Good morning my fine furry, feathered, and finned Kinz friends! Like many of you, in a few days, I will be gathered around a Christmas tree with my family enjoying the magic of the holiday. For us, Christmas, as a cultural tradition, is only part of the celebration. Throughout history, people of many different cultures and religions have celebrated the winter solstice and coming new year. For many ancient people, December 22nd marked the “rebirth” of the sun, as the amount of sunlight we experience each day gradually increases. And as we tuck 2017 into its bed and bid it farewell, we welcome the emergence of 2018.
When I reflect upon this past year, I’m very happy with where I am. I’ve been able to spend the majority of the year home with my husband and daughter. The work I’ve done outside the home has been interesting and rewarding. And I’ve made some great new friends here at Gymbos! We’ve had some very cold temperatures and a few light flurries, but no accumulation of SNOW YET. I wonder how long that will last! If 2018 is as good as 2017, I will be very pleased. Not all years have been so good. If 2018 goes as planned, we will get more work done on our house, my husband and I will celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary, my daughter will learn to drive a car and enter college two years early, and I will still be posting here at Gymbos! How do you feel about 2017? What are your hopes and goals for 2018?
To celebrate the friendships I’ve made here, I’m hosting A PET A DAY GIVEAWAY CONTEST from now until the new year! Yes, you read that right! Each day, through January 1st, a new pet code will be offered to one lucky winner! Here’s how this works. Every day I will post at least once, maybe multiple times. Somewhere in my post (or posts) will be the name of the pet I’m giving away that day. There are no duplicates! The name of the pet may be obvious, or it may be hidden within my post (or posts). The challenge is to figure out which pet I’m giving away that day. The first person each day to post the correct pet will win the new code.
Rules to play: You must post your guess here on this forum the same day. I am on EST. I will try to post clues early in the day. They may even be posted late the night before (after 12 AM EST). As long as the entry with the correct pet is posted by 2:59 AM EST (11:59 AM PST) that same day, you win! Also, you must have established email communication with Momskinz. I will email the code to her, and she will forward it to the winner. If nobody has guessed the correct pet by the end of the day, I keep the code. I will not offer any clues! (although I may be bribed for clues with ice cream)
There is a total of 11 pet codes up for grabs over the next 11 days, so I will not limit the number of codes each person can win. However, please remember that we are a generous community of friends! Instead of trying to win as many codes as possible, please share with others. You are welcome to help each other out with clues! If any individual is winning excessively, I retain the right to place limits on that individual (hopefully that won’t be an issue). Also, if you like another pet more than the one you won, and another winner likes yours more than theirs, feel free to trade codes! I want this to be fun, entertaining, and rewarding! So let the games begin!
Also, if you kept your wish list fairly up-to-date, I’ve been shopping for you. Several months ago, I dedicated rooms in my WW house to each of you. Low key creepy, I know, but quite a few of you have your own rooms in my house, and I’ve been stuffing your rooms as full as I can with items from your wish lists. Some of you are REALLY hard to shop for because you only have a few items on your list! Others have multiple rooms full of stuff! I’ve sent gifts to each of you today. There will be more to follow for some of you over the next 10 days, so check your accounts and keep your wish lists updated!
For our new members, WELCOME! I have not had a chance to shop for you, but stick around and keep posting, and I’ll keep your wish list in mind for future opportunities.
Yes, it is after 5:00 AM here. No, I’m not an early bird like Gagagee (are you off for holiday vacation now???)! I’m just now heading to bed. I will check in when I wake up. Have a great weekend everyone!