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

Happy New Year, my friends.

I was still awake to say goodbye to 2014 and to give 2015 a hearty welcome then I stayed awake longer and watched Twilight Zone episodes, several of them. I woke up close to eleven this morning and took my time with coffee and the papers. The morning doesn’t feel any different from yesterday’s morning. A new year always begins with parties, noise, funny hats and midnight celebrations then settles back to the usual day by day stuff. The cats and the dog are having their morning naps oblivious to the importance of the day. As for me, I’ve nothing planned, and that makes me glad.

Winter has settled in. Today is cold. It even looks cold. The sky has a pale blue color and some scattered clouds. The dead, brown leaves at the ends of the oak branches are waving in the breeze. Lots of birds are at the feeders. The red spawn was here earlier but has since gone. I haven’t seen any cars on my road. I can’t think of any reason to go out or even to get dressed.

Christmas will begin to disappear tomorrow. It’ll take at least a couple of days and several trips up and down the cellar stairs. I’m never happy to say goodbye to Christmas. It is the one bright spot in a drab, cold winter.

There is a sense of accomplishment left over from yesterday when I actually did two loads of laundry. The basket had sat in the hall for a few days, and I just walked around it. Finally I decided it was time. I even put the clean laundry away, but I’m going to change my bed later and start a new pile of laundry.

Thank you for having spent another year with Coffee. I cherish you all.

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

  1. greg washington Says:

    happy new year to you , ms kat, and to all my fellow klatchers.
    peace and love to all of you.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Happy New Year to You and all us coming here!
    I wouldn’t want to spend the year not coming here 🙂

    The storm has not yet arrived but I can hear the wind roar in the trees. This time all forecasters says storm so I guess they mighy´t be right this time 🙂

    I did some laundry earlier today, nothing much though because when I am at home like this I can take a little at a time.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Happy New Year, Christer,

      No day would be complete without you here.

      I love the roaring of the wind. It scares me sometimes because I am always a bit afraid of limbs falling and hitting the house or the lights going out.

      I did all my laundry. I consider that an accomplishment.

      Have a wonderful evening.


  3. MT C Says:

    Kat, Happy New Year!

    This past year has indeed been a happy one for me. And your blog has played no small part in it. Even though I don’t comment often, I do look forward to it and enjoy every posting. Thanks.

    May your 2015 bring you nothing but happiness.


    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Carl, and Happy New Year right back at you.

      Not always a need to comment-I know you’re always around!

      Hope this year is the best ever,

  4. Bob Says:

    I also stayed up to welcome the new year and I also watched a couple of episodes of Twilight Zone. I’m amazed how well those stories have held up over the last 50 years. In one episode Burgess Meridith must have just graduated from high school. Today has been cold and cloudy with temperature hovering above freezing. I have not ventured out the door.

    Every New Year’s Day I expect the new year to feel or seem different but it’s just a continuation of sameness. I watched the parade from Pasadena and did nothing the rest of the day. Tomorrow is a work day followed by a weekend. On Sunday the Cowboys will hopefully continue their winning streak and end the Lion’s season.

    • katry Says:

      I also find the new year differs little from the old, but something will happen to give the new year its own personality.

      If that’s the episode with Burgess in the library, it’s a great one.

      My day was much like yours. I watched the parade then some old movies on TV. It was a nice day, a quiet day.

      Happy New Year!

  5. Hedley Says:

    Happy New Year Kat,
    I started the day playing with my new toy, a blue tooth speaker from B&O (A2), which I fired up with minimal screw ups.
    Meanwhile back at the TV Tottenham thrashed Chelsea scoring five in a 5-3 victory at the Lane. The air in my house was blue with excessive potty mouth as Spurs ran and pressed and beat them.
    Flipped over the channel to watch Michigan State University come back and beat those Baylor Wacos. Big Ten making a statement today. Up to the family in Columbus to cheer on Brutus against the Tide. come on you Brutus

    So the music is playing, the goals are going in and KTCC is, as always, part of my day

    • katry Says:

      Happy New Year, My Dear Hedley,

      My friend also got a bluetooth speaker, and it made quite a difference when we were using the iPads.

