Monday, January 28, 2008

100th Post Give-Away!

I just realized this morning I posted my 100th post on my other blog Sugar Bend Farm. So in honor of that event I am going to be giving away this photo frame to one lucky person.
It is an oval 4x6 pewter frame with a beautiful pewter bow on top.

To win this frame you must go to my other blog and leave a comment with a link back to your blog post telling others about it. I will be drawing a winning name on Sunday, Feb 3, 2008 and announcing the winner on Monday the 4th. I will announce the winner here and at my other blog. So stop by and leave a comment!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Scout

Scout, our faithful Golden. When we had the farm, he was our goat dog. He got very attached to our goats and I know he misses them. I know that he misses all that room to roam that he had there. But for now, he is roams our small back yard keeping everything as it should be. On guard, protecting his domain. And on occasion, he gets to come inside, when the weather is bad, which is where he is when this photo was taken. He had been laying at my feet while I typed away at the computer.
He is such a good boy.

Five for Fighting...World

I added this song to my blog because twice today I heard it played and it touched me. I got a packet in the mail today from Susan G. Komen 3 Day For a Cure, and it came with a dvd and this song was the theme song. Again on someone's blog there was a link to a video for a cure for Autism, and they used this song as the theme song. Both of these causes are important to me and I was touched by the words to this song. I hope you enjoy it also.
What kind of world do you want?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Seeking--The Simple Path...

I found this awesome book! Choosing Simplicity by Linda Breen Pierce. I have just started reading it, but love it so far. It shares the stories of people who have chosen to change the course of their lives to seek a new path that lead to more happiness and fulfillment. If you are unhappy with the course of your life or would like to make changes toward simplicity and away from what the world says is a sucessful life, I suggest you read this book. I have found the writing to be delightful and the stories encouraging.

Perhaps, it just reflects the feeling I have about the direction I would like our lives to take; toward a more slower-paced, simplier life. A life that offers more than just material possessions and the need for more, more, more.

I have often stated that I believe that I was born to late. I would much prefer to have lived in a time where the pace of life was slower, and there were less distractions to pull people away from home, family and community.

We live in a world without connections; connections to our families, who are strawn across several time zones, a connection to community; many of us don't even know our neighbors name. We have lost connections to ourselves; we live on work, school or the world's schedule, with no time to pursue anything of that feeds the mind and soul. Many of us are walking zombies, like mice on a wheel, running fast and getting nowhere!

How many times have I heard people say, "I just don't have time anymore." or "Where has the time gone?" We are so programmed to follow societies definition of success, that we just hop on and put our hearts in neutral and go through the motions of living.

Is anyone else tired of living this way? I know there are many of you that are off that track and are happy and fulfilled to be there. But for many of us, we are seeking the exit door, seeking a way to escape the rat race. But we are yet to find it. So for those of you like myself, trying to make changes in the direction of your heart, this book can offer some ideas and suggestions of how others have succeeded.

How do you measure success? What truly makes you happy and fulfilled? I think we should all be asking ourselves those questions, and diligently be seeking the answers. We should not rely on someone elses definition, but create our own...

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A symbol or talisman...



While doing some Christmas shopping I ran across this cross. I really liked it, it seemed to speak to me. So I bought it. After Christmas I returned to the store to see about buying another one for a friend and they were all gone. But in their place I found these keys...
I bought them immediately! I know it didn't mean a thing to the store clerk and the fact they were in the same place in the store, meant nothing to anyone, but me...
I placed them on my dresser... when I look at them I am reminded of the fact that Jesus went to the cross to purchase my salvation...that was the work of salvation...
The keys, you ask...
The keys are my part of the equation...
Before Jesus left this earth he spoke to Peter in Matthew 16:18-19
"And I say also, unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give unto thee the KEYS of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
Peter was given the position as gate keeper...because he had the keys to get into heaven...
After Jesus was cruicified, and after the upper room experience, Peter stood up with the other eleven preaching to the people. They were moved and asked "what must we do..."
Peter used the keys he had been given and told them what they must do...
The cross and the keys...the interlocking elements of my salvation--given freely to me in the word of God.
Yes, Jesus did the work of salvation, but I must use the keys in order to make heaven my home.
Do you have an object, or something that offers reflection and hope in your life? If so, I would love to hear about it. Leave me a comment about your talisman.

