Category Archives: New Year

Season’s Greetings!

It’s that time of year again! Christmas!

As one of my friends who lives in Bakersfield recently commented in a Christmas card, since I moved back to my home state of Maryland, I get to have a REAL Christmas again instead of a “wimpy” California Christmas. Now, I have to admit I always missed the chilly weather at this time of year, particularly when I lived in southern California. I recall my first yuletide in Los Angeles. It was warm and muggy. The rains that year had me wondering why I had driven nearly three thousand miles only to be washed away in downpours. After several years, I got used to the warmer weather – never did get used to those 90+ degree heatwaves in January, though.

My relatively short sojourn in Arizona had much more Christmas appropriate weather. It even snowed sometimes! (I was in the central part of the state, not down south were people consider 70 degrees to be frigid.) The snow never stuck, though. A godsend, since I had a wide sloped driveway. But just up the road in Sedona, the snow did stick – maybe an inch or two – and if I really wanted to throw a snowball, I’d hop in the car and grab me some white stuff!

Finding life in the desert southwest was not my thing, I headed back to California, but this time I went north. In Sonoma wine country, it did get frosty, but never cold enough for snow.

Two years ago, just around this time of year, I made the decision to make the move back to the east coast. It was a daunting decision and, I found out, an even more daunting task. But here I am! We’ve already had a couple of days when the snow came down. Just enough to leave a dusting on the grass and not enough to have to clear away – yay! They’re forecasting a storm just before New Year’s Eve and my snowblower is ready. Now I just have to read the instruction manual so I don’t hack off a foot while clearing the driveway and sidewalk. Details, details. All that aside, I am jazzed, I tell ya, JAZZED! Probably because I don’t have to get up early when I’d rather turn over and go back to sleep; don’t have to scrape the ice off the windshield of my car and most of all, I don’t have go to work. That is not to say I don’t work. I just work on the things I want to work on! But mostly, I’m jazzed because there is nothing prettier than a fresh snowfall. Everything is so pristine and the whole world looks like a Christmas card. And I get to sit in my kitchen with a hot cup of coffee and watch the snow fall while one of my kitties – mostly likely Samantha – curls up on my lap and purrs.

So this, my first Christmas in Maryland in forty years, is a milestone. The only thing missing is my daughter. But she and her significant other will be moving back to Maryland in two short months and then I will feel like it’s Christmas all over again!

I wish you and yours a joyous yuletide and only good things in the coming year.

Merry Christmas!

January: A New Beginning

January. The big letdown after the holidays, when the bills come rolling in and the days are dark and dreary. It’s the beginning of a brand new year, but what with the holiday dinners, traveling to the sometimes crazy family gatherings or hosting one of them, instead of feeling renewed and refreshed, most of us are just plain exhausted, not to mention broke and perhaps a few pounds heavier!

But you know what? I like January. Even though it means starting to get my ducks in a row for everyone’s favorite time of year – tax time (I’m being facetious) – and getting on that exercise bike or stepper or going to the gym to shed those extra pounds; even though it means trying not to gasp after opening the bills for the gifts and the dinners and the celebrations that are now flooding my mailbox, I still find January to be just what the doctor ordered after a month plus of unabashed excess. Why? Because even though it can be dark and dreary, it can also be stunningly beautiful, with fluffy white clouds scudding across a cerulean sky and bright sunshine reflecting off new fallen snow. January is a time to rest up and regroup. It’s time to plan that Super Bowl party if you’re a fan! I’m not one of them but I have been invited to Super Bowl parties and had fun. Just never bothered to watch the game, instead stayed close to the table and gobbled the veggies so thoughtfully provided by a host who was also probably trying to get rid of that holiday weight.

By the end of January, even though we’re still in the dead of winter here in the northern hemisphere, you can tell the days are a little bit longer and when that happens, you know spring can’t be far behind.

So Happy January! Happy New Year! We’ve got a brand new year to do with as we please. Let’s make it a great year.