Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

     It's 7:00 PM mountain standard time here.  It's early New Year's Eve. Some people are already in 2016 and some have much more time to go in their New Year's Eve. Some people mark New Year's Eve with great celebration and some, like me, pass it as most other evenings in my life. I've done it both ways. I've partied my face off and as I said I spend very quiet New Year's Eves.

      Some people like to look back on 2015...the year in review. I'm not big on looking back at my own 2015. I don't really think about it. I am a current events junkie so I like to listen to a review of news events for the past year. In fact,I will listen to more than one review. (Ooh somebody just let a fire cracker go!) I like reviews to be separate as politics, sports , music...

     Other people like to look ahead to 2016. What will 2016 bring them. What do they hope for in 2016. Some people are big on making resolutions for 2016. Some resolutions people share  can be very interesting. For myself, I'm not big on resolutions. I have enough trouble remembering my resolution let alone acting on it. I try to fool myself by saying I will make resolutions as the year goes by.

     I admire those people who take a balanced approach and think about the happenings in the old year and look ahead to the New Year. 

     I do look back at one major New Year's Eve event in my life. 49 years ago tonight I had the first date with my wife. It was a blind date and, of course, we went to a large New Year's Eve party!

     Whatever you do to mark the new year I hope you enjoy the evening. I hope you had a great 2015 and I wish you all the best for 2016.


48 comments:

  1. It is a quiet New Years for me. I am still feeling under the weather.

    Happy New Year Red!

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    1. So things can only look up for the new year!

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  2. Wonderful to see the big, snowy white tree and read your thoughts about how you end one year and approach the other. I am not big on resolutions myself. I prefer setting a few goals and that is only to keep me moving forward with a bit of structure. Otherwise I lose track of time and look back and think why didn't I do this and that? When I set goals (written or unwritten) it helps me to appreciate whether I'm being realistic about what can be accomplished too. As a child nothing drove me battier (and still does) than a person who would say all the "big" things they were going to accomplish and in the end they would get nothing done. Some of it was procrastination, some just bad planning, etc. That probably explains why I like being pragmatic about how I approach things.

    It was lovely to hear the story about you met your wife. May you have many more wonderful memories of New Year's to come. Happy New Year!

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    1. I agree with you on setting goals. You probably set goals at any time of the year. All the best to you in 2016.

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  3. Happy New Year! We don't do anything special. I did write a blog entry on a short review. It is funny I don't remember a lot about what happened through the year.

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    1. Happy New Year to you and here's hoping for many good things for you in 2016.

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  4. Firecrackers are already going off here in Hawaii and it's only 6:15 PM! Good grief! I feel sorry for the poor dogs across the street who are tied up to the garage while the family go off to celebrate somewhere. It's a Chinese custom to shoot off fireworks and firecrackers here in Hawaii that everybody has adopted. It's not my favorite thing and it pollutes the air. Thank goodness for the tradewinds. Unfortunately Art suddenly came down with a terrible stomach ailment and is totally laid up in bed. Not a happy way to end the year. However, we're hoping he can start off the year feeling much better. Keeping our fingers crossed. We hope you're having a nice new year celebration and will have a fabulous year ahead!

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    1. Our city sometimes puts on a large fireworks display but last night some neighbors were having fun. I hope Art recovers quickly and all the best to both of you for 2016.

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  5. As I read this you are already into the new year, and most likely into your bed! We are at 10:45 and counting down. we went to see a 4:00 showing of the new Star Wars movie, then went out to dinner, and since then wehve seen sitting in our recliners in front of the TV, and with tablet and laptop at our fingertips. Multimedia stay-at=home New Year's Eve non-party.

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    1. I like your multimedia stay at home New Year's eve. It sounds like you maybe made it to midnight!

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    1. Thanks. All to best to you in 2016.

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  7. A Happy New Year to you too.
    Marianne

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    1. Those were the days!!! All the best to you for 2016.

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  9. I approach the event of a new year in a much similar way. I use it as a tool rather than a check off on a goal post.

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    1. You probably set goals all through the year.

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  10. Happy New Year, Red! You seem like an old friend who says many things that I think, too. I was asleep when the firecrackers started to go off and woke me for a short time. Then I snuggled into my warm cover and went to sleep, hoping that I would awake this morning to find that we made it through without any awful events happening. Sending you my best wishes for another new year. :-)

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    1. Well, you had a pleasant safe new Years. I wish you all the best for 2016...many more hikes to go on.

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  11. We went to bed early, but then, so did our kids with the 6-month-old! Happy New Year! I do enjoy your posts!!!!

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    1. Somehow there's just no will to stay up until midnight. That doesn't mean I go to bed early. hHe a great 2016.

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  12. Quiet night here too, Red. Just the way I like it.
    And Happy New Year!

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    1. New Year's Eve celebrations seem to have toned down. Have a great 2016.

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  13. I live in the present and don't plan too far into the future, but at the end of each year, I enjoy looking back at the last 12 months to see what went on. And then I let go and move on.

    What a lovely memory about the way you met your wife! Perhaps you'll share more about that story in a future post. I'm sure we'd all enjoy it!

    Happy New Year. I'm looking forward to more great posts on your blog.

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    1. Last I wrote about this event. I've tried to leave a link but it won't work...something else I have to learn.

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    1. Thanks Adrian. All the best to you in 2016.

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  15. Hi Red, I like your approach to New Years. Like you, I've seen both sides ... wild and mild ... and it seems the older I get, the milder it gets. Wishing you all the best in 2016.

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    1. You are so right. Many things get milder as we age, but I have no complaints. All the best to you in 2016.

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  16. i wish you the best red - you and your date. :)

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  17. Happy New Year to you and your wife. It didn't take any reflection for me to know 2015 was one of my best years ever. I don't expect 2016 to compete. No resolutions, they have proved to be a waste of time for me. I make a wish instead - hope for contentment and happiness.

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    1. I followed your 2015 adventures. You had a very good year.

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  18. Happy New Year to you and your micro manager! So you had the first of many dates with her...tell us more about it...who arranged the date...was it love at first sight...what were you wearing...did you kiss at midnight? See you could write a book:)

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    1. I posted on this last year but I don't seem to be able to give you a link. Well, in those days everything went formal...suit and tie. I'd have to ask the micro manager about the kiss!

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  19. That frosty tree is beautiful! I like quiet New Years Eves myself. This year someone had a big fireworks display across the water from us and we could sit on our porch and watch. That was a first for me.

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  20. Happy New Year my good friend. Whether it is looking back, or looking forward or commenting on the things happening now - your blog always entertains and is always a pleasure to visit.

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  21. Nothing special here at all, as usual, just a quiet night. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  22. I'm not one for loud raucous New Year's Eve celebrations. But I do like to reflect on the good things from the past year. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  23. Happy New Year Red I never make resolutions and keeping up with is going on in our country through your blog has always made me smile. Take care. B

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  24. Happy New Year, Red. The past year had to many hospital visits for us so we're definitely looking ahead to a better 2016...:)

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  25. Forty nine years ago your wife was a very fortunate young lady to have a blind date with a guy like you Red! Happy New Year kind sir!

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  26. And my husband proposed on New Year's Eve. :- )

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