Wednesday, January 1, 2014



That may take it a bit too far - but there was plenty the past year that was just plain hard.

I have had the exquisite luxury the past two days of putting aside many other concerns, knowing that many of the things that had weighed me down so were now resolved, or at least moved on and out of my control, or in a holding pattern.

I spent yesterday preparing to host friends for New Year's dinner - a long tradition for us, which i love.  I cleaned, and prepped, and cooked, and prepped, and cooked.  The kids did their thing and my husband did his.  As the day got later, he joined me in the kitchen.  We opened a bottle of wine and finished the cooking as friends joined us.

 Life moves too quickly, is too fragmented, is influenced by outside obligations so often....I do love making wonderful meals and I love sharing the table and time with friends.   In so many ways, of necessity, we work together rather than my serving him , and in this as well, but he likes this, he appreciates that I do this well.

Today the  visiting teens are in the basement with my teens enjoying the luxury of their break - all day video games.  My husband has a friend to watch football with - all day: his perfect New Year's Day.  And I have been free to browse, nap, read, and lie around guilt free.

I thought no deep thoughts, made no grand plans, accomplished nothing noteworthy, I let my mind go completely - and it went quite willingly.

Tomorrow the new year will start, and I think maybe i will be ready for it.


10 comments:

  1. Sounds beautiful gg. I wish you so much happiness for the New Year ava x

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    1. AvaGrace,
      Thank you, and to you as well.

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  2. Sounds perfect....i was also very happy to say adios to 2013.
    hugs abby

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    1. Abby,
      I am happy to read that you are recovering and getting to spend time with all your family. I hope that continues into the new year.

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  3. I hope this day of contentment plays forward for the whole year, my friend.

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    1. What a wonderful wish - thank you! And for the friendship as well.

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  4. Some years it is such a relief when that clock strikes at midnight on New Years Eve. It sounds like you have gotten this year off to a good start. Cooking can be so therapeutic and settling, and there is nothing like gathering round the table with good friends.

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    1. Serenity - absolutely! I hope the coming year brings some stability and direction for you too, I know it's been a rough one for you as well.

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  5. It sounds like a fortuitous beginning to me. You know what they say, "Begin as you intend to go on". Happy New Year, gg, and best wishes to you and yours.

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    1. lm,
      What a good point. I don't love the idea of a list of resolutions, but intentionally changing directions - that sounds useful, sustainable. Thank you. And I hope the coming year is kind to you.

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