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More Reflections

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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Happy New Year!

A toast from Auntie B to you and everyone you love.  May all your dreams come true!

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The north wind is blowing hard.  January is usually the coldest month of the year in Minnesota, and like clockwork the chime of the new year brought in sub-zero temperatures.

The Epiphany has passed, and thus the Christmas season is officially over.  There still remains a glowing tree in the corner of the room, although the needles are falling off their sagging branches.  This week I’ll have to take on the doleful task of untrimming the sad, dried up tree and storing all of the decorations until next Christmas.  For now I’m going to take just a little more time to relish the glow of the holiday season.

Next week the house will look like its old self again and I’ll get used to it soon enough.  Perhaps once Christmas is packed away I can get onto the business of the new year.  Resolutions?  Not really, but some goals, and hopes for a healthy and productive year.

As the wind gusts beyond the window panes my mind is swimming with things I’d like to do, projects I’d like to undertake, stories I’d like to write, a life I’d like to live.

A belated Happy New Year to you all, and may it be one of the best years yet.

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Happy New Year!

Oh, leave me alone.  I know I’m over a week behind in declaring “happy new year,” but it seems it hasn’t really started for me yet.  How can that be, you ask?  Well let me tell you.

Husby and I hosted Ruthie and Ray for the holiday edition of Dive Night, but not until January 3rd.  And because the twelve days of Christmas are after Christmas Day (much to the confusion of many) we were still in Christmas mode after the new year.  I wish I could give you a full dive night report but we were feeling so festive I didn’t take as many pictures as I should have.  Our heavy appetizer pot luck was done in shifts, and unfortunately anything after the first shift didn’t get a picture.  We had shrimp cocktail, meats and cheeses, pickled herring, artichoke dip, taco dip, the most delicious mini weenies wrapped in bacon and baked in a brown sugar glaze, mushroom tartlets, reuben spirals, cinnamon almonds, veggies and dip, and assorted cookies.  If I forgot anything check the comments as Ruthie might add what my middle-aged mind forgot.

Ruthie’s signature taco dip.

Artichoke-Gorgonzola Dip

Succulent shrimp with mouth-watering cocktail sauce.

Assortment of dipping crackers and chips.

We also had champagne, wine and assorted beers.  A fine time was had by all.

One night this week I made some really good seafood puff pastry things, but then I got sick.  Husby said he felt fine, so I guess I can’t blame my cooking.  But my stomach churned more than I would have liked and I stayed home from work the next day.  And the day after!  The thing is, all of the Christmas decorations were still up (except the tree, which came down on Sunday) so it felt like Christmas until today.  Despite my sick day off work I managed to gather and pack up the decorations so once again the house looks like the house and not Santa’s castle at the North Pole.

Tomorrow I’ll be back at the day job.  I’m not looking forward to it, but I’m glad I’m feeling well enough to go.  Tonight I’m going to relax and try to get used to 2014.

So, again I say Happy New Year.  I hope it’s going well for everyone so far.

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Wordless Wednesday

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