“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

Today being the last day of the year and all I took a leisurely morning. First of all I woke up late, we’re talking 9:45 late, took my shower and then had an extra cup of coffee while reading the papers. I watched the birds from the window. It was like a convention of birds. One feeder had five goldfinches while other birds hovered just outside of it waiting for their seats at the counter. I felt bad for the doves as I had nothing for them. I have to go to Agway later to get Gracie food, sunflower seeds and thistle so I’ll also pick up a bag of assorted seeds to throw down for the doves. I’m so glad I filled the feeders the other day as the birds aren’t likely to find anything to eat with the snow.

Nope, I haven’t made a single resolution. Last year was a great year, and I didn’t make any resolutions then either. I’ll just let my life meander. That seems to work just fine.

I would like a trip this new year, but I have to go somewhere close and cheap. The last two Ghana trips depleted my savings, and I need some time to rebuild. Also, I’d like one more trip to Ghana, probably my last, in a couple of years, and that’s another reason for close and cheap. My friends Bill and Peg are going back to Ghana and Bolga in the fall. They mentioned that Duane, another volunteer with us from way back, would also like to go Ghana but he hasn’t yet planned the when. He was posted about 100 miles from us in Tamale, and I used to see him on my trips there, to the “big” city. He’ll have a bit of culture shock when he sees how big Tamale has gotten. It even has a store which sells real cheese.

I have no plans for tonight. My sister and I were laughing about that. In the old days, neither one of us would have been caught dead at home on New Year’s Eve. We’d be partying some place or many places, and we’d be wearing those silly hats and blowing horns. Tonight I’ll celebrate at home and be quite content. I’m thinking a bit of champagne and maybe even some shrimp. Just because I’m home doesn’t mean I can’t spoil myself!

Happy New Year, my friends. May this year be the best year!

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23 Comments on ““Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Happy New Year, Kat!
    I’ll be home, too, and I will probably be asleep before the new year comes in. It has been my pattern in recent years to fall asleep before midnight and wake up about 5 minutes after. 🙂
    Tomorrow Rocky and I have been invited to an all day New Year’s open house at a friend’s place. There will be chili and pickies and lots of other friends that I haven’t seen for a while. And there will be show and tell for the knitters, weavers and spinners. Rocky doesn’t do any of those things but he gets invited because he is little and cute and doesn’t eat yarn. 😀
    Champers and shrimp sounds good to me. Enjoy!

    • Kat Says:

      Happy New Year to you as well, Caryn!

      I’ll probably be awake as of late I have been a late owl. No Dick Clark will seem a bit strange. I’ll call my sister in Colorado though it is early for them.

      The party sounds great! I expect you’ll have a fantastic time as will Rocky!!

      I’ll do my best to enjoy it!!

      Have a great day tomorrow!!

  2. Bob Says:

    Happy New Year to you and everyone who reads this blog!

    Like you I awoke late, had two cups of coffee but I have given up on reading the newspaper. The price of the only paper in town went up to over $300 a year. I cancelled my subscription because I can read lot’s of news on my iPad for free and I don’t have to take all that paper to the recycling bin every day.

    We spend every New Year’s Eve at home having a small party with the kids while watching the ball drop in Times Square. This year we may go out for an early dinner before all the drunks hit the road. When my kids were younger they wanted to stay up to see the ball drop at midnight. They always showed it live in New York which was eleven here in Dallas. I had my son convinced for several years that it was midnight and time for him to go to sleep. Now he is too smart to fall for that ruse 🙁 It was fun while it lasted.

    The ball in Times Square is really a “time ball”. When I visited the Royal observatory, located at the top of the hill above the Thames River, in Greenwich England I noticed time balls at the bottom of the steeples on the top of the building. Every day the royal astronomers would calculate high noon and then at one o’clock they would drop the ball so that it reached the bottom of the pole exactly on the hour. All the navigators on the ships in the Thames River below would set their chronometers when the ball reached the bottom of the pole. Today with GPS, navigating with a compass, a chart and clock is becoming a lost art.

    This year I decided not to make any resolutions that I will not keep. I only wish for good health, happiness and some prosperity for 2013 regardless if we go off the fiscal cliff or not 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      Happy New Year to you as well!!!

      I enjoy my paper though I do get news flashes on my iPad from the Globe and the NY Times. I like holding the paper and turning real pages. I will give up the paper only when it goes first.

      I agree about the drunks on the road which is another reason I like staying home. I have had friends over on occasion but didn’t this year. I’ll just stay comfy and cozy and watch Times Square and the dropping crystal ball.

      Many arts have been lost to computers and mechanization. In all the scifi movies i watch the people have no idea how to survive without all the machinery and mechanization.

      I am just going to look forward to another year!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I too slept unusually late (for being me 🙂 ), I didn’t get up until 7:20.

    I like spending new years eve at home since I usually fall asleep long before we enter the new year 🙂 🙂 🙂 It’s raining and blowing here so I won’t be able to see any fireworks up on the mountain and it’s forbidden to use them in the village, panicking cattle is not a fun thing 🙂

    I looked after the latest John Irving book at the super market today but couldn’t find it but I did find The Hobbit. It’s so many years since I read it and I don’t have it myself so I bought it 🙂 I think I’ll be reading it tonight even if they show a couple of good movies on tv like Some Like it Hot 🙂

    Have a good ending of this year and a good new one!
    Christer.

