wings and things

Happy New Year!

on December 31, 2012


Last night I was feeling really low with my flu, the hot weather and a smidgen of rage against a couple of people who have hurt Anthony over the years but especially recently. I had planned to write about this today until I read these two wonderful posts by fellow bloggers:

In reading both of these posts, I realized that to write about such negative stuff is absolutely pointless and probably extremely boring.

So instead, on this broiling New Year’s Eve, I will show you Gutsy9, the baby peacock who spends most of the day on my shoulder. He is now 3 weeks old and getting too big to hide inside my shirt. His tail feathers are growing and his crown has begun to sprout. He can fly across the room or the back yard with ease. I love him.

65 responses to “Happy New Year!

  1. Aww he’s beautiful Julie. Happy New Year my friend.
    Love and stuff from Chilly Canada

  2. Tammy says:

    Happy New Year, Julie! Thanks for such great posts, and yet another, of your lessons learned, animals & people loved, moments shared!

  3. I love him too. I hope you get better soon. It’s hard to do when it is so hot outside. How is Ming doing with his harp

  4. Life is a mix of both the positive and negative. I can understand anger if someone has hurt Anthony. It’s good to move on. You are a wise woman and I learn a lot from you. Happy New Year.

  5. It’s good to think about whether or not you want to delve into negative things and maybe you’re right not to…but…if by blogging any part of it (leaving out parts you wish to) would help you in some way then you might think of doing so that way…Just a thought…Diane

  6. meg lane says:

    “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent, or praiseworthy, think about these things……..and the God of peace will be with you.” Phil4:8

  7. fgassette says:

    Very cute. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  8. I understand you wouldn’t want to blog about something so negative, but it might be good for you to write it all down, even just to let it out, and burn the paper afterwards, or bury it, or delete if it’s on the computer. Sometimes you still feel angry because some things are left unsaid. To a happier new year!

  9. Susan says:

    Lol, don’t forget people like Taylor Swift make a fortune out of writing about those who have wronged them! Thanks for the updated picture of Gutsy9, he’s looking great! Great to see you and Ming yesterday, I hope you are feeling better. Hugs next time! Happy New Year!

  10. bulldogsturf says:

    I love your bond with Gutsy9… your words come across with such enjoyment, I can only smile… Happy New Year to you Julie… may it be all you wish for…

  11. victoriaaphotography says:

    Write it all down (the negative stuff) on a piece of paper, light a match & then watch it burn (not outside in the 40 degree heat of course).
    Do some deep breathing…… in (to the count of 4) and then out (to the count of 7)……. as you watch it burn and by the time it’s turned into ash, your anger should be gone.

  12. victoriaaphotography says:

    Almost forgot, Julie…..Have a Happy New Year.
    Love & Cyber Hugs

  13. Loving Gutsy9 and the love he brings to you. He’s growing so fast and you never know, he might even protect you from Godfrey πŸ˜‰ Onward and upward as they say and all strength for 2013 xxx

  14. Julie – I am having a party at my place–come on over and bring Gutsy9–he will be great entertainment. Happy New Year–and for both of us I hope 2013 is kinder!

  15. rohan7things says:

    Hope you are feeling better soon πŸ™‚ And yes, you are right, why waste more energy on bad people, there are plenty of good, positive and fun things to do instead!

    The little peachick is not so little anymore, still as cute as ever though πŸ™‚

    Wishing you and yours a happy new year and a wonderful 2013! All the best πŸ˜‰


  16. mrs fringe says:

    (((((Julie))))) I hope you can kick this flu soon. Your little bird is beautiful, as are your sentiments. Positive is wonderful, looking forward is wonderful, and sometimes there’s truth and beauty to be found in acknowledging hurts or anger. The trick is deciding whether blogging will release the pain and put it into perspective, or fan the flames.

    Wishing you and yours all the best for 2013 ❀

  17. I love the way the little pea chick has brought unconditional love into your life.
    Sometimes it is the wisest move to ponder for a little longer.
    It must be trying having the flu in hot weather, do hope you are feeling better soon.
    Wishing you, Ming and Anthony best wishes for 2013.

  18. I’m glad that you didn’t focus on writing down the negatives when you are already feeling horrible; it would have ingrained those negative emotions even more onto your psyche. Writing and showing us Gutsy-9 was a brilliant move. When I read the words I love him I really felt the love. Happy New Year Jules!!

  19. terry1954 says:

    Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and the baby is growing so big!!!

  20. Robyn Lee says:

    Sweetest little love little Gutsy9 is! Sending you a warm hug Julie ~ May 2013 be good to all of us!! xxxoooo So much LOVE ~ Robyn

  21. lucewriter says:

    We get so much from fellow bloggers. Thanks for sharing your heartfelt moments. I agree with you about the positive . . . usually.

  22. robincoyle says:

    Positive thinking means positive living, right? Glad you moved away from the dark side of your emotions.

  23. aFrankAngle says:

    A post with a smile to go into 2013. … and cheers to your decision to stay positive. Happy New Year to you and yours… and I’m finally starting to be able to make my rounds.

  24. Northern Narratives says:

    All the best to you in 2013.

  25. oldsunbird says:

    Julie, Good for you! Your precious Gutsy is so cute! I just want to hold him myself. I hope you’re feeling better tonight. God love you and keep you strong. And blesssngs and good health in the coming year for all of you..

  26. Some times we need to write about the negaitve and difficult parts of our lives and that is fine it helps to get it out there and of our chest…… that is said Gutsy9 is just so cute………..

  27. To focus on the positive helps weaken the negative. You did the right thing.

  28. viveka says:

    Julie, I think this was a great move – because writing about things that upset us … upset us too. Just as you said .. absolutely pointless, because nothing will change after you written it neither – so it will have no impact. You made the right move.
    Gusty9 is a great start of 2013. He know nothing about hurt and pain yet – neither about injustice.

  29. Lynda says:

    I’m glad you were able to come to terms with your anger/hurt, Julie. I also noticed that more than a few of your friends above had opined their thoughts on getting it out on paper and then burning it, or typing and deleting it. I was going to suggest it too.

    Happy New Year, Julie! I hope that 2013 will be full of wonder and possibilities for you and yours.

  30. dcwisdom says:

    Forgiveness is hard but possible. I’m proud you moved on. Negativism is always a downer, anyway, and we have plenty of hard times without taking up more junk. I checked your links and agree with both, that love is the answer.

  31. Jo Woolf says:

    Happy New Year to you too, Julie! That is one very cute peacock chick. How big will he get before you have to say ‘no’ to him sitting on your shoulder??

  32. Many decades ago, I was upset at a relative. Furious. My wise old grandmother told me to sit down and write a letter to that relative. I did. Then she told me to put it away in the dark corner of a closet or drawer and let it sit for 24 hours. I did. She told me to get it out and read it, and if I still felt that way, to send it. I didn’t send it.

    I have done that many times over 45 years and never once sent the letter.

  33. eof737 says:

    Happy New Year to you and blessings for better things to come… I’m a bit slow on the uptake of late… TY for the blog mention. Much appreciated! πŸ™‚

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