“Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”

A dusting of snow was the surprise this morning. I first noticed it on the tree branches outside my bedroom window. The weatherman must have been so intent on the Thursday-Friday storm he forgot to mention this dusting, probably too little to notice.

It is cold. We have no sun for the third day in a row, and I’m beginning to forget what it looks like. All I see is a foreboding sky with dark, bare branches silhouetted against it. 

I intent to stay inside all day today. Yesterday I did a couple of errands so I’m all set. Warmth and comfort are all I seek. I have a book to keep me occupied and laundry to do if I feel any need to be industrious, but the laundry has been sitting in plain sight a couple of days so that’s not likely. I am in my coziest clothes, the coffee is freshly brewed and the larder is sufficient. 

I have no plans for tonight. When I was younger, I always celebrated on New Year’s Eve, usually at a party with a few friends. A couple of times I went to First Night in Boston and once in Reading, a town north of Boston. More than not, though, I just stayed home. My mother always called to wish me a Happy New Year. 

I don’t make resolutions. I used to but was horrific at keeping them. Now I just hope that every new year is better than the last and that I stay healthy and happy. That seems to be more than enough. 

I wish you all the happiest of new year’s and thanks for hanging around for another year!

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30 Comments on ““Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Hardly surprisingly, I was moving snow this morning an exercise I repeat over and over and over – Mrs MDH and I will be heading in to Detroit to La Dolce Vita for dinner and then off the streets in good time.

    2014 will bring the arrival of my 60th.

    Thank you so much Kat for KTCC, your community and the posts we look forward to each day (except Wednesday). I wish everybody the very best for 2014 and wherever you may be, may your God go with you.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I hope you and Mrs. Hedley have a most wonderful evening and ring in the new year with much celebration and joy.

      Sorry about that snow but there is little you can do but grouse and shovel.

      60 is a milestone, a good one I think.

      I also am so glad you are part of the family! Happy New Year, my friend!

  2. Bob Says:

    May the new year bring everyone health, happiness and peace! Happy New Year!

    I saw this today and wanted to share with everyone.

    • katry Says:

      Thank you so much for that. It is magnificent!

      I wish for you the most wonderful of new year’s filled with happiness and hope.

  3. Rowen Says:

    Always a bright spot in my day. Thanks so much and a happy new year to you.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Bright sunshine and brutally cold up here. No snow, though.
    I’ve been out in the cold a couple of times so far today. It wasn’t bad as long as I was in a sunny place. 🙂
    The laundry is in progress. I have to make up a platter for tomorrow’s New Year’s Day gathering. Otherwise, I shall try to stay inside for the rest of the day myself.

    I wish you and all the KTCC group a Happy New Year.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      No wind but it is getting colder as night falls. I had to shut my back door because I could feel the cold through the dog door.

      I am about to start the laundry but only because I need toilet paper, and it is in the cellar. With Peapod I always buy the multi-roll packages.

      Have the best New Year!

      • Caryn Says:

        Bless the Peapod people with many good things. With their assistance I buy the multi packs of tp and paper towels as well as the gigunda spicket-wielding bottle of Tide laundry detergent. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I always buy the biggest of what I need-I don’t have to carry it in!

  5. vintagespins Says:


    It’s cold here, but the sun’s been shining all day. That’s odd, because I usually get an accurate weather forecast based on what it’s like for you down at the Cape.

    On the way down to the coast, we made a disappointing stop at Barnes & Noble (not much selection anymore and way too many toys and other glitzy stuff), but I did pick up ‘Respect Yourself: Stax Records & the Soul Explosion,” so I’m going to curl up under a blanket with my coffee and read for the rest of the afternoon.

    I hope you and the other denizens of Kat’s Café have a very happy New Year!


    • katry Says:

      This is almost the coldest it’s been so far this winter (counting before the Solstice). I am wearing socks, lined slippers, flannel pants and a sweatshirt which are all keeping me nice and warm.

      With the advent of e-books places like Barnes and Noble, former haunts of mine, have had to to change their offerings to keep people coming. This year I did my book shopping at one of the few independent book stores on this side of the cape. I was glad to roam around. I went for two children’s books and spent $100.00. I should have known I would!

