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Everyone’s writing about New Year’s resolutions these days.  I’m not one to make such demands on myself anymore.  Instead, on this day I’ll just reflect.  Reflections seem to be catching my eye lately, as well as capturing my imagination.

I saw, with the help of Husby and others, so many reflections of our Christmas trees in the windows, hanging art, and clocks of our house.  When it comes to reflecting on this Christmas season, there were so many wonderful memories formed, with three days straight of celebrating the season at different family members’ houses.

Husby and I hosted a gathering for my family a week before Christmas too.  At one point during preparations I thought I’d give up even trying as the beater of my mixer refused to release.  I’m nothing if not a baker at Christmastime, and a malfunctioning mixer would ruin everything.

Got stuck making fudge.

Got stuck making fudge.

Luckily Husby figured it all out and got me unstuck, so baking resumed as usual.  I think there were a few people happy about that, especially me.

New Year’s Eve, well, I was pampered by Husby as usual.  It’s become a tradition for him to cook up a boatload of crab legs for us while we watch a movie or two.  The crab was delectable, sweet and tender as usual, and the movie was a classic – March of the Wooden Soldiers, starring Laurel and Hardy.  Yeah, ancient and corny, but so much fun.  I used to play this movie for my little nephews when I would babysit them at Christmastime.  The “little” nephews are now 22- and 24-years old.  Guess what?  They watched that same movie on New Year’s Eve this year!

The most reflection I’ve been doing lately has been in regard to this last year, the first year of my retirement of the day job.  What an adjustment it’s been, but not one I’ll complain about.  Every once in a while I have dreams about being at work, and usually they consist of a lot of chaos or bizarre circumstances.  For the most part, however, my time as a civil servant has escaped my thoughts, save for a friend or two I made during my thirty-six years.

Retirement, or shall I say not having to be at a certain place at a certain time and doing certain tasks for forty hours a week, is feeling a little more normal by now.  Seriously, it takes a while.  And with my acquired comfort in massive amounts of free time I’m finally getting around to feeling more…settled.

At the same time I’m excited to embark on a new year with a new routine that will be filled with spontaneous adventures.  Lots of people say they’re glad to see 2016 go, but I’ll admit I’ve a bit more trepidation about 2017 than I’ve had in many new years past.  Not so much regarding myself as for the state of the planet.  I won’t get into that though.  My own little universe is enough for now and for me 2017 is going to be new, different, and wonderful.

Cheers to 2017!

 

 

 

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A Reflection

…and to all a good night.

 

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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Santa hasn’t launched his sleigh yet, but there have been more than a few sightings of the jolly, old elf at the Auntie B’s Wax World Headquarters.

I see him in my crystal ball.

I see him in my crystal ball.

 

He's jolly and colorful!

He’s jolly and colorful!

 

He's boingy and playful!

He’s boingy and playful!

 

He's playful, with a spring in his step!

He’s light on his feet with a spring in his step!

 

He's wise and wizard-like.

He’s wise and wizard-like.

Santa is everywhere!  It’s a good thing, too.  I love Santa and I believe.

How about you?

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Sweet Baby Weenies*

Oh what a wonderful Christmas I had.  I hope everyone else did too.  Even though the initial flurry of Christmas is over, I like to bask in the glow of the Christmas tree until the Epiphany (the 12th day of Christmas) and reflect on the wonderful cheer that was spread in my little world.

One of the traditions in my family is that every household hosts “Christmas Cheer.”  These little gatherings are an opportunity for everyone in the family to get together to celebrate the season and to see how each household has decorated for the holiday season.  This year there was a newcomer to the mix.  My nephew Paenney has recently moved out of his parents’ house and into one of his own.  What a lovely surprise to get an invitation to his house for some holiday cheer!  He requested a heavy appetizer from the guests in attendance.  Pot luck is always a hit.

I brought some mini reuben appetizers, my mom made queso, my dad made a salami torte, Charlotte made pickle dogs and Mexican roll-ups.

Mexican roll-ups, salami torte, crackers, and pickle dogs. Yum!

 

Queso and chips, mini reubens with rye bread, and the coup de grace…

It was a wonderful variety of food, but the coup de grace was Paenney’s appetizer…

Sweet Baby Weenies.

Sweet, sweet baby weenies.

What could be better than mini hotdogs smothered in a sweet barbecue sauce?  Nothing fancy, everything delicious.  Paenney prepared a whole crockpot full of these delicacies and luckily had enough left over to feed himself for lunch at work the next day.

I salute Paenney for taking on a Christmas Cheer gathering for his family so soon after getting his own residence.  I also salute Paenney’s roommate for putting up with the likes of us for an afternoon.  Paenney also decorated his house to welcome Santa with a tree and plenty of other wonderful decorations throughout the house.

It’s hard to believe my little nephew is on his own, but I’m delighted to see he holds onto the traditions of our family, hosting a Christmas Cheer, and serving his guests the ever popular Sweet Baby Weenies.

Thanks Paenney!

*This is what Paenney calls this delectable treat.  He loves them nearly more than life itself.

It’s not too late to serve the Sweet Baby Weenies – New Year’s Eve will be upon us soon.  Weenies are the perfect way to ring in the New Year!

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Merry Christmas

“O Come All Ye Faithful/O Holy Night” – Trans-Siberian Orchestra from tom stiles on Vimeo.

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