“Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.”

We are all back into our routines. It is as if I didn’t go anywhere. Gracie hogs the bed and Fern immobilizes my feet by lying across them. Maddie is in the guest room. The laundry is in process, and that is the last of my welcome home chores though we do have to make a dump run. I had a great time, but it is always good to home.

I never make resolutions for the new year. I used to, but I was just setting myself up for failure. I am at the stage of my life when I can do whatever I choose. Life is wonderful. I get to sleep as late as I want, go to bed in the wee hours, eat unhealthy foods, have dessert instead of dinner, get together with friends even on a week night, travel any time of the year, spend the day reading and embrace being a sloth. This last year has been all of those. I figure I’m darn lucky.

When I was a kid, I always tried to stay awake to greet the new year, but most times I fell asleep and the old year passed without me. When I was older, I went to parties where we all wore silly hats, blew horns and welcomed the new year with hugs and kisses and toasts to a better year. Now a few friends and I get together to play games, have great food and drink a bit. We do wear silly hats and blow horns. I’m thinking the new year isn’t official without them.

New Year’s Day never carried a whole of importance for me. When I was younger, it meant I had to go back to school the next day, but that was it. Even when I was older, it was just an excuse for a party. Every year was pretty much the same as the year before. That’s not true anymore. The givens are far fewer. Surprises pop up more often. Life is much more interesting when you don’t know what might happen. I’m looking forward to finding out!

Happy New Year!!!

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19 Comments on ““Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I rarely stay up till the new year arrives any longer 🙂 The curse of being an early morning person I guess. I stopped going on new years parties when Ilived in the city since not all my dogs loved the bangs from the fire works but especially not what they saw as lightnings. When I moved here the fireowrks are very far away but so are most of my friends so I rather stay at home and enjoy the evening for as long as I can stay awake 🙂

    We’ve had a rather pleasant day here even if the wind did try to destroy the feeling. They had promised fog the entire day tomorrow but the latest predictions says snow for a while and perhaps fog for a few hours, so I guess we won’t get any fog at all 🙂

    Have a good ending of this year!


    • katry Says:

      I like saying goodbye to the old year as much as I like greeting the new one so I usually stay up for the festivities.

      I don’t remember too many fireworks going off, but even if they do, Gracie doesn’t care all that much. She sleeps through them.

      It is overcast here but fairly warm for this time of year. It is in the mid-40’s and will be all week.

      Have a Happy New Year!

  2. Richard Says:

    Ain’t routine great … ? Ah lubs me some ‘routine’ … I understand exactly what you mean when you say it’s always good to be home. Travel is nice – home is nicer.

    No resolutions here either. Just as I can’t make other people happy if they’re not happy on their own, I can’t keep resolutions I make only because of ‘societal expectations.’ I quit those quite some time back.

    I no longer worry about greeting any ‘New Year’ … it’s pointless, ‘cos it’s always “Here comes the New Boss / Same as the Old Boss,” and we always get fooled again. These days, I resist, oppose, denounce, challenge, mock, make jest of, ridicule, hoist on its’ own petard, and generally lampoon any and all politicians and their (cough * cough) ‘platforms’ and ‘plans’ becos I know they’re only in it for their own gain. We must always maintain a healthy sense of disbelief and distrust whenever any of them start down that Garden Path which terminates at “I’m with the government, and I’m here to help you.” Unh-huh.

    The ‘And Now For Something Completely Different’ Department:

    Here’s the pitch:

    Jimmy Durante:


    He Swings … He Scores … ! It’s A Home Run … !

    Guy Lombardo:

    • katry Says:

      I have settled into a wonderful routine since I retired, a routine without any fixed times. Getting up and going to bed are the only givens. What happens during the day is up for grabs.

      I have totally ignored politics. Hearing Trump was enough for me to develop deaf ears.The election is way, way off in the future, and I’m not hurrying to catch it.

      What great choices for videos! Guy is the ultimate for Auld Lang Syne though I find the song saddening in a way.

      Jimmy is just perfect.

  3. im6 Says:

    I hope it goes without saying (but I’m saying it anyway)…

    Kat, my (now) long-time friend, I wish you nothing less than great health, great happiness and great adventures for the new year. And the same goes to all the other visitors here who I’ve never met but have enjoyed getting to know. I posted this song on my Facebook page (and may have posted it here before), but I really like the sentiment. Happy New Year. Get on your metaphorical bikes in 2016.

    • katry Says:

      I haven’t ever heard this song, or if I have, I have no memory of it. I’m going to put it away for next year.

      Your wishes for the new year are perfect. If all come true, it will be one heck of a year.

      May your New Year be glorious, my dear friend. You deserve the best!

