....this picture has NOTHING to do with the post but I thought it was cute and I hate a post without pictures...
.... Almost time to start with New Year preps. Not so much this year as in a few years past. When the boys were little we always had a house full to ring in the New Year. Each of our boys were allowed to invite a guest or two to spend the night. I spent most of the day making nibbles and crunchies... old stand bys like pigs in a blanket,chips and dip, nachos and cheese, sausage balls, veggies and dip...left over Christmas goodies.. and punch.
.... The punch was one my mom use to make on New Years when my brothers and I use to be allowed to stay up and watch Dick Clark and the swarm in New York.
This is a sugar rush and a half put it makes the tongue happy
orange or rainbow sherbrt
Mix equal parts of the ginger ale and Hi-C and float sherbert blobs in there... I'm telling you its good stuff... one year my dad even did a frozen ice ring with orange slices to fancy it up.
... I always made a trip to the dollar store for festive glasses...it was so cute to watch them " toast" each other!
... After placing the food out , my boys and their friends would get down to serious business.... BINGO! I would stock up on odds and ends at the After Christmas sales and number little bags up to 50 or so... and we would play Bingo... the winners could choose a prize... sometimes it was a small toy, sometimes, homemade candies or store bought the day after Christmas... oranges... even funny things like over sized socks and a roll of TP from the dollar or thrift stores. At 15 minutes to 12:00 the games were over... punch glasses filled and we went to watch the " ball" drop at Time Square. One year when Christopher was little he wouldn't say Happy New ..just " ching" ( the sound the glass is suppose to make )....Lots of good wishes around and then Chris and I hit the sack..
.....In 1976 ( pre children) , I actually spent New Years Eve in Time Square.... it was one of those things that was sort of cool to say " I've done that"... but over all... I wasn't impressed.... a gazillion folks smashed into the place so we could barely see the apple come down...it was almost noon the next day before we could make our way to our car and head back to Ohio... all I remember was eating somewhere in PA and seriously wishing I were home...
... however, there is another New Years Eve celebration on my list of things to do and I think next year I'm making the trip to fullfill a dream ( I'm being serious here folks).... The Mount Olive Pickle Drop on the corner of Cucumber and Vine in downtown Mt. Olive NC. The whole sheebang is over at 7:05 since the pickle is dropped at 7:00 Greenwich time. Now fess up... how many of you out there wouldn't love to say you've seen the giant pickle drop???? If so, lets make plans to meet under the giant pickle Dec. 31, 2008.... until then......
...HAVE A FINE YEAR>>>>ALL YEAR LONG!!!!!!!