The dear puppies are loving it here in Hawthorne, Florida. The weather is almost always sunny, at least part of the day. Recently, we have had temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. It is so pleasant! This morning, we decided to take all the puppies on a walk around our neighborhood. It is on all sugar sand roads, so dear little JinJu came home with a face full of sugar sand from the other puppies kicking it up as they pranced along. We have lots of dogs in this neighborhood and there is no leash law, so we choose ways where the dogs are nice or kept inside fences or houses. We get out early in the morning when not too many dogs are out anyway. Our neighbors are pretty nice and we have been meeting more and more of them as we walk the roads. Rachel and I finally recovered from the flu bug and now Rachel seems to be getting a cold. She went out in a motor boat with her father and my brother and his son and a wave came washing over the top of them, so she got very chilled from the wind and being wet. Not too good when she was still kind of recovering from the flu! I hope she doesn't get too sick. The end of the year and the beginning of a New Year are always hectic for me with taxes and inventory, etc. at my work. This year, I don't have to do inventory because I am not there! Yippee! I have already completed all my quarterly reports and taxes, so now I can just enjoy a more normal activity level until the next quarter ends. We have so many lovely flowers blooming! Impatiens, azaleas, roses, and camellias. We also have many flowers that I don't even know what they are! They are so gorgeous and we have lots of jasmine covering our archways and along the fence line. It will be gorgeous in the spring! Today, I saw a stinky fungus that looks like a reddish tongue! A landscaper told us about them but I can't remember what he called them. They smell awful. Needless to say, we are making sure the puppies don't get into any fire ant hills or mushrooms, fungus, etc. We love it here! I almost dread our trip back west in March, but I will love getting to be with our oldest daughter as she gives birth to her 8th child, a little boy at the end of March. We will stay for a month or more and then head back home to Florida in time for hurricane season and our first HOT summer! I am excited to experience a summer here. The winter has been glorious!