“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.”

I woke up warm and toasty this morning. The comforter was even a bit too much last night. Yesterday at this time nothing was warm, not my nose, my feet, Maddie’s fur or Gracie all over. Both of them are sleeping now.

The freezing weather continues. This morning there was a short snow shower of flaky, light snow. It was almost a whiteout. The old snow now looks new, fitting for today, though I doubt even an inch of snow fell, and it has since stopped. It is freezing cold, only 9˚. The high today will be 15˚ though I have no idea in what world we can call 15˚ a high. The sun has broken through the clouds and brought a bit of blue with it. I think of it as a bit of a celebration to welcome the new year.

I don’t make resolutions. I used to, but I was a complete failure. I have a few hopes, but I make no promises to myself. I’d like to think this year will be better than last. The eternal optimist in me won’t let go. It holds sway. That’s just the way it is.

My life has a rhythm. Even on days I do little or nothing, I still feel alive, open to anything which comes my way. My friends and I have traditions we love and look forward to every year. On the first day of spring we welcome the new season at sunrise on the beach where the waves sometimes have whitecaps and sometimes are very still but are always dependable hitting the shore and leaving ripples in the sand. We sing the same songs year to year. Morning Has Broken is my favorite. We hold up our Day of the Dead decorated cookies expecting praise and maybe even a bit of awe at the hidden talents we all have. The summer is our deck time with movies every Saturday night. We love the breeze going across the deck and the fireflies flitting through the trees in the backyard. We laugh at the wonderfully awful B science fiction movies. We decorate gingerbread houses on Christmas Eve. We share Christmas Day dinner and swap presents. I know this new year will be different, but I know too the familiar will happen in the same loving way.

My memory drawers are so full but there is still room in the back for new memories. I welcome each new year with open arms. It’s possibility, it’s hope and it’s glorious adventures.

Happy New Year, my friends!!

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11 Comments on ““The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Happy New Year to you Kat. Thanks for another year of Coffee. Glad that your heat is back. The sun is shinning but the temperature at noon is a chilly 2 degrees with a high expected of only 28. We will be in the deep freez until Wednesday. Thankfully no more precipitation is forecast. A tiny bit of freezing drizzle yesterday turned overpasses and bridges in the area into skating rinks for cars.

    I don’t make resolutions either because they are all in the trash by the middle of the month. I just take it one day at a time.

    I can hope for a better World in 2018 but the odds are against it considering 45s New Year tweets.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I am wishing you the happiest of new year’s!

      Wow, you have our weather today! We’ll be this cold the rest of the week and are expecting snow on Wednesday into Thursday. I didn’t see how much but if it is that long in duration, it must be a lot.

      I think we need to concentrate on what we can control. 45 sill drive us to drink if we center on him and his idiocy.

      • Bob Says:

        It’s difficult to stay positive in this environment but I will, as our British friends say, keep a stiff upper lip. 🙂

        I also wish everyone on this blog a very Happy, Healthy and loving new year.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I’m glad Your heat finally came back! Nothing worse than freezing indoors where it should be warm and nice.

    No new year resolutions here either and I don’t think I’ve made one in my entire life. I’ve always known I won’t keep them 🙂 🙂

    I have very few traditions too now days but we have been talking about starting the tradition of making sausages before Christmas again. The first time we did it was a disaster 🙂 🙂 🙂 but we didn’t give up and continued for several years. It would have been fun to start with the porridge breakfasts before Christmas too but we all now live so far away from each other that it is impossible, they were truly fun though 🙂

    Have a good continuing of this new year!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It was awfully cold by the time the furnance got started and then it took a while before the house was warm enough to take off layers and put away blankets.

      I always wonder why people see the need for resolutions. You don’t need a New Year’s Day to do better.

      My family is big on tradition. It all started with my grandmother, then passed to my mother then to my sisters and me, and my sister has passed some to her kids. I started some traditions. I used to give my sister’s three kids piñatas which they opened Christmas Eve. That has passed to their kids, and my sisters kids do the filling. I gave all my nephews and my niece their Christmas stockings, and I have carried that on their kids. It is all such fun.

      Starting traditions is is such fun-go for those sausages.

      Have a great New Year!


  3. From the other side of the continent, I’ll wish the happiest of all possible New Years for you & yours, Kat. KTCC is a vital component of my morning, on par with un-bagging the NY Times and feeding the pets, and I’m hoping it continuers to be so for a very long time.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, countreeshard,
      I also wish you the best of all New Years. May each day be a wonder.

      I’m thrilled to hear that KTCC is such a part of your morning. It gets written after the coffee is on, Gracie and Maddie fed and the Globe and Cape Times finished, including the crosswords. Does that sound familiar?

      I echo your wish for a very long time!!

  4. Hedley Says:

    Mrs MDH and I are laying low today. Bob has been in the air and on TV as we take on “Trouble No More”. Obviously I am Bobcentric and I think this is…well I like it a lot. I have watched some soccer and have been waiting for the playoff games tonight at 5. Jim Caldwell is gone, a good man but it was 4 more years without as much as a playoff game.

    It’s 2018,I wish the very best to you and the KTCC family. I hope the year brings adventures unexpected and causing delight.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,

      I also laid low today. I watched the Rose Parade, and Gracie and I took a nap. I put out my two new calendars: one hanging and one on the table. The pets got the last of the Christmas dinner meat.

      I was thrilled that my house was so warm all night and all day. It is 0˚ right now with the wind chill. Every morning will be below zero because of the wind chill. One morning will be 13˚ below. Snow is coming on Thursday.

      Given the weather this may be when hell freezes over.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Belated Happy New Year’s Day!

    I was celebrating with friends all day NYD and not online.

    I try to be optimistic about most things. Some would say it’s more denial than optimism. Maybe a bit. But it works for me.

    Enjoy the day.


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