Include, Exclude, or Omit?

It’s the middle of January, and what’s happening with me?  I’m already thinking of next Christmas.

January Christmas

The temperature is 5 degrees today with a windchill of -14.  The sun is the brightest it’s been this month and the reflection from the new snow is almost daring me to come outside. Sorry, Mr. Sol; I’m content to look. Continue reading

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To Finish: Focus, Have Fun, Be Fearless.

Every year, I look forward to Christmas.  Once it’s over, I’m excited by the “clean slate” of the New Year.  What will I accomplish with my resolutions this year?

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Mother Nature knows how to wipe her slate clean.

During almost 27 years together, my husband and I have developed our tradition of spending New Year’s Day preparing the customary foods to ensure Health, Wealth, and Happiness, which include:

Collard greens for dollar bills.  

Hoppin’ John, black-eyed peas, rice, and bacon for luck, health, and good fortune.

Cornbread symbolizing gold.  We like the spicy version.

You get the picture.  We also continue with the last of the soft Christmas music as we take down the tree, pack away the ornaments, and drink a bit of champagne to toast the New Year as we write our resolutions and open a new calendar. Continue reading