      I’m not sure why the potty mouth when the Spurs won. Were they blue words of encouragement?

      I didn’t watch any football today, but I did read and take a nap. It was a nice first day of the year.

      KTCC is glad to be part of your day.

  6. Caryn Says:

    Happy New Year Kat!
    and Happy New Year to all the Coffee family.

    I missed New Year’s coming in as I think I may have been asleep. I’m not sure because I don’t keep a clock near the bed anymore.

    It is cold. I was out with the dogs this morning just after dawn. It wasn’t too bad with my down parka on since there was no wind.

    Today was my friend’s annual NYD house party. The dogs get to go, too. They wore their formal black tie collars. Rocky is an old hand at this having done it several times already. It was a new thing for Piki Dog. There were lots of people in the house, lots of feet moving around and lots of loud voices. There was also lots of food within reach. He was very good but after a few hours he started to get nervous so I brought them both home and went back to finish up celebrating.

    It’s still cold out and there’s a halo around the moon.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Caryn
      Happy New Year to you too!

      If you looked outside at 11:55 and then again 12:05 it would look the same so you didn’t miss much. It was quick. They counted down from 15 which was unusual.

      I didn’t go anywhere except my driveway for the papers. Gracie wasn’t out much today. She doesn’t like the cold.

      I bought an antique tall, wooden ironing board and use it as a serving table for appetizers. It is tall enough that Gracie can’t get after the food which she could when I used the living room table for the appies. She has collars which are quite festive.

      The cold is coming in the dog door so I’m going to close the backdoor. Gracie can ring her bells if she wants out.

      Have a great evening and Happy New Year.

  7. Morpfy Says:

    Sweet Potato, Mushroom, Leftover Turkey Casserole Recipe

    • Prep time: 20 minutes
    • Cook time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
    • Yield: Serves 6 to 8
    This recipe uses mashed sweet potatoes. You could easily substitute regular mashed potatoes for the sweet potatoes if you want.
    • 1/4 lb bacon, cut into half inch slices
    • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
    • 2 cups roughly chopped leftover (cooked) turkey meat (light and/or dark meat)
    • 3 to 4 cups of mashed cooked sweet potatoes or garnet yams (from about 2 large sweet potatoes)*
    • 1 lb of sliced cremini or button mushrooms
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) grated Gruyere cheese
    • 20 saltine crackers
    • 4 Tbsp butter, divided, plus more to grease the baking pan
    *To cook the sweet potatoes, peel them, slice them into 1-inch thick disks, toss with some olive oil, place them in a single layer in a roasting dish covered with foil and roast them at 400°F for 20 minute or until fork tender. Or you can pierce the whole unpeeled sweet potatoes with a fork all over, wrap in foil and roast at 350°F for an hour or until fork tender. Or, you can peel and chop them and boil them until tender. Then mash.
    1 Place bacon in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Cook until almost crispy and most of the fat has rendered out, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the chopped onion to the pan with the bacon. Continue cooking until the onion is golden brown, about 10 minutes.
    2 Transfer bacon and onions to a bowl, stir in the chopped leftover turkey, and set aside. In the same pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Heat on high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté until lightly browned and beginning to give up their moisture, about 5 minutes.
    3 Mix the mushrooms in with the turkey bacon onion mixture. Mix the mashed cooked sweet potatoes in with the mushrooms and turkey. Stir in 1/4 cup of water (or stock if you have some).
    4 Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 8×12 baking dish and spread the turkey sweet potato mixture in it in an even layer.
    5 To make the casserole topping, place the Gruyere cheese, saltine crackers and 2 Tbsp of butter in a food processor and pulse until crumbly. (Or you can crumble the saltines with your hands and place everything in a large bowl and mix until crumbly.)
    6 Spread the topping over the casserole and dot with the remaining 2 Tbsp of butter.
    7 Bake uncovered at 350°F for 45 to 50 minutes, until the topping is golden brown.

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