Monday, January 21, 2008

S.A.D.

Well, I heard this morning on the news that today is the most depressing day of the year. I don't know who came up with that, but I would have to agree with the findings. Actually I am suffering from SAD, not chronic depression. I have a problem with SAD each winter. I haven't gotten enough sunlight lately and it is really showing. I don't feel like doing anything today. I just want to stay in my p.j.'s and curl up with a book or something, maybe even nap. But I have a two year old and that isn't going to happen. Not unless by chance he decides to take a nap. From the looks of it, that is the furtherst thing from his mind right now. I also have Megan's school work to get finished and laundry to fold and put away... I suppose I should get up off my backside and get to doing it.

Lauren is still in Utah, having the time of her life. She got to meet Robert Redford, she saw Bono and U2, and bumped into Al Gore in the lobby. She has seen other celeb's at a distance but those are the ones that were most notable for her. She said that they had over 16 inches of snow last night and it was beautiful. Wishing I were there also. I suppose I will just have to settle for seeing the photo's when she gets back.

Well, it is cold here and I just want to stay indoors when it is like this. So I suppose that is what we will do. How many days until spring????

Thought For Today

Thursday, January 17, 2008

She'sOff!!

I just returned from taking Lauren to meet her ride to the airport. She is flying out to Utah today. She is a nanny for a family that is going to the Sundance Film Festival and they asked her to go with them to help with the little one. She will be gone until next Tuesday. I will certainly miss her and worry for sure. This is the first time she has ever flown and she will be flying on a private plane, so that means small plane, and that means bigger worry for Mom! Oh well, I prayed and put her into God's hands and I know He is able to keep her, even when she is away from Mom! At some point I have to learn to let go and let God...She is 18 and she is an adult. I know her well enough to know that this is just the beginning of her adventures. I do want her to enjoy her life and not be afraid to follow her dreams and explore the world and God's purpose for her life. But I am still her mommy, and I sometimes want my little girl back. But she has become a beautiful young lady that I am very proud to call my daughter.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Healthy bodies



Ever notice when you start eating right; fruits and veggies; your body begins to crave more good stuff? It is as if I can't get enough. I suppose if you eat junk, then you crave more junk, but if you eat good things then your body naturally wants the good stuff. Which works out great, because one you stop fueling your body with junk food, and start filling it with healthy foods, it is easy to continue the good path. I have been a health kick and weight loss journey that started here. So far, so good. I have lost 16 pounds, quit drinking soda's(Dr.pepper), drinking lots and lots of water, cut the junk food, started eating good for you things, (salad's, less bread(only wheat), fruits, fruits and more fruits, yogurt, keifer, hummus and have cut out the majority of refined sugar intake) and watch my calories and fat closely. I have also started exercising again, and I can tell a world of difference. If I can just keep it up. I am looking forward to the summer when I can get fresh fruits and veggies at the farmer market.
If your making positive changes, let me know what they are and how you feel about them. You have my email address, let me hear from you!

Noah's dream

I know that little ones dream, but yesterday Noah was able to tell me about his dream. He woke up fretting and saying "my cup, they took my cup." I begin to question him and he told me, "the boy took my cup and won't give it to me." I had to show him his cup and reassure him that no one took his cup and no one was going to take his cup. It was so cute, and made me realize how much he is growing up. Being able to communicate such things to me makes him a "little person!"

Making Butter...



Well, after weeks of talking about doing it, we finally took the plunge and made butter. It was awesome. Megan and I started out with a mason jar of heavy whipping cream and began shaking it. Shake, shake, shake...











After a while it started getting thicker and a blob started to appear. There was a seperation of the buttermilk and the butter. We added some salt and after shaking, shaking and shaking, we divided it up into two mason jars so she could do some and I could do some. We had fun in the process. After pouring off the buttermilk and shaking some more, we then washed the butter in a cold water bath to get all of the buttermilk out. We wrapped it in plastic wrap and molded it, put it in the fridge to harden. I took some of the butter and added honey and mixed to make, "honey butter" and it was delicious!!! The whole family enjoyed toast with homemade butter and honey butter as a snack before bed time. I used the butter on hubby's breakfast toast this morning. We were all impressed with the results and will do it again.






