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Happy New Year 2014

Looking back at last year’s New Year’s post, I can’t help thinking how ironic it is, that for the first time EVER, we will NOT be celebrating the occasion with friends. Instead, we and our four-legged house guests will be hunkering down at home, by ourselves. What is going on here? First, no Christmas lights and now this!

Wincing here:

“Still, we have never, ever spent New Year’s Eve alone and don’t intend to start. For us, that’s a sure sign of being “past it”.”

Are we really “past it”, (a British expression meaning “over the hill”), or just very tired??! Well, with a such a crowd to take care of, what do you think?

dogs at new years 2013




[Originally published Dec. 29, 2012]

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Another New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and this old “party animal” can’t help but get sentimental about all the good times we had, over the course of four decades.

Back in the 70s and early 80s, it was our annual tradition to invite friends over for a night of carousing that always lasted into the next morning. Thankfully, we lived in a two-storey walk up, with only stores below and neighbours who either didn’t care or weren’t home. In any case, no noise complaints, ever.

We always put on a good spread and the booze was definitely flowing like water, but, nobody got out of hand. Must have been sweating it out on the dance floor. Yes, we managed to move all of our furniture out of the way to create an area for just that purpose. Imagine fitting 30 or so people into the living/dining area of a two bedroom apartment and having enough seats for everyone as well as a buffet table and a dance floor. Anybody need to plan a party? Give me a call. One of my few real talents.

We even hosted a party “in absentia” once. Our plans were to spend Christmas and New Year’s with my parents in California. Didn’t want to disappoint our friends, so we had supplies ready for them in the fridge and on the bar. Gave one of them the keys and headed off to the airport. From all accounts, everyone had a good time and they did a great job cleaning up. Even left us a full bottle of champagne.

Surprisingly, (given the era), nobody in our group was into drugs at all. On the other hand, most of the guys were soccer players, (hubby and I were proud administrators of the team, along with a few others), and in great physical shape, so, maybe not?

I do remember a couple of people smoking grass on the balcony, but, this was an infrequent occurrence.

One of the most memorable New Year’s Eve parties ended up with several of us going to another friend’s apartment, (right across the street), at 7 a.m. to enjoy a meal of Spaghetti Aglio e Olio. Just hit the spot at the right moment. Delizioso!

Spaghetti Aglio e oglio

Our last big gathering was in the early 80s. The guest list had dwindled somewhat and people were going home sooner, plus we were growing weary of the amount of work required to pull it off. One of our team’s sponsors also owned a banquet hall and he had recently started hosting formal dinner dances for special occasions, including New Year’s Eve.

Thus, we changed gears and started “puttin’ on the Ritz”. Hubby still had his tux from serving as “best man” to a friend and my closet was stuffed full of fancy clothes, thanks to all the previous weddings, club dinners, christenings etc. we had attended.

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The 80s were a different time and I buried my hippie self in this new, corporate persona who became a workaholic and got dressed “to the nines” all the time. Looking back on it now, I wonder where that energy came from, considering how much I bitch and moan about having to wear anything other than jeans in the present day. Well, the answer is perfectly clear, of course. That was 30 years ago! We were young and brimming with enthusiasm, whereas now, we are just old and tired…..

No ta morning person

Still, we have never, ever spent New Year’s Eve alone and don’t intend to start. For us, that’s a sure sign of being “past it”. The last few years have been quiet dinners with a couple of friends either at a restaurant or home, followed by champagne toasts at midnight.

HA! There’s life in the old party animal yet!

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How do YOU ring in the New Year?


Looking forward to your comments!

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Debbie D.
Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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10 thoughts on “HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

    1. I used to be a LOT more social, Myke. 🙂 Those days are pretty much over, since we’re older and lazier, now. Still, we will at least go out for dinner on New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  1. Hey Debbie,

    That photograph of your four-legged family is just adorable 🙂 Like they have been told they gonna be in a family photograph. May be you told ’em so? 😉

    Actually, we don’t celebrate New Year as a special occasion but do celebrate anyway considering a brand new year. Yet we have our traditional New Year falls in April 😉 Now, that’s where real celebrations begin with all the cultural aspects.

    Ha ha… It’s good to know that I can count on you when I need throw a party Debbie 😉 Awesome!

    Wishin’ you and your all the family members (I know there’s not only 4 or 5) a very Happy New Year Debbie 🙂 May all your favorite dreams come true and happiness be with you throughout the year!


    1. Happy New Year, friend! 🙂 Yes, we had quite a crowd here over the holidays. I hope you have a wonderful celebration in April. Yeah, I can throw a good party, although it’s been years since we did that. Nice memories though. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and sorry for the late reply. All the best for 2014!

  2. This was such a fun retrospect to read of your New Year’s gone past, Debbie! Some of your parties sound like so much fun to have attended. And that is awesome that your friends to enjoy your digs while you guys were gone. Wow, that is trust! I haven’t celebrated New Year’s (as far as out partying for 32 years now due primarily to my employment. And I’m perfectly content to spend it with Phoenix when I get home. Loved the intro with full canine gang! That so made me smile. Happy New Years to all of you! 🙂

    1. Hi Mike; Celebrating New Year’s is a life long tradition that started with my German grandparents, so, staying home alone this year was not really that thrilling for us. LOL We do have a fun group of dogs to hang out with, at least. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and Happy New year to you and Phoenix!

  3. Hi Debbie,

    I can so well relate to all that you wrote, and I think with time things take a little back seat and tend to slow down, more so as we age. We aren’t the very ‘partying kinds’ ourselves but yes, there was a time when the charm of having lavish parties or going out with friend’s was fun. But when kid’s come in and you start a family, or when you begin to prefer your own little space and time, it all slows a wee bit.

    Now we all just like to be with our kids at home, as a family for New Year’s and watch a little of television, say our family prayers and be together, which is much better I feel than anything else.

    Thanks for sharing. Wishing you and yours (including your pets!) a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 🙂

    1. Happy New Year to you and your family, Harleena! 🙂 We had a very quiet one this year; guess we’ve run out of energy! It’s always been a social occasion for us, so this was a bit boring, but at least we have a nice group of dogs to hang out with. Thanks for visiting and all the best for 2014.

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