Saturday, December 31, 2011

Welcoming the New Year

I hope you are all having a wonderful New Year's holiday. I'm in Denver, visiting my sister and brother for a few days. We've belatedly celebrated one holiday, and are now ready to welcome the new year in.

As often happens for me, my vacation is also a sort of busman's holiday.  This is not a bad thing,  When one of your primary income streams is buying and reselling (books, ornaments, toys, you name it), the chance to visit new thrift stores is an open opportunity.  When you're second income stream in quilting, every new fabric store is an adventure.

Much as I enjoy spending this time with mys siblings, I am reminded that Denver will probably never be my home. Between the winter and the higher cost of living, the place simply will not work for me. I can see myself spending more extended time here in the summer, however.  While I probably will never be a "snowbird" or "sunbird", I can see spending the end of the summer and early fall her for an extended period of a few months.  I'll be looking at that possibility, and the financial considerations in the future. I'll be sharing what I find and works as we move forward.

After a few years of visiting regularly at this time, we have  routine down for our evening celebrations. Rather than hitting one of the many celebration venues available, we have our own sibling family celebration at home.s day.  This evening we will visit my brothers house where he and my son will cook a full scale German meal (schnitzel, red cabbage, spatzle, and all the things that go with that).  Afterwards we will have Christmas cookies, wine and chocolate wine, and champagne. We'll play games, perhaps watch a movie rental, and welcome the new year. I'll be back at my sisters at a semi reasonable hour (no four am parties for me). 

Tomorrow, we will trek back to brother's house. My other brother who is a salmon fishermen sent us a pile of fish from his recent catch, which we will have with bagels and eggs for brunch.  Then we will watch the football game (can Tim Tebow win another one). In the evening, we'll return to my sister's house, where she and my son will make steaks Belgian style  baked potatoes and salad. The evening will be spend visiting and sharing. We may again play a game or watch a film, or we may simply relax with our wineglasses and discuss the state of the world in general.

Whatever your celebration choice, I hope it is lovely.  I'll return to my normal frugal retirement discussion on the morn.  Happy New Year one and all!!!


  1. Happy New Year Barb!
    Let this be one of the best years of your life.

  2. Have a great new year! Denver is beautiful in the summer...but a little too cold for me in the winter :)

  3. I have only been in Denver long enough for the changing of the bus on my way to Missouri so I haven't seen much of it but love the ride there. The highway is beautiful and I have never seen it with snow but I bet it is lovely.

    Ditto on what Janette said. I think 2012 is going to be a great year. Blessings to you and your family and to all who read and post here.

  4. We had our most mellow NYE in a long time . . . we went to a matinee showing of War Horse, then had dinner at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour, which just opened in our town, before returning home around 7:00 pm to watch the ball drop on TV.

    Normally we go to a NYE party at our dance studio, but for some reason I didn't feel like being out till all hours this year. I sincerely hope it was a passing phase as I'm not at all looking to slow down quite yet!

    Happy 2012 to you and yours!

  5. I had a client in Denver for almost a dozen years and found it a fascinating city. There are all sorts of great neighborhoods and places like the LoDo district for restaurants. But I spent way too many very cold days and nights there on business to consider it a permanent home.

    Drive home safely.

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