Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
I am an enormous fan of the music our parents grew up with, and "Moonlight in Vermont," is one of my favorites. The unofficial state song of Vermont was first recorded -- remember records? -- in 1944 and sung by Margaret Whiting. It's been covered by many of the great popular singers of our lives, including Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday, Brook Benton and Willie Nelson. Each verse evokes a different season in Vermont and today we're featuring winter, with a visit to one of the most beautiful towns in this beautiful state, Stowe.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Sunday, January 3, 2021
The theme of the beautiful jewel-tone windows of Bergdorf Goodman, one of the last of the great department stores, were our wishes for 2021: love, joy, harmony and goodness.
Wishing you joy throughout the year ahead
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Last night I was reading through email and came to a newsletter from the Kiplinger Report. There was an article on what items -- other than money -- give meaning to our retirement years. The discussion included good health, social connection and volunteering. But this paragraph especially resonated with me:
" As with optimism, gratitude also can be mastered with practice. One of the most effective ways to cultivate gratitude is by writing in a journal. Take a few minutes each day to write down a few things that you are grateful for; they can be as big as a professional accomplishment or as small as your morning cup of coffee. Psychological research suggests that putting feelings of gratitude to paper can provide both mental and physical benefits, such as greater self-esteem, better sleep and improved heart health."
I don't need a reason to blog, but what a boost to learn that putting my feelings of gratitude to paper, which is what I and my blog buddies in Buttercupland do regularly, helps me sleep better and keeps my heart healthier.
It's the second day of 2021 and I'm grateful for my morning coffee, the breakfast casserole I made to accompany my coffee, the Saturday morning services I attended via Zoom this morning and the walk I took in fifty degree weather this afternoon. What are you grateful for on January 2, 2021?
As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care.
Friday, January 1, 2021
In 2019 my perfect word was fun and in 2018 I chose health. My perfect word for 2020 was vision. It seems so obvious (and ironic) thinking about it now, but I'd been to a vision workshop on New Year's Day, 2020 and was inspired. On January 1, 2020, I had a vision of the year ahead. I had trips planned, theater tickets purchased -- including seeing Hugh Jackman in The Music man in September -- and thoughts about how I'd like to celebrate my milestone 70th birthday.
I planned to choose hope as my word for 2021, but in retrospect it really was my word for 2020. Vision went by the wayside in mid-March 2020 when I quickly realized I had no vision of what the days, months, year would look like. The one thing I learned is that 2020 would in no way resemble the year I had envisioned. I've read a fair number of Dystopian novels, but none had sketched a time that would give me insight into my experiences this year past.
What I did have in 2020, though there were times it ebbed and waned, was hope. I had hope that I would get through the long dark spring and hope that life would improve. I had hope that one day in 2020 I would once again be baking in my kitchen and hope that there would be a vaccine. And blessedly, my hope has been answered.
The great thing about picking a perfect word is that it's my perfect word, and I get to revise it. I've never done a perfect word revision before, but we've never had a year like 2020 before. On the first day of 2021, I'm revising my perfect word for 2020 and tomorrow, I will be posting my perfect word for 2021. It will be a day later than usual, but with insights that took almost a year to cultivate.
I hope the first day of 2021 was a good one for you. My New Year's Eve was a quiet one, with phone calls and watching one of my favorite movies (for the zillionth time), "That's Entertainment." Today included Friday night services, a long walk and lots of cooking, all of which I am very appreciative.
As ever, thanks for visiting and happy 2021.