Friday, December 31, 2010
Starting 2011 with a clean slate
Wouldn't it be nice to tie up everything at the end of the year? Not have projects spill over into the new year? Clean house. Clean laundry. Ironing and mending done. Clean cars. Clean refrigerator. Really clean refrigerator. I mean no left overs, nothing to use up. Can I name every bottle of open condiment in the fridge? Nope. Gone are all the lemons bought for humus, but had a change in plan. That little dab of tomato paste. Leaf lettuce that was buried in the vegetable bin.
New Year's Eve conjures up thoughts of party food. Little nibbley bits of sweet and savory treats. Chocolate and cheese. This year we are sharing our son and daughter-in-law with lots of family. Christmas with her mother, the last two days with our parents, overnight with her dad, and New Year's Day with her family. They came up one evening this week to bring my car back from the trip to visit her mom. We enjoyed a nice evening catching up and opening Christmas stockings. I am so happy that our families get along. No fuss or squabbles about who hosts or who spends the most time where. It's not that holidays don't matter. It is the day that does not matter. What is important is the time we do spend together. We are the luckiest of all the family because it is only a 30 minute drive between their house and ours. We are blessed to spend time with our dearest family every week and happy for them when they have time with everyone in the family.
As you may have guessed, we are on our own New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Our friends are with family or are away. No matter. The temperature is 50 degrees. It is so nice to be outside. The cars are washed. The garage is clean. The blueberry coffee cake from Christmas is eaten up. The laundry baskets are empty. The ironing is dwindling. . . I still have eight hours. We just got home from the park with Sweet Girl.
Lunch was a COR meal. Clean out the refrigerator as mom always said. Rice from the scallop dish. Savoy cabbage, carrots and red peppers from bibimbap, the last of the frozen Quorn Turkey roll, half a sweet potato, mushrooms, zucchini, onions, garlic, a little murin and soy sauce. It just needed a spoon of hot pepper paste . . . and a glass of water.
Happy New Year to you all. May you leave all the bits and pieces of 2010 behind and start 2011 with a clean slate.
Wishing you all the best!