It’s the last day of 2013. As I look back over the year I think of happy moments, and some with tears. I see places where I should have done things differently, and some that I feel pretty good about. It has been a year of scary economic and political changes that worry me. I have watched as our nation rose up in defense of our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights, and I saw nearly 1,000,000 bikers go to Washington D.C. to stand up for our Constitution. The media has turned a blind eye, but thanks to social media the news is out there and We The People are waking up – should have long ago – to what is happening to our nation and I am praying we have had enough and are ready to take our country back. I know though that I love this land. I love what she stands for. I love our Constitution and the rights it gives us. I love that I can speak my mind without fear, and that I can defend myself against those who would do me harm. As we head into 2014 I am beseeching each of my readers to pray. Pray for our country, pray for our military members who give everything of themselves to defend our rights and to stand up for freedom. Pray for our leaders, and for those of us who vote, that we vote with our heads, not our emotions. Pray that we take our nation back and return her to the glory she once had, to a place where we are not a nation hooked on food stamps and social programs, but a nation of people who are able and willing to pick themselves up and move forward into a more prosperous future, as did our forefathers. As each of you plan your festivities tonight, and look forward to the new year with anticipation, saying good-bye to the one we leave behind with a bittersweet wave, please know that for each of you I am asking God to bring you peace, to bring you a brighter year, and to give you a blessed and wonderful 2014.
Make Up Your Mind Day – This is your LAST shot this year! If you’ve been waffling back and forth about a decision, today is the day to resolve it and make up your mind! Clean the slate in advance of the new year that is just hours away. Do you want to start 2014 with all of this old junk hanging over your head? I didn’t think so, so MAKE UP YOUR MIND!
New Year’s Eve – Tonight we see out the old year, and ring in the new. Some people head for parties and people, and others (like us) opt to stay home and off the roads. This is often thought of as a time to drink and be merry, but let’s face it – it’s just not safe to do that. Others (like us!) take this as a time to eat and be merry. For me, my New Year of healthier eating starts on Thursday, which means that I need to get all of my junk fixes in now while I have the chance. Do any of you do this too? New Year’s Day, in contrast to New Year’s Eve is a day to relax and get a good start on a bright and promising New Year, a new beginning. It is a time to be with family, and to look forward with anticipation. For me it will be a day of menu planning, and making up a grocery list for all the healthier food options we’ll be eating for the upcoming days. At this particular moment, after a lovely dinner with family visiting from out of town, healthy, light options sound truly wonderful. I ate WAY too much, and I know that’s how it will be tonight too. *sigh* So, what starts off the New Year the right way for you? For many people it is the ball dropping at Times Square in New York City. Did you know that the ball was first dropped in 1908? And though I have absolutely no idea where THIS little bit of New Year’s Trivia came up, but here it is. I’ll leave it to you to test it out. “They” say that a raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top. Hmm. . . interesting. I have no clue how that connects to New Year’s Eve, but whatever floats your . . . um . . . raisin?
No Interruptions Day – For those of us who have to work (like me!), this is a day that is as close to one that won’t have any interruptions as we’ll get. It’s typically really quiet on the last day of the year, and many of us have a LOT of year end stuff to do today, so having a day of productivity without a lot of interruptions will be really nice! Here’s to a good No Interruptions Day. Now leave me alone so I can get something done! (just kidding! I’m not quite to work yet!)
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Champagne Day – If that bubbly is from Italy, California or even the South of France, it isn’t technically Champagne. The real deal comes only from France’s Champagne region. (Anyone have any raisins?)
- Kir Royale
- Champagne-Infused Strawberry Soup
- San Diego-Style Champagne Margarita
- Champagne-Poached Salmon With Tarragon & Capers
- Pink Champagne Cake
- Champagne Chicken
- Seared Scallops With Champagne Saffron Sauce
May God bless you and give you peace as you end 2013 and enter into 2014. I’ll see you next year!