I started a post writing yesterday, but I didn’t finish. We arrived at the cottage late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, depending on one’s perspective, and thus I woke up late, near 10 AM, which is much later than when I usually awake. I am often the first person in the family out of bed every morning. I usually rise before five in the morning during the week and I allow myself to sleep in to six, or half past six on the weekends. I quickly got busy in other jobs and didn’t write more than the first few lines of a new post.
Below is what I began to write,
New Year’s Eve 2015
I backed into the cottage driveway a little before 3 AM. I roused W, he grumbled when I shook his leg and called his name. It was cold and dark and I was tired. I roused Ivy, too. She was excited to climb out of the car and gently pulled at the leash. I opened the cottage door and she rushed inside waking B, my wife, before I clipped her to the tether and let her explore the front yard.
And, that is how far I got, I closed the lid on the laptop and didn’t open it until today – New Year’s Day. Instead of writing, I spent the day getting the cottage ready for our New Year’s celebration and cooking dinner.
Our menu for New Year’s was
New York Strip – grilled
Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
Steamed and buttered broccoli
Robust red wine
Chocolate cheesecake for dessert=
All homemade and home cooked, well maybe not the wine….
Our New Year’s Eve traditions took shape several years ago and they revolve around being Up North and at the cottage. We celebrate with two families whom we would otherwise never have met if it weren’t for the lake. We are blessed. I am thankful.
For the past several New Year’s we’ve gathered and shared the evening together. It’s a good time. Last night was no different. I crawled into bed past one, but earlier than the night before.
Today’s plan was to get the kids on the slopes and let them have fun skiing and snowboarding. O had skied with her friends Wednesday and had sent the photos below.
Once more, I slept and woke well after I normally rise. I helped O with her ski boots and made her a couple of steak sandwiches before they left earlier.
They left before noon and they’ve been skiing for a few hours, a couple hours later I called to check in and I learned that one of O’s buddies fell and injured his shoulder. Prayers.
This morning I noticed the lake had begun to freeze over.
My job is to make sure dinner is ready when they return tonight; we are having a traditional New Year’s Day meal, which I learned to make from my mother-in-law – roast pork tenderloin with sauerkraut served with mashed potatoes. I always make enough to re-heat and enjoy again on the day after New Year’s.
I have other jobs, too – laundry and schoolwork and New Year’s calls to my family. I’ve called my mom and texted to my brother, for now.
In the meantime, I’ve read several blog posts and left comments. I am grateful for blogging friends who have helped me realize that I am not alone and that we all are travelling parallel paths that are similar, but different to my own.
The past several years have been challenging for my family and I, however I realize that those trials have made me stronger and believe more deeply, in who I am and where I am headed.
Today is gonna be a great day. It already is. Tomorrow could be a million and six times better, but today is what I have, for now. So, I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Making the days Count, one day at a time, one step forward, followed by another step, because that’s how it’s done.
Happy New Year 2016, may the New Year bring us all peace and prosperity, but most importantly peace.