Life’s Reflections: Facing a new year, hoping for the best

Here is what I came up with to bring in the new year. Instead of using a pressure cooker like my sister, Bev, does, I chose to do it in the crockpot. All it took was sauerkraut, ribs and potatoes. Not bad if I do say so myself. It's about gone. (Linda Moody photo)

Well, it has finally arrived…the new year 2023.

Like so many years before, I decided to stay home again for New Year’s Eve. Early on in the day, I fixed two crockpots of sausage, ribs and potatoes and a double batch of Scotcheroos.

I hear that sausage and pork are signs of good luck when eaten the first day into the new year, and I need all the help I can get.

The older I get, though, the more sauerkraut doesn’t agree with me. But, two years ago when I went out to the Legion, I loved it and it was great.

I thought, “Why not make it here this year?” So, I did, using a bag of sauerkraut, of course, some ribs (which I used for the first time in this recipe) and potatoes. My sister, Bev, used to make the best New Year’s Eve concoction using the kraut, pork and potatoes, then she fixed them in a pressure cooker. Tasted wonderful.

To me, that’s brave. I’m afraid to even touch a pressure cooker for fear that I wouldn’t use it wisely, and it would explode. I have heard of that happening.

I also took heed and opened my house door at midnight, leaving 2022 out and bringing in 2023. It was a quick fix, because it was a little chilly and I didn’t want a neighborhood cat coming in, so I closed it after a brief time.

Hope that works so the future begins to look a lot brighter for all of us.
Jamie was out at the American Legion celebrating and he, as usual, had fun.

I didn’t mind staying home. I got some work done in his absence, and I also had some me-time, where I could reflect on the past and think a lot about the future.

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Tracy Bingham Bashore, Ronald Lee Bennett, Louis S. Fiely, Carolyn Fosnaugh, Richard Neff, Georgianna (Profitt) Widlock and Terry Lee Coblentz.
Please pray for these people: Ron Mills, Gary Eichler, Abby Heck, Linda Lore, Ralph Byrd, Beverly McCabe Baker, Tena Black, Linda Arthur, Rusty Maloy, Debbie Mayse, Ronnie Norton, Sonja and Dan Coppess, Miranda Weist Flora, Ericka Trigo, Jeanie Francis, Noah Back, Mary Moran, Harvey Hinshaw, Bruce