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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Good Bye to 2011


Another year is almost over and I for one will be so happy to see it go.... We had tragedies and losses this year in the family... But I will say there was also some moment of amazement and lots of surprises as well.

Mel lost her house to a fire in February, she was in the process of a divorce, she had many medical problems, her husband almost died, she was so down, but as the year comes to a end she is in a new home, she is back with her husband and things are starting to look better for her. I was also amazed at the number of my online friends who sent donations of money or cross stitch things to her.. Mel still has another surgery to go through but I know she will be just fine.

Don't hear much from Jenny so I guess things are OK in her house... He daughter Lizzy did meet her goal and she raised over 1,000 dollars for Juvenile diabetes foundation.

Don's divorce was granted and he  remarried, to  a former classmate... They are in the process of buying a new home and combining households.  Don now has two step daughters and a step son... There was sadness for him as his father passed away from lung cancer..

As for me and hubby we did OK last year, no major medical problems, other than my foot surgery and then the broken foot... oh and I did stick my hand in a glass to wash it and it broke sending me to the ER for 9 stitches.. and then re injuring it after the stitches came out..  But all in all 2011 was OK for us...
As for my quilting....I bought a quilting machine and I finished a total of 35 quilts this past year, most went to a nursing home and a few to children's charities.  I finished lots of cross stitch projects, both for my charity group and for myself.

Today I hope to get the Christmas decorations taken down and put away, tonight we will stay home and watch movies.  Tomorrow a traditional Pa Dutch New Years Day Dinner of Saur Kraut. Funny how the first dinner of the New Year is so different depending on where you live.. Where I am from it is Saur Kraut, in Indy they ate raw cabbage at midnight, where we are now it is Black Eye Peas, and they cook a dime with it, the person who finds the dime has good luck all year.  I also think it is funny on the weird ball drops that towns have... NY is the Apple, Atlanta is a Peach, Nashville is a Musical note, Hershey is a Hershey Kiss, in Pensacola it is a Pelican and I read somewhere there is a fish drop, I think Maine...
So leave me a comment on what iconic item is dropped at midnight during your towns count down, and what will you be dinning on tomorrow... Which Parade will you watch and will you be watching the big game Monday, yes they are celebrating New Years on the 2nd this year....  Here we watch the Rose Parade and Hubby will watch the Rose Bowl... I will head to the sewing room to start on a new quilt and for the past few years I have started a new counted cross stitch project on the first.





So here's to 2012 and hoping it will be a great year for everyone.   Now I need to get busy and get the house UN decorated and choose my Counted Cross Stitch to start tomorrow    Come back tomorrow and see what I chose....
Have a Safe and Happy New Year..

4 comments:

ga447 said...

In New York we would have my mother's herring salad we sold tons of it in the Deli. I just went out and brought a jar of herring. I have been very lucky - will cross stitch and Monday do some quilts for church.

Nancy said...

I am like you on the Saurkraut. But I was always brought up with it being the custom of Pork and Saurkraut. I have decided to not cook them together this year. I am marinating the pork roast in a red wine. The saurkraut will be cooked with some apple and beer to make it not quite so sour. And I will be making Pa Dutch potato filling. Yummy Haven't had that in several years. As for the ball drops for the New Year. I live in Las Vegas, NV and they close down the Strip for what they call America's Party. No ball drop but lots of fireworks. I have not been there as I don't really like big crowds and I especially don't like big drunk crowds. We stay home and can watch the fireworks from the Strip from our patio. I hope you have a wonderful Healthy and Happy New Year.

Jen said...

yep, everything is always OK here

Tangos Treasures said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!