiful fall colors, as well. It says good to 6B, so we have a chance πŸ™‚

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      4. During our six-day below freezing temps last winter, it stood up quite well.

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  29. Twiggy, you will bark the UPS guy to St. Louis, even Tulsa if I remember. Snowboarding resolution? Hmmm… Well, maybe Dad will do the leaves. πŸ™‚

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  30. I like Jill’s comment – it is definitely like reading a sweet children’s book – Happy New Year, John!

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    1. Thank you , Barbara. Happy New Year to you.

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  31. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Can I join Twiggy and resolve to give up snowboarding too? I want to pick something that has a real chance of happening.🀣

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    1. I gave up skiing at 70 so you can do it. Happy New Year, Pete.

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  32. My one and only New Year’s resolution for quite a few years now is not to have one. πŸ˜€ That;s the one I can easily keep.
    A Happy New Year to you and yours, John,
    Pit

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    1. I can relate to your resolution, Pit. I have the same one. 🀣

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      1. πŸ™‚

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  33. What a great post, John. Thinking about resolutions this way, I’m not going to make anything. I’ve decided to keep doing the things I like doing – hehe! Happy new year to you.

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    1. Good idea, Robbie. Happy New Year. πŸŽ‰

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  34. A happy UPS driver does not make for a happy Twiggy so . . no deal! πŸ˜‰

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    1. No deal for sure. Nice thing about Twiggy is she stands up for herself. Thanks, Marc.

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      1. She’s a feisty one.

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      2. Se is. How about Antonio Brown? What a dope.

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      3. He needs to get help. And leave the game.

        For good.

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      4. I agree. Who takes off their equipment and walks out? Well…Antonio Brown

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      5. I can hear the apologists already. Listen, the man definitely needs help and I hope he gets it. But it’s obvious the sport is not where he should be. This is a tough business and if your mind isn’t where it needs to be, bad shit is going to happen. On the field and off.

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  35. I don’t do resolutions but, I do goals. Giving up snowboarding is on Twiggy! I can do that one! 🀣

    Happy New Year, John! I wish all the best the year has!!

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    1. I don’t do resolutions either. Happy New Year, Deborah.

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  36. The questions put the human race in perspective. Why indeed?

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  37. Anonymous · · Reply

    Haha! I can only imagine what Twiggy would be giving up for Lent. 😜 Trips to the vet, head cones….πŸ˜‚

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  38. I already saw that you cleaned up the leaves.
    Did you make a nice big pile for Lucy and Twiggy to jump & play in?
    Yes giving up snowboarding UPS guys sounds good. Although regular skiing UPS guys could get barked at!

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    1. Hahaha. No I sucked them up into my leaf mulcher which made them the size of a brick. 😁

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      1. Party pooper!
        A brick? Then what do you do with the brick?

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      2. It is the size of a brick. I put the small bundle of leaves in the reclcle bin.

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