Elizabeth Melton Parsons

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Happy New Year! 2019

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Happy New Year and New Beginnings!

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For the next year my blog will be temporarily veering off course. Over the past years I’ve shared my sorrows, my joys, my poetry, my art and photography, and my books. In the sharing of all the little bits and pieces of me, I hope I’ve managed to inspire and or entertain. I also hope it has given you an opportunity to get to know me as I have gotten to know and love so many of you. As a small thank you:

Beginning tomorrow, I plan to highlight a different blogging buddy of mine everyday for the next 365 days. This will only be a small sampling of all the wonderful bloggers I’ve met and follow, but it’s a beginning.

Because I will be posting everyday, these will be very short posts. A link to the blog of the day and a few sentences about what they’ve brought to my life.

A Very Happy, Peaceful, and Prosperous New Year to all of you! ❤ ((HUGS))


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Christmas Downsized Makes Precious Memories

Another Christmas is over and the New Year fast approaching. With the economy in such sad shape, our family looked for ways to economize this Christmas. We gave more generously to the Salvation Army and Goodwill, making our budget smaller, but knew that as small as our budget was, others were much smaller if not non-existent.

My teenaged son is pretty cool. He never asks for much and is always happy with what he gets. Which of course makes me as his mother want to buy him more. But he didn’t get any of the high-tech items on most kids wish list. The only electronic gadget he got this year was a new cell phone and he wouldn’t have gotten that except that his old one had a bad screen. He was so thrilled with that phone. And that made me happy I splurged on it. My husband and I went to a used DVD store and picked out the movies and TV series we’d been wanting. We wrapped them and couldn’t have been happier had they been new, maybe we were happier considering the huge savings on the price.

We also shopped around thrift stores, vendor’s markets and other small unusual shops. This gave us the opportunity to find some very unique gifts at great prices. My husband hit the jackpot with a couple of my gifts. He found an old Peruvian, silver and gemstone cuff–beautiful. Another gift he gave me was a pen, hand carved in Africa. What could be more perfect for a writer? So yes, we downsized our budget for Christmas this year and in doing so had one of our best ever. Precious memories to linger for a lifetime.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and want to wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Elizabeth

http://elizabethmeltonparsons.com


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Food For A Good New Year-Southern Traditions

Anyone from the southern USA knows that to insure a good New Year, you serve a meal of black eyed peas, collard greens, and pork–a very traditional New Year’s feast. Whether or not it actually has any bearing on what kind of year you have…well, that one is up for debate. It probably depends on how superstitious you are. It’s also a tradition to place a dime under the plate. Me, I just enjoy the food. A big pot of black eyed peas cooked with pork and side of seasoned greens. Add some chopped onion and cornbread. Yummmm!

I also enjoy the tradition of preparing and serving the food. A tradition passed down for generations. Unfortunately, there are a lot of picky eaters in my family. I’m the only one who will touch greens. My husband insists his blackeyed peas be served over rice. My older son won’t touch anything but the pork and my youngest son doesn’t care for black eyed peas, but with enough onion and cornbread, he’ll eat them. So along with the traditional fare, I add dishes I know the entire family will enjoy. After all, this is a celebration of being here to see another year and I want everyone to have a good time. Regardless of what I serve or don’t and what they eat or not…the true enjoyment is having the family gathered to laugh, argue, and just have a good time being together.

Then of course we have the New Year resolutions. This is a tradition that nearly everyone indulges in. I normally make no resolutions, but this year I’ve decided that resolving to do a few things can’t hurt. So I will make a couple and pray I have the resolve to see them through. 🙂

No matter what your New Year traditions are, I wish you all a very prosperous, healthy and Happy New Year!


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Poetry: Holiday Wishes

Christmas tree lights sparkling

The smell of cookies baking

jingling of the bells

A child’s joyful yells

The singing of carols

and good cheer by the barrel

Christmas is a time to express goodwill to men

A time to share love with family and friends

Peace and joy for fellow man

Offering love with an open hand

So to all my friends so dear

I send to you love and good cheer

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

©Elizabeth Melton Parsons