Party, Prep, and Post

Less than 1 hour and New Year’s Day will be over.  It has been an interesting year already at 1 day old.

New Year’s Eve was spent getting ready for my hosted noon meal for family and selected friends.  I did manage to cook a large and small crustless pumpkin pie with Splenda.  I also prepared the Pork Chops (16 of them) in the crock pot where they simmered to perfection for about 11 hours on low until mouth-watering and falling apart when touched.  Now, the fact that 3 batches of pie filled my mixing bowl to within 1/2inch of the top and that I thought, for a bit, that I might have to go out to Wal-Mart at 3AM should not take away from the eventual success of the day.

I did go to the Virtual party hosted, in part, by Robin Coyle.  I did have a good time visiting and did make my presence known, at least, somewhat.  It was fun and different and something I don’t think I could host in the near future.  Robin, you and all concerned should be very proud of what you accomplished.  It was great.

The New Year’s Day meal was great, too.  There were eight of us (nine if pregnant niece counts as two).  The meal consisted mostly of pork chops, fried cabbage, pasta, several layer salad, mashed potatoes, red potatoes, and green beans for main meal.  Drinks included what everyone brought, plus a house wine and a couple of bottles of soda purchased at about 1:30pm just before eating and with a lot of trouble getting them.  Dessert was my pumpkin pie (big hit), brownies (I miss those), Chex-Mix sugar style, and some cookies.

After the meal, we played Fluxx (card game), Scattergories, and The Game of Things while others watched old TV programs (George Burns per example) and/or slept.  There were no football games being watched as I have Roku not cable and could not get the stations.  I expected a big uproar from the guys, but everyone was nice about it.

Things ended around 4:30pm for most everyone.  A very good friend of mine stayed and we watched “Broken Flowers” – an interesting film starring Bill Murray.

It is now 11:44pm.  I am tired, but happy.  There is a lot to clean up in the kitchen tomorrow, but the rest of the house is in good shape.  Other than wrap and mail 2 Amazon packages, I have the day cleared and plan to read some posts and catch up on my writings.

Welcome to the New Year!  2013 is going good so far.



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