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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

☺☺☺More Snow, It Happens & New Year Luck☺☺☺

Hi guys... Guess what! There is more snow forecast for tonight and tomorrow... I think my husband has had just about enough of this... We were suppose to leave here this coming Sunday but like all of you no "IT Happens". I have been having trouble with my left knee since last March... It all began when I hurt my back just feeding the dog... I couldn't get out of bed and really twisted my knee in doing so. I went to the doctor and he said "Arthritis" and treated it with a series of 5 shots... Did it help? That would be a BIG fat NO... So we left for the summer and when we came to Arkansas to visit my daughter for the Holidays it was still killing me... a lot! So off to a new doctor here and he said "Arthritis". Please it didn't hurt before my back went out! So now after a cortisone shot, therapy, and medication he finally did a MRI... Guess what! Can you say torn meniscus and you need to have minor surgery, with 4 - 6 weeks to recover? So we’ll be here until February. OK… I am done whining and I’ll suck it up and soon we will be back on the road. Life of a full timer.... Got to be flexible!

For Luck in the New Year

Traditionally, it was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. For that reason, it has become common for folks to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of family and friends. Parties often last into the middle of the night after the ringing in of a new year. It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year's Day would bring either good luck or bad luck the rest of the year. It was particularly lucky if that visitor happened to be a tall dark-haired man.
So if you are a tall dark haired man (good looking wouldn't hurt) stop on by!

Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring luck. Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune. Sounds good to me!

Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the new year by consuming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another "good luck" vegetable that is consumed on New Year's Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day.
We have the Black-eyed Peas with ham bone in it... And usually cabbage...
but this year I am making not only Black-eyed peas but kielbasa with sauerkraut... that is sorta cabbage isn't it... ☺☺☺ What's your traditional foods??
Until Later... Have FUN, Travel Safe & Enjoy everyday!

13 comments:

Justine said...

Oh for goodness sakes.. you've suffered all this time to just now find out you need surgery? Argh! I'd be PISSEd. And although I know you wanted to get back on the road, just think of this as having more time with your family.

Lentil soup. I think that's what my sil's family has always done.

Justine :o )

Chris said...

We have almost the same tradition as you. Black eyed peas for good health and cabbage for wealth. Guess I didn't eat as much as I needed for this year. :) Wish you were here with us too. We are in charge of the New Year's Eve dance at the clubhouse and then breakfast the next morning, also at the clubhouse. Then I told him DO NOT make any more commitments for me for awhile. I'm tired.

Love Ya,
Chris

P.S. Good Luck with your surgery.

Jerry and Suzy said...

Our New Year's breakfast has been, for several years, Suzy's wonderful apple burritos. Why? Because they are left over from the big batch she makes for Thanksgiving breakfast! Luck? We all make our own luck. I'm heading for a knee replacement in 2010, and I'm not sure that's "minor" surgery. The doctors do like to check out the easy solutions first, but some of them just throw pain pills. Others immediately want you to have surgery, and those guys, of course, are the surgeons. Good luck with your knee!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

The grandparents always had to have pork and sauerkraut on New Years day and lite candles. If the candle went out before it burnt down it was bad luck. Of course when we would arrive the kids couldn't help but blow them out, LOL.
Old Traditions are fascinating and I wonder how they came by them.
Happy 2010 to you!

Baba said...

Hi Donna,I knew what you had wrong with your knee before you posted about it.. I also had a torn Mencius 3 years ago and had it fixed...you will do great if you follow through with the PT.

Wishing you and your family a "happy new year" and a quick recovery from your knee surgery..hugs, Baba

Rick and Paulette said...

Good luck with the knee surgery in the new year, Donna. Too bad it wasn't diagnosed earlier. Your dinner sounds like it is going to be terrific!

Rick and Paulette said...

Good luck with the knee surgery in the new year, Donna. Too bad it wasn't diagnosed earlier. Your dinner sounds like it is going to be terrific!

Stacey said...

Donna that knee situation is as bummer! I hope you get immediate relief from the surgery. Keep us posted.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

My friend from age 13, always makes corned beef and cabbage on NY day.
Good luck with your knee surgery dear lady! That's a heck of a way to start the new year!
Snow here too, but that's to be expected in NE Indiana.
Stay well, stay happy Donna.

Mark and Dortha said...

I had that very surgery this past May before we took off for our 4 month trip. You will do great and feel so much better.

Keep us posted.

Wandering Willy said...

I thought I had a torn mencius 3 years ago in Mexico and waited until I got home,suffering the 2 months only to find that it was a case of gout that decided to leave my toe and attack my knee.
Happy New Year Donna to you and yours.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Sorry about the knee, but maybe you can finally heal with the surgery to repair it. My knee is still achy from my not so graceful dive into the gravel. I didn't mention it to my doc.....was more concerned with the fact that I couldn't breathe (asthma). The older I get....the longer I live!

Ginger said...

Good luck with your surgery, Donna.
I am such a chicken, I will suffer forever rather than undergo surgery.
You are brave!!

Get your mamogram & check up today... Early detection saved my life....

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