New Year’s Eve (In Our Neck Of The Woods) & Why It Was A Great Start To 2020

060642b4b84fa43cad139a10d5ecc8e2Year Years Eve is always quiet on Rolling Meadows Ranch  where we live.
It is USUALLY quiet at Lake Kissimmee State Park where Danny is a Park Ranger and I volunteer.

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The View Out Of Our Back Door

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The photo above was taken 2 weeks ago.
They were repairing DAY USE AREA.
Lake Kissimmee State Park.

Danny got home later than usual last night. The park closed at 6 PM . He didn’t get home until 7:10. It was a very quiet night after that. NO CALLS HERE.
Danny was the Ranger ON CALL.

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Cheesecake. I finished the last of it NYE.
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The PHONE is a HUGE PROBLEM FOR ME. HIS. Not mine. He is always texting SOMEONE.
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Shrimp And Steak. Danny never had any of it.
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Seafood Corn Chowder. It was so good. Danny NEVER had any and he asked for it.
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I have been watching the entire Downton Abbey Series this past week.
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Christmas Day. In the car . Waiting for trains that never came and a PROMISE broken. We were suppose to stay at the house we rented and have quality time. Christmas Time.

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Danny had 2 bites.

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Family Time :Christmas Eve.

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Almost always on the computer. Too busy to talk to me. At least we were in the same room.
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The view out our back door.
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Our Christmas Party
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DAY USE AREA Zipprer Canal Re- building the rails. Before Christmas.
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Staff working frantically to finish before the weekend BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
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One of our Better Evenings the past few weeks. Still a huge concern for me. Worry. Anguish. Fear. Anger. Emotional. Danny was drinking. AGAIN.
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Snacks I fixed that Danny never ate.
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Oyster Stew. The Weekend BEFORE Christmas. Danny asked me to make it, then Never ate it.

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Rolling Meadows Ranch Our Little Piece Of heaven on earth. Acreage : Almost 6,000 acres.
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Rolling Meadows Ranch Our Entrance and the beginning of our mile long dirt road. The fence needs painted.
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Almost Home
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Collier Farm Road
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We have cows on all 4 sides at Rolling Meadows and Scrub Cows At Lake Kissimmee State Park.

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Our backyard.

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Our Yard

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There were a few fireworks throughout the evening. It was QUIET AT MIDNIGHT.

I had an amazingly quiet and relaxing New Year’s Eve and a great beginning to 2020.
The stress was gone.
I honestly didn’t expect anything from the evening.
I was so disappointed with our Christmas Eve/Day on vacation that I decided early yesterday : NOT TO MAKE A FUSS FOR NEW YEARS EVE.

No Special Dinner Or Snacks.
We had a good dinner (We ate separately and at different times.) We had different meals.
Their were plenty of snacks all night but I just set them out.
No WORDS!
NO SARCASTIC COMMENTS!
It helped that the stress was virtually, gone. Danny is working late field this week and HAD NO WINE IN THE HOUSE. I refused to get any for him.
So no worries there.
All I asked Danny to to do was to give me his “UNDIVIDED ATTENTION” for 30 minutes last night. 15 minutes before Midnight to 15 minutes AFTER. NO TEXTING or BEING ON THE COMPUTER during that time.
I wasn’t really expecting it.

We both had a quiet night. Yes, he spent it in his computer room and I spent it in the kitchen. He did “HIS THING”and I did mine.
Except for those few moments when we had “FAMILY TIME”. The cat even got a special MIDNIGHT TREAT.
Danny surprised me at 11: 42 PM . Or thereabouts. He actually came INTO THE KITCHEN and SAT DOWN. NO PHONE IN HAND.
That alone was an accomplishment.
NO PHONE.

NO DISTRACTIONS!
OK, my phone went off….BUT Mine were family. Remembering how lonely I get at MIDNIGHT ON HOLIDAYS.
(Bobby use to call exactly at MIDNIGHT: if he wasn’t with me.)
I didn’t answer the calls or the texts til after Danny left.

I wasn’t lonely last night.
OK, I was but not as lonely.
Danny KISSED ME.
Really KISSED ME.
WITHOUT ASKING.
It had been MONTHS.

Then He Kissed Me
Well, he walked up to me and he asked me if I wanted to dance
He looked kinda nice and so I said I might take a chance
When he danced he held me tight
And when he walked me home that night
All the stars were shining bright
And then he kissed me
Each time I saw him I couldn’t wait to see him again
I wanted to let him know that he was more than a friend
I didn’t know just what to do
So I whispered I love you
He said that he loved me too
And then he kissed me
He kissed me in a way that I’ve never been kissed before
He kissed me in a way that I want to be kissed forevermore
I knew that he was mine so I gave him all the love that I had
And one day he took me home to meet his mom and his dad

I didn’t even listen to AULD  LANG SYNE  until 12:20 AM


It has to be Guy Lomardo’s version.
I really love this version though.

Auld Lang Syne Dougie MacLean version (With Lyrics and English Translation)

Auld Lang Syne
Should old acquaintance be forgot

And never brought to mind
Should all acquaintance be forgot

And auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear

For auld lang syne

We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet

For auld lang syne

And surely you will buy your cup
And surely I’ll buy mine

And we’ll take a cup o’kindness yet

For auld lang syne

We too have run around the slopes
And picked the daisies fine

We’ve wondered many weary foot

Since auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear

For auld lang syne

We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet

For auld lang syne

We too have paddled in the stream

From morning sun to night

But the seas between us broad have roared

From auld lang syne
For auld lang syne, my dear

For auld lang syne

We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet

For auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup o’kindness yet

For auld lang syne
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Robert Burns / dp

Auld Lang Syne lyrics © BMG Rights Management (Uk) Ltd., Peermusic (Germany) Gmbh, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, B Lion Music, Legendary Notes, Redemption Songs Ltd

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Love and Hugs !
Sarah

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Happy New Year! That seafood corn chowder looks so yummy! What part of Australia are you in? My dad was from Melbourne.

    1. I live in Florida. Not really where I want to live.

      1. OH, OK> I thought I saw kangaroos, so that’s why I thought Australia. But Florida is cool too. Where would be be ideal place to live?

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