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Friday, January 3, 2020

Celebrating the New Year on #FlashbackFriday

FiveSibes Flashback of party boy Gibson ~ New Year 2015. Oh, that beautiful face still melts my heart.

We here at FiveSibes look back and fondly remember, with smiles and tears, our furangels Gibson, Harley, and Chloe. This year was so quiet as we welcomed in a new year with just Wolfie and Bandit as Harley and Chloe spent their first as the Rainbow Bridge. While our hearts miss our beauties, I am focusing on looking ahead to a new year filled with joy and adventures and hoping Wolfie and Bandit will be with us for a long time to come.

This year, in memory of my beloved cousin and childhood best friend, Debra Ann, who passed way too young earlier this year quite suddenly from an illness, I made her delicious recipe--using whiskey featuring Huskies of course--for homemade Irish cream liquor in her honor (sorry pups, this on is for humans only). While most in the family knew her as "cousin Debbie," I fondly nicknamed her Dabs way back when we were just kids and it stuck. Every Christmas season Dabs would call me and ask me if I made the Irish cream and tell me to "get to it!" I really missed her phone call this year, but made sure I made her recipe. I then raised a glass in a toast to her, her first New Years in Heaven, and hoping she was busy catching up with my mom (who she always thought of as a second Mom and called her "Ma"), my dad, our cousin, uncles, and grandparents. If I know her, she has her glass all ready and making everyone laugh. She had that magical way about her, no matter the time of day or night (she lived her life by no clock!), good mood or bad, she could just make you laugh with her by a simple a turn of a phrase in a manner only she could do. I miss that, and her. Forever.

To you, Dabs, with love.

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.
And for long, long ago, my dear
For long, long ago.
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For long, long ago.
We two have run about the hills
And pulled the daisies fine;
But we've wandered manys the weary foot
Since long, long ago.
We two have paddled in the stream,
From morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
Since long, long ago.
And there's a hand, my trusty friend!
And give us a hand of yours!
And we'll take a deep draught of good-will
For long, long ago.
For auld lang syne."
So, here's to turning that page and making new memories with Wolf and Bandit and their best little human buddy, my grandson, and new granddaughter, and going on new life adventures. May 2020 bring us all smiles, much happiness, and good health for many years down the road.

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity. And its first chapter is called New Year's Day." ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

 Wolfie and Bandit and I say Welcome 2020! Bring with you joy, happy memories in the making, and good health for all.

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  1. That really is such a sweet Gibson face. Happy New Year from all of us.

  2. Aww, what a sweet remembrance. Here's to a pawsome 2020!

  3. Such sweeties. We kind of slack off on celebrating New Years; we're more of Christmas folks.

  4. Happy new year to you and your family and Wolfie and Bandit. You have lovely memories to celebrate - I hope the new year brings you many more with your grandkids

  5. I always think of those we lost at New Years too. Here's to a great new year to create many new memories!

  6. Happy New Year! Your description of your cousin made me sad and happy all at once. How lucky you are to have had her in your life for so long, but I am sorry that it wasn't long enough.

  7. Even though remembering can be sad at times, isn't it wonderful we had the experiences to have such wonderful memories of our furry companions?