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2018 - really did come

I remember as a child thinking that I couldn't possibly live long enough to see the year 2000 and here I am still kicking and it's 18 years past that. Rather amazing. I celebrated the New Year as I have for the last several, asleep. However, I was awake at 3 and have been up since then, the consequence of falling out when it gets dark. By now, I've taken down the last of the decorations. Was going to leave them up till Epiphany, but the pine needles were getting all over everything and were sharp and dry. All packed away and ready to be stored, though I think not today as temps are in the negative range and the boxes have to go out to the shed.

The kids got home from Florida yesterday, a bit of a temperature shock for them although it was only in the 50's there, still better than there. They had a great time. My favorite story was when Anah texted me that they had toured a plantation near Nashville. She said, "It was freaky." She and Trent refused to visit the slave quarters. I asked her if she was channeling the slave energy and she replied that she was and it didn't feel good. They also stopped at the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham and both she and Trent felt uncomfortable there as well. Anah said it made her cry. Good for them to know their history though.

Almost time to start making the "Hoppin' John" to eat later. Amazingly enough I actually found fresh collard greens. There are only 3 grocery stores in the town near where I live. One of those is WalMart where I do not shop ever, 2nd is Aldis which I do like but it's on the other side of town. My great find came from the small locally owned store that has been around forever and though it costs more there, it's where I go. They even recently put in a whole organic section.

Hope to start one of the new puzzles we got for Christmas and I think I'll get dressed since I've been in pj's for a few too many days.

Happy New Year to ALL of you...May it be a good year in every way possible.


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Jan. 1st, 2018 02:51 pm (UTC)
Wow...To speak in THEIR language, these kids are woke AF.

You must be so proud of Anah and Trent, facing such a terrible part of their history with their heads held high, even though I can only imagine the pain it must've caused them. I respect that so much. And on their vacation!
Kudos to them <3

And happy new year to you :)
Jan. 2nd, 2018 09:31 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year. YES very proud of Anah and Trent.
Jan. 1st, 2018 03:37 pm (UTC)
Have a lovely first day of the New Year!
Jan. 2nd, 2018 09:30 pm (UTC)
It was sweet.
Jan. 3rd, 2018 12:06 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad. My first work day wasn't all that sweet, but it was mostly my fault.
Jan. 1st, 2018 03:52 pm (UTC)
Your family is so beautiful.

Never heard of Hoppin' John before. Sounds really good.

I've had Pajama Days that have gone on for a few days. Feels good to be in them and then feels good to be out of them again.
Jan. 2nd, 2018 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I love my family.

Basically rice and black eyed peas, good, filling and cheap.

You are on about the pj days!
Jan. 1st, 2018 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yes that "stuff" is recent. It'd be so hard to feel it.

Happy New Year!
Jan. 2nd, 2018 09:27 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year...I do love a fresh start,
Jan. 1st, 2018 09:24 pm (UTC)
Anah and Trent sound like amazing kids.

Damn, I was going to make Hoppin'John today but it has been so frigid outside I couldn't get to the grocery store to get the black eyed peas. I'll have to settle for fallafel and crackers.

Happy 2018!
Jan. 2nd, 2018 09:26 pm (UTC)
They really are great kids, smart and well behaved. Most of the time fun to be around, but still they are teenagers, not my favorite age lol

Falafel and crackers sound good to me and a lot easier.
Jan. 1st, 2018 11:25 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! :)

What exactly is your "negative range"? (Celsius user here, confused when there are no exact numbers to convert.)

Is Trent Anah's brother? I'm afraid I'm still confused about your grandchildren too. I think I need a family tree. LOL

And I'm not even going to pretend that I can imagine how an American of African descent would feel in such places...
Jan. 2nd, 2018 09:22 pm (UTC)
Anything below 0 Fahrenheit falls into the negative range. One morning it was -9F =-22,7C. I cannot convert to Celsius at all , have to look it up.

Trent is Anah's adopted brother. I've been meaning to write a post about him joining our family, will do that soon. They are the same age, 15. Anah is my biological granddaughter. Her father was from Trindad-Tobago.

I also have 2 grandchildren whose father is Vietnamese/Native American. We are very diverse.

Anah was raised within our white family and is quite curious about the other side of her ancestry.
Jan. 2nd, 2018 11:03 pm (UTC)
Ouch, that's some serious cold, much colder than it gets here!
(You can always go to Metric Conversions to convert any units, although the Celsius scale isn't technically "metric").

I couldn't help noticing that you have such a multiracial family in a photo series you posted once. It looks interesting to me as a white European living in an all-white little corner of Europe, but I can never figure out what questions I can ask to Americans without getting tactless.
Jan. 3rd, 2018 11:40 am (UTC)
The cultural mix is definiteky interesting and has introduced us to a lot of new foods.

For many years my youngest dated a man from India. She can now make a delicious curry.

You can ask me anything with no problems. I'm very open.

As a sidenote I'm happy to have this racially mixed family, not particularly proud of white folks actions especially colonization. My ancestry is British at least back to the 1600's when they came to America.
Jan. 2nd, 2018 08:28 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!

I pretty much abandoned LJ in 2017 and have decided that while I probably won’t end up posting much I want to at least get back into reading the journals of the few people on my friends list who are still active.

Our new year’s day tradition is to make pork and sauerkraut for luck in the new year, which I did make. I also made a black eyed pea salad since I know black eyed peas are another “lucky” food for new year’s.
Jan. 2nd, 2018 09:07 pm (UTC)
So nice to hear from you. Indeed it has been a long time. Pork and Sauerkraut sounds really good, haven't had that in years. Hope you are doing well and wish you a great new year to come.
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