Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Rites

I believe in rituals, the ones we live.  I believe in affirming life, whatever life is today.  Seeing, tasting, feeling, finding the good, marking our connections to each other and the universe.  

Last night we marked New Year's Eve with my favorite rituals.

As the sun tracked low in the sky, I took a glass of rose` sparkling wine out to the front porch.

To taste the sunset.

Mother Nature gifted us with the most spectacular evening sky in 2009.

Denny joined me after Duke won its basketball game (his favorite ritual) and we watched until light faded to night.

When we came in, he lit a fire. 

And I made dinner.  Garlic-rosemary lamb chops with crimini mushrooms, roasted potatoes and asparagus.  A meal more decadent than ordinary days, but fitting for the lovely red Bordeaux gifted last week by Joe.

When I'd savored every last morsel on my plate, I went outside to find the New Years' blue moon, the second full moon of December, only the second New Year's Eve blue moon in the last twenty years. Thank you Ms. Moon for sharing this.

The night was chilly but I paused on the way in.  To see our holiday...

                                                                ...and my sweet partner.
Before we sanctified the night with chocolate.

These Fudgy Brownies are delicious and easy.  I'll post the recipe if anyone is interested.

Hoping for good for 2010, for all of us.  Health, peace, vision, beauty. 


  1. Wow! What a sunset. Here's to happy rituals in 2010!

  2. Your sky looks so much like mine. What a beautiful New Year's you had. Delicious and sweet and savory and warm.
    I wish all of that for you for the whole year and beyond.

  3. The moon has been beautiful.
    Wishing you a wonderful, healthy and happy new year.

  4. Late to the party here but sincere with my add-on wishes for you to have a warm, funny, well sanctified and ritually rich 2010!

  5. I would love to have that brownie recipe! Makes me hungry just seeing you delicious meal!

  6. What gorgeous photos and good thoughts for the New Year. Just found you on Deb's Talk at the Table. I'll be back for another visit. Thanks for the warm thoughts and great visual treats.

  7. Beautiful sunset. Wishing you a happy new year!


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