I like New Year's. I like it that I get a chance to start over or or improve on something I'm already doing or to try new things. It just feels so great to shake off any baggage I might have from the last 365 days and to see a clean slate in front of me. It's like a long, slow inhale and exhale. . .a real clearing of the mind.
Some years are mighty fine...but this year was a booger, to put it bluntly. Of course, there were many, many bright spots, but mainly, it was a booger. With that said. . .I am OVERJOYED to start writing 2013 on my checks (if only I can remember to do that!)
We ended the old year by spending a quiet night with two other couples. . then returned home in PLENTY of time before midnight so I could watch a celebration on TV of partying folks bringing in the New Year. . .while I sipped a bit of bubbly! Hubby. . .well, he was tired from working that day, then going out last night, so sipping bubbly wasn't something he was interested in. But, to me, that's part of ending the year!
Part of starting the new year is putting on a pot of black-eyed peas. . . those little legumes are packed with good luck. :)
Putting that little TV in one side of the cabinet above our refrigerator was one of the best ideas I had when we built this house. A couple of folks didn't agree with me at the time, but I have to say, we watch it a lot! I probably watch it the most (really....I listen...and rarely just watch). We catch the news first thing in the morning and at supper time. I have it on most of the day when I'm here by myself. It's little, but it's perfect!
I don't have too many other New Year's Day traditions other than the peas and the parade and starting to make a few "goals" for the new year. One of those goals this year is trying to "pay it forward" more often. Like this neighbor of ours does!
I have no idea who picks up our newspaper and places it on our front porch. . .but frequently, I'll go out to fetch it off the driveway and there it is. . .on the porch!
Now, if I was any kind of sleuth, I'd get right out there and follow them, but that would take all of the fun out of it for me and for them, wouldn't it?