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

Today is going to be rainy. It is already damp. The weather is warmish, in the 50’s. The clouds are a light gray, not so ominous. I have a concert today at 5, but I need gas and a few groceries, including dog canned food, so I’ll go early and shop.

I don’t remember the first time I made it to midnight on New Year’s Eve, the first time I got to ring in the new year which is, if you think about it, quite a responsibility. We made a racket with our metal noisemakers. I spun mine for all I was worth. Out with the old. In with the new.

When I was older, I went to New Year’s Eve parties. We all did. I remember the hoopla at midnight, the toast, the yelling of Happy New Year and the kissing. One New Year’s Eve my mother and I did first night in Reading, the town next to hers. It was fun. We went to a few venues then stopped for dinner and had Chinese, traditional for New Year’s Eve. The last half of the evening we traveled all over town. We lasted until midnight.

I have no collection of celebrating New Year’s in Ghana other than dinner with friends. We were on school holiday, and I usually traveled to Accra then points east, Togo and Benin, Dahomey in my day. I’d run into friends I hadn’t seen in a while at the hostels in Accra and Lome, Togo, and we’d get together for dinner. I ate a lot of bifteck and pomme frites in restaurants along the water in Lome. I also remember a lobster dinner in Lome. The lobster had been grilled, first time I ever had it that way. In Accra, the treat was Chinese food, a few times of the year.

Tonight I’ll be home after the concert. I’ll be awake at midnight as I usually am, and I’ll welcome the new yer and make some noise. I always hope that every new year will be better than the old one wearily walking away.

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

  1. Birgit Says:

    Handmade Tuna pizza is baking, only two more hours until this year will end…
    Have a great concert!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I don’t remember when I saw my first New Year’s Eve. I do remember watching the time ball being lowered in Times Square as a little kid. Time balls were used daily at the British observatory in Greenwich England at 1300 hours. The observers would note high noon by observing the sun and then they lowered the time ball on the steeple of the observatory at 1300. That permitted navigators on the ships in the Thames River below to accurately set their ship’s chronometers to Greenwich Mean Time. This was before GPS of course. 🙂

    Today we are at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Frisco Texas for a Staycation. Tonight we will watch TV and celebrate the incoming 2023. Hopefully, 2023 will be a better year than 2022. I want to wish everyone on Coffee and to Kat in particular a wonderful new year.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Thanks! I didn’t know the origin of the ball. Thanks for that! Who knew it had such an illustrious beginning?

      We all hope this next year will be a good one. I think the powers that be owe it to us after the last few.

      I hope you have a wonderful staycation!

      Happy New Year!!

  3. im6 Says:

    Happy New Year, Kat (and crew).
    Thanks for helping make ’22 memorable and here’s to ’23 skidoo!

    • katry Says:

      Thank you and right back at you. I hope for you the best. May this new year be remarkable.

  4. lilydark Says:

    Happy New Year Kat!
    My TV is out so I won’t see the ball drop!
    When I was younger I did something for the New Year, even if was getting together with friends.I haven’t done that for a long, long time. Were you part of the New Years Eve party in CLAW?
    I have fond memories of those.
    Cookie is sleeping and sometime I drift in and out of sleep.
    Again, Have a great 2023– it’s gotta keep getting better.
    All of us

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      Happy New Year to you too!!

      The dogs are asleep beside me on the couch. Jack is upstairs. I’m getting close to bed myself. The new year here is already nearly an hour old.

      I really enjoyed CLAW.

      Sleep well this new year!!

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