Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Hmmm . . .

What can be said in New Year rhymes, 
That’s not been said a thousand times?
 The new years come, the old years go, 
We know we dream, we dream we know. 
We rise up laughing with the light, 
We lie down weeping with the night.
 We hug the world until it stings, 
We curse it then and sigh for wings. 
We live, we love, we woo, we wed, 
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead. 
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear, 
And that’s the burden of the year. 
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox 

In many ways I am so grateful to be able to turn the page of last year onto a clean fresh page for this year. Last year was a year embroidered with heartache, but there were also a great many pockets of joy scattered throughout it, and many, many blessings. 

Yesterday we spent some time taking down Christmas.  Todd he would have had it all down on Boxing Day. Myself, mom always took everything down on New Years day. We compromised and it all came down on New Years Eve day.  There wasn't much really to come down. Our decorations were definitely under-stated this year.  Very minimalistic.  Done, dusted and put away in less than half an hour to be honest. 

Doug and the boys bringing in the New Year in style. 

I have a lot to look forward to this year.  This will be the year I turn 65.  When I was 25 that seemed to be so far away.  But look  . . .  I blinked!  I will be 65 in August and hopefully be able to get my old age security.  They say you need to apply for it at least six months before hand, so I best get cracking on that one. 

We were in bed by 9:30 last night. We are so hopeless when it comes to staying up. I haven't truly rung in a New Year in years!  I actually never slept much last night at all and did hear and see the fireworks at midnight.  Some nights are just like that. 

I am not one much for resolutions.  I know myself far too well for that.  I have never met a resolution that I didn't soon break.  Instead I think of things I'd like to do, and hopefully at this time in 2021 (God willing I'm still here) I will have at least glanced upon some of them. 

This year I want to do more crafts, write more for myself, really dig into my scriptures, walk more, eat a bit healthier, or maybe even a lot healthier.   But not today  . . .  I have two lovely rib-eyes sitting in the refrigerator oggling me.  And I am definitely oggling them back!  Not traditional I know, mom always did a ham.  This year I am bucking tradition and going for something completely new. We are having steak, baked potato and a Caesar salad.  End of.  No dessert. We've indulged more than enough over the past few weeks.  

We have April to look forward to.  This is going to be a HUGE month this year. Not only are my oldest son and daughter going to be here to spend most of it with, but it also marks the 200th year since Joseph Smith's first vision and the General Conference of our church in April, we have been warned, is going to be different and amazing.  There have already been so many changes in the way we do things over the past couple of years, I am excited to see what comes next.  


I can't wait!  I have already warned my kids.  We will give them some money to go out and have a dinner on us if they aren't interested in watching it with us.

I want to continue on my road to minimising and casting off the things weighing me down.  Which thankfully is mostly just "stuff" and somewhat easy to get rid of.    But not as easy as one would suppose, especially if you are a sentimentalist like myself.  I tend to attach feelings to a lot of things that I own. (and that I eat for that matter!)  

I want to paint more this year. I want to walk more. I want to write more. I want to study more. I want to get out and about a bit more. I want to be better prepared for Christmas.  I want to be better prepared for what lays ahead. I want to help others more.  Use less plastic. Lower my carbon footprint.  All worthy goals I think.   I want to be more "present."  (If that makes sense.) I want to do more family history.  Go to the Temple more.  Be more brave and less afraid.

So anyways, Happy New Year to all of you.  I hope you have a good year filled with good health and lots of the things you love.  I hope you manage to achieve some of your goals in the coming months.  I hope you have many, many days filled with love and with joy. 

That's it for now.  I'm off to cuddle my dog. 

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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In The English Kitchen today, Crispy Garlic & Parmesan Potatoes.  Yummy! 

Hope your first day of 2020 is a good one!  Don't forget! 

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  1. I am happy to let this whole decade leave.Here's hoping 2020 is good.I get old age pension now..and medicine is mostly very reasonable unless you need something over the top.
    Start Christmas now:) I find this low time after Christmas ideal to shut the door in my studio..crank the heat and paint..or whatev:):) LOL whatev.
    I stared snowmen for my girls.Shhh:)

    Strike while the creative iron is hot.
    You have that April♥April in Chester will beat April in Paris..Doug looks like such a sweet dad!
    Bonne Année!
    So what's up..with Blogger..not a happy gal here..can't comment on blogs nor mine with Ipad..long standing and dear people have written to me to say they cannot comment.I can't find a fix!

    1. I will take your advice and strike when the iron is hot Monique! Your secret is safe with me! Plus you can get some great leftover Christmas bits for crafting in the sales. Happy New Year!!

      I don't know what is up with blogger and commenting on iPad! I tend to do most of my blog reading in the evening while Todd is watching the news and whatnot and I have not been able to comment on any blogs using my iPad, not even on my own. Its annoying to say the least! I wonder what we can do about it? xoxo

  2. I love your new year intentions, Marie. I am also looking forward to General Conference this April. So exciting. Have you seen the trailer for it on Facebook? Look for it. Might be on Youtube as well. Happy New Year. Have a wonderful 2020!

    1. I have seen the trailer Deb and it looks like we are really going to have something special to look forward to! I say bring it on! Happy New Year and all the best in 2020 to you and your family! xoxo

  3. Happy New Year ! I'm on vacation at my son's house in Florida and the whole family was together for New Years Eve. Ringing out the old year and bring in the new was wonderful. I know I've had trouble commenting too and found that if I right clicked on google and then went to post in a different frame I've been able to do so. Maybe that will help you too. Sadly blogger has been changing a lot and not for the good. May 2020 bring only good things for us all.

    1. Thanks for that help Pam. I will try it for sure. How wonderful that you are able to enjoy your whole family together at your son's house. Enjoy Florida! Happy New Year! xoxo

  4. Marie, I loved your New Year's poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. We had a very quiet new years, too, but did manage to stay up til midnight. I've just put scalloped potatoes in the oven to have with ham steaks this 1st day of January 2020. Veggies are turnip, carrots and parsnips and a few sprouts. Plum pudding for dessert. Thwnkfully, there will be leftovers for tomorrow. Hope you and Todd and Mitzie are enjoying a peaceful, quiet day. I'm off to look at your Crispy Parmesan Potatoes recipe. Hugs, Elaine

    1. Scalloped potatoes and ham are the most beautiful combination Elaine! I am cooking a gammon today. They don't really have hams here like in Canada. I love leftover ham in all sorts, and not just sandwiches! Happy New Year! xoxo

  5. Hi Marie~

    Happy New Year sweet friend!! I really love your list of if things you want to accomplish in 2020. I posted my blog, then looked at your...we could have written each other posts! It didn't surprise me at all :0)

    I am so excited for General Conference as well...I'm pretty sure it will be memorable! We go to a study group each week for, Come follow Me, and so this was something we discussed many good things ahead!!

    I'm also excited for your kids to come see you, I know you will have a great time!

    Love the potato recipe...yum!!

    Love you too!


    1. Happy New Year Barb! I am hoping that 2020 will be a great year for both of us! I will be checking your post after this. Love and hugs to you and Bob! xoxo


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