New Year’s Eve

Another New Year’s Eve, or to quote Dan Fogelberg, “Another Auld Lang Syne” (which basically translates to “for old times’ sake”), and it’s time for a retrospective.  Most years we are glad to see the old year go, and we look forward to the new one in anticipation and hope that things will be better or at least better than they were in the current year.

We usually look back at the pros and cons, weighing the good and the bad, trying to gauge if this year was a good year or a bad year.  I always thought that was a little silly.  Life (and the year) is what you make of it.  We’ve had some years that weren’t so hot, but then so has everyone else.  That’s life.  Life is full of challenges and its ups and downs.  Something I read years ago stuck with me.  It’s not supposed to be perfect here on Earth.  This isn’t Heaven.

That being said, 2013 wasn’t a “bad” year.  Other than the usual struggling to get by (and who isn’t?), there was only one incident that I wouldn’t care to repeat.  My older son lost his job through a layoff, but then he didn’t care for the job all that much and every experience is a learning experience.  Now he knows better what to look for in a job.

The good outweighs the bad this year.  I paid off my car in June, and that’s an extra $400 each month.  I finished my degree in December, and that’s a wonderful feeling to end the year on.  2013 also brought me blogging.  I started blogging in 2012, but I didn’t join WordPress until May, 2013.  Before that I blogged into the vacuum that was Blogger and never received any feedback one way or another (other than from really close friends or family) as to whether or not anyone liked what I wrote.  Since joining WP, I have found friends and a purpose.

I write because I enjoy it.  It’s not always profound or funny, and I try not to be controversial (I’ll leave that to hubby and his political blogging).  I don’t like arguing with people.  I’m non-confrontational, and I run away rather than fight.  If I logged in every day to argue with people, I’d be a wreck.  I try to share bits and pieces of my life – photographs, musings, poems or rhymes.  I also enjoy the interaction with my fellow bloggers.  You make me smile, laugh, sigh, think and sometimes cry.  I share what I think is cute, interesting, funny or beautiful, and I look for the same from others.  It’s nothing more profound than that, but it’s a big part of my daily routine.

You are a large part of the “good” that 2013 brought me – this online community of wonderful people that I share some common interests with. Happy New Year, everyone, and thank you for being part of my life and daily routine.

happy new year

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

I know.  It’s silly, and it’s for kids, but this has always been a favorite Christmas song of mine.  It sticks in your head, and it makes you smile.  Most of us have those happy childhood memories when we opened our eyes and saw our own “Hippo Hero” standing there.  Christmas morning was a very magical time back when we all believed in Santa Claus, before responsibilities and adulthood arrived, back when we all asked for that Red Ryder BB Gun, and it somehow magically appeared under our Christmas trees.  I miss those days.

Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Memories

Here is my response to Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Memories – http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/eses-weekly-shoot-quote-challenge-memories/.

First is a photo of my Mother’s lighted hanging angel display (they are all different colors) and then several photos of her handmade ornaments.  The ornaments made it from her Christmas tree to mine some 30-40 years later.  The birds are not handmade, but they are all from her tree, too.  My memories of Christmas are deeply entwined with memories of my Mother.  She made every Christmas magical to a shy, young girl.

 

“Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence.”
~ Joan Mills

hanging lighted angel display
hanging lighted angel display
crocheted stick horse ornament
crocheted stick horse ornament
handmade white velvet mouse bride ornament
handmade white velvet mouse bride ornament
handmade felt horse ornament
handmade felt horse ornament
handmade felt Snoopy and Woodstock ornaments
handmade felt Snoopy and Woodstock ornaments
handmade crocheted ornament
handmade crocheted ornament
handmade red mouse girl ornament
handmade red mouse girl ornament
handmade cottonball and felt snowman ornament
handmade cottonball and felt snowman ornament
handmade crocheted angel ornament
handmade crocheted angel ornament
white dove
white dove
pink peacock
pink peacock
red cardinal
red cardinal