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Another New Year coming up

The sound of crackers and fireworks going off in the distance has had the cats on edge all day, and with New Year looming ever closer, the booms are certainly becoming louder and more frequent too -- all building to a ginormous crescendo at midnight and the first few hours after...It tugs at my heartstrings to see my beloved pets so scared, but at the same time, I'm glad of the racket. The worst New Year's Eve I ever had was spent on the shores of the Dead Sea 8 years ago, and you could have heard a pin drop. All of the kibbutzim had gone to bed, there hadn't been anything worth watching on telly, there certainly hadn't been any tables collapsing under the weight of oliebollen and other traditional New Year treats, and no fireworks, either. I remember I felt terribly sorry for myself.

It wasn't until the next day when I phoned home for happy New Year's wishes that I learned my sister's house had burned down that very night, and she and the children had had a narrow escape. Sadly, their cats lost their lives in that blaze, and it's partly for that reason I'm staying in with mine tonight.

Anyway, morbid thoughts of the past will not prevent me from wishing you all a




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Dec. 31st, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
New Year is always crap anyway.
Dec. 31st, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, but some are crappier than others. ;-)
Dec. 31st, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
Oh my heavens, what a traumatic New Year, poor kitties but thank heavens that your Sister and the children got out safely!

Hope this New Year is much better and that 2006 is good to you!
Dec. 31st, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
Dec. 31st, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
Well, I hope you and the moggies have a fun night of it. I'm sure they are better company than many people I know ;)

Have a very Happy 2006, sweetie.

Dec. 31st, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
And of course, the same to you and your lovely family!
Dec. 31st, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
Well, wishing you a good run into 2006. I hope the new year can be a good one.
Yes that's terrible with the crackers. I remember in Frankfurt they use to go nuts throwing them at people in closed spaces and under cars as they drove past.
Dec. 31st, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
I remember in Frankfurt they use to go nuts throwing them at people in closed spaces and under cars as they drove past.

Well, here it's not cars passing by so much as passers-by...every time you go out on Dec 31st/Jan 1st, you take your life in your hands!

And between now and 4 o'clock, it won't be safe to drive your car anywhere in town either, as every street will have at least 2 bonfires, one at either end...and very frequently, more.

Have a wonderful New Year in about half an hour (?) -- I'm raising my glass to you already!
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