“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.”

Today is cold but warmer than yesterday. I can hear drips from the roof falling onto the deck as the snow melts. The birds are back. Even before my coffee I went outside and refilled the large feeder. I still haven’t located the bird bath heaters, but I know if I buy another, I’ll find the first two. That is the law of averages for me. I met my friend for breakfast this morning. I noticed a few other spots were opened as well, not like Christmas morning when the world seemed deserted except for my diner.

I’m going to watch the Rose Parade this morning as I do every year. I love the floats and am always amazed at how beautiful they are and sometimes how imaginative and whimsical. When the announcers list what was used to create them, I can’t imagine standing there gluing mustard seeds or the other small natural ingredients used to decorate them. I can’t even make decent looking crepe paper flowers with pipe cleaner stems.

The most difficult chore of this new year is remembering to put the right year on my checks. The first couple usually end up needing correction. Luckily, though, most of my bills are paid on-line, and they can figure out the year.

I have an empty dance card for this year, at least so far. No trips are planned though my travel bug itches for one. The deck looks deserted with its covered furniture, stacked tubs filled with decorations to be hung from the branches and with candles, lots of candles, to light and hang from the trees. Summer is a long way off when the ground is covered with snow.

Today I’ll go down to visit my friends, and we’ll play some games and eat dinner together. That’s the best start to a new year.


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22 Comments on ““New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It’s till warm and nice here and I think we had sunshine most of the afternoon, I’m not sure because I took a nap that continued for way too long 🙂 🙂 I’m still tired so I think I’ll go to bed early.

    I’ll call the vet first thing in the morning tomorrow. I think my dogs have fox scabies, they do sct´ratch themselves rather much every now and again. But it can be something else too because our foxes doesn’t seem to have it. It takes only two shots and they’re rid of it and it isn’t especially expensive either but still.

    Have a good new year!

    • Christer,
      I’m aiming for a nap in a bit myself. The day is cloudy and is getting colder. Tonight will be in the low 20’s. Nothing much on TV but I have my book to pass the time.

      I never heard of fox scabies, plain scabies only. Could they just have fleas? I’m glad the cure is so easy and fairly inexpensive. Vet bills are usually horrendous.

      Have a quiet, good evening!

      • olof1 Says:

        Fox scabies is a nasty thing for wild animals to get (like foxes, wolves, coyotes) and it isn’t especially plaéasant for a dog either. The scabies itself does nothing but it’s feces starts an allergic reaction in the animals skin and it more or less scratches itself to death because infections comes through the wounds they get while scratching. It’s a slow and painful death. Foxes are known for jumping in front of cars when it gets to bad.

      • Kat Says:

        That is just horrible. I hate animals to suffer in any way, and that sounds as bad as anything.

  2. Bob Says:

    We also watch the Rose Parade and are amazed by the ingenuity of the designs and the tenacity of the workers in building the floats from organic materials. I think it’s fitting that here in the US the holiday season begins and ends with a parade. The season begins with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and ending with the Rose Parade.

    Before college football became big business and actually had real student athletes, there were only four bowl games and they were all played on New Year’s Day. They were The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, The Sugar Bowl in New Orleans and the Orange Bowl in Miami. Now we have a hundred bowls between Christmas and the middle of January all of which are named for big corporate sponsors. I think the NCAA should convince the city fathers of Sheboygan Wisconsin, home to the Kohler company, to host the two worst division one college teams to play annually in the “Toilet Bowl”. They would put on the Tournament of flush parade after crowning the toilet queen. All the floats would have to be made from parts of bathroom fixtures. The parade would be followed by a football game 🙂 They might even invite the Dallas Cowboys to participate in the festivities since they are experts at stinking up the joint 🙂

    Here in the South it is customary to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck. I don’t like them, so we forego that tradition. The great thing about being an American is that each and every one of us can pick and choose the holiday traditions of their choice. My favorite one is sleeping late.

    • Bob,
      I’m still laughing at your Toilet Bowl suggestion. I love every one of your plans, including the parade and the choice of teams. I, for one, would be watching it, my face flushed with excitement!

      I knew about black-eyed peas, but I don’t like them either. I’m all for each of us and our families picking and choosing traditions. I also like sleeping late!!

      • Bob Says:

        There would be no official review of any plays and the game winner would have their name inscribed on the big brass Toilet Trophy The CEO of Kohler would award for the brass toilet brush to the lest valuable player at the end of the game. This honor would be bestowed on the quarterback who threw the most interceptions or the team with the most penalties during the game.

    • im6 Says:

      Just finished having my blackeyed peas and for the first time in 20 or so years they weren’t dried, packaged frozen or from a can. These were fresh frozen and **almost** as good as fresh blackeyed peas. If you’ve never had fresh ones, there’s little wonder you don’t like them. But fresh and cooked with snaps and some salt pork or bacon and they are fantastic. Alas, I have no proof they bring good luck, but I keep up the tradition year after year just in case. Tonight one of my Facebook friends posted that she’d just had blackeyed pea PIZZA. My comment was that such a thing just seemed WRONG. I didn’t add that it seemed like a waste of both perfectly good pizza and perfectly good peas. And does that combination mean it’s really a peaza?

