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It Is Still NOT Just Another New Year’s Eve (2013 Edition)

12/31/2008

“It’s just another New Year’s Eve, 
Another night like all the rest.”

New Years Eve – 2008 was not like all the rest and yes it was the worst I had experienced.  I did manage to get through it but it was tough.

Normally Joe and I would have a glass or two of champagne at midnight, drinking out of monogrammed glasses I bought for our first Christmas.

Not this year.

There would be no popping the cork outside on the deck, no clinking the glasses, wishing each other a Happy New Year, and no kiss.

I felt so lonely and there was no joy in the house that night.

Dick Clark and I are usually together on New Year’s Eve.  It was even tradition for Joe and I to watch him.  However, there was no Dick Clark in 2008 as Rommie and I were in bed by 10 p.m.

12/31/2013

 “It’s just another New Year’s Eve, 
Let’s make it the best.”

It still is not just another New Year’s Eve and never will be again.  Because tonight is another reminder that the world is made for couples and I am no longer part of a couple.  Thank God this night only comes once a year.  That fact brings me great joy.

However, Rommie and I will enjoy tonight and then be in bed by 10 p.m.

Grieving?

If you are grieving the loss of a spouse this year, hang in there.

You will get through it.

Go to bed early if you want. I know it is painful but you have made it this far, it is just a couple more days till January 2nd when the world will be back to normal.  Then you can breathe a sigh of relief that the holidays are over.

Remember, just as the song says:

“But when we’re through this New Year 
You’ll see, WE’LL be just fine.”

You and I will be just fine.  Let that fact bring you joy tonight and tomorrow.

“It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve”

Don’t look so sad, it’s not so bad you know.
It’s just another night, that’s all it is,
It’s not the first, it’s not the worst you know,
We’ve come through all the rest, we’ll get through this.

We’ve made mistakes, but we’ve made good friends too.
Remember all the nights we spent with them?
And all our plans, who says they can’t come true?
Tonight’s another chance to start again.

REFRAIN
It’s just another New Year’s Eve,
Another night like all the rest.
It’s just another New Year’s Eve,
Let’s make it the best.
It’s just another New Year’s Eve,
It’s just another Auld Lang Syne,
But when we’re through this New Year
You’ll see, WE’LL be just fine.

We’re not alone, we’ve got the world you know.
And it won’t let us down, just wait and see.
And we’ll grow old, but think how wise we’ll grow.
There’s more you know, it’s only New Year’s Eve.

REPEAT REFRAIN

Barry Manilow/Marty Panzer

Weekly Photo Challenge: JOY

Today I am taking part in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.  Every Friday a new theme is revealed and bloggers are encouraged to post a photograph whether or not they have a photography blog. How could I not participate when this weeks theme is “Joy.”

This picture of Rommie making a snow angel was taken a few weeks ago. It is by far the best snow angel picture I have taken over the years.  Rolling around not only brings her joy but brings joy to my heart as well. Whenever I see her making snow angels, (or practicing her technique in the spring, summer or fall), I stop what I am doing and just watch her. Doing so brings back joyful childhood memories.

Those were the carefree days, my friend.

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How Michele Makes Nacho’s

It was difficult transitioning from cooking for 2 to cooking for 1 after Joe passed. One of the easy dishes I discovered was Nacho’s.

In order to make cheese nacho’s put some tortilla chips on a plate, top with as much Mexican cheese as you like and then nuke until the cheese melts. Voila – Cheese Nachos!

You can then top with salsa and/or sour cream.

Chicken

Then one day after cooking chicken in my crock-pot, it dawned on me all I had to do was put shredded chicken on the chips, top with cheese and nuke until the cheese melted and Voila – Chicken Nacho’s!

Yes, these are not the fancy nacho’s you find a restaurants but they are easy and quick – except for the crock-pot part.

Tonight

Check back between 7-8 p.m. Eastern and I will show you today’s version of chicken nacho’s. The chicken is cooking in crock-pot.

Chicken Nacho's B.C. (Before Cheese)

Chicken Nacho’s B.C. (Before Cheese)

Chicken Nacho's after cheese, taco sauce and sour cream

Chicken Nacho’s after cheese, taco sauce and sour cream

5 napkins later - All Gone!

5 napkins later – All Gone!

Rommie got chicken nacho’s too.  I dropped a couple chips on the floor and then put some chicken in her food dish.  Needless to say she scarfed the chips and chicken down and is now one happy dog.

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