Everyone should try it. It is a great project and taste good too! Next we are making grape jelly to go on the buttered toast!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

Horse love


Here is Megan at her horse riding lessons. She is horse crazy and wants one so desperately. Of course living where we do, we can't have a horse now. Hopefully before to many years we will again have a house in the country and enjoy the farm life once again.

Poor little puppy


Here is a photo the dog of Megan's horse riding instructor. She got in front of a horse and got one leg dislocated and the other one broken. She is in a double cast and a make shift sling on them. She is so pitiful. She tries to walk and gets her legs caught up under her and has to drag them until she can get straight again. It just made your heart ache to see her that way.

Monday Again...

Is it Monay, Again? Wow! The weeks seem to be flying by. I can't believe we are almost half way through the month of January! Seems impossible and I still have Christmas decorations on my mantle. I know I need to put it away, but I haven't been moved to do it yet. Maybe today, I will get hubby to bring in the totes that I keep them in and put it all away for another 11 months! I put everything else away the day or two after Christmas, but I just could bring myself to take everything off the mantle. I guess I just never got into Christmas this year and the mantle was an after thought, so I don't know what to put up there once I take down the Christmas decorations. I did have photo's crammed on it, but I need to change it up and I haven't been inspired yet. So this is what it looks like right now. I suppose something will occur to me when I take everything else down.
Well, I don't have a lot on the agenda today. I have laundry to do, and floors to sweep, mop and vac. And of course there is homeschool and Noah's room needs picking up, and well I suppose those things will keep me busy for a while. I also wanted to go to the library this afternoon sometime.
I woke up this morning around 5:00 with a bad headache. I had to take some Aleve and it is some better, but not completely gone. I am pretty sure I know what is causing it...
No menu plan for today, as of yet. Maybe later in the day, maybe not.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fruits of my labor



Enjoying the last few jars of Sugar Bend Farms harvest. I am enjoying the pears especially.

Here is the last of the baked oatmeal with pears (from the above jars), blueberries, and raspberries. Yummy!


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Toy organizing



Recently we converted Noah's baby bed into a toddler bed and rearranged his room. I purchased this toy organizer. It has made a world of difference in keeping toys organized and being able to find what we are looking for, instead of digging down into a toy box where everything goes to the bottom. I watched them and when Target ran a sale on them I grabbed it. They are originally $59 and I got it for $39. I also purchased a red, blue, and green canvas organizer to put his books into. I made a reading corner for him with a tot chair and his books. It works much better than the bookshelf we did have in his room.

Baked Oatmeal

I suppose I have been living under a rock for the last few year, but has anyone else had this awesome tasting breakfast? I accidentely discovered baked oatmeal because I was trying to make a fruit crumble and changed it up some to make it more cake-y. I had peaches and I started mixing oatmeal and other ingredients and covered the peaches and baked it. Well, it turned out delicious! Either that or my body was craving the oats and fruit. Anyway, I ran across a recipe for Baked Oatmeal that sounded similiar to what I had made only with different fruits. So I got obsessed in searching for different versions and looking for the healthiest version. I have collected several that I am trying. I will let you know which turns out best for me. This seems to be the basic recipe, but you can play with it and make it less fat and calorie laiden and use different fruits and nuts. I must say that the peaches were great with it. As I am sure that blueberries and apples would be. Add walnuts or pecans and this is an awesome treat! Of course there are substutions you can make, like applesauce instead of the butter, low fat or fat free milk, egg substitute and I used less sugar and added some honey. Just play with it and find your favorite combinations. Let me know if you have a better version.

Baked Oatmeal
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Beat in milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir in dried cranberries. Spread into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Food Pyramid


In my attempts to get healthier and loss weight, I have been rethinking the way we eat and what we consider a meal. And I have to say we are off the pyramid. The food pyramid that is...
I went here to print out a copy of my pryamid. The way I should be eating for a healthier me. Then I printed off one for each of my family members. I am going to study them and along with the information in this great book I am reading, "SuperFoods Rx",
I am going to come up with some meal plans to follow our pyramid as closely as possible. Of course, taking into consideration that my
kids aren't keen on the idea yet, I may have to make gradual changes with them. This is a neat website and it offers a plethora of information about healthy eating, as does SuperFoods Rx.
So if your New Years resolutions is to get healthy, check out both of these sites to get you started.

