New Year….New Choices

New Years Eve 2017

Sometimes I wonder about that saying that goes something like this: The older you get….the wiser you get. I am not really sure that is total truth or just wishful thinking.

This past holiday weekend, I think we have been living in the deep freezer in our area of the country. When you have a high of -9º for the day, it certainly feels like a deep freezer….and when it gets to -24º, it is a certainty.

My husband and I always wonder aloud why we stay living here. I think the answer is somewhere between the fact that this is where we raised our family and this is where we are surrounded by familiar people and things.

Even with the terribly cold temperature there is the comforting thought of knowing that this weather cannot last because it never has. There is the wonderful knowing that if we survive this arctic blast…..spring and summer really are just around the corner.

I think that is what is so great about the New Year holiday. You know the weather more than likely will be extremely cold in an ugly way….but there is also the knowledge that it is the New Year and it will change. You also know that this is the start of another year to possibly do things in life better….so the weather is just an inconvenience.

New Years is kind of like a do over. It is a season of hope that if things have been bad last year….they will get better… is a season of realizing that you have made it through the past year and it’s challenges so there is really no reason you cannot make it through the coming year.

New Years is a promise of wonderful things to come, time to remember all the great things of the year that has just passed and choices to be made and the fact you will get to make those choices. You can choose joy in the little things over stress about things you cannot change. You get to choose to live instead of just survive. It is really an amazing gift to be able to make those choices.

Our New Years Eve party, this past year, had a theme of the Rainbow and the promises Bible coloring cardthat come with that rainbow. We did have to grin that our rainbow theme was the old-school rainbow idea that speaks of God’s love and His covenant with us…..not the new version the world has turned it into. We were asked to wear bright colors for the event.

Even though it was cold we did go to the party, and thoroughly enjoyed playing board games with colorful pieces, coloring with pencil colors, eating rainbow colored food, and spending time in great conversation with friends. We wondered about how wise we really were, heading off into the night when temperatures dropped to 20+ below! Sometimes you just have to make the choice to leave your cozy fire, brave the cold and enjoy the gift of gathering.

May this New Year bring hope, love and friends to spend time with. May you be blessed by the living of life and the days to do so. I pray your hearts are warm on the coldest of days and during the bleakest of times.   And may you choose joy in those times and life….every day of the coming year. Blessings to you in the New Year.


Today I choose life.
Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain…
To feel the freedom that comes from
being able to continue to make mistakes and choices
– today I choose to feel life,
not to deny my humanity but embrace it.
Kevyn Aucoin

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34 thoughts on “New Year….New Choices

  1. Al says:

    Happy New Year to you and your family as well. Thank you for the “warming” thoughts. We’re not as cold as you, but you know what wimps we southerners can be in wintertime!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much on the picture Michele. I am slowly learning the art of the selfie. It has helped considerably that I discovered you can set a timer so all you have to do is watch the countdown and be ready!
      Around here we put really high R-value insulation under and in our homes, which helps with the pipes. It does take a very long time for the hot water to get to our shower, though. I guess it has to warm up those pipes before it can stay warm? The car did groan a little when we left the party to head home. My husband made sure to park it so the wind was not blowing into the engine….all those little tricks seem to help. It is a couple degrees above zero today and sunny so it almost feels warm around here. I am thinking it might just be perspective.

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  2. Deb says:

    Good for you and hubby braving the cold and going out to party!! Did you have him warm the car up both times or better yet do you have a remote car starter? It would need to run for about an hour before you’re ready to go just to get the chill out….brrrr! We’re getting a bad snowstorm tomorrow, starting around 5 a.m. and lasting into tomorrow night…and I get to brave it and go to work…UGH!! In the meantime…stay warm and toasty!! Remember…the days are getting longer, warmer would be nice too…hehe 🙂

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Yes Deb….he did warm up the car before and after and then we kind of coast slowly the first mile to let everything in the engine start to run smooth. No remote starter….just my husband lol.
      Thumbs down on that snowstorm!
      I am looking forward to spring!

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      • Deb says:

        Lol…well as long as you have your husband then you don’t need the remote starter! I second that thumbs down, and third that looking forward to Spring!! 😉

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  3. Margy says:

    I know what you mean about venturing out in the cold. We were hovering at about -30C for most of the holiday. When we headed into the city we not only dressed for the weather, we had a heavy down filled quilt in the back seat just in case!
    We decided to stay home for New Year’s Eve (which we normally don’t do.) A big surprise was that we could see the cities fireworks display from the comfort of our living room!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      We usually keep a blanket, extra coat, hat and gloves in the trunk for the winter. It just seems like a smart thing to do when you have to drive 10 miles to get to any town.
      What a great surprise those fireworks were! Stay warm Margy.


  4. bcparkison says:

    And we are freezing at 13. Not getting above 32 for several days sounds like crying when we consider the frozen North. Your house is better than mine for sure. But…no frozen pipes…Yea and thank you. Slowly warming up..slowly. Happy New Year to you both and do keep the fires burning.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      We just keep putting wood in the woodstove Beverly. I am finding this is a great time to finish some sewing project that I started long long ago. I have just parked my machine in the living room where the woodstove is! Wonderful way to spend time.

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  5. Timelesslady says:

    I hope you have a terrific 2018. We have also been in a very deep freeze. The N’or Easter is blowing through now…I don’t know how the little birds are staying put as they forage under the birdfeeder. I’m sure they will soon retreat to the ivy alongside the shed. I think that is their winter roosting spot.

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