Is it Woo Hoo or Boo Hoo that the New Year is Almost Here?

Something About Nothing by Julie Seedorf Published week of December 29th, 2014

Woo hoo! The new year is almost here! Or is it, boo hoo the New Year is almost here?!

I am very conflicted about whether we should be happy that the New Year is here or sad that the old year is gone.

What does it mean when the old year is gone? It is another year of your life that you can’t get back. Depending on what kind of a year you have had, that might not be all bad but it also means you are older.

What does the New Year mean? It means that we have to find all the paper work and file taxes. It means, if we have a business we have to do more paperwork. It means we have to redo our health insurance.  When the old year ends and the new year begins it means all that paperwork has to also start over and get organized for the new year.

We make New Year’s resolutions for the New Year that most of us don’t keep, and we also resolve to not make the same mistakes in the New Year that we made the year before. We usually don’t keep that resolve either or if we do, we make different mistakes in the New Year.

I looked around on the Internet to check out some other people’s New Year’s resolutions. They made me chuckle. Have any of you ever made these resolutions? I will not bore my boss by with the same excuse for taking leaves. I will think of some more excuses. I will stop buying useless junk online. I will read the manual just as soon as I can find it. Always replace the gas nozzle when driving away from the pump. I resolve to stop poisoning my family with my cooking. These were taken from Random on Fanpop and Lifestyle online. I could probably adopt some of those for me especially the cooking one.

Looking back at the past year, for me, it has been a year of joys and sorrows. We were blessed to spend time with family and also friends we had not seen in a long time. I had three new books published. We were able to complete some long-awaited home projects such as putting my bathroom back together after a pipe-breaking disaster, shingling our garage and installing some new windows so we could be warmer this winter. There was joy being cat parents to our shysters who turn our sometimes tears into laughter.

In the midst of happiness there is always sadness. There is sadness when those you love are in pain and suffer broken relationships. There is pain because we lost many friends this year to death. There is heartache watching more people we love endure illness.  There is emptiness when longtime friends move away.  The year was a mixture of both joy and sadness, and I expect the New Year to be the same.

I have written about my evergreen tree in my yard many times. It grows tall and has more tops than an evergreen tree should have. Every year we wait to see if we are going to lose it. One year during the high winds that tore apart our town that evergreen tree took a big lean toward the ground. We could have let it go, but I begged to try and straighten it so it could stand tall and beautiful again.

Going through my many pictures I came across the picture of the leaning evergreen tree. I looked out at the tree standing tall and proud once again in my lawn. It had recovered from disaster. It may have sprouted another top over the years since I last wrote about it. Each year this tree adds to its branches. Each summer it is filled with nests from birds making it their home. It gives them warmth and comfort and cover. Each New Year so far, this tree has weathered the storms. Looking at my tree imperfect and beautiful as it is, gives me hope for the future of my imperfect resolutions and life.

Woo Hoo! The New Year is almost here. Boo Hoo! I don’t want to deal with all the paperwork. Father Time will soon hand over the duties of time to Baby New Year. You know what they say about time:

Time is like the wind, it lifts the light and leaves the heavy. — Doménico Cieri Estrada

Time is making fools of us again. — J.K. Rowling

Time is a figure eight, at its center the city of Déjà vu. — Robert Brault 

Time heals what reason cannot. — Seneca

Time is the wisest counsellor of all. — Pericles

Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst. — William Pen

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind. — Nathaniel Hawthorne

Time is money. — Benjamin Franklin

When Time is spent, Eternity begins. — Helen Hunt Jackson 

Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away. — Ben Hecht 

And then of course, time marches on. March on this New Year through the thickness of life. Happy New Year.

Review: Beetles in the Boxcar

Beetles in the Boxcar
Beetles in the Boxcar by Joyce Oroz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in two days that I have read in the Josephine Stuart Mystery Series. I chose this book because I liked the first one so much and this one didn’t disappoint. I seem to be reading them out of sequence but it doesn’t matter. Josephine’s elderly aunt comes to live with her but this aunt defies the word elderly and keeps Josephine hopping trying to keep both of them out of trouble. They both share a nose for snooping out trouble. Every time I thought I had things figured out I was lead in another direction. Josephine and her crew are mural painters and she never hesitates to get her crew and family involved in her capers. I suspect her mother used to be Josephine when she was younger. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series. Beetles in the Boxcar is well written and will take you on a journey of tracks and whistles. Enjoy.

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Review: Shaking in Her Flip Flops

Shaking in Her Flip Flops
Shaking in Her Flip Flops by Joyce Oroz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I got this book because it was a free offering. I read this book because I couldn’t put it down. The name Josephine made me wonder if the book was something set in the historical error but it couldn’t be farther from that. Josephine is a talented, snoopy painter with an array of friends that make you want to be a part of this circle of friends and family. It has you wondering why in the world someone would trust picking up someone along the side of the road and take them home, but that is what Josephine does which leads her into a mysterious world of weird characters, murder and trouble with the law. Just when you think you have this mystery figured out the author throws in another curve for you to follow. And follow it I did. I didn’t see the ending coming. I laughed, I held my breath and I kept on reading long into the night. I will go so far as to say I loved this book and can’t wait to pick up another one that I bought that is on my kindle by this author. Oh, and I love Flip Flops.

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