Monday, January 7, 2008

New Year, New Me!

Yes, I am working on the new year, new me plan. I am currently 15 pounds down. My goal was to have lost 15 pounds by the end of '07 but I was only 14 pounds down when we celebrated the new year. I was thrilled to be that close to my goal. I weighed Friday and I had reached the goal of 15 pounds lost. My larger goal is to lose 40 pounds all together. So 15 down and 25 to go. But I do feel great about where I am and where I am headed. I didn't gain over the holiday's, I was careful about what I ate, and didn't stuff or over eat. Like I said in an early blog last year, my very dear friend, Daphne, is getting married October 11, 2008 and she has asked me to be her matron of honor. I am very happy to do so. But I didn't want to be fat in a brides-maid dress. So that spurred me to get a move on it an lose weight. Not that I didn't want to before, but sometimes it takes something like an event where you will see people you haven't seen in years, to spur you on to do what you know you should be doing anyway. So I started immediately on the weightloss journey. So far so good! My goal is to lose an additional 5 pounds in January and another 5 in Feburary. That will leave the final 15 toward my 40 pound goal. I know as you get closer to the goal, it gets harder. By March, the weather will be better and I can get out and walk and exercise.
My 20th wedding anniversary is in August, so I hope to have reached the goal by then. I told my husband that if I have lost the 40 pounds by our anniversary, then I would only be 20 pounds heavier than when we married.(I was 105!) So that would mean I had put on a pound for each year of marriage! LOL! So, I am sure you figured the numbers out. At my heaviest I was 165 and now I am 150. I am trying to get to 125 at least. After I lose the weight, I am changing the way I eat and the way my family eats. When I go back to "regular" eating, I am going to change the way we eat and the way I cook. I am going to bring in more fruits and veggies and cut the processed foods out. I know that will be hard for my kids, but I know it will definately be better for all of us. It will take more planning and more cooking, but I know that we are definately worth the effort. And when the weather is better, we can get out an be more active as a family.
Andrew and I are talking about training for a half marathon. I don't want to start training in the cold weather, so we will wait until the weather is better and then find a half marathon somewhere that we can participate in. There is one here, but it is to soon. We can't be ready by then. However, they do have a 5K we could be ready for, maybe. But getting out and starting, and moving toward a goal is great for now.

Well, gotta go, Tae Bo is calling my name. And I am meeting a friend for lunch at 11:30. Gotta dash for now.

Thoughts for Today
" If you change your mind, you can change your life."
~William James
Every achiever I ever met says, "My life turned around when I began to believe in me."
~Robert Schuller

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Friday, January 4, 2008

Missing Megan

I am just sitting here getting my ipod ready for work tomorrow, and I am really missing Megan. They have no cell phone service where they are and I can't get through to talk to her. I sure hope she is doing okay. This is her first trip off without me, except to my mom's. And I could at least call and talk to her there. I don't know if I can stand it much longer. I know, she is 12 but she was my baby for 10 years before Noah came along.


I thought I would post a photo of her the night before she left. She is holding her Shih-Tzu, Sadie.

Quiet winter day

Today had been a quiet one. Andrew and Lauren are both working, and Megan is gone on a youth retreat with the church youth group. So just Noah and I here all day. I haven't done much; a little laundry, swept the floors and made beds. Very little else. Just haven't had it in me. I have to work tomorrow--UGGHH! Anyway, so I am taking it easy today.

I started a project. Since I got a new camera for Christmas, I decided to take a photo a day of each of the kids and then at the end of the year, I am going to put them into a book for each of them, entitled Noah 2008, Megan 2008 and Lauren 2008. So far I have a photo a day of each of them but now that Megan is gone on the retreat, I will miss a couple of days of her. And somehow Lauren managed to get by without a photo on the 1st. Here is the one of Noah last night after he and I had driven the two hours there and back, taking Megan to the retreat, because we didn't make the bus, (long story).




I guess he was as tired as I was.


This is the one of Lauren from today, as she was leaving for her second job.

