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Auld Lang Syne 2017

Auld Lang Syne 2017

I love the haunting melodic tune of this old Scottish Song that is played each year at the strike of midnight to bring in a new year.
But the song seems to be more of a reflection of the old year, all those things that brought us joy, times, people and memories that made the year shine.
So 2017 thank you for my days of “old long since.”
Don and I started 2017 in Los Angelas with Dons football crew, celebrating the east coast New Year since they all had to go to sleep for an early crew call.

“And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.”
It was a wonderful year
We FINALLY finished our kitchen

We travelled.
Discovering Oceans Vodka in Maui


cruised with Honeymooners in Oahu.

Don worked the Super Bowl in Houston


and I watched the game with my friends and witnessed one of the greatest comebacks in Super Bowl History (Go Patriots!)


Kat and I marched because we believed that every person is important


We visited Vegas in the Spring, stargazing and visiting ghosts at the Pioneer Saloon.

Had a wonderful family reunion in Dallas where I met new cousins and spent time with family.

My niece Tasha got married in Arizona


and my siblings had the chance to get together and celebrate.

Don and I panned for gold in North Carolina.

Saw The house From “The Birds” in Bodega Bay”

And visited “The House of Souls” in Sacramento.

We did a European tour of Texas.

And zip-lined over Fremont Street in Vegas


Saw “Love” with Jan and Darrell

C507374E-4DF3-45D4-A870-DD47775F7517 “When we have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;”
We floated down the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon

Whale watched in Monterrey

Saw fisherman’s Wharf

Watched Texas play in The Little League World Series in Williamsport.

I got to see my friend Deede and her husband Randy on The Big Screen.


Joan and I visited Zion National Park


We picked apples with Randy and Deede  in New England.

Visited Mystic Pizza and The Liberty Bell with my cousin Michelle.


Saw Kathy and Mrs. Bergeron for the first time in decades.

I visited my family in New England.

Spent time with my Aunt Joyce in Boulder


(where Don taught her to edit).

Searched for Ghosts at The Stanley Hotel.

Visited Chicago with my children and Deede and “Hamilton” changed our lives.

“We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.”
We spent Halloween in Sleepy Hollow New York.

Saw Madame Butterfly at The New York Met with my friend Angie and her family.

We visited New York City

Toured Washington DC.

Watched a solar eclipse

Visited Austin.

And shopped for vintage clothing in Lockhart.

Eddie released the long awaited sequel to Cathulu leaving us all wondering “Who was The Stranger in Yellow?” And my daughters rocked their parts.

Eddie and Liz announced their engagement and we began the exciting process of planning a wedding.




Kat finished college and prepared for her new life.

David started working on a late night TV show and Ani got a promotion at work.

Our dinner group that we formed as a way to support one another as young parents celebrated twenty years, and many of the couples from the beginning returned giving us the chance to celebrate Old Acquaintance that were never forgotten.

San Antonio got real snow.

We did not get by without some very sad losses.
Dons dear friend from high school Randy Schriedel passed away, and we lost an amazing voice and a good friend.

Our beloved Msgr Brosnan passed away in Ireland and though we gained an angel in heaven we lost a powerful force of kindness and compassion here on earth.

Kathy Dooley, a beautiful woman whom I had only met a couple of times but whose energy, love and ability to make every person she met feel special also was taken, again making heaven a little brighter but our world a little darker.

I end this year feeling like the wealthiest woman in the world. And though my bank account may not reflect “wealth” my treasures lay in the love of friends and family that I am privileged to surround myself with.

“And there’s a hand my trusty friend! And give me a hand o’ thine! And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne.”
And my riches are in the memories of all those places I have had the opportunity to see and memories that will stay near to my heart for a lifetime.

So my old Acquaintances you shall never be forgot, your always in my mind. What memories I have to stay with me for Auld Lang Syne.
Happy 2018 to all my friends and family, my prayer is that this year will bring joy, prosperity and peace to all of us.

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.





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The Day after Christmas …

It’s the quiet chilly morning after Christmas. It was a wonderful day in our home yesterday, but I did not take one single picture, that is odd for someone who is always trying to capture each moment on film.

I was too busy to take pictures, busy enjoying the laughter of my family as they opened and watched us open each thoughtfully given gift.

Too busy listening to the sounds of my children, niece and nephew as they worked so hard to play and sing my favorite Christmas Song ( Night of Silence).

We shared a delicious dinner, in our warm home, we lit our Advent Candles and my children sang dutifully to make me happy as we lit each candle.

There was laughter, tears, past memories shared, future dreams discussed and new memories made.
This morning the stockings that were once hung by the chimney with care are scattered about with one single stocking remaining, the stocking for Jesus filled with our letters written over the years wishing Him a Happy Birthday.

There are no photos to remind me of the joy that filled my home this beautiful Christmas 2017, but my heart is filled with the memory and happiness of the greatest Christmas gift that any person can ever receive, the gift of family, friends, faith, hope and love.   My Christmas wish for us all is that the beauty of this season will continue in our hearts and minds long after the season is over.