Happy New Year 2013!
This was the extent of our celebration last night. After a nasty day of snow and cold we decided to stay home, make a great dinner of meatballs (ma's Neopolitan recipe), spinach pasta, salad, wine, watch movies (The Thin Man Returns, The Apartment) and enjoy being safe and warm together. Ron did, however, come home from town with noisy Party Poppers which caused Spike to hide under the bed as bits of confetti shot around the room. We welcomed in the New Year when it arrived at Times Square and eschewed Taos Ski Valley where there was a traditional "candlelight" ski run with fireworks after -- but it's awfully cold up there at 9,000 feet at midnight.
And I finished a pair of lovely-to-think-about-spring socks. Green is a healing color and it helped me get through a difficult situation over these last weeks, further reinforcing the theory that knitting is a form of self-help (along with all the other attributes attached to it, not the least of which is warm feet in winter).
For things to reveal themselves to us,
we need to be ready to abandon our
views about them
Thich Nhat Hanh
best wishes to the 20,000 readers I've acquired since the inception of this blog...
May this be your best year ever. May it bring everything good that you strive for. There is much talk on facebook and other places about thinking positive thoughts and saying yes more often than no. Send forth loving-kindness to yourself, those you love and (as hard as it may be) to enemies and antagonists. I'm going to work on accepting people for who they are and not try to change them (it doesn't work anyway). I do believe we are our thoughts and we need to generate as many positive ones as we can. New beginnings (and loss) seem to bring about philosophical musings and discourses, don't they?
With all its sham, drudgery, and
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
(excerpt from Desiderata)