Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 2011

A new day, a new year and a chance for all of us to have a new beginning. It can't possibly get any better than that. I woke up this morning to the sound of rain tapping on the tin roof over my head. My first thought was how strange it is to be hearing that sound on New Years Day, instead of the silence I should be hearing as snow drifts down from the heavens. From those thoughts my mind turned to how fortunate and grateful I am to have that roof over my head, when there are so many people on this very day that has no roof to shelter them from the rain or snow. 

I was up by 5:30 this morning and enjoyed a smidgen of quiet time, which I used sipping a cup of coffee, sending Birthday greetings to our now 18 year old granddaughter (Happy Birthday Brittany) and thinking about the New Year's resolutions that I won't be making. It didn't take me long to figure out that it was pointless to make lists every year of resolutions that I knew I would not keep. For instance, there were a lot of resolutions in my lifetime to quit smoking. I didn't quit, if anything the stress of even thinking about laying down those cigarettes and walking away from them, prompted me to smoke more. When my youngest grandson was born we spent a lot of time on the road, taking him back and forth for blood work to be done because he had jaundice when he came home from the hospital. What helped me give up smoking was looking at Seth through the car window one wet rainy day, while I stood outside puffing away. I asked myself how long was I going to allow a little tobacco stick to control my life and separate me from my grandchildren, children, and husband. So no resolutions from me on any given New Year's Day. What ever changes I need to make in my life will come when it is time for it to happen.

I do have the New Year's 'Good Luck' food cooking as I type. Since J.D. and I have been married, we get a double dose of Good Luck each year. I fix black eyed peas, rice and cornbread for my southern raised husband. For me, I fix that traditional northern menu of a pork roast, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Of course we eat a sampling of it all.  You just can never have too much good luck.

As you dig into your New Year meal today, I hope along with the tasty food that will nourish your bodies, that you will receive a double helping of blessings. Happy New Year from our house to yours.



farmlady said...

Wow! I haven't heard Spike Jones in a very long time and I love Bette Midler's What are you Doing on New Years Eve. Love that song.
I don't make New Year "resolutions" much anymore. It's more like asking for blessings and, after these weeks of sickness, I'm asking for good health in the New Year but..... I guess the "resolution" would be to take better care of myself. They go hand in hand.
I love the new blog look. Lovely!
... and the Gandhi saying. It's one of my favorites.
Happy New Year, sweetie. (That's a lovely photo of you at the end of the post.)
Love, Ellie Mae

Lib said...

Happy New Yr. Sweet Friend! I look forward to another yr. of Friendship:o)

Lynne said...

Happy New Year to you Jo. Hope it's a great year for you and yours.

We just finished our pork, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes - even though we're living down in the deep South!

Jo said...

Lynne, you can take the girl out of the north, but you can't take the Yankee out of the girl. Those northern roots show this time of year no matter where we are, don't they?

Lib, I am looking forward to another year of your dear friendship as well.

Ellie Mae, I am such a softy when it comes to some of the old songs and performers. So many of my favorite modern performers have done renditions of some of the old classic songs, but it just isn't the same to me unless it is by the original artist.

Happy New Year!

oldcrow61 said...

Hi Jo, I have been very lax on reading blogs for sometime but am trying to change that. I love the look of your blog, beautiful butterflies and ladies. I have to agree with you on making New Years resolutions, except for one time. Two years ago on Jan 2nd, I quit smoking and have never looked back. We have been having unusually mild weather for this time of year as well. Wishing you and JD a wonderful 2011.

PEA said...

“Here’s to the bright New Year, and a fond farewell to the old; here’s to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold.”

Happy New Year, dear Jo! Wishing you and yours all the very best that 2011 has to offer.

We had rain on New Year's Eve and Day which was so unusual for us, we're used to snow! lol I don't make resolutions any more because I never seem to be able to keep them. On New Year's Day I did think to myself...I really should try to lose some weight and then I found myself reaching for a piece of fudge. Sigh. I'm hopeless! lol xoxo