I’m going to try something new to me on this blog, if for no other reason that to get the blogging juices flowing again. I’m going to try to really examine what I’m thankful for. My daughter is very optimistic about 2014 and I am weary to the soul of having so little to be optimistic about in the world around me. So I start today with my first thankful mention:
Today, I entertained 16 people for Prediction Day. At our house, on January 1st, we get together to eat New Year’s Day soup, made with black-eyed peas for luck. Then, we read aloud our predictions for the outgoing year written a year ago and kept together in sealed envelopes and enjoy laughing at how things actually turned out, or similarities in predictions. For example, someone made a prediction last year about getting the troops out of Iraq but someone else predicted an engagement in the family.
In preparation for this, I was making a lot of corn bread and corn muffins. I had 3 batches I was trying to prep simultaneously. I had to continually remember which one needed 1 cup of flour and which needed 1 ½ and so on. At one point, I panicked thinking I had put no baking powder in one and twice as much in another. Luckily, it worked out. Then, while the corn muffins were in the oven, I was finishing prepping the corn bread when I looked down at the mix. It looked as if I had put the milk and egg in there twice which was going to ruin one of the best parts of the meal. There was no going back so that corn bread went into the oven as it was. And it came out great! ( The recipe uses cream style corn which gives it moisture and texture and, served warm, can’t be beat.)
So I’m thankful that 16 people, some family, some as good as family, joined me in the fun of looking at the year ahead and back at the one just ended and also thankful for the blessing of the food. Most of all, I know, even if the cornbread had been ruined, all those people would still have been there for me. How can you beat that?
Final thought: A quote from Nelson Mandela I used as a theme for today’s celebration:
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
Happy New Year!