Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HERE COMES 2015!

Tyson's Corner (at the shopping mall) near the ice-skating rink.  We were here sitting in a chilly courtyard because there was no room inside the crowded restaurant.  We ate a quick lunch with tall buildings surrounding us, and fortunately pretty blue skies overhead.


Good Fences and SkyWatch Friday



The Zamboni cleaning up the ice-skating rink surrounded by fences.



Now ready for the skaters



There were several of these seating areas.  In the middle is a gas fire.  All the seats were filled.


I froze and it tickled Gregg to come back to our seat and find me like this.  Gregg found out about this new burger place that he wanted to try out.  They were good and I told him I would be happy to go back in the Spring.  It was colder than I thought it would be and I didn't bring a coat or gloves, and I didn't know we would be sitting outside.  The weather was mild the last time we went out.  Don't worry, we didn't stay there too long.  Just long enough to get lunch and then go for a hot chocolate inside the mall afterwards, to warm up my numb fingers and frosty nose, and did I mention my ears were tingling?  





It was fun to see everyone enjoy themselves on the skating rink.  And that's the way to start them out, when they are real young.







I'm glad we got to see the Christmas Tree before it was taken down.



I bet it's so pretty all lit up at night.  It was enormous!




Another sky reflection in one of the glass ornaments and you can just make out Gregg and me.




Scattered here and there on the stone benches were sculptures of birds.  A very nice decorative feature I thought, just so long as you were aware they were there and didn't try to sit on them.




It is time to go back inside the mall.... 




and get that hot chocolate.





Isn't this overhead light festive?  It covers a very large part of ceiling, located near the escalators.



Gregg wanted his photo taken in front of the book store for nostalgia reasons.  Our son used to work here.




One last shot for Theresa's Good Fences.




I discovered something new today. As we are driving out of the underground parking lot I noticed all those red lights.  They signify that there are no parking spots.  Every light is over where you would park your car.  When we came across the rare green light it was an empty space and you could see that green light at the opposite end, they were clearly visible in between all those red ones.  As soon as a car pulled in the light turned red or when a car backed out it turned green.  It does not take much to fill me with wonder, and yes I am smiling.  It actually took both Gregg and me a few minutes to figure this out as the green light went on, to pardon the pun.




Willy Nilly Friday Five

1) I have lost count of how many times in my 64 years that I have sung this song.  In my family it was a wonderful tradition on New Year's Eve.  Aunts and Uncles would come on over, as well as close friends of Mom and Dads, and we would be listening to Hogmanay on the TV.  

What is Hogmanay and for those who are unfamiliar to the term, this is what I found online:


"Hogmanay is the Scottish celebration of New Year's Eve and can last for days.  No one celebrates the evening quite like the Scots.  It is believed the Scots inherited the celebration of Hogmanay from the Vikings and their celebration of the shortest day.  Many, however, believed that as Christmas was virtually banned and not celebrated in Scotland from the end of the 17th century until the 1950's, New Year's Eve was an excellent excuse for revelry, to drink whisky and eat good food.  To this day Hogmanay involves parties and festivals all across Scotland, with the largest and most famous public party in Edinburgh."


I had an Aunty who was born in Scotland, who used to tell me how she celebrated it as a child. I love those memories of her stories as much as I love my own. We all crossed arms, held hands and sang Auld Lang Syne to say goodbye to the Old Year, then we would hug one another and raise a glass to bring in the New.  It was the only night of the year that we kids were allowed to stay up late and party with the adults, that and Christmas Eve.  There was always a lot of laughter in our house, especially at times such as these.

2)  Here's a video I got off YouTube, such a pretty version.  If you can't access the video below you can also go here.



Auld Lang Syne
by Robert Burnes in 1788

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll take a cup o'kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, me dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o'kindness yet,
For auld lang syne

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o'kindess yet,
For auld lang syne.

And there's a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie's a hand o'thine!
And we'll take a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus: 
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o'kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

3)  This week returning back to normal after all the fun activity of the holidays.  Back to being good after all the delicious goodies we don't get to eat that often, just as well but boo-hoo! 

4)  Trying to put No. 3 back on track is hard, but we're getting there!

5)  As this is the last Willy Nilly Friday Five of 2014, I wanted to say that I have so much to be thankful for.  It has been a phenomenal year.  I take no day for granted because having family and friends whose lives have changed in the blink of an eye and with events that have happened in our own lives, I know only too well that I need to count each day as a blessing.  If I have made any New Year's Resolutions it is this, to tell those nearest and dearest to me how very much I love them, and how much better I am for having them in my life.   Happy New Year everyone!  May 2015 be your best one yet.


Thank you to our hosts for these great memes.

Good Fences here
SkyWatch Friday here.  
Willy Nilly Friday 5 here