Thursday, December 29, 2011


A L O H A !

Click on the photos-
Look into the eyes of the dogs
" The most miserable possession
a man can have
is the thing he hurt someone else
to get. "

Frank A. Clark

" Anybody
who keeps the ability to see beauty
never grows old. "


"It all happened SO FAST! "

" Where did you get the idea,
the notion, 
that you needed permission
to walk in your own
chosen way? "

Mark Durfee

   > < } } ( ° >

it's the butt end of the year.

Take a deep draw-

Then let out a long, slow,
reflective exhale.

In the haze:
 all the 
people, incidents,
of the year,
churn like

Resting up from Christmas,
saving ourselves
for the duty of excess
that IS
New Year's Eve.

Isn't this 
an irresistible promontory 
upon which to pause?
To take in the view
alone for a moment
under skies about to
turn -

The grand finality 
of it all,
must be
the reason why
we drink,
and dress,
and dance

I'm SO glad 
that you and I
can meet
for play dates like this!

Enjoy this butt end-
just please don't burn
your finger tips.

                                     Warmly, cloudia


Lynn said...

Love those dogs. The one with the ears (a Corgi I think) looks so intense and the other one is quite cheerful about being photographed. :) Happy almost new year, Cloudia!

FruitCake said...

I think the snail is on to something.
All the best for all your tomorrows, everybody :-)

Akelamalu said...

Wishing you a very Happy New Year when it arrives my dear. xx

Anonymous said...

Lovely shots. I don't drink or eat to excess, but love the gentle contemplation of the end of the year instead...

Sally said...

Loved the "reflective exhale" as the "butt end of the year" descends and becomes a new beginning. Hope springs eternal!

Full-On-Forward said...

I bow to you--and the Snail pic- Perfection and the caption Perfectioner!

You are my highlight!!!!



PerthDailyPhoto said...

Don't worry Cloudia there will be no 'burning of fingertips here' just quiet reflections on the year that's past and maybe some ideas for the year to come.

ayala said...

Nice, Happy New Year!

Feisty Crone said...

Happy New Year, Cloudia! What a pleasure it is to know you.

Anonymous said...

Happy "Butt of the Year" and Happy New Year! Party well, but don't ride the scooter...Aloha, DrumMajor

Anonymous said...

Those are intense poker faces the doggies are wearing. Must be scheming a plan to defeat the local evil kitties hahaha. They'll probably fail as cats (at least in the movies) usually prevail.

Teresa said...

Such cute puppies!! Have a great last three days of 2011.

Charles Gramlich said...

Great poem at the end. Or at least it has the form of a poem. Love the sentiment.

SandyCarlson said...

Happy New Year, my friend. I am so glad you are there--and here!

Sandy said...

Is it really that time of year-the butt-end? Breathe...yes Happy New Year in 2012 Cloudia. =)

Betty Manousos said...

what cute little pups!
glad to see this!

great poem at the end as well.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I do like your daily dose of wisdom.

Filip Demuinck said...

Your comment with the snail is strange but a good photo.


Hattie said...

A perfect reflection on this time of year.

Windsmoke. said...

Happy New Year. The Kafka quote gets my vote :-).

Friko said...

dicker and dance?

what's dicker?

21 Wits said...

What adorable doggies! ...yes the end of 2011 is nearing a close, it seems it only just began, and here we say good-bye and welcome in another new year! ...yes a dancing we shall go.....! ;)

Cloudia said...

Thank YOU !


Engage in petty argument or bargaining.
Treat something casually or irresponsibly; toy with something."

And to a snail EVERYTHING is too fast - LOL

Love you folks-

Elephant's Child said...

That first quote is a winner. Thank you.

Marguerite said...

The doggies are adorable! You know the French motto- "Eat, drink, and be merry!" :) Wishing you a wonderful, Happy 2012! Cheers, cher!

magiceye said...

have fun!

namaste /\ from mumbai

Jenn Jilks said...

You have a way with photos and words, sister.
Happy New Year (soon!)
Cheers from VERY cold & snowy Cottage Country!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Lovely series today ! I wish you good health and happiness into 2012 !

Stefano Davanzo said...

Have a wonderful 2012 my Hawaiian friend

Stefano from ITALY
(actually traveling around USA)

Cloudia said...

Your visits make me HAPPY!

thank YOU

Amelia said...

Hi Cloudia, the dogs look so cute. Love the "butt end of the year" thanks or sharing the quote. As usual your photos are all very beautiful. Have a nice day.

Maxwell Mead Williams Robinson Barry said...

lovely dog.
Happy New Year.

Gemel said...

The dogs are ADORABLE, truly they are.

And the snail, what a priceless capture that is.

Many blessings for a divine 2012 ☻♥

Brian Miller said...

ha there is a walking man quote in there...nice....

aloha from VA

G-Man said...

Quoting TWM we are?
You could do worse...
Dearest Cloudia, you are a Joy for the soul. You are so positive and upbeat, it's a honor for you to even give me the time of day. Bless you sister, Thanks for your words of wisdom, have a Kick Ass New Year...Galen

TALON said...

Happy New Year, Cloudia! May it be an an amazing one!

Love the Kafka quote. It's so very very true.

Vijay said...
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Hilary said...

I love that snail photo!

Kay said...

I didn't buy any fire crackers, but I'll bet our neighbors did. I think it's still going to be a smokey end of the year. I'm very grateful for all the good things I've had this year and it's a good thing my memory is bad because I can forget the bad.

Cloudia said...

Bless you both for a great new year

Cloudia said...

EACH of you brings value here - much appreciated.