Happy 2023

The holidays flew by at such a dizzying pace that I hardly had a chance to take any pictures. But what a good time we had! Our daughter Shannon, her husband Mike, and their two dogs stayed with us all the way through Christmas and beyond to the next day.

I did manage to take a picture of our Christmas morning brunch. The pumpkin bread was homemade; the cinnamon roll was not.

On Christmas Eve day, my brother, his wife, and their son came over for a celebration. By gosh, with everyone grouped in our small living room and the coffee table filled with appetizers, it felt like old times. Lots of talking and laughing.

As for COVID…all our guests had had it recently, and they were up-to-date with their vaccinations.Β  We felt as though the odds were in our favor, and as it turned out, they were. None of us caught COVID over the holidays.

Good things sometimes arrive in the mail. From two of my blogging friends, I received two delightful Christmas packages.

The first one came from Judy of New England Garden and Thread. She knows how much I love my home, and she sent me this beautiful calender with a picture of her own home. Her granddaughter did the artwork, and what a wonderful job she did. You can bet that this calendar will never be used to wipe hands or dishes. There is a pocket for a dowel, and I plan to hang it in my office, where I can see it when I work.

The second came from my friend Betsy, who follows my blog but doesn’t have one of her own. She knows I have a Santa collection, and she sent me this delightful duo. The larger one is a candle, which will never be burnt.

Many thanks, Judy and Betsy!

After Christmas, there was a much-needed week of rest. Our daughter Dee, who is staying with us, took a week’s vacation from her job, and we did the same with our work. Except for an errand or two, we stayed home. We also took a week off from our rather stringent low-carb regimen and ate what we wanted. We slept late. We read. We played board games. We watched, among other shows, two seasons of Britain’s Best Home Cooks. In short, we had a wonderful time.

Reflecting back on our staycation, I am both amazed and gratified by how little it takes to entertain us. The term low maintenance really does describe us, and I can’t help but think that if you take pleasure in simple things, then your days are full and happy.

On New Year’s Eve, the three of us—Clif, Dee, and me—had a tasty appetizer night.

We watched Avengers: Endgame and nearly timed it right so that Iron Man snapped his fingers at midnight. (We were off by 30 seconds or so.) Ah, well! The New Year came anyway, a little after Iron Man’s snap of the fingers.

In 2023, I plan to continue blogging once a week, on Monday, unless something comes up and I need to change the day. Occasionally, I might add an extra post.

A very happy New Year to you all. I am so grateful to be part of this blogging community, and I look forward to reading your posts in 2023.

82 thoughts on “Happy 2023”

  1. It sounds like you had a lovely holiday. And I’m impressed that you stayed up until midnight on New Year’s Eve/Day… I’m not sure if I’ve ever done that, ha!

  2. Your holiday was my kind of holiday. I especially love the week between Christmas and New Years and find I can relax and enjoy it all. The food looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  3. Low maintenance is good, Laurie. How draining it is to have to entertain somebody all the time! One of the first things I taught Little Domer was how to entertain himself and to this day, he’s such a perfect “houseguest” because he doesn’t demand to always be on the GO! That, and the fact that we get along so well, made our holidays extra-special.

  4. Sounds like a lovely family time, and restful too. My holidays were a whole lot more stressful, about which I’ll be blogging when I recover. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  5. I’m glad you liked the calendar. πŸ™‚ Your staycation sounds good to me. I’m going to adopt ‘low maintenance to describe my husband and I because it sounds better than ‘boring.’ πŸ™‚ Healthy and happy 2023 to you and Clif and family.

  6. I do enjoy the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and you clearly spent it well. I’m so glad that you had a relaxed time with family — and plenty of good snacks to go with that sleep-until-you-want routine! Here’s to a healthy and happy 2023!

  7. An uplifting post this is: having family around is the best. Your Christmas / New Year break sounds great. I am always glad when a post from you pops up in the Reader and I am looking forward to reading more.

  8. I agree with you completely (as have many who commented) that keeping things simple and enjoying the small pleasures of life is the perfect way to spent a holiday. This was always my mother’s mantra too, and she set a good example for us in that way.

  9. Happy 2023, Laurie. Cheers to the holiday time with family and friends. You embrace the spirit of the season. Small gathering are wonderful to close a year. On to the new year with hopes of encountering much goodness.

  10. Happy 2023, Laurie. It sounds like a beautiful holiday with just the right mix of all the good things in life. πŸ™‚

  11. How lovely your Christmas was !I wish you a super 2023 ! I hope you didn’t have problems with that snowbomb we heared about !

      1. I heard on tv that many people in the North were stuck in airports and that there were several death’s. Glad to hear you were ok. It must have been very hard for many people.

  12. It sounds like you had a blissful staycation and festive season Laurie, truly one to treasure, and such lovely gifts from your blogging friends too 🧑 Wishing you, Clif and all the family a blessed and joyful 2023 πŸ’–βœ¨ xxx

  13. It sounds like the perfect holidays, Laurie, and I’m so glad for you.
    Best wishes for good health, happiness, and peace in the new year for you and your loved ones.
    Tanja

  14. It sounds like you had a great holiday season and happy new year’s eve. We’re pretty low maintenance too, Laurie, and we also don’t burn our pretty candles. Lol. Have a wonderful 2023!

  15. That sounds like a wonderful break from routine and a joyous gathering of family. I wish you a happy, healthy and interesting 2023. What will you be working on now The Great Library books are done?

    1. Many thanks and the same to you and yours. My new book is called Darcy Dansereau, and it’s a coming-of-age story of a young Franco-American, a budding writer who must come to terms with her ethnic heritage. I’ve just begun the process of charting the characters, always very enjoyable for me. Naturally, there will be folderol in the novel because I can’t seem to help myself. πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for asking.

  16. Happy New Year, Laurie. I must remember the idea of timing a movie to finish at midnight. I’m impressed. I’m so happy to read that you’ve had a pleasant holiday season with family, complete with cozy gatherings and delicious food, not to mention charming gifts from your tribe. I look forward to your Monday posts this year.

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