Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy New Year!




It's 2017!


New Year


Did you stay up and bring in the New Year?

Did you make some noise -- beat a drum or pots and pans -- 
set off fireworks?
Have to do something to frighten off the demons!
 
Did you eat lucky food?
In my neck of the woods, black-eyed peas are the tradition.
I like the tradition of eating 12 grapes like they do in Spain.
Did you drink a special beverage?
Wassail?

I didn't make it to the magic hour.
I climbed into bed with the kitties, listened to the New York Philharmonic's
New Year's concert and had a glass of Prosecco. 

If you missed all the festivities, 
you can celebrate the new year again later in January
on the Lunar New Year.


Thank you to SageGoddess.com for the photo.



My Christmas cactus started blooming the day after Christmas.
Close enough!



Christmas Cactus



Santa was full of Walkers Shortbread and now has what is left
of Trader Joe's mini-gingerbread men.

All the outdoor decorations are down and put in their resting place,
but the tree is still up!
I've had back problems and decided it was just easier to leave it,
enjoy it and maybe by Valentine's Day it will be down! Ha!



Christmas Tea




My friends and family know me well.
I love Tea anything!
I have a new holiday mug -- nice, big, sturdy and I love the red and white. 
Yes, the teapot was a gift, too.
My beautiful step-daughter sent me a box full of "made in Washington"
goodies -- the chocolate covered Chukar Cherries go well with tea!
The towels have lovely snowflakes.



Crochet and Reading


This is the second Shin-yu Infinity Scarf I've made with Caron Cakes.
My beautiful god-daughter saw the first one and walked out the door with it
before I got a picture of it. 
This is a wonderful crochet pattern by ChiChi Allen.
The directions are clear and precise and she includes photos.
The pattern can be found on her Ravelry site or her blog.

I just started The Glass Universe.
An interesting look at astronomy (before it became astrophysics)
and the role women played in the early days.




Holiday Fun!




Wishing YOU well and much joy!


Mosaic Monday

Yarn A Long









18 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I just heard a discussion on the radio of "The Glass Universe" -- sounds like a fascinating book about some very overlooked women's contributions to science! Happy New Year, Snap!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Thank you for this beautiful post ... and I just love your red teapot!
Wishing you a joyful,peaceful and fun 2017.

Maggie said...

We didn't light fireworks, we didn't make noise, eat anything special or watch TV but we did drink champagne and talked about our plans for the New Year before slipping off to bed before midnight.
Wishing you a wonderful 2017 from Normandy & a Happy MM today.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The book looks like one I would enjoy! Lovely decorations, too! My cactus bloomed for the holidays but all the blooms have dropped now. Happy New year!

Adam said...

Didn't realize it was the year of the rooster, I'm a dragon

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Happy New Year Snap.
Lovely 'tea' themed gifts - very thoughtful.
We enjoy Walkers shortbread here too!
Shane

Dorothy Borders said...

I had my black-eyed peas and cabbage, so I am looking forward to a very lucky year, and the Year of the Rooster is my husband's birth year, so this should be a good year for him. We are all set! What could possibly go wrong? Happy New Year to you, too.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Hope your Christmas was wonderful - and that your new year is the best one ever - full of happiness, good health and fun and joy!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your year end/beginning celebration sounds pretty perfect to me. We did stay up until midnight (for a change) walking the beach mostly -- there were fireworks at midnight (a NY tradition we weren't familiar with in our other life, when we lived in the Pacific Northwest -- I guess its a Florida thing.)

I like the 12 grapes tradition -- maybe I will remember that next year.

We stayed one winter at an RV Park that re-decorated the tree in the rec-hall for Valentine's Day and then for Mardi Gras. (Maybe for Easter too, but we left before that.

Lorrie said...

Lots of interesting tidbits in this post, Snap - love the scarf you made. It's such a pretty range of color. Tea-themed gifts are always lovely to receive because they aren't often something we purchase for ourselves. Have a wonderful week.

Katie Mansfield said...

Happy New Year. We do black-eyed peas. I'd never heard of 12 grapes until this year.
I hope your back is feeling better.

Vee said...

Yes, I managed to stay awake this year to watch the ball drop. No banging of pots to chase anything away, but my neighbors set of plenty of fireworks, God bless them. No eating of lucky foods either. I never consider beans "lucky." Ha! Happy New Year, Snap! Many blessings in 2017.

Sylvia said...

I was not up till midnight but was out later than my usual 10pm. I like to get home before the party crowd gets on the road. I had curry beef which was very good and a couple of good movies. Sylvia D.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Happy New Year Sharon. We don't celebrate NY eve and just roll into the new month with the tradition of saying 'rabbits'.
You received some nice tea things as gifts and the scarf is pretty.

Steph said...

Aw, those kitties at tea are so cute. Happy 2017!

ann said...

We visited friends who live 2 hours away, so it was an overnighter. We did stay up to welcome the new year then promptly went to bed. No traditional lucky food, just good friendship. I enjoyed you post because it is bright and cheerful.

Amy at love made my home said...

Glad you had a great Christmas and new year! I hope that 2017 brings you great times!

LeeAnn at Mrs Black's said...

I had to pop over and say hello my friend before I fall asleep in a heap. I've had lots of PC problems over the last few months and think a new one is on the cards before the thing blows up, so I have not posted in ages, thank you for coming to see me! Happy New Year to you and yours. I will come back and catch up properly. x