Bidding Adieux to the Old Year


As we bid ‘adieux’ to the Old Year, 2014, we may reflect on this past

year and see some great things happened in the world, along with

our personal lives. This post won’t dwell on the many negative news

items that took place across the world. My recent conversation I had

with my good friend, Patrice, where we discussed the economy was

full of hope. She is a moderate Republican but found Pres. Obama

has “helped the economy,” citing some personal ways it improved.

Especially for the businesses of her family, who saw an upswing in

purchasing pizzas at her brother in law’s pizza chain, along with her

sister’s Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan having much continued

success. Pat shared good news with her family’s investments in stocks

and bonds, showing profitable and significant increases. The U.S. stock

exchange and business world has not been this secure since Clinton’s

administration. (This can be confirmed in the business pages of the

New York Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer and Columbus Dispatch.)


I don’t really wish to quote statistics, just the positive slow, gradual

upswing in the economy as something good to report.


While talking with members of our warehouse, several mentioned

the Obamacare (health care and insurance) situation seems to have

‘finally straightened out.’


While talking with my artistic brother, Randy, we were on the ‘same

page’ thinking that the renewal of ties with Cuba is a positive way to

bring trade. Also, influencing the political climate of country south of

us, which we have had past problems with. Hoping this will lead to a

better future connection. While this may be ‘common knowledge’ I

found the fact the leader of Cuba is one who has chosen to lead a ‘gay

lifestyle’ hopeful,  since this may mean that there will be less civil unrest

and hateful reactions to people of different life choices.


It also seems to reflect a ‘gentler’ means of controlling his country, less

than we had from Fidel Castro. Back in 1963, Fidel Castro had made

quite a mean statement about Cuba’s gay community and their ‘tight

pants’ and wishing to display ‘girlie’ acts in public. Since 2012, there

have been annual Cuban “Kiss-In’s” which is the gay community’s way

of standing up to the controlling leadership in a non-violent way. Even

getting a positive ‘nod’ from the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro,

for the United States reaching out to Cuba with an olive branch.

This was all compiled by myself: having attempted to confirm various

sources of information.


I will hope Fidel’s brother, President Raul Castro, will help lead his

country from communism into socialism. They may label themselves

‘socialistic,’ but the cruel army regime exists there still. I can ‘dream’

of Cuba’s someday becoming a Democratic country, where people’s

votes will be counted.


It is totally fine with me, if this positive outlook is challenged with

big doses of reality. I am “open for debate” in my comments section!


Thomas Kinkade, 2001:

“I believe that adding light to the canvas of our daily existence is a

simpler process than we often make it out to be. I believe it really is

possible to think and act in ways that shine more radiant joy in our

lives and the lives of those around us.”


From my old Children’s Anthology, which featured ‘brownies’ who are

like little sprites in the night:

“In January, when the snow

Lies on the hills and valleys low

And from the north the chilly breeze

Comes whistling through the naked trees

Upon toboggans long they ride,

Until the broadening light of day

Compels them all to quiet their play.”

(Written and Illustrated by Palmer Cox.)


My post-Christmas special memories of this year, 2014:

*~ I loved having my Mom be happy and healthy in body

and spirit. She was entranced by the Elf doll which was

a bright and cute girl, with red ‘velvet’ skirt with white

trim, with green and white striped hose and red pointy

shoes, with bells on each toe. She exclaimed each time

she spied it up on the edge of a rocking chair back.

*~ I found the most giving souls were the two six year old

Kindergarteners, among my grandies.

Little Marley could not open her gift before I opened her

purchase of a white painted sleigh bell with its top hat and

cheery face, making it a cute little snowman ornament.

Marley slipped a bracelet into my coat pocket, which she

had made from a craft kit given to her by Santa. I did not

‘discover’ this string of red, black, pink and yellow stars until

I got home, putting my mittens back into my pockets.


Micah had used his Secret Santa school “pocket savings”

from his home piggy bank to purchase a wide variety of

little dollar gifts. Mine was a head band which had a pair

of reindeers on the ‘antennae.’ This was the first time I had

seen this head adornment; usually the two ‘antennae’ are

antlers! I wore it proudly around to both families’ Christmas

events. I also had two children request a photo taken with

them on. Quite a thoughtful and fun gift, Micah!


The ‘true spirit’ of giving was in both these little ones’ hearts.


