Farewell, 2014

Wow! Can you believe today is the end of 2014?  I can’t.  It’s been a wonderful, exciting year filled with joys and challenges, mixed together with a myriad of successes and failures, ups and downs… You know, a typical year LOL.  I do enjoy the way the years wind up, a big holiday rush and then the quiet aftermath that says goodbye to the old and holds so much perky possibilities for the new.  clock

I’m curious -do you celebrate the new year with a big blow out party?  Or with a quiet night at home?  Crowds or intimate groups?  I’ve done all of that, from celebrating in Las Vegas with it’s carnival-like atmosphere to small parties with cards and snacks with friends. I’ve down the ‘just me, myself and I’ celebrations and the cozy ones with a few loved ones.  Thanks to the flu, this year my celebrations will be spent on the couch with my husband and daughter, enjoying an end-of-year glut on junk food and a movie marathon.  However it’s spent, saying goodbye to the old is always fun when the new holds great possibilities.HappyNewYear2013

How will you be celebrating?  Do you do the tootie horns and fun hats?  Paper crackers and kisses at midnight?  Wild parties or small gatherings? I’d love to know what you’re all doing tonight!

So whether you celebrate the new year wearing sequins at a party or flannel by the fire, I hope you chime it in with joy!  And I hope your 2015 is filled with happiness and success, prosperity and health, and most of all, love.



  • Helen says:

    Is he coming to spend New Years Day with me 🙂

    Have Fun

  • Helen says:

    Happy New Year Tawny it is already January 1st here in Oz and we had a quiet one last night and watched the fireworks on the harbour on TV the nine o’clock ones with Jayden and Hayle and then the midnight ones just us two and the dog because there were so many neighbours letting of fireworks he was really scared 🙂

    We have over the years been to a few parties but with pets and fireworks we find it better to stay at home and look after them and it is hot over here so air cons or doors and windows opened letting in any cool breeze 🙂

    Have Fun

    I am sure the GR will enjoy his day with us we have bought a new PC and lap top and they need to be set up today maybe he can help with Jayden and Hayley while we get this done

    • Helen, all of our dogs have been anxious about fireworks. That’s another reason we like to be home by midnight even on the rare occasions when we go somewhere.

      Good luck setting up the new PC! I wouldn’t count on the GR to be much help….

  • Deb says:

    We don’t go anywhere on NYE because my husband refuses to drive this night. So, we usually stay at home and watch movies and have soup and sandwiches or pizza. My daughter is attending a party, and I have already grilled and lectured about dos, don’ts, what-ifs, LOL. She is spending the night and her brother only lives a block over from her friend’s house if she needs anything.
    Happy New Year to all, and blessings in 2015!

    • Deb, we’re just as happy to be off the roads since I’m sure, despite the vigilance of law enforcement, there are more intoxicated people than usual driving around.

      I’m sure your daughter will be fine, but it must be reassuring that her brother is so close. We’ve told the boy his friends are welcome to stay over. We have air mattresses, a trundle bed, a futon, etc., and we’ll find places for them. Whether they decide to do it remains to be seen, now that they’re all grown up and everything. *g*

  • Tawny, I’m so sorry about the flu! Ugh. What a way to close out the year. :-/ I hope you’re feeling better now.

    We’re in the habit of staying home New Year’s Eve. We don’t much care for crowds, and we like watching Anderson Cooper & Kathy Griffin send off the old year from Times Square. We have champagne and a little snack at midnight.

    Tonight, a couple of the boy’s friends are coming over for pizza and will presumably be here to ring in the new year. They’re not allergic to crowds, though, so I won’t be surprised if they go out for a while.

    • Caren Crane says:

      Lucky you, Nancy. All my birds have already flown the coop for tonight! One is back in NYC, one at the beach with friends and the baby is out with friends here in Raleigh. Super quiet evening for the parental types. I hope you have all the fun!

  • Shannon says:

    Sorry about the flu. About everyone I know has it or is recovering.

    While I love some crowds (waltzing at the Kennedy Center), I’m no longer fond of large, loud parties. This year, I’m home with the Kindle, DVDs, and even CNN. I get a kick out Anderson and Kathy in small doses.

    I hope you have a sweet New Year’s Eve and health, wealthy, happiness, and joy in the New Year. Thanks to you and yours for providing light and laughter with this blog.

  • Franca Poli says:

    We celebrate at home having dinner with friends and doing board games . At midnight uncork the champagne and then we watch the fireworks.
    Happy new Year! xx

  • Caren Crane says:

    I love to spend New Year’s Eve at home or with a few friends. No big parties or dodging drunk drivers for us! 😀

    We usually light a fire in the fireplace and have a toast at midnight. Often movies are watched and board games are played. Tonight, it’s just me and the DH, so I will be lucky to be awake at midnight!

  • Spending the evening at home with the dogs and Miss Rebecca Marie, the cat. I have to work tomorrow so no late night frivolity for me. The neighbors have already started with fireworks and gunfire. The dogs are in my lap or at my feet so it is going to be a long night!

    Happy New Year to you and the Banditas and Buddies in my very favorite place to party !!

  • gamistress66 says:

    quiet evening/day here enjoying some traditional pork & kraut as well as relaxation & reading. Hope everyone has a wonderful new year celebration, however they do it & that 2015 brings continued blessings & laughter 🙂

  • Jane says:

    Happy New Year. It’s too cold to stand around in Times Square. I’ll be home watching the ball drop on TV.

  • EC Spurlock says:

    Sorry to hear you have the flu, Tawny! I’ve had it most of the month and am only just now starting to feel better. Son #1 has it now.

    We had our honeymoon at First Night Boston, which was a blast (literally, but that’s another story) and we have been to several First Night celebrations both in Boston and here in GA. We have also had the small family-only gatherings with board and card games, and one memorable year we spent the holiday with a friend in the backwoods mountains where everybody went outside and shot off their shotguns at midnight (and our friend, a historical reenactor, silenced them all with his Civil War mortar. Nobody could beat that.) Tonight it’s just family, we played a few rounds of rummy and UpWords, and at midnight we’ll cut the traditional Greek New Year’s Bread and see who gets the quarter for luck.

    Here’s wishing you all a bright and happy New Year filled with love, luck and laughter!

  • Amy Conley says:

    All the same to you Tawny and everyone here. Hubby and I are alone in our own beds trying to stop this back and forth of the stupid cold/flu going between us. When the kids were little we always had a houseful of girls because NYD is her birthday, so she always had a slumber party. This year hubby and I spent most of the day and night slumbering.

    • Amy Conley says:

      “HER” is our daughter. I did offer up our livingroom this year if she wanted to do one for old times sake, even though, like her, all her friends are married with kids of their own.