Tonight, with little fan-fare my husband, son, and I will ring out 2012 and bring in the New Year. We'll have a meal (beef roast marinated in port and topped with Gorgonzola cheese and crushed peppercorn. The marinade will become a sauce, reduced with cranberries added - festive. Also twice baked potatoes and steamed asparagus - simple, but festive). We'll watch some movies and drink tea. I'll probably knit. It will be our typical night. No big party no big fanfare no big deal. Quiet.
Tomorrow my husband and I will drive west, across the state of Michigan, to meet up with our daughter. We've had her dog, Oliver, since Christmas Eve day. She left him here so she and Keith could go to a family party at his parents (too big of a party for a big dog) and then go out tonight, New Year's Eve without needing to board him. It seems boarding him stresses him out and he gets very sick.
|He is such a nut! Here he is in one of my favorite photos, waiting for our daughter on the back of the sofa in the office of the barn where she works....|
But here, he's been fine. He is so use to and comfortable with our dogs, it's his pack, and he just fits right in. We like having him here too - he's a big goof. So, tomorrow, a five hour round trip drive to drop him off. We'll probably have a quick lunch at the meet-up.
Today I'm thinking of the simple pleasures of life: coffee, the New York Times, a fire in the fireplace, sleeping cats and dogs, and a slow start to my day. Soon I'll be back in the fray - busy preparing and taking care of a million things at once. But for now, peace, rest.
I watched a recap of 2012 on the news last night and remarked at all the tragedies and challenges of this year - so difficult for so many people - most of it violence and bad weather. This year, all things considered, has not been too bad for me, personally. There are some challenges, but also many blessings. I live with a grateful heart.
I hope you find some time for peace and rest. Or, if it is your preference, a good night out to celebrate. What are you up too as we ring out 2012?