Friday, January 1, 2010
For Friday, January 1st, 2010
a pictorial journal
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
It is very hard to believe but 2010 is here!
Where the time goes to is beyond me.
Yesterday we had a little drizzle that pretty well depleted our snow, but today we’ll be getting some more. A day above freezing felt like a heat wave. But that is gone now and for the next week at least, we’ll once again be back to the very frigid temps.
I’m debating whether or not to go church this morning. The weather is very icy out this morning as we had freezing rain and drizzle overnight. After that I’ll start my dinner. It’s been awhile since I actually fixed a whole meal for anyone other than myself. I don’t think I forgot how though. I’m even going to treat everyone to real plates and silverware too.
Very often when feeding a crowd I use paper and plastic, but I feel like doing it up right today so they’ll be getting the real thing.
As always on a holiday I’ll be missing those in my family that can’t make it home.
No matter how old our children get or how far away they may be we still like to have them home for the holidays. Since that just isn’t possible I am counting my blessings and am thankful for the fact that they are all safe, well and reasonably happy too.
On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
January 1st is the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God.
It is also the World Day of Prayer for Peace
Mary was well versed in beginnings with Jesus. When she said yes to the angel Gabriel, she began her life as the mother of God. We are now beginning this new year, 2010, with Jesus, Who is the Beginning
In the beginning was the Word
Jesus is the Master and Lord of all beginnings
NEW IN THE KITCHEN
New Year's is a day of hospitality among many people and there are many different customs and traditions that are followed all around the world too. Here is a few of them:
Eating anything that forms a circle - such as donuts - leads to good fortune in the coming year.
German folklore says that eating herring at the stroke of midnight will bring luck for the next year.
Eating pickled herring as the first bite of the New Year brings good luck to those of Polish descent.
While many of these traditions are based on mere superstition, the idea that what we do on the first day of the New Year affects our entire year remains popular. Choose your actions carefully!
ATTIRE FOR TODAY
Today’s sweater has some gold shiny flecks in it. I’m going to try and find some of my shiny beads to wear with it too. New Years Day means all things are bright and shiny new and I’ll be doing my share to make it that way.
Father, make 2010 a year of favor and help us to be Your faithful followers throughout the new year
Please pray for God's protection of
our troops and HIS wisdom for their
Lord, hold our troops in
your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the
selfless acts they perform for us
in our time of need. I ask this in the
name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
Today I’m having some of my family over for dinner. I make our traditional pork roast and sauerkraut for those that can make it every year. Here is part of the group in the kitchen on one of our previous New Years’ Days.
Our Princes and Prince Charming at the Campground a couple of years ago now.
I’m always amazed at how much difference a few years makes when children are little. Time does fly when you are having fun.
COUNTING THE DAYS
Time - for convenience - is divided into different groupings.
A day = 24 hours, this is called a nychthemeron
7 days = 1 week or a sennight
14 days = 2 weeks or a fortnight
One of the most significant divisions is the Calendar Year
The exact length of a calendar year is equal to 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, 46 seconds. A year is the time period between two successive crossings of the celestial equator by the sun at the vernal equinox
We wish you a Merry Christmas!
77 DAYS UNTIL SPRING !
105 DAYS UNTIL CAMPING SEASON BEGINS
Keep looking ON THE BRIGHT SIDE of things.
A little smile, a word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone near…
Pictures mostly taken by ‘ma’ and courtesy of the camera provided by my ‘babes’