I can see it, I can feel it. The tension of the holiday season building on the internet. Friends and acquaintances almost ready to burst with the stress of buying and entertaining. I just don’t do that stuff anymore. I think that most of my family is beginning to settle down too. My sister-in-law’s family still has a large gathering and I know I am always welcome there, but I find peace and quiet much more inviting. The furkids and I will keep to ourselves on Thanksgiving as we usually do. They show such admiration for my ability to hunt down and prepare a bird of immense proportions (in their minds, anyway — I think it’s a 13-pounder) and we snuggle on the couch with our turkey tidbits, catnip (the dog likes it too), and a bottle of wine for me. We have a DVD fest, we go for a walk, we play ball in the back yard, and all is very peaceful. This year we will be one fewer. It’s sad, but we’ll drink a toast to Junior and remember him very fondly. We may even put up the Christmas tree this year. I love having a tree, but have been afraid the past few years that Ozzie would chew it up. I think I will put it in the corner undecorated for a few days and see how he handles it. If all is well, we’ll get the decorations on and hope for the best. I’ve got some new battery-operated candles this year to add a nice ambience to the room with no fears of burning the place down. Some nice music (with the occasional metal tune) and we’ll be set for a happy holiday season. I wish you all peace and no stress for the holidays!