T Tuesday: Happy New Year edition

2018….wow! I remember thinking as a young girl that I’d be “so old” when the millennium changed. The last 18 years have flown by and I’m not that old at all! πŸ˜‰

We went to the neighbors to celebrate on New Years Eve…thank goodness it was just across the street because we’ve been in the deep freeze like much of the country. Lots of food and sweet treats as well as some games.

This was a new one to me…a Christmas gift one of the party goers brought along. It was ok but you definitely need a group of people all around the same age to “get” the jokes you had to make up with random cards.

The kids and I head back to school Tuesday. It’s shocking how quickly 11 days can go. It was so cold that we really didn’t do much outside the home. We had company for Christmas Eve and Day, Mini-me got her braces off and celebrated her birthday.

Mr. G had tried to get tickets to a play the day after Christmas as soon as he found out he was off that day. The shows that day were sold out, so instead he cleaned up the kitchen after Christmas. Best gift ever!!

There were so many dishes over a 3 day period…including the mixing bowl and bundt pan used to make this little gem. This rum cake has become a Christmas tradition at our house. We tried a different rum this year. It wasn’t bad but I think next year I’ll stick with the Captain Morgan.

We’ve been battling against the frigid temps…there are icicles on the inside of my windows…no joke.

As I sat down to do a bit of knitting while Mini-me played a video game I grabbed the remote for the gas fireplace. BRRR…no wonder I was feeling the need for my quilt. I’m sure our lovely host Elizabeth will scoff at that temp but that’s cold enough for me.

I’ve gotten a bit further on my knit hat. I’m realizing now that it won’t be adult sized. Since I’m pattern challenged and not much of a rule follower, I didn’t use the right size yarn or needles according to the pattern basically because I didn’t have any. Oh well. I’ll find someone this hat fits.

The kids start archery tomorrow after school so that should be interesting to hear about.

I’m thinking I’m going to give a photo challenge a go again now that the commitments seem to be fewer again at home. This is my challenge.

What are you doing today?


  1. Happy 2018 to you too, dear Halle. Seems like only yesterday it was 2017.

    What a fun post. I have to say, I think Mr. G is a keeper. Just doing the dishes qualifies as keeper status in my eyes.

    So glad to see this latest group of words. These are more sensible than the ones for December, which seemed to be geared to British photos.

    Thanks for sharing your New Year’s Eve plans with us, as well as your hubby’s gift for T this nearly Tuesday.

  2. We have that cold too and it does make you want to just stay cuddled up under blankets. And I dread going out tomorrow because we also go back to school. I am not ready, but I will be once I get up and get rolling. Hope you have a fabulous 2018, life is good and you get some warmer weather soon. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

  3. Kathyinozarkssays: Reply

    Happy 2018 that was nice you were able to party very close by. we are in the frigid temps here too so stuck indoors for sure. a break comes they say next weekend.
    Happy New Year and Happy T Day Hugs Kathy

  4. this big cold even is a theme at the News over here… i canΒ΄t even imagine These degrees, brrr!!
    wishing you a happy new year with health and creativity – and many happy t-days!

  5. froebelsternchensays: Reply

    Love your fun post! Keep warm!
    Happy 2018 Halle!
    oxo Susi

  6. What a happy post, it looks like you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your family and friends! I’m so delighted to hear that you are starting a photo challenge again and can’t wait to see your photos, I loved seeing your creativity and photos last year 😁. Wow, archery sounds fun! Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year and sending you happy T Day wishes too! J 😊

  7. Linda Ksays: Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful time during the holidays. Happy T day and a happy New Year!

  8. Meggymaysays: Reply

    This was a happy post to read and for sure getting help in the kitchen is a plus to be celebrated and encouraged.
    Stay safe and keep warm in those cold temperatures.
    Happy T day and New Year wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  9. lovely photos especially that black rum..I love honey rum but sadly have run out so will have to wait till neighbours go on holiday again! happy new year

  10. Wonderful times during the holidays -and congrats and happy birthday to the braces-free Mini-me! I keep a blanket and scarf on the couch. It’s been cold here, too, but I’m guessing it’s _much_ colder where you are πŸ™‚ Happy T Tuesday!

  11. It sounds like you had a lovely vacation, Halle. I remember how school vacations flew by when I was teaching. In a way that made them more special because we tried to pack them full of fun πŸ˜‰

    Happy New Year and Happy T-Day. Hugs, Eileen

  12. So interesting Halle to read about your day to day life.. Your the busy one.. We keep the house about 63 and put a little hoodie or sweater on.. We’ll turn the fireplace on when we sit down to watch TV at night.. I hope you find a head for that lovely hat.. πŸ™‚ Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  13. How lovely to get your Christmas cleaning done by hubby! We went to a fun party at my son’s- played a very funny game ( or at least, watching my boys tease each other wad fun! If that was your indoor temperature that is cold!! Hope you can stay warm by the fire! Happy New Year and Happy T day!Chrisxx

  14. So funny about your hat! I am not a pattern follower either when it comes to knitting and I frequently don’t have the required items. But I love your outlook! We can always find someone with a smaller head.
    And your rum cake sounds delicious!
    Happy Tea Day,

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