  4. Hedley Says:

    Happy New Year Kat to you and all the KTCCaholics.

    In the land of the Sparty we are pleased to have secured a 4.45 pm reservation and will be home in good time to see MSU take a swing at the Tide.

  5. Coleen Says:

    Welcome home Kat!

    I used to be a party person back in the day, but maturity has deemed I now stay home and stay quiet. Never understood the whoop-lah of Times Square…seemed to be a good way to get your pocket picked.

    The new members of the town council in Eatontown NJ are sworn in on New Year’s Day, so for a second year in a row I will be working. The firemen, which are next door to borough hall, have a big feast and all are welcome. It’s a busy day but a good one.

    Personally I cannot wait to place 2015 in a dumpster. Here’s hoping we both have a great 2016!



    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Coleen

      The laundry is done, Gracie is barking and the cats are sleeping. I’m definitely home.

      I went to First Night Boston one year, and that was enough. Too many people crowding though I did like the parade.

      So an early to bed because you will be working tomorrow. I suppose it is a tradition with new council members and the new year, but I think it a bit inconvenient if there was merrymaking. Sorry you have to work.

      I’m wishing you the best in 2016!!

      Waving from the old year,

    • katry Says:

      I do love traditions and food seems to be a big part of it all. I make sweets my mother made, bread from my grandmother and veggies from my aunt. This is a great tradition, and as I have no foods for New Years, I’ll have to buy some yeast and give this a try.

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s nice to get back to normal after being away. Visiting is always exciting and exhausting. Routine is comfortably dull and reassuring. 🙂

    I don’t make resolutions anymore either. I never kept them anyway.
    Tonight will be nothing special. I discovered that I have the original theatrical release DVD’s of Lord of the Rings. I might watch one. TV for this evening seems to be mostly how to have a party on the food channels and not a lot of anything else on any of the other channels. The past few years I have been asleep when the new year comes in.
    Tomorrow is a fiber arts friend’s New Year’s Day open house and that is a fun time. Lots of people knitting, crocheting, spinning, lace-making or whatever else they do. Food and drink and conversation abounds. A great way to start the year.

    Happy New Year to you and all the Coffee crew members.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It is as if I haven’t been gone though Gracie still follows me if I’m gone more than a couple of minutes.

      I am invited to a friend’s for dinner. There will be only a few of us but that’s still a party. We’ll eat well, play a few games and blow horns loudly at midnight.

      That sounds like a great day tomorrow. Have a wonderful time.

      Happy New Year!!

  7. Bob Says:

    I’m very ready to say good riddance to 2015 and hello 2016. This year has not been the best of times in our family and I’m looking forward to better times in 2016. If I knew I was going to live this long when I was younger I would have taken better care of myself. 🙂

    When I was a kid I also tried to stay up and greet the New Year with little success. When my kids were young I could fool them by letting them stay up until eleven and watch the ball drop in Times Square. After a few years they got wise and figured out it wasn’t really the New Year in the Central time zone. I was never big on going to parties or going out among the many drunks. I’m old enough to remember Guy Lombardo playing dance music and Aud Lang Syne at the Waldorf Astoria hotel and young enough to remember Dick Clark and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. I miss them both on December 31st.

    BTW The ball dropped in Times Square is a time ball similar to the ones atop the Greewich Observatory in London England.

    May you and everyone who wanders around here have a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

    • katry Says:

      You’re still young. What’s this live this long garbage?

      I miss Dick Clark. He was iconic on a rocking New Year’s Eve. I thought he’d live forever as he never seemed to age.

      Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians had such an unmistakable sound on Auld Lang Syne. Just a few notes, and I know exactly who it is.

      I always went to house parties except I did do First Night in Boston once. There were no drunks walking around as it is such a family affair. So many venues appeal to kids and there is also the parade and fireworks.

      It will be just a few of us tonight, enough to be designated a party. We’ll probably play games then watch the ball drop.

      I’m wishing you a wonderful 2016!!

      • Bob Says:

        You and I are the same age and some days I feel 30 and some days 80. 🙂 Today was an 80 day. I have to keep working because we don’t have a national health care system and Texas decided to opt out of Obamacare.

        Dick Clark looked good even after he suffered a stroke. You can look good but you can’t fool your body. Good external genes make up for a lot of faults. In my next life I’m choosing rich parents. 🙂

        You are lucky to have a few friends over to lift a cup of cheer, wear a funny hat and welcome in the New Year.

      • katry Says:

        I am tired some days and do feel my age but mostly I don’t feel old.

        Massachusetts had a state health care program passed by Romney as it is the law here to be insured. The state accepted the Affordable Care Act, and it seems to be working fine. I’m sorry your state went stubborn as the residents, like you, become the losers.

        It was a fun night.

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