I took a photo of the center of the mantel and here it is:
The wreath in the center was made for me by Steve, Ara's fiance. The lighthouse on the left was painted by my granddaughter, Autumn, and the puppy in the picture on the right was drawn by granddaughter, Arianna.
I just took Rocky for a short walk and am trying to work with him to keep him from pulling on the leash when we walk. He is definitely an alpha male, but he'd better learn PDQ that I am the alpha female! I plan to start going back to my chiropractor after the first of the year as Rocky's constant pulling has my lower back all out of shape!
So I have every reason to be optimistic about the coming year, (except for the political drama and the state of the world). I may or may not post again before the end of the year, but I wish all of you the very best for 2020.