Happy New Year!

Yep, that's me up there relaxing by a roaring fire, sipping on some Candy Cane Lane Celestial Seasonings tea*, and contemplating my next knitting project...or perhaps the several I already have going.

I needed some downtime after a solid holiday season.  Parties, people, and food, oh my!

After a couple of months of really rich foods, it was nice to sit and drink some naturally decaffeinated peppermint green tea to settle my stomach.

Celestial Seasonings teas are my go to herbal teas.  They are made with natural flavors and spices and are so, sooooo yummy.  I drink Celestial Seasonings fruit teas (True Blueberry and Black Cherry are two of my favs) hot all year round and put their Red Zinger or Mandarin Orange Spice in my sun tea.  Good stuff.

The last few days of December and first few days of January still had us as busy as ever.

Every year, I instate a mandatory purge.  While Engineer was off from work and Diva was off from school I had all hands on deck to clean out drawers and closets, to wipe down ceiling fans and baseboards, and to deep clean everything.

Now, since we have only been in residence at Beloved Bayou for 6 months, the amount of crud was far less than in years past.  We still managed to fill boxes and bags full of trash and give away items.

Our goal was to get it done before our annual New Year's Day party.  We almost made it.

I'll be finishing up the last two rooms this week while my peeps are back at work and school.

For the first time ever, our party was going on during inclement weather.  Attendance was down on previous years but we still had a nice time.  It always amazes me how people from different sectors of our lives end up knowing each other.  I say it all the time, but it is true - this is a very small world we live in.

Saturday we celebrated Anthony's 1 year Transplantaversary.  Kathleen had made a heart shaped cake and had a spread of all of his favorite foods including Oreos - I knew there was a reason why I liked that kid.  ;)

It was a very intimate gathering and we shared memories of the day they got the call.  Then we sort of interviewed the family.  One question I asked Anthony was what is the biggest difference for him pre and post transplant.  His answer was short and sweet, "I just feel so much better."

Y'all if you are looking for a way to make a difference in the New Year, please please please consider being an organ donor.  It costs you nothing to give the most precious gift imaginable - life.

And now to our menu plan:

Sunday - Leftovers
Monday - Fish & Veggie Stir Fry over Rice
Tuesday - Chili & Cornbread Waffles w/Veggies
Wednesday - Curried Lentil Loaf & Steamed Carrots
Thursday - Pumpkin Pasta w/Cabbage & Sausage
Friday - Date Night
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.

*I was sent Celestial Seasonings tea to sample from Influenster.  My opinions, gross holiday over-eating, and sweatpants are my own.