2017 Holiday Recap (part three)…

A few weeks before Christmas, my daughter expressed a desire to have a family New Year’s Eve party.  She’d hosted one back in 2015, and everyone enjoyed it very much.  After sickness invaded our family, prior to Christmas, those plans got put on hold.

After everyone began to feel better, we decided to go ahead with the plan for a New Year’s Eve party.  However we left the location undetermined, until we could see who was feeling up to the task of hosting.  Ed and I ended up hosting the party, but my daughter did all of the planning for us.  Everybody pitched in with preparing the food.

Everyone wore their pajamas to the party which was fun and comfortable, too!  We made tacos, plus an array of ‘finger foods’ to snack on throughout the evening.

Our daughter planned different games/activities thirty minutes apart, beginning at six o’clock.  We stayed busy the entire evening, and time flew by.

For the first activity of the evening, we took some New Year’s Eve pictures.  Everyone chose what props they liked and let the camera (and Ed) do the rest.  Here are a few of the best ones-


In one activity, we competed to see which couple could transfer the most Hershey’s Kisses from one spoon (held in our mouths) to another, then into a bowl on the floor. We laughed so hard while playing this game!

We also played several games of ‘Dirty Bingo’ in which we could steal each other’s prizes. (I think some may have been looking at Steve Harvey’s coat/hat when I took this picture…but more on that later.)

One of the scheduled activities involved sparklers for the grandchildren, so we went outside, even though it was freezing cold and drizzling rain! This was the best picture I could get-

Yet another game involved trying to earn points by ringing cups with ping pong balls…  The grandchildren liked this game!

Unfortunately, at some point during the evening, I got so carried away watching the activities, I forgot to take any more pictures. However, I didn’t forget to take a picture of Steve Harvey’s coat and matching hat during the New Year’s Eve countdown on television:

I think only Steve Harvey could get away with wearing that white coat and matching hat!

The evening progressed quickly and before we knew it the clock had struck midnight.  All except two (Brett and Evan) of us lasted to ring in the New Year together–and we had a great time while doing it!  It’s my hope and prayer that 2018 brings lots of health and happiness, and this concludes my holiday recap.

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And A Happy New Year’s Hodgepodge To You…

1. Times Square is the setting for the infamous ball drop signaling a brand new year….when did you last ‘drop the ball’ on something?

The first thing that comes to mind is an incident that happened just two days before Christmas.  I hadn’t made Christmas candy in two years, and apparently chocolate chips are [now] different from how they used to be.  I couldn’t get the chocolate chips to melt and become thin (for dipping) like they used to do!  I added the same amount of paraffin, as usual, but the chips were still thick and clumpy.  I wasn’t sure what to do about this, so I finally added a small amount of water to the melted chips.  This turned out to be a big NO NO because the chocolate wouldn’t stick to the balls after I added the water!  I later learned that I needed to add vegetable oil or shortening to thin the melted chocolate chips, which I did for the second batch.

2. What is one thing you resolved to do in 2013 that you actually did?

Eat less sugar!

3. Jack London is quoted as saying, “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Agree or disagree? Why?

It’s hard for me to do much of anything without waiting for a little inspiration, so I’m going to  disagree.  My inspiration comes from lots of places, but I don’t recall ever going out and searching for it, at least, not on purpose.

4. What was the best thing you ate in 2013?

The DQ banana split that my daughter surprised me with during the summer!  She bought it and brought it home to me, and I wasn’t about to let it go to waste!  It had been around 7 or 8 months since I’d had a banana split (due to sugar restrictions), but I ate the whole thing–and enjoyed every bite 🙂  Absence really does make the heart grow fonder!

5. Share an anti-resolution…that is, something you plan to keep on doing in the new year.

From this day forward, I plan to try  “living for the moment”.  I’m notorious for worrying about tomorrow, or looking back at yesterday.  I’m going to try my best to break those old habits, and simply enjoy today.

6. The Pantone color of the year for 2014 is radiant orchid. Like or no like? Would I find this color anywhere in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in this shade to either?

Radiant orchid is a pretty color, but it’s not really one of my favorites.  I definitely wouldn’t add this color to my home, since it would clash with our decor, but I wouldn’t  completely rule out wearing it.

7. In three words or less sum up your 2013.

Filled with surprises.


Happy New Year, everyone!

Ed and I spent a quiet New Year’s Eve at home.  Actually, we spent a quiet New Year’s Eve at our ‘former home’, which is now our daughter’s home.  We joined our daughter and her family for a little impromptu New Year’s Eve Party which consisted of opening a bag every hour to discover what activity they were supposed to do for the next hour.  We made New Years Eve Party hats, then modeled them for the camera, watched a movie [Despicable Me], ate ice cream sundaes (at 9 p.m!), and played some Wii bowling.  What a simple, but fun evening!  Ed and I left the party about 10:30, so I’m not sure what other activities we missed!  We were both sound asleep well before midnight!  Kudos to our daughter, Brandy, for finding a  fun way to celebrate New Years Eve, in a family way, at home!

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Pass The Pigs, Please…or…How We Spent Our New Year’s Eve

Our family didn’t plan anything special for New Year’s Eve this year.  Last year we had a little get-together at Brandy’s house and had some finger foods.  We played a couple of games, then the men slipped outside beside a bonfire, while the ladies stayed inside.

This year we all sort of ended up at our house and ordered pizza from the new Pizza Hut in town.  We’ve never had an actual pizza franchise in our town before–unless you count Papa’s Pizza–and I don’t.  Anyway,  we ordered 3 different kinds of pizzas and “pigged out”!

After we ate, we played a new game that I had bought over the Christmas holidays.  It’s called “Pass the Pigs”.  Everyone takes turns throwing the pig dice while one person is designated the “Swine Herder” and keeps up with the points.  The positions that your pigs land in determines how many points that you earn.  Whoever gets to 100 points first wins the game.  We played two rounds of “Pass the Pigs”.  Christina and Brett were the champions at rolling the pigs…

After playing the pig game, we played a word game to see who could make up the most words using 9 designated letters of the alphabet in just one minute.  Christina was the champion word maker.

After that we settled for reading old newspapers, batting the balloon around the room, and watching a re-run of “Deal or No Deal”.  By then it was time for the man to jump the river in his car on television…and that’s how we spent our New Year’s Eve. 

How about you?  How did you spend your New Year’s Eve?  I have decided to extend the exsisting Ten Dollar Wal-mart Gift Card giveaway through this weekend, rather than try to start a new giveaway today.  Just leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win.  I’ll run the contest through Sunday night at midnight, then draw a winner.  Thanks for understanding…lots going on and no time to start a new giveaway this weekend!

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