This is what's happened:
Both Charlie and Maudie turned 12; she started junior high. Shockingly, junior high is now considered 'fun', probably because they all have personal phones and are available by text and IM 24/7.
My mom got sick, and then she got better.
I happily reconnected with an old friend, thanks to Jane.
Snuffy went from a 38 lb. weakling to a 55 lb. stud. (Also, he got neutered.)
We drove to Chicago, to Boston and to Florida.
My cousin was ordained as a minister.
I took a quilting class. Quilting is okay; there is a lot of ironing, which is also okay. I experienced a lot of junior high home-ec class sewing machine anxiety. For me, junior high was not fun.
For Christmas, I baked cookies, knitted mittens, juiced a lot of oranges and received a new iron.
There was knitting, and planning knitting projects, although I was completely silent.
Now I'm back.
Peace to everyone in 2009!