Last evening we attended a New Year’s eve party with friends from church and met other new friends. In addition to the snack and dessert foods the guests brought, the hosts served us borriga, a very tasty soup made from…goat! The spicy broth and meat were great. One guest brought pfefferneuse or peppernuts. They seemed more like Mexican wedding cakes, rolled in powdered sugar, but they were very good. We got home just before midnight, just in time for lots of loud fireworks, so LeRoy tells me. Apparently, I was already SOUNDLY asleep! But whether or not I was awake for it, 2017 has come anyway.
Just this morning I heard the Prince song that encouraged everyone to party like it’s 1999. And it’s 2017 already. Really? When he recorded it, that date seemed so far away. When the change of century did come, people were absolutely freaked out that the change to 2000 would bring destruction. Those predictions turned out, for the most part, to be a false alarm. This election season, people on both sides of the fence seemed to have the opinion that it was about to happen again if their candidate did not win. Well, someone did win and fear and foreboding are again in the wind. But you know what? I think that “this is the end of the world as we know it” isn’t all bad. I mean, the world as we know it is full of crime and war and sin. Wouldn’t it be nice if that could all end? I’m convicted to do everything I can to make that happen!
Now to a different note. We had a wonderful Christmas season. While my sister Florence Marie has been with us for Christmas once, we’ve never had our son or daughter and their families with us in Tucson for the holiday. This year, Tim and Heidi and their three youngest kids drove out to be with us and we had such a good time showing them our Tucson! This picture was taken in front of Northwest Community Friends Church.
We took the family to our favorite restaurants and a few of our favorite places, like Tombstone. Turns out, the youngest generation knows nothing about Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday or the shootout at the OK Corral. And they know very little more now, since the day we were there was Christmas Eve and most of the historic things were closed. We did get to eat at Big Nose Kate’s saloon, though. Maybe they’ll get a chance to watch the old movie Tombstone once they get back into their routine at home. We’re still working on our son Robert and his wife Shelly to come another year. Her parents live in Arizona, too, so they could kill two birds with one stone!
This past year, we kept a jar and pieces of paper around to write things that made us feel thankful. Today, we opened the jar and took turns reading what we had written. We have been blessed in so many ways! Again this year, my favorite Christmas gifts are things that have a long lasting effect and keep me mindful of the giver. One is an apothecary jar with 365 slips of paper, each with a scripture reference. We pulled out the first one today. Even Christmas cards and letters make me smile, remembering the people who sent them. I for one love getting Christmas letters and catching up with the families of people who are important to us. I have to confess that I haven’t sent one in several years. Maybe someone is waiting to hear from us?
We’ve added some colorful accents to the inside of Liberty this fall, replacing the tan and brown decorative pillows on the couch with turquoise and white. Just this week, LeRoy painted the end tables a coordinating color and I love it.
Keep watching for more changes this year. Have a blessed new year, everyone!