      I wish you a hale and happy New Year! Keep on dropping by-the coffee’s always hot!

  6. olof1 Says:

    Windy here again and cloudy of course but no rain for once. Fairly warm but it’s pich black outside so I won’t go outside anyway 🙂

    I’m at home too and have no plans to do anything at all, I might be able to stay wake until the new year arrives but I’m nbot sure 🙂

    I’ve never made resolutions since I know I can’t keep them anyway 🙂 to hope that the next year will be better or at least not worse is enough for me 🙂

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

    • katry Says:

      I just checked and found two packages on my steps the mailman must have left. One has presents for next year bought at half price (I save $266.00) and a few items for me from Crate and Barrel including a can opener for all size cans and bottles. I have difficulty with large mouth bottle caps so this should help.

      Have the best New Year possible, my dear friend from so far away!

  7. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Poking my nose in the KTCC household to wish you a great New Year, Kat!

    I have been assigned to cover a council reorganization early Jan. 1 so I must get to bed early. Yeah right. The “Honeymooners” marathon is playing on Ch. 11 in NYC later, I don’t miss that for nuthin’…sleep is for sissies, right?

    I won’t wave this time…too darn cold. Maybe I’ll whistle or something…

    Be well in 2014…


    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      Happy New Year!!

      Yikes, what kind of a council can’t wait until the 2nd for a meeting?

      I haven’t seen The Honeymooners for years. Enjoy whatever you manage to see!

      If you wave, you might generate a bit of energy which means heat!

      Be happy and healthy on 2014!

  8. We are supposed to get sleet and snow tomorrow night, then again this weekend. I sure miss sunny days, I’ll celebrate the next one. The days are getting longer though, I like that.

    • katry Says:

      I’d take the sleet over the snow except that the sleet freezes at night. I don’t know if we’ll have sun tomorrow, but I know we’re having snow Thursday evening through Friday morning, as many as 6 inches or more. That I could do without.

      I take comfort in knowing the days are getting longer.

  9. Cuidado Says:

    Happy New Year, Kat. May you have a happy and healthy 2014 and keep the coffee brewing. I love my morning coffee here very much.

    • katry Says:

      Thank you, Cuidado, and a very Happy New Year to you too! I can’t imagine my day without fresh Coffee and my Coffee family!!!

  10. Birgit Says:

    Greetings from abroad with internet connection now. I’ll listen to your music tomorrow at home.
    Blue sunny sky today , so far I like 2014.
    Happy New Year and thank you that you keep the coffee coming!

    • katry Says:

      You are most welcome! I thank you for all the wonderful comments and for dropping by every day to visit.

      A very Happy New Year to you!!

  11. Bill S. Says:

    Looks like snow for you on the Cape, more than here in NH. Good luck with that. We went to Lisa and Peter’s in Nashua for NYE–the girls stayed up past midnight, while we could hardly stay awake.

    We may be able to visit you before the month is over.

    Check this out: http://www.gutenberg.org/

    • katry Says:

      Happy New Year!

      You are getting old, no question about it. I made it well pass midnight .

      I guess it’s only right we get the snow as we’ve had only an inch of it so far. I’m not happy, but I have Skip who will plow out my car and shovel the walk. I just have to sit inside cozy and warm and wait.

      I’ll be here waiting!

  12. Hedley Says:

    Go Green Go White

    • katry Says:


      • Hedley Says:

        My Sparty son is now heading for LAX to take the red eye back to Orlando. My Sparty daughter watched from a ski resort in northern Michigan.
        As a “tuition Sparty” I am delighted for them

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        Was your Sparty son at the game?

        I didn’t see the game, but I did applaud the results!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, Yes – My Sparty son, girlfriend and doggie made their way to Pasadena and were at the game – they then took red eyes back to their home cities of Orlando and Houston.

        Meanwhile back in Detroit I was cackling all day at the KTCC Team beating Manchester United, again.

      • katry Says:

        I find myself checking the football scores (as in our KTCC team). Never did I think I’d be doing that.

        I’m about to face the elements and do a couple of errands. Coffee when I get back!

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