    • Bob Says:

      “Some Like it Hot” is one of my favorite movies. I hate to say things like, “They just don’t make movies like that any more” because it makes me sound old. Who would not like, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe.

      Now, “Casablanca” that’s a movie that is in a class by itself. They just don’t make movies like that one 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      We all seemed to have enjoyed sleeping in today. To me 7:20 is early!!

      I can imagine panicking cattle from all those westerns I watched as a kid. I remember them stampeding.

      That’s a great coincidence as I too bought The Hobbit to read again before I see the movie. I read it so many years ago I know I don’t remember it all that well.

      That’s a great movie!!

      happy New Year, dear Christer!~~

  4. im6 Says:

    Greetings to Kat and all the Koffee Klan. Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2013…

    • Kat Says:

      im6,
      I wish you the same or even a bit more for the new year!

      Great choice for music!!

      • im6 Says:

        IMO, Al Green is a great choice for just about any occasion!

        No plans for NYE here. The last time I went out was ’99 or 2000 and it was freeeeeeeezing cold and thought I’d never get a taxi home from a World Party concert. I don’t like to go out (and certainly wouldn’t want to drive) because it’s simply not safe (what’s so difficult to understand about “don’t drink and drive”?), but mainly I’ve found people are always trying too hard to have a good time. Manners and general respect seem to have gone the way of the dinosaur. I’ll probably ‘celebrate’ with the final 2 hours of Downton Abbey. Like the way it was back then or not, there surely was no shortage of proper behavior (or behaviour for MDH).

      • Kat Says:

        im6,
        The last time I went out was maybe three or four years ago. Two of my neighbors and I did a progressive evening. We started here with appetizers, walked down the street for dinner and games then to the last house for dessert and the new year. It was snowing like crazy, and we got about 8 inches. Walking from house to house in the snow was great fun. We ran into other neighbors who had gone down the street to another house. It was a great evening. That sort of party is fun!

  5. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Happy New Year to you, your animals, and all your readers Kat!

    I have always done this holiday in a low-key manner. I may step out at the last minute but as I type this I am inclined to stay at home. Staying awake has never been a problem. I have worked nights for most of my life and I am nearly always awake at 12 midnight.

    My year was lousy on the whole, but I am grateful to be reasonably healthy and am looking forward to a much better 2013!

    • Kat Says:

      Coleen,
      Thank you so much for the greeting. I’ll pass it along to the crew who are sleeping in various comfy spots about the house.

      I haven’t gone out on New Year’s Eve for a long while, and I have a fine time at home. I’m a night person so midnight is never too late.

      I hope your new year brings you much happiness, enough to forget last year!!

  6. morpfy Says:

    Have a safe & happy new years eve Kat.No wild parties now ! 🙂

  7. Cuidado Says:

    Since I always read this in the morning I am always a day behind. I can still say Happy New Year to you Kat because it is New Years Day today. May 2013 bring you excellent health and a tonne of happiness, Love and happiness….

  8. Bill S. Says:

    We were at Lisa and Peter’s in Nashua on NYE, for home-made Chinese food. The local Chinese restaurants insist on a week’s notice for takeout on NYE. Lila and Olivia (5 and 8) actually made it to midnight for the first time, and toasted with sparkling cider. to match our adult beverages. We stayed the night, then were off to Peg’s dad’s house for breakfast at 9. He leaves today (Wed.) for Florida for 3 months. He loves it, but a week or two in that state is about all I can take.

    While snowblowing the driveway and a path to the woodpile the other day, I was thinking that Africans have no idea what we in New England go through to maintain our lives in winter. Today is mighty cold, and tonite in the single numbers or below. We are on track now for earlier sunrises and brighter days. Feb. is my favorite winter month, with blue skies, lots of snow, and warmer temps. Does Gracie wear a sweater when she goes out?


    • Bill,
      You reminded me I haven’t made Chinese food in a long time. Take-out is just so much easier. A week’s notice is pushing it! Were Lila and Olivia impressed with the ball falling at midnight? They must have been pretty excited at having made it to toast the new year!

      I haven’t ever been to Florida, never have had the yen.

      Grace Awae said she couldn’t come in winter. It was too cold, but she has no idea of really cold. Think of the harmattan when the students were wearing layers because of the “cold” mornings. I think they were in the 70’s.

      Gracie doesn’t wear a sweater when she goes in the yard, but if I have errands to do and she’ll be waiting in the car, I put on her Pendleton. It looks like the Pendleton blankets: white wool with colored stripes. It is worn like a horses blanket, over her body and attached by velcro straps. She never minds wearing it.

  9. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Happy Mew Years, Kat. I stayed home with the cat-chatters and made it past 1 am. the next day a few friends and I were invited to a local folksingers home for music and poetry. This was the first song I heard from Chris, and five or 6 years I started to see him when he was in the area. Now he lives here. Enjoy. Waving, with my right hand.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RxfSJHfjoo

    • Kat Says:

      Happy New Year, Lori!!

      I too made it into the new year then we all went to bed. I too spent the next day with friends. We played a few games and then had dinner.

      He has a great voice, but I don’t like wordy songs. I was sorry the whole song wan’t sung as I bet it would have been amazing. Thanks, though, for the link.

      Waving back!! Gracie woofs hi!!


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