Another Year

I have had no words to share for a very long time, and I have no idea where this post will go – or if it will even become a post. I’m just going to ramble and see what happens.

We’ve been having very cold weather – unusually cold for our part of the world. My Nong cat has been staying inside the house instead of making her occasional short trips to the outside, and she spends a great deal of time on my lap.

Because I’ve been spending a lot of time in front of my fireplace, where it’s warm and cozy. Why? Well, outside my window, this is what I see:

And I am not a cold weather person. Neither am I a hot weather person – I much prefer spring and fall to either winter or summer. Unless summer is on the coolish side. My idea of perfect temperatures for the outside is 65 to 80 degrees.

We had a nice holiday season, quiet. The family was together, and that’s the most important thing. Gep flew into Portland, and he met us at the hotel because we had decided to spend the night. It was exciting – Kat and I found a Target near the hotel, and neither of us had been in one for a very very long time. She found some warm, comfy sweats, and I looked at all the things that whispered to me but that I don’t need – proudly restraining myself from purchasing. We even visited a Trader Joe’s before we headed home the next day. Big times in the big city! Can you tell we’re kind of country bumpkins?

Before we took Gep back to catch his return flight, we took our annual Christmas photo. The tradition is that Kat buys each of us an item of clothing – one year the item was a kind of footed green pajama that really looked a lot like Gumby. Sadly, those photos got lost, so I cannot share. This year, we all pretended we were in the tropics:

Imagine those trees as palm trees, and the snow as white sand. It might help if you close your eyes as you imagine. That one on the far right was complaining about the coldness of the photo shoot – we told him to tough it out, traditions are important.

I’m wondering what the new year will bring, and comforting myself with the knowledge that whatever it is, my life is full and my life is good, and I have enough. What more could you ask?

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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11 Responses to Another Year

  1. Happy New Year Carol. May it be a better and brighter years for all of us.

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  2. Kathy says:

    Carol, what a wonderful picture of all of you! A little bit of tropics in a world of white. Your trip to Portland sounds fun. Isn’t it grand to go to the “big city” to change the pace a bit? Our daughter and her husband drove to the Coast over the New Year to celebrate her birthday. She said it was a bit dicey driving through slush in the mountains.

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  3. lois says:

    Your Christmas photo is great–it’s like you are right here on our beach! Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year.

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  4. dawnkinster says:

    I love your holiday photo tradition!!!! That guy on the far right will adjust to family traditions in time. Cut him a bit of slack…integrating yourself into a family is not easy!

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  5. Hey Carol, love the shirts and hope you will be able to wear them on a beach this year. Glad your brief holiday was fun, and who doesn’t enjoy a trip to Target to see all the things we think we need but know its just our inner self saying ‘Oh, I want that so I can never use it and my kids can decide what to do with it when they clean out my house.’ Happy New Year.

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  6. lakeafton says:

    That’s the first picture I’ve seen of all of you together. I love it.

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  7. Lisa says:

    I love this tradition and hope it continues for many years. I’m guessing your winter coats were just out of sight of the camera lens! It was a whopping 9F this morning here in middle Missouri! I, too, am hoping for a calmer and kinder 2022.

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  8. So good to see you and your loved ones here.
    Wishing you many more new years of wearing crazy clothes and doing crazy things as family.

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  9. Ally Bean says:

    I’m late to commenting here, but I’ll leave one anyhow. Can never have too many comments! I like the photo of you in the colorful shirts with the snow as a backdrop. It seems to sum up 2021, a year of extreme contrasts. Happy New Year.

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  10. Laura says:

    Oh my, outside your window looks COOOOLLLLDDDD. May your toes remain toasty by the fire until that weather passes for good. 🙂

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