Unlike last year, where we had a front row seat to the shenanigans in Cologne, Germany, Goddess and I will be sitting in a quiet house, watching as the next round of 4-6″ of snow falls. No riot police for us this year.
While we lived in Germany, we were introduced to a curious NYE tradition, the annual showing of a TV skit from 1963 called “Dinner for One“, or more accurately Der 90. Geburtstag. Starting at around dinner time, the skit gets 20 or more showings on various TV channels until midnight.
It’s a fun tradition. Just not one where you should try to keep up with James.
This photo has become a tradition for this blog on each Christmas Eve since 2010. This ornament is appropriate, as it was spied that year hanging in a vendor’s booth at the Christmas Market in Vienna, Austria.
I do believe I missed last year, but we were busy traveling the world. Goddess and I spent the first half of this year continuing those travels, spending time with friends and family all over the world. We’ve settled down for a spell to see how that suits us.
Know that our wish for you is to have a peaceful end of the calendar year adhering to whatever practices bring you comfort and joy.
Hopefully you will find a bit of relaxation in there too.
Well, it’s already 2015 in some parts of the world, but it’s still New Year’s Eve here and in Europe.
Our German neighbors introduced us to their NYE traditions and this is one of our favorites, watching Dinner for One. It has now become a tradition on this blog. Sit back, have a good laugh, then be safe out there this evening.
Goddess and I hope you have a great year!
Here’s a fun little read on the history of Dinner for One (click here), along with the longer cut, complete with German introduction.
We are marking the first full day of winter today with a grin. Yesterday was the kick-off for this year’s Winter Solstice offering over on my photography site and it was a good day (thank you everyone!).
But if you’re following via social media sites, they do a fine job of squashing certain posts that contain certain words, especially words that are a single-word representation of an offering of anything at a reduced level of currency. Why? Because they want us to pay them to increase viewership of those specific posts to normal levels. Or pay even more to increase viewership even higher.
If you are looking for a holiday present, it is too late to get it this week, but if you’re looking for a different look on your wall, now is your chance! Please click on the picture above and you’ll see the code at the top of my website.
For some that means it’s now the the beginning of a long, dreary winter. A season to dread. But not us. Winter is another great season to get outside, explore and play.
This past Friday was opening day for our local ski mountain. Goddess and I were able to get more than a few runs in on uncrowded slopes before school let out for the holidays. And the rain today.
It’s currently raining up on the mountain, on top of the minimal snow. Hopefully it doesn’t melt the snow and start another rough winter for the mountain, which never opened last winter for the first time in its 50-year history.
As is tradition here on the solstices and equinoxes, I’m offering a sale on my photography.
All products are 20% off (does not apply to shipping costs). Just enter Winter14 in the coupon field when you are ready to check out. Just click on the coupon below to start browsing.
Thank you so much for your continued support. I do appreciate you!
Well, we got the rain that we desperately need. It started early this morning and continues here at midnight.
Early on I was expecting showers and thunderstorms, but luckily we just got a steady, soaking rain.
Exactly what we need.
At first I was disappointed, hoping to get some good valley shots with the showers and thunderstorms. I needed another point of view.
Sitting with Goddess today at a local winery, looking at the countryside and reminiscing about living in Europe, the image I wanted popped into mind. So it was just a matter of making the trip to see if it would happen.