“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

Last night it rained. I was in bed and turned over and went to sleep to the staccato sounds of the rain dripping from the roof edges. This morning has intermittent rain. It is cloudy and dark, a perfect sendoff to 2020.

My plans for tonight are simple. I’m going to stay in my cozies and watch the ringing out of the old horrific year and the welcome ringing in of the new year. I hope for a year possibilities, maybe even of hope.

When I was a kid, I always begged my parents to let me stay up on New Year’s Eve. They did a couple of times, and I fell asleep.

I never make New Year’s resolutions any more. I don’t keep them. But this year, I did make one: to stay healthy and safe and maintain my sanity.

My outside lights are still turning on in the early darkness. I light my Christmas tree every night. Every year I wait to remove Christmas until the Epiphany, until Twelfth Night. Today I am keeping a careful eye outside hoping to catch a glimpse of seven swans a-swimming in the puddles.

Earlier this morning, I don’t know when, Henry leaped off the bed, slid on the small rug in the hall and started barking. I yelled for him to stop. I thought he was harassing Jack. Well, it turns out he was alerting me. I found two boxes on my steps when I went to get the papers, boxes delivered when Henry was barking. One was sent priority mail, presents for me and Henry from my sister in a package mailed before Christmas at a post office just north of Boston. The package took a journey. It visited Providence and Stamford, Connecticut, its last stop before me. The other package was Henry’s pills, mailed five days ago, regular mail.

I wish all of us a happy New Year. We deserve it for hanging in and making the best of this. My dear Coffee friends, stay safe and stay healthy.

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14 Comments on ““There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    It has been raining for the last 48 hours, sometimes heavily. A dreary end to 2020 is apropos for a terrible year. The only bright spot is we are getting rid of the worst president in our history and a vaccine is coming.

    When my kids were young, we let them stay up and watch the time ball drop in Times Square. Here it was only eleven o’clock in the central time zone but we celebrated anyway. They eventually caught on to our ruse.

    I stopped turning on the front outside lights after Christmas Day to save energy. They aren’t holiday lights just landscaping lights. I think tonight I will turn them back on to celebrate the new year. Hopefully, it will be a better year. Good riddance to 2020.

    Thank you for your New Year’s wishes. I also want to wish you and everyone else a healthy, safe and happy 2021.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Today stayed rainy. It was an ugly day. I went nowhere and even took a short nap. I don’t know when the vaccine will get to us. We are in the second age group so it may be a while given how slowly it is moving. I guess the prediction that we’d be vaccinated by the end of the year was way off.

      It was ten in Colorado when my sister’s kids were young. They too were duped into the midnight hour and the new year. This is the new year’s we all need to stay awake to send out this horrible year. I’m so glad that it will soon be taking Trump with it.

      Happy New Year, to a happier New Year.

  2. Rowen Says:

    Happy New Year!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Only about two more hours until 2020 ends 🙂
    For a change I’m not out of town this year, we postponed our annual family meeting and will meet when times are better. Corona is managed badly here and out of control for some time now.
    Have a cozy evening and Happy New Year everyone!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      You get rid of it far earlier. I have over 7 hours to wait.

      Nothing is happening around here. We have moved backward because of the resurgence of the virus. Staying home is the only safety with the possibility of a new, more easily contracted virus.

      Have a great evening any way, Birgit.

      Happy New Year!


  4. I’ll wish you a Very Happy New Year as well, Kat. Thank you (again) for enriching every day for me and all the other KTCC readers. All the best to you & your menagerie!

    • katry Says:

      countree,
      Thank you and I’m sending Happy New Year wishes right back! It is so much fun for me to find and post and music. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying it. I’m glad you are part of the Coffee family!!

  5. im6 Says:

    Best wishes one and all. Maybe this greeting will be a new one for you. These boys from Milwaukee certainly have a different take on what constitutes a holiday song 🙂

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I won’t even get into the songs I found I’d be embarrassed to post. I guess we have a compromise here.

  6. Hedley Says:

    I wish the KTCC family a healthy and positive 2021.

    I hope that as each contributor receives the vaccine, they let us know as we all try to move to safety

    Blessings from Detroit where our football team is still rubbish, but we are not alone !

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      No, we are with you here with a rubbish football team. My poor Patriots.

      I will be in the second tier being over 70. I’ll let you all know when I get the vaccine.

      I wish you a wonderful new year. Stay safe and stay healthy!!

  7. Christer. Says:

    I think it just turned over to a new year over at Yours so Happy New Year 🙂

    Yesterday we had a rather nice day when I saw the sun through the clouds for several seconds 🙂 but it didn’t rain and the wind was calm so I was quite happy with that.

    Today has started cloudy but still no wind so it might be a nice start of this year. I was up until 10pm and that was unusually long for being me 🙂

    Have a great 2021!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Happy New Year to you as well.

      I’m going nowhere today as I don’t care so much for the winter weather. It is generally cold so much we are grateful for a day in the 40’s. Tomorrow I will go out and enjoy 50+ degrees.

      Enjoy your day!!!


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