Do you have any thoughts about the political climate or post-

holiday memories you wish to share?



65 responses »

    • Thank you, my friend! I am so glad you found me and reconnected when you had somehow been disconnected. Hope your New Year is also wonderful and you will have some pleasant surprises and much better health, too.

  1. We have been very thankful that our daughter was able to visit with us. Our kids are slowly approaching the ages where life changes may make a trip to spend Christmas with us hard. So, I’ll take what I have. Not that I think the president has any control over the price of gas, but I’m happy that the price is going down, and I hope it continues. I’m not sure if that’s a sign of an improving economy or another political game. Other than that, I have stayed a bit ignorant to the world’s events. It seems safer for me that way. I can’t fix the world, even if I have a strong desire to do so. 🙂

    • I know we all wish we could fix the world, you are one of those who would wish to help out, I believe this in you, April!
      I also was glad for your mentioning your daughter was able to come home, you are so right, sometimes my own children have to work right up to the day off and then the next day too. So, Christmas was split up more this year than last. Also, due to my son and his wife, their combined family of four children had fevers. so, only the brave visited! Ha ha! Nana stopped by for her plate of delicious food and then saved her gifts for the next day…
      April, I am thankful for your being open and not upset with my post today. Thanks for sharing, too.

  2. Hi Robin! mille merci-thanx a lot of your favourite flowers for your kind wishes dropped @ my playground… ❤

    end of December 2014… let’s recall that our dreams are often the bedrock of our hopes, let’s try to dream beautifully and eyes wide-open, let’s use our present to move on and forward to a positive future… happiness, grief, and all that’s visible will always be temporary whilst our pleasant memories are invisible, but long-lasting… we are like butterflies with delicate and vulnerable wings, “lost” among the petals of the PRESENT time – the only real one and the merriest moment of our lives… before 2015 knocks at our doors, let’s take off without looking back, but ahead of us, ’cause:”True generosity to our future lies in giving everything to our present.”(Albert Camus)

    my very best for a positive and optimistic 2015: health, joy and serenity… friendly thoughts, Mélanie

    • Merci beau coups! You are a blessing, Melanie, I am always wishing I had more time to visit everyone…
      I agree, we need to look back, but also look forward. Your message was a very beautiful one, full of love and the gift of butterflies and petals on flowers are so delicate.
      I will hope that we can give everything to our present so our future will be better, as Albert Camus’ message imparts this, it is so true!
      I am sending you hugs and wishes for you to have also peace, joy and hope, along with health. As we get older, we value the gift of health so much more than when we were young and impetuous, Melanie! Hugs, Robin

  3. In 1999, I briefly toyed with the idea of vacationing in Cuba. Then I discovered there was a whopping fine of, maybe, $10,000 per person for any American citizen who did such a thing. We went to Costa Rica instead and had a great time. But I often wonder what a visit to Cuba would be like and hope that the change of heart toward that island nation will improve relations here and in Cuba.

    Our family had a wonderful Christmas. The presents under the tree are nice, but it’s their presence we enjoy the most. Happy 2015, Robin. 😉

    • Judy, no truer words than what you mentioned. The presence of loved ones is far more shiny and welcome than the gift of presents! Loved this expression, my friend. I hope to read more of your working on writing. . .
      Happy 2015, thanks for telling me about the huge fine, too. I would like to visit Cuba, as there are many Spanish countries I could use my language aptitude and memory of Spanish on! ha ha!

      • I am puzzled by your mention of an editor and a publishing house. One of the writers who commented on my most recent post (“So, What Are You Waiting For?”), mentioned wanting to get published.

        I should work more on my Spanish as we have many Spanish-speaking people living in this area. But I’m also fascinated by French … and, this coming year, I will be working on Italian. 😉

      • Oops, I am mistaken, Judy. So sorry, don’t worry I have not been looking over your husband’s shoulders while he has been reading your rough draft pages. I apologize for this error and edited it out!
        Judy, I believe you will get published, is what I should have said!

      • This is so great to hear, Beth. I hope you and Judy will go soon, come back and share all the sights, tastes and stories with us about Cuba. I will hope to keep this in my bucket list which is rather more the size of a bathtub of things I wish to do!