Well, I suppose I should get supper started. I think I am going to saute some shrimp and toss onto a caesar salad. Sounds good and quick!

Thought for Today

Every artist was first an amateur.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Markham Street Art Gallery

The photo's on exhibit in the left margin under Markham Street Gallery are all works of Jack Vettriano, a self-taught artist. The Singing Butler, Elegy for the Dead Admiral, Lazy-Hazy days, and Dance with me to the end of Love are among my favorites. Jack Vettriano has been snubbed by the art world, although his painting were very popular. Many people believed that he wasn't a real artist and only copied his work from a guide book.
An article from the British Times Online follows:


October 04, 2005
The truth behind the Singing ButlerBy David
Lister, Scotland Correspondent
IT IS the bestselling print in Europe, more popular than Monet’s Water Lillies or
Van
Gogh’s Sunflowers, and
has helped to amass a multimillion-pound fortune for the man
who
painted it.
But Jack Vettriano, the self-taught artist whose
stylised depictions of lovers, butlers and
girls in polkadot dresses
are reproduced on everything from cards to mouse mats,
admitted
yesterday that his most iconic
picture, The Singing Butler, was inspired by a cheap artist’s
manual.

For years the art establishment has shunned
Vettriano, triggering accusations of
snobbishness by claiming that the
former miner cannot paint, but just colours in.
To the
glee of the art elite, Vettriano’s agent has had to admit that some of his most
famous
pictures were based on pictures in a
£16.99 reference book.
Tom Hewlett, the director of the
Portland Gallery, which acts for Vettriano, did not even
attempt to deny the obvious
similarities between images in The Illustrator’s Figure
Reference Manual and Vettriano’s
paintings after a Scottish newspaper announced that it
had uncovered “Jack’s
secret”.
Mr Hewlett said: “It is widely known that Jack
is a self-taught artist and it seems
unsurprising that as, in his early
painting years he had neither time nor the money at his
disposal to work with real-life models,
that he should use a teaching manual such as this.”

He added: “Vettriano’s skill lies in his ability to create narrative paintings
with which the
viewer becomes involved.
“He is a master of generating atmosphere in his paintings
and bringing to life the characters
within them. In this way he transforms
mundane characters into extraordinary ones and
everyday scenes into special
occasions.”
The Singing Butler, the original of
which sold for nearly £750,000 at auction last year, bears
a surprising likeness to a
series of figures in The Illustrator’s Figure Reference Manual,
which cost £16.99 in 1987, the year
Vettriano took up painting.
The manual also
contains several other images, published in the Daily Record yesterday,
that bear an uncanny resemblance
to Vettriano’s paintings Dance Me To The End of Love,
Waltzers and Elegy for the Dead
Admiral.
Vettriano’s work has been bought by a
range of celebrities including the Hollywood star Jack
Nicholson, the Scottish comedian
and actor Robbie Coltrane and Sir Alex Ferguson, the
Manchester United manager.
His images are so popular that he has been dubbed
“the people’s painter”.
He started to dabble with
art after his girlfriend bought him a painting set in the 1980s and
has been studiously ignored by
the major galleries and exhibitions, even in his native
Scotland, where the Kirkcaldy Museum
and Art Gallery in Fife is the only one to own his
work.

In an interview last year Vettriano, 53, who makes about £500,000 per year
from
royalties, said of The
Singing Butler: “It was one of these paintings I ought not to have
been able to do.
“It was like I cheated. It was 1992, I was hardly
in the back door of the art world when I did
it. Now we all get fed up seeing
it.”
Richard Demarco, a fellow Scottish artist and
an honorary member of the Royal Scottish
Academy, said that it was
irrelevant whether Vettriano used the book or not.

He said: “The figures in the book are not art. He has used that useful
information to turn a
lady in a
dress into a maid, two figures dancing into two lovers. He has given them
emotion.”
I hope you enjoy the photo's and look for more photo's by other artist in the future at Markham Street Gallery.

Organize '08

I am starting off the new year with some ideas about organizing and downsizing my life. The first one starts with my photo's. I have photo's everywhere. Not only that, I have undeveloped film from years past that need developing. I use to have a 35 mm SLR. I loved taking the photo, but was terrible about developing them. So this year, I am getting them all developed and getting them organized.


