2022….Here We Go!!!!

Happy New Year everybody! I hope your year is filled with only good things. It’s 11:14 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and I am trying my hardest to stay awake until midnight. Neil is currently sleeping, and I am going to wake him up just in time to watch the fireworks. Hawaii takes their fireworks very seriously…in fact, they’ve been blasting them off for days. From our window we have the perfect view of the whole westside of the island. It’s quite the show.

O.k., it is story time. Grab your favorite beverage and gather around. When I was growing up, we went to my aunt’s house to spend New Year’s. It was so boring. She was older, never had any kids, so it was strictly a grownup type of house. (Read…nothing for us kids to do) It was us, my grandmother and Aunt Gladys. She did have a good food spread; in fact, she made the best crab ball around. But other than watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve and eating snacks, there was nothing else to do until midnight hit and we went outside to bang on those pots and pans I talked about in my last post. Then it was time for bed.

My favorite part of the new year was the next day. You know I love me a good parade and Philadelphia does it right with The Mummer’s Parade. It has run every year for the past 115 years (except last year). They have a clown brigade, fancy costumes and string bands. You can see a picture of the type of dress in the collage above. Different clubs from all over town start in January to come up with a theme and they make their own costumes, and they compete for a prize. To see them strut down Broad Street is better than any parade I have ever seen…and yes, that includes my beloved Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We went one time in person when I was in high school. I brought a friend for the holiday and my stepfather took us. But it’s cold in January on the East Coast, so I can live with sitting in front of the television. LOL.

For many years I wasn’t able to watch it, but I thought about it every year. Now thanks to live streaming, I can once again sit in front of a digital device and watch it. Of course, that means waking up at 4 in the morning because of the time difference, but that’s a sacrifice I am totally willing to make. In fact, I wanted to be writing this tomorrow morning as I was watching the Mummer’s, but they have postponed until Sunday due to weather. It’s o.k. That just means I will be up with my coffee watching before I have to leave to go to church.

2022 is going to be a fabulous year, my friends. I am calling it now. It’s going to be because I am not going to let anything get in my way. I have things I want to get done and I will get them done. Don’t worry…you will have a ringside seat to it all, I promise. Let’s go out and make this year sparkle, who’s with me?

***Question for the comments…what is your favorite New Year’s memory? Do you like to go out or stay in?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

8 thoughts on “2022….Here We Go!!!!

  1. You know MY feelings about parades in general and the Mummers in particular. After decades of Daddy’s Black Tie New Year’s Eve parties with THOSE people, I am quite content to just sit home with my wonderful hubby, call out, binge Gilmore Girls, and then celebrate the New Year! 😁 This is my year of NO Resolutions. As you know, I tend to make too many, get overwhelmed, and then don’t accomplish anything. So, this year, I will just make sure I accomplish what I want to every day. Even if I only got 80% done, I’m still better off.

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  2. My favorite New Year’s Eve memory is last night! I now live in the best place on the planet. I got ridiculously dressed up to attend a small party on a boat in the Ala Wai Harbor in Waikiki! We grilled our food to perfection while listening to oldies music! In between the raindrops we witnessed some private fireworks going off in the harbor. Then, after driving home before midnight to be off the roads and safe, I experienced the Hawaii fireworks that Tracie mentioned. 360 degrees around my place near DiamondHead, ground firecrackers and colorful explosions in the sky abounded!

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  3. Back when I was a kid there was no dui law…with that said my dad piled us in the car and we went all over the island to different parties…but no matter what we’d pack up and make it home before midnight so my dad could light the long stringer of fireworks (100,000) that was lit every year on the big tree in front of our kaimuki house…my great gramma wouldn’t let anyone else light it but my dad…this was on my mother’s side of the family …it was kinda hilarious being my mother had 12 brothers and look on their faces when we rolled in…all of them disappointed thinking maybe one of them could light it…Happy New Year Tracie…2022 is here and like you said let’s embrace it!!!

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