Welcome, New Year!

Birds start each new day with a song. I like to think that their song is extra melodious on the start of a new year.

Some good advice for 2023

My first post of the year is short and sweet. First, I want to share some good advice I read in the NY Times yesterday in response to their request to their readers for nontraditional best advice of 2022:

“I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days is 100 percent, and that’s pretty good.” -Hudson, San Diego

“Put 10 pennies in your left pocket. Find something for which you are grateful. Move one penny to your right pocket. You should find all pennies have moved to the right pocket at the end of the day. Celebrate.” -Mike Wilson, Sedona, Ariz.

“Stop reaching for people who aren’t reaching back.” -Katya Davidson, Portland, Ore.

“The best advice I received this year was to stretch my calves regularly. It cured my mild knee pain.” -Nicole Byer, Simsbury, Conn.

My Wishes for Everyone in 2023

Secondly, I want to repeat my wishes for everyone for 2023 from last year, “May it include walking in other people’s shoes, developing more empathy and compassion for other cultures and those different from ourselves. May we do it with curiosity rather than judgement, with open minds rather than preconceived notions. May we enjoy the different cuisines we taste, the new ideas that expand our minds. May we acknowledge the richness these differences bring to our lives and may they fill us with joy.” And this year I will add…may we learn to better love ourselves and each other.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Food

Lastly, I am sharing two pictures of our New Year’s Eve meal last night. I was so excited to find Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc (isn’t that what we had at your 40th, Heidi?) With it we had crab cakes, fresh fettucine alfredo, and sauteed zucchini with garlic and tomatoes. At midnight we had a prosecco campari spritzer…a wonderful way to bring in the new year…and the first year in many that I actually stayed awake until midnight! It helped that we were finally watching season six of Better Call Saul…only two more episodes left.

New Year’s Day traditional fare in Lancaster County, PA is pork and sauerkraut…which I need to go start on…


12 responses to “Welcome, New Year!”

  1. Happy New Year, Donna! xoxo

    Lovely post and nice job on your New Years Eve dinner and, yes, on the Cloudy Bay, yum 🙂


  2. You bet! Filet mignon, twice baked potato, sautéed spinach, and marionberry pie. It was all very good ….


  3. Happy New Year. What a wonderful wish for the new year. We could all be more empathetic and enjoy our differences instead of hating on each other.


  4. I love your New Year’s advice Donna. I especially loved reading how we have all gotten through our bad days… so true.
    I’m looking forward to a new year with great food and people! Your meal made me hungry!

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