  4. I’m going to decline your thoughtful invitation to share views on the “political climate” Robin. Ain’t going to go there. Instead, I’ll wish you good health and abundant happiness as we venture into a new year. 🙂

    • Eric, hope you didn’t get offended. So glad you decided to be peaceful and ignore my simple thoughts. I sometimes do change my mind and embrace our differences, too. I have been ‘straightened out’ and stayed friends with someone who took offense with my original Pearl Harbor post, which I had not been too happy with the way we retaliated by bombing cities with innocent people instead of armies and air force bases in Japan… I ended up editing it and modifying my views!
      Peace and Happy new year to you, dear Eric!

      • Goodness no, Robin. Not offended at all. I was merely backing away from my personal penchant to opine about matters political. It’s a space in which I too can evoke passionate feelings and reactions. So I simply steer clear. 🙂

  5. I’m with Judy. I would love to see Cuba someday. So much history and decaying beauty. The music! The food! And of course the people. I’m glad they are at least opening the door a tiny bit to gay rights. I was grateful that my father was able to make the trip here for Christmas Day and that it was a nice break for my mother. She is the full-time caretaker of my Dad so it was nice to sit her down and say “don’t you dare get up. Here’s a glass of champagne. Now relax!”

    • I love this story of how you help your mother out, you are in charge of her relaxation, while visiting your lovely home. I bet she is so proud of how you handle yourself, in so many ways, Barb. As a person with a heart of gold, participating in helping endangered turtles and going to charity events, donating time and energy… along with presenting a welcoming and beautiful home to visit. I think your decorations blending natural with exquisite antiques is one of my favorite ‘visits’ I made this holiday season.
      I would like to go to Cuba and a few other places in South America and also, Europe… We shall see if some of those dreams come to fruition someday. You mentioned reasons I would also give to see Cuba… Thanks, Barb!

  6. Enjoyed reading of your fond memories, Robin. 🙂 Each Christmas is always my favorite as long as I’m surrounded by my family and friends. I want to wish you a most wonderful New Year filled with all the beautiful things your heart may desire. ((HUGS))

    • Thank you, Elizabeth. I agree, ‘favorites’ are always the most recent ones just passed, although memories are sweet when our children were young, or even when we were filled with the magic of childhood dreams of Christmas…
      Thanks for the beautiful wishes. I will treasure the way you sent them my way. Hugs back to you, Elizabeth.
      I think your historical posts about famous people who have been involved in your life would make wonderful entries in a book… just saying, I wouldn’t necessarily turn down the two offers… smiles!

    • Jill, it does seem like we need to savor each moment, treasuring the times we have left with them. I am blessed with my Mom, you with both parents. Each time I say ‘goodbye’ which we don’t use that word anymore, just till we meet again, or Mom likes to say, “Parting is such sweet sorrow.” Being the English teacher and poetic soul she is… (Spanish and World Lit. too.)
      Hope you have a splendid time celebrating the New Year in, Jill!

  7. what beautiful memories, robin. what a wonderful year and your kindness and gratitude shine through here. i love your little ones’ sweetness and generosity too. i know where they get it )

    • I bet your little ones do the same, Beth! (I did get ‘nice’ gifts from my family, too.) The ones that are either homemade or spent with saved pennies are always the best ones!

  8. Nothing profound from me, Robin. 🙂 Just wishes for your happy family times to continue (in spite of ‘back to work syndrome’ 🙂 🙂 Here’s to a happy and fulfilling 2015!

    • This was so nice of you to mention (and I like the designation, too!) ‘back to work syndrome.’ I like that ‘happy and fulfilling’ wish, too. Thanks, Jo! Hope you will have fun celebrating the New year in!
      Do you have a special tradition? Banging pots and pans, putting silver under the doormat or anything like that? We do all of the above with the grandies, since my own children felt opening the front door and letting the new year in, while the ones at the back door were scaring the old year out was lots of fun! (We put a silver spoon and a silver dime under the mat for prosperity.) Smiles!

      • I haven’t done an ‘old style’ Christmas in as long as I can remember.. We don’t even have coal (for luck) to carry in the front door any more 😦 Just a piece of silver. 🙂

      • We use silver but am intrigued by the idea of coal for good luck. Thanks for sharing this unique (to me) tribute to the new year, even if you don’t practice this custom anymore, Jo!

