Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome 2012

My blackboard sign in the kitchen is saying it so it must be true...Happy New Year and welcome hold so many possibilities. 2011 wasn't bad, but I'm hoping for some real change this year. I'm going to give it the old college try to get my health in good shape. The surgery dept. had made a nice rule a few years ago that said anyone over the age of 55 didn't have to take call. It worked out great until I turned 55...that made 5 people not taking call in the dept. and all of a sudden the "younger" set through a fit. They complained to everyone and together with a Director of Nursing who has a very noticeable dislike for our surgery group, the rule was cancelled and now we have to be on call again. So I'm going to need all the stamina I can muster and it will take a change in diet and exercise and a mental "I can do this" attitude. Wish me luck on this one! I hope everyone has had a fun weekend and here's just a quick recap of mine.
Last night Jack and I headed over to a "wild"..hahah...birthday party for this sweet lady. Jan's a retired nurse that worked in our recovery room for many years. She has been working since she retired for Wal-Mart..which she loves! Funny girl! She turned 80 last night and we enjoyed spending some time with her and other friends and co-workers who were there. See, when you're my age going to a party for an 80yr old is how you spend New Years Eve..Party on! Happy Birthday Jan!
After Church we came home and got the grill ready for some ribs that we traditionally do on New Years day. I also made sauerkraut and black eyed peas for good luck because Lord knows we need it! Phil and his little sweeties came over to celebrate with us. These two girlie kiddos can put down the ribs!
We also made some homemade strawberry icecream for dessert. Now, that was yummy!
Before we had the icecream we did the ceremonial bread cutting to see who would find the coin....Jack went first...then we all took turns until finally a winner!
Congrats Lexi Loo!
The girls finished up their icecream and headed for home. All was quiet at the Pines.
Awwww....does someone need a hug? Hope your New Year celebrations were fun and the new year brings many adventures and smiles. Tomorrow will mean "take the decorations all down" day....whew, last year really did fly by fast!


acorn hollow said...

My sister in law is an operating room nurse also and it was 55 and no call and the same thing happened now she has call:( Good luck in your new year

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Life 101 said...

I must say I don't miss being on call. I rarely got Christmas, Thanksgiving, or New Years because I was always on call.
I had 33 years service but the other folks on my team had more time so they got first pick of vacation....and they always picked those holidays.
Not sure who's working them now that I'm not there :)
Good luck and Happy New Year.

Donna said...

Cute pic of Jack and Eddie! Ribs and homemade strawberry ice-cream...yum! Couldn't get any better! The bread was so good, thankyou. Phil's girls look like they had a great start to the new year. Hope we both have better luck in the new year!

Bonnie said...

I can't imagine how hard it must be to be on call. I would be in a constant state of anxiety. I'm a nervous enough person already. Haha. Can you picture it? ... Actually, it's kind of hilarious to picture it.
The ribs are making my mouth water.
I'm looking forward to more posts in 2012! :)
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Kim said...

I wouldn't like the on-call part either, especially since you thought it was over. Your menu sounds yummy, especially the ribs. I've never had luck cooking those.

P.S. You may be right about my foot. I didn't know that could just happen.

Stacy Crawford said...

I hope you have all the stamina you need this year!

Sweet Tea said...

You have an adorable family. Little Lexi Loo was obviously quite excited to find the coin - Love that! I want to get into better shape too. Soon.Very.Soon.

Sue said...

My decorations are coming down today. Can't say I'm looking forward to it!

Good luck with the on call duty. That sounds kinda tough.


Sue said...

PS. Jan seems like a neat lady. I think it's cool that she's still Walmart!

Sandi said...

Happy New Year, YaYa! Loved the photos! You do such a good job with that . . . I'm always impressed and enjoy them so much.

I'm taking the decorations down today, too, so I'm thinking of you! In fact, this is my last comment before I get the bins back out and start stripping down the tree! :(

I am looking forward to 2012, as I see it as one year closer to retirement!!

karen said...

Your celebration looked perfect - and I wish I could have had the food! Good luck with the call - being on call just plain sucks. Somehow, I'm sure you'll rise to the occasion. Maybe you need to hire more youngsters so the oldsters can take off call again!

Kerri said...

Homemade ice cream sounds good this time of year...usually I only see people doing that in the summer! I love your red stools in your kitchen! And, hey, at least YOU went to a New Year's Eve party...we weren't invited anywhere and just stayed in!
Happy New Year!

Hilary said...

What a beautiful family and a wonderful way to celebrate the change of years. Happy New Year to you and yours, Yaya. :)