Sunday, January 1, 2012


On this first day of 2012 I stayed home and spent the morning cooking. I cooked our family traditional pork, collard greens and black-eyed peas lunch and had it ready when  everyone got here.

Black eyed peas for luck, collard greens for wealth and pork for health or never going hungry has been a tradition in our family for as long as I can remember. 
I had preparations for another meal going on as well as this one in getting food ready for the evening meal with Hubbie's family for our late Christmas celebration.
I spent most of the afternoon in the kitchen and getting presents wrapped for all the kids as well as entertaining g-son who wanted to stay with me this afternoon while everyone else had errands and things to do.
He played outside in this beautiful weather that feels like spring.

He loves to cimb in this magnolia tree,do you see him framed in the opening ?
 He spent the afternoon anxicously awaiting his cousins visit.

Here he makes sure the manger scene characters were all in place for the last time.
Finally it was time and everyone arrived .   There was lots and lots of food and good fellowship with family. G-son and his cousins played and played. Then they opened their presents and had some new things to play with.

Even the newest member of the family was enjoying himself with all the excitment going on.

My new little great nephew E is only 4 months old this Christmas.

Having a tea party !!!

My 14 month old great nephew came but after a short while  got sleepy and missed the whole party.
We all decided we need to get together more often as the kids now have so much fun together.
After everyone left hubbie and I cleaned up the kitchen and put all the left overs away and now as I turned off the Christmas tree lights for the last time this year I feel finally that the holidays are truly over. I love this season and am always sorry when it is over and it's time to put away all the beautiful decorations. But I have to admit I am looking forward to settling back into a regular boring routine for awhile.
The weather is changing as I type this tonight as I can hear the winds howling bringing in the promised coldest weather of the season. The next several days are going to be stark reminders that it is, after all winter time as temperatures will struggle to get above freezing during the day and fall to near single digits at night. I just heard the weather wizard say the "s" word for maybe tomorrow night and Tuesday morning.
As I did chores this evening I took this photo of the first sunset of 2012.

And this is the reflection on the clouds in the eastern sky.

The first day of 2012 has been a wonderful one for me and my family and I pray that we will have many more days just as wonderful as the year progresses.
Glory be to our loving Lord in all that I do.
Good Night and God Bless.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Marilyn, We had our traditional New Year's Day meal too (Hoppin' John). Ours is a one-dish meal (blackeyed peas, rice, ham, bacon and kielbasa). I cooked the peas using a hamhock, onions and lots of seasoning. SO good!!!

YES---the coldest weather of the year is on the way.. Don't think we'll get the snow. You may get some though since you are east of us. Stay warm!!!


Gail said...

Happy New Year, sounds like you're off to a great start.

Our meal had some variations but is supposed to produce the same peas, sauerkraut and hog jowl.