  9. Hello darling, I can’t comment on the political situation as quite frankly I do not know enough about it to voice any opinion. What I shall say is that I wish you and your beautiful family a happy 2015. Loved the presents the kids gave you and spending time with mum, thank you for sharing the love. 😊 xxx

    • Hello, darling Jen! I love how you say this, “spending time with mum.” I enjoy all the ways you express yourself in your personal ‘chats’ and your beautiful poems filled with such imagery that creates pictures in my mind. I agree the political climate is a touchy subject, just tried to find something positive to say. There were so many deaths and awful things that I could not dwell on them in my end of the year summary…
      Hugs for your sweetness and keep on sharing the posts, I loved that the girls were having a great time, on Christmas, over there on your side of the Pond! ha ha! Cannot wait to hear about Mr. S. and you when you get to take another ‘holiday’ together, either… Well, I better quit gabbing. . . Happy New Year, sweetie!

      • HUGGLES huney bun 😀💜💜 oh the purple and other coloured hearts are just in my emoticons on my IPad. If you want to do just a heart it’s < 3 ❤ but without the space. 💋

      • Not sure if the library has these fun things but I love the color added to my posts, darling Jen! I gabbed a bit today on the next post… sorry about this habit of thinking I am on the telly with you! I love the huggles and ‘huney’ bun! Nicknames and endearments make me smile! It never gets ‘old’ when someone throws in these sweet words, my Dad’s favorite term for me was “Robbie girl.” So, if he were wishing to have me go get him something, he probably knew I would do this especially fast if he threw in this and even a ‘sweetie.’

    • I respect your silence but would have been fine with comments, too. I just tried to find a few things to say that were positive, since the country and world have ‘gone mad’ several times this year!
      Thanks, Mark for the kind wishes and I will say them back to you: Hope you have adventures both happy and exciting, some surprises, too. Hope you have family and friends surround you as you celebrate the new year in! Smiles, Robin

    • Doris, thank you! I receive awards but take about a week to get to posting about them! May you both have a wonderful and happy new year, both creative and artistic souls together make a lovely story and hope to see a book someday. My favorite art work this year you did, was the beautiful pink painting which made me think of a woman, a flower and a flowing beautiful image.
      Hope you, your friends and family have a wonderful and happy new year, 2015!

      • Thank you robin! wishing you a year full of love, happiness and peace. that is my favorite too and you know what thats what it is a flower nobody guess it, the pink dress are the petals, love that you see what i see.

      • Well, I have a little artist in me, plus a fondness for looking at art and trying to interpret it. Yours is always full of color and emotion, so vivid at times that the pink one was more sensual and gentle, less vibrant and more sweetly sensitive in appearance.
        Doris, I will get to the award, I promise! (In the New Year!!) Muchas gracias y abrazoz, mi amiga!

  10. “I believe that adding light to the canvas of our daily existence is a

    simpler process than we often make it out to be. . . . ” True. I just need to be more thoughtful and deliberate. Thanks Robin for sharing.

    • Glad you found this quote to be meaningful, Timi! I enjoyed Thomas Kinkade before I read his poetic words, through the beauty in the lights he featured in windows of homes and in lighthouses. Then, when I read his story, about when he was a child, being raised by a busy, working mother, walking home and looking in the well-lit windows and yearning for someone to be home waiting for him, this made his words and his art come to life! Thanks for commenting and hope you and your family enjoy celebrating the New Year in! Do you have any customs? I wrote last year we beat pots and pans to scare the old year out, leaving the front door open to greet the new year in. We place pieces of silver (spoon and a dime) under the mat, for a ‘prosperous’ new year. My grandchildren love all the ruckus we make! Smiles!

    • Thank you, Beth for this and may you also have all of your hopes and dreams come true… we are already pretty full of luck and wealth when it comes to great family members, don’t you think? smiles!

    • Imelda, so glad you found this new year’s post and also happy you enjoyed your visit. I do feel children (and pets) are subjects that make it easy to please others, too. Isn’t it wonderful and hope you have some fun and adventures in the new year, including good health. I add this often, since it really does make our lives better, when we don’t have pain or suffering… I am blessed in many aspects. Thanks again, Imelda for your comment and kind wishes!

