HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE FILLIES!
WE WISH YOU HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN ABUNDANCE FOR 2009!
Caught beneath the kissing ball…Unlike the brightly-lit crystal ball in New York’s Times Square, a Kissing Ball is fashioned of colorful mistletoe, evergreen, ribbons and ornaments. A girl caught standing beneath the kissing ball cannot refuse a kiss. Such a kiss could mean a deep romance or a lasting friendship. A girl who stood beneath the kissing ball and remained unkissed could not expect to marry to within the year. Like kissing under the mistletoe, the New Year’s Eve kiss could be a barometer for things to come. As English and German legend had it, the first person you came in contact with when the bells chimed twelve, be it a familiar, friendly face or inauspicious acquaintance, set the tone for your happiness and fortune in the coming year; the good luck ritual of the kiss has also become a telling sign for matters of love and the heart – will this be the year that all my romantic wishes come true?
One of the oldest traditions of all time is the New Year’s resolution, dating back to ancient Babalon, about four thousand years ago. The early Babalonian’s most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment. How about you–any resolutions for the new year…or farm equipment in need of returning *g*?
THE FILLIES’ THOUGHTS ON THE NEW YEAR:
Mary Connealy – I have completely given up on New Year’s Resolutions. I never keep them so they just end up being a yardstick for failure. I decided a long, long time ago that if I can’t CHANGE myself I can at least KNOW myself. So, I don’t make ’em, ‘cuz I won’t keep ’em, and everybody is spared the drama. Even if that drama is all inside my head and ‘everybody’ consists of ONLY ME.
Karen Kay – My New Year’s resolution is to write, write and write, help my husband as much as I can and spend more time with family.
Pat Potter – I’d like to reduce my to-be-read pile by at least fifty books. <g> It’s growing like Jack’s Beanpole. Also to always, always consider my glass half full rather than half empty.
Charlene Sands – My vow is to spend more time reading books! I really miss my reading marathons. I also vow to spend more time away from the computer to be with my friends and to volunteer my services to our favorite charitable organizations. And lastly, I’m vowing to GET more sleep.
Elizabeth Lane – I don’t make lists of resolutions, or even the kind I can break. But I do choose some aspect of my life that needs attention and improvement. In 2009, I’m resolving to become a more focused, productive writer.
Kate Bridges – I vow to watch more TV. No kidding! And see more movies. I love it when someone tells me a story, and I don’t get enough of that. Last year was all about work. 2009 is going to be about play.
Linda Broday – To laugh more, whine less, and write the best book that I know how. This year I’m going to try to get into a regular exercise schedule and quit sitting on my rear so much. It’s a time for moving forward.
Stacey Kayne – Happy New Year! I only have one resolution, and that’s to establish some balance in my life, a healthy, happy blend of writing time, family time and active time 😀 I’ve never been one to stick to a routine, but I’m going to give it my best shot in ’09!
Cheryl St. John – I don’t make resolutions because that’s like setting myself up to fail, but my critique partners and I set realistic personal and career goals at the beginning of each year. I always include one writing improvement goal and focus on an area of growth. We hold each other accountable throughout the months to come. In 2009 we’ll be using our datebooks to set and record accomplishments.
Pam Crooks – To take time to smell the roses. I really, really miss not being able to read more. And I want to spend more time with my husband, even if it’s just watching TV with him at the end of the day. Probably most important of all, to be more compassionate toward others and to look at the glass as half full, not half empty!
And we can’t forget our lovely Felicia! – My wish is to kiss as many cowboys as I can and practice my roping so I can take the boy home. Lord knows, after riding herd on all the Fillies, I need a little fun in my life!
Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions? Care to share them? We’d love to hear!