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The dawn of a new year

Category: Holidays | Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:44 pm

The dawn of a New Year ...2010 ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )

New Year's Eve 2009 ended with a blue moon. I was not sure what a blue moon was, so I googled it. A blue moon is a full moon that is not timed to the regular monthly pattern. Most years have twelve full moons which occur approximately monthly, but in addition to those twelve full lunar cycles, each solar calendar year contains an excess of roughly eleven days compared to the lunar year. The extra days accumulate, so every two or three years there is an extra full moon. The extra moon is called a "blue moon." Different definitions place the "extra" moon at different times.

We could not see the moon because of the cloud cover but it was still visible as the New Year dawned.

I'm not a great believer in New Year Resolutions. If you want to make a change in your life, why wait until the new year to do it? Life is a constant process of trial and error, evaluation and adjustment.

I do find it is a good time for reflection and change. I get get better organized and complete some projects on my to do list. It usually lasts until the end of February and then the weather is warmer and my thoughts return to the garaden and everything else gets put on hold until next year.

Listed below are 10 good thoughts to remember. They are not my thoughts...they came to me in an email and I copied it from my saved emails. (Because I need a refresher at least once in a blue moon.

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is God & ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

I hope that 2010 will be a great year for you.

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Accidental Gardener wrote on Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:04 pm:

Very nice blog, Gail. I enjoyed reading it as well as the message.

Thanks for passing on the New Year's advice, it is always important to re-evaluate our priorities.

I knew the blue moon was a second moon in a month but did not know all that other very interesting things abotut it. Again, Happy New Year to you and yours.


kuntrygal wrote on Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:04 pm:

Thanks Gail for the 10 thoughts. Very good ideas and things to keep in mind.

And the picture is beautiful. The dawn of a new day and new year.

Thanks for sharing.

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