  11. Robin, this was a lovely post. Happy New Year again, of course. I do think 2014 was better than the previous year, and as a progressive I have no problem concurring with your political sentiments. I have lived in South America so I don’t have much curiosity about visiting Cuba but do think it is always better to build bridges than walls. I am going to look up Palmer Cox — I learned something there! xo

  12. Zoomanity

    Specks of cherry blossoms remain, six months after, crunched
    to microscopic, yet able to detect the soft November feet of
    knee-booted beauties. Washington’s engorged monument is
    Korean, six inches, but proud, laying-in to boot-skirt on the mall.
    Blushing blossoms accept the thumping as better than souls,
    more aesthetic than the spiked dens that welcome the kinky
    Dupont Circle crowd, you know, congressmen on the town with
    their page boys. We’re now “all -in,” bushwhacked into this
    winner-take-all culture with few winners, proud sinners, all-meat
    dinners. Unshaved Hispanics growl when the dealer hits two
    black jacks in a row. Cactus stand, not waving in the wind that
    tumbles weeds over mountains, that then ignite to torch homes
    of the “richies” who once had it made. Malibu, New Orleans,
    Florida in general: is there a pattern here? Gaia, perhaps our
    only god, has good aim, giving the haves ample opportunity to
    atone: few do. Perpetual human error peaks again now, as
    Christians preach morality, their U.S. leader tortures, slaughters,
    greedily spilling blood for oil, trading tomorrow for carbon-filled
    today, while children and nincompoops watch, jaws agape, because
    they didn’t see it coming. By nineteen-eighty-three it was evident,
    but still, twenty years into the fall, the one-two combo of religious
    propaganda and twisted “news” helped smooth over electoral fraud
    in time to put the slow crank on World War Three. Skip forward
    to November, back-peddle to the leaf pile, where larger color
    combinations lure Alexis and her playmate into unbridled bare-
    backed adventures. Cool air slows his sweat, but not before a drop
    jumps his nose. She thrusts to lick it out of the air, which is just
    the angle adjustment he needs to finish the act. Show this to the
    wonks, well-walled on cubicle row sixty-seven, and BASHA! your
    job is over. It’s that easy to escape the grind, but near impossible
    to be your own cowboy and feed the kids. This is when corporate
    can be your friend: just throw out all convictions, trade values
    for value-added do-dads that increase profits and productivity
    simultaneously and do not stress the details. No one minds if you
    are loading atomic weapons, making attack ads, fucking your
    “niece,” as long as the leaves rustle gently, lips quiver repeatedly,
    and voyeur neighbors get a hot glance, on an Indian Summers’ eve.

    • This was very long and I didn’t post it, but your shorter comments are always welcome! Take care and thanks for so much time and effort on this essay! It could be an entire blog! I would wish you to make your comments to be within a few paragraphs or 100 to 200 words. Thanks!

    • Thank you so much for this comment in January, sorry that I am a month behind in releasing those who are pending approval. I go to the library and use what time is available. . . then go home and live my life! Smiles, Robin p.s. By my following you we can stay better connected!

    • Thank you for responding to my like and will check your posts, as they do come into my reader. I am not always able to respond in a timely manner, since I go to the library and sometimes have limited time to write my posts and reply. Thank you for your patience and always such kind words!

      • I understand your situation. It is difficult for me to check all of the posts that come from our blogging community. The bloggers, such as you, are very special people. I have gotten to know some of them better than others. Of them, there are some who have allowed me to send some things to them by email that I don’t necessarily put on my blog. I always moderate the comments that come to me. So, if someone wants me to know their email address, and sends it to me, I will not publish that information. One of the things that I have been able to do is to help bloggers to develop a ministry with structural backing for them, so they don’t appear to be “working out of the trunk car.” There are people who have made comments on my blog about the posts that I have published on marriage. I understand their pain and confusion. I know how to speak about the grace of God, even when it relates to marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Always know that I will respond to all such comments in a gracious and respectful manner. I didn’t say this at the beginning of my reply, but, thanks for writing. Please have a very good day in Jesus.

      • I emphasize to those who wish to send me emails that unless it is a family member who can text me to look on that very day, my wordpress account sends me thousands of emails and I have over 20,000 right now. This was a good question and hope you realize that I enjoy communicating on my blog but don’t manage my emails too well! smiles!

  13. Thank you for your kind words. I understand the situation of “many emails.” I want you to know that your are one of the special bloggers that I mentioned. There has been something that has drawn the thought of you into my mind each day. I pray for you and wish the best for you. Blessings in the Name of Jesus.

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