Yesterday I made a trip to Hobby Lobby just to look around and I ran across this bargin.

They are photo & video storage boxes. They were regularly $3.99, but were on for half price yesterday. They had several cute designs, but I like these best. I think they would look really nice on a shelf with other items neatly placed beside them. I am thinking of a celtic cross, a rustic skeleton key statue, and a couple of vintage photo's that I have. So with such cute storage boxes, who wouldn't want to get started organizing right away?

Another blast from the past...

This is a photo of Andrew and I on our wedding day, August 27, 1988!
The song, "I will Always Love You" by Taylor Dane that is playing was our wedding song. So I had to add it to my playlist.

Blast from the Past


This is a photo taken of Andrew and I over 14 years ago. It was taken by our oldest daughter, Lauren, who was all of 4 years old at the time. She has continued to love taking photo's and now that she has a nice SLR digital camera, she is starting to take photo's as a side line business.
Boy, photo technology has come a long way since this photo was taken.


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year's Day Festivities

How did you spend New Year's Eve?

How are you spending New Year's Day?

Well we celebrated the turn of the new year in Greenland! Not physically, but in our imagination. We knew we wouldn't make it until midnight, so we decided to celebrate the new year at 9:00 with GREENLAND. So we looked up info and photo's of Greenland on the computer and used our imagination. We toasted the new year with R.W. Knudsen. We had the organic Pear and the kosher Grape. They were both quite good, chilled in chilled glasses.

After toasting the new year and viewing beautiful photo's of Greenland, Andrew and I went to bed and Lauren went to a friends house, and Megan stayed up to greet the actual new year at midnight. Noah didn't make it until 9:00 he fell asleep at about 8:00 or a little after.

Today we got up early, of course Noah is an early riser everyday. But by 6:00 we were up and going. I cooked bacon and bisquits and we ate breakfast then I started the greens and black-eyed peas. Are you eating greens and black-eyed peas today? I don't know if everyone does that on New Year's Day, but it has always been a tradition for us and I suppose most southern people. I know I saw a lot of people buying black-eyed peas at the store yesterday.

I found this interesting information at http://www.paulfite.com/2007/12/new-years-food-traditions.html

New Years Day Food Traditions

  1. Eating noodles at midnight is customary at Buddhist temples in Japan.
  2. A German/Pennsylvania Dutch tradition is to eat pork and sauerkraut
  3. on New Year's day for good luck.
  4. It is the tradition of Bosnia & Croatia (both of former Yugoslavia) to eat what is called "Sarma" or beef wrapped tightly in cabbage to bring good luck in health and wealth for the upcoming year.
  5. It is a Cuban tradition to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight.
  6. The 12 grapes signify the last twelve months of the year.
  7. German folklore says that eating herring at the stroke of midnight will bring luck for the next year. Herring Salad recipe.
    Eating pickled herring as the first bite of the New Year brings good luck to those of Polish descent.
  8. In the southern United States, it is believed eating black eyed peas on New Year's eve will bring luck for the coming year.
    Also from the south comes the custom of eating greens such as
    cabbage, collard greens, mustard greens, kale or spinach to bring money.
    One more from the Southerners: eating cornbread will bring wealth.
  9. The Southern custom of eating greens can be found in other cultures as well, although the cabbage can take many forms, such as sauerkraut or even Kimchi.
  10. In the Philippines, it is important to have food on the table at midnight in order to insure an abundance of food in the upcoming year.
  11. Boiled Cod is a New Year's Eve must in Denmark.
    OlieBollen a donut-like fritter is popular in Holland for New Year.
    Black-eyed peas, fish, apples, and beets are eaten for luck at the Jewish New Year's celebration (not celebrated on Jan 1).
  12. Another tradition from the Philippines is to collect 7 different types of round fruits. The round shape of the fruits signify money and seven is believed to be a lucky number. Set on the dinner table on New Year's eve, the fruits are believed to bring prosperity and sound financial status for the coming year.
Well I have number 8 covered. We are having collards, mustards, black-eyed peas, and cornbread. Yum! Yum! So we should be lucky and wealthy this year!
Wisdom for the New Year
We will open the book.
Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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