      • im6,
        I can’t remember what sort I had, but I don’t like beans at all, no sort of beans. I think it was because I was forced to eat baked beans when I was a kid. It happened only a couple of times, but the trauma remains and has tainted all beans.

        I have tried a few different kinds in case my taste buds had change, but they hadn’t. Nope, no beans.

        Peaza! I like it!!! (the name, not the combination).

  3. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Sounds like a great day! For me it is sitting in the recliner watching the annual ” Honeymooners” marathon on WPIX TV in New York.

    It is the last day of rest for me for some time. Ahead for me in 2013 is at least 2 moves (to a temp spot while looking for a long term rental), setting up doctor visits to keep an eye on things, and looking for work.

    What a boring year, right?

    All my love – – C.

    • Hi Coleen,
      I just got home from my friends’ house. We played games, ate appetizers then had dinner. I drank a few cosmos which made the evening quite festive then we watched The Pink Panther. Fun evening!!

      Wow! You have so much ahead of you. I hope all goes well and easily!! I wish you a fine place to live, perfect health and a job which gives you joy!!


  4. BUBBA Says:

    Dawg gone it, I forgot wjat I were to say

  5. Caryn Says:

    Happy New Year Kat,
    I missed you yesterday because I was (gasp!) cooking. Really doing actual cooking with eggs and flour and measuring cups. Having survived that, Rocky and I spent the rest of the day at the annual New Year’s Day open house and gathering of knitting/spinning/weaving friends. Everyone liked my oven pancake thing and they adored Rocky. He was the perfect gentleman all day except for one small infraction when he tried to steal the clam shell that a woman was using as the bowl for her support spindle. She did let him lick it for a while before he actually walked off with it so it was understandable that he thought it now belonged to him. She didn’t mind but took it back and quickly put it out of reach. Then she let him sleep on her lap.
    Rocky is a charming little street angel. 😀
    Tip for putting the right year on checks: fill in just the year line on several of the checks ahead of time. By the time you get to the unfilled ones, you will be used to writing 2013.
    Enjoy the day.

    • Happy New Year, Caryn!!

      Cooking? Was it a passing madness? Ah, as I read on I see it was a party that prompted the foray into cooking.

      Okay, what is a support spindle and why does it need a bowl? Rocky is far more of charmer than Gracie who would have been jumping up to say hello to everyone, one of her least favorite antics.

      Great idea on the checks! Thanks!!

      • Caryn Says:

        Yes, it was a passing madness. Usually I purchase my goodie contributions. 🙂
        A support spindle is an evil thing that is for hand spinning yarn. It is usually made of a thin rod of brass weighted at the bottom or a thicker rod of wood. It sits in a bowl that supports it while the user spins it and draws the wool or cotton into a thread. It is also an excuse to purchase support spindles with matching bowls or hand turned bowls of exotic woods that will look pretty while you ply your craft. 🙂 Here’s a link that shows a picture: (I hope)
        There are youtube videos showing how it works but they were all dreadful though the spindles were pretty.
        When Rocky got home he reverted to house devil mode and was a PITA for the rest of the evening. Now he sleeps off his party.

  6. Kat Says:

    I love the bowl that spindle is in, and I think the spindle would make a great decoration as I am not a spinner, at least not of yarn in the material sense.

    Gracie is usually bad at home as well. She was quite the guest in New Hampshire so we should go there more often.

    I am taking a break. Other than the lights, my tree is undecorated. I want to cry. It was a beautiful tree which lasted a long time. My back is complaining with the up and down stairs carrying the bins. Mostly I slide them down and go one step at a time up. I have to bring one down and another up for the lights. Most of the other stuff will stay until Little Christmas.

    • Caryn Says:

      My spindles are kept in a pottery vase because they are pretty.

      With my current foot problems, one step at time is how I get the laundry up the stairs. Down is easy; just sling the laundry bag from the top step. Hooray for gravity! 🙂

      • Kat Says:

        I just went up and down the cellar stairs too many times. The up was easy, empty bins, the down was sliding heavy, full bins. Once I hit the bottom I had to lift then and that wasn’t fun. The laundry still sits in the dryer, but the tree is ready to be put outside. It was a sad moment when I took the last of the lights off. It was a great tree!

  7. Bob Says:

    Kat, it’s official!
    The Speaker of the US House of Representatives has made the F..bomb a useful and proper negotiating tool when he threw it at Senator Harry Reid in the Capital hallway yesterday. He claims, it’s OK because it’s now in the dictionary. The Speaker, who is number two after the Vice President in succession to the President, thinks that when your frustration level gets to a certain point, just throw an F…bomb at your nemesis and everything will be OK. Of course previous Presidents have thrown F…bombs privately in the White House when they forgot that they were taping everything. But now the F..bomb is out of the closet.

    I think he should throw a few at his own “Tea Party” members of the Republican caucus who have held up passing any kind of practical legislation and are holding the economy and the country hostage to their version of orthodox ideology.


    • Kat Says:

      I have always found it a useful tool: it’s good to know that it will now be hailed as an appropriate response in the halls of congress.

      My favorite is still Joe Biden’s BFD, “Big F****** deal, ” at the health bill’s signing.

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