A New Year
It's the last bite of 2017 and I'm happy that I started writing.
Hoping that you will make good plans for 2018.
It's common to make fun of New Year resolutions. As a non-follower of Christmas, Hanukkah or other, I'm pretty moved by the New Year. This holiday period is our accepted time for people of all beliefs to rest, gather and connect with family and friends. It loosens inhibitions. I love this. It's very spiritual for me. Why not have a chance to forgive yourself and try again, and again and again?
Truisms but... Nothing changes by staying the same and asking is the first stage in getting.
Google happiness and there are lots of suggestion on how to define it and or find it. I like it summed up like this...
Look after yourself. Cook and read and watch and make and sort and....
Nurture relationships. Keep up contacts. Best way is to cook and trap people around a table.
Think of others. Cook for them. Consider what they might need or even crave at the moment.
Do something you love. Cook and play and experiment and push the boundaries but stay sane.
Live in the moment. Cook what's here for now and also with an eye to the future.
Be curious. Cook and play with what might happen if this went with that.
This year, make more time to gather together.
Helen Frances Lindstrom
31/12/2017 08:27:04 am
Happy New Year Cath, I was just writing to a friend about New Year resolutions when your email arrived letting me know about your latest blog post.
31/12/2017 08:41:56 am
A good reminder for me to start making jams and pickles again - the biggest pleasure was always having something to give away.
Yes, some pickled cherries coming up. But it's also leading me to "decluttering". I don't like the bucketful of pickled walnuts I prepared two years ago. Throw away (OK compost) and learn - small batches of things I will be sorry to run out of. I'll also try your mustard pickle.
31/12/2017 12:07:52 pm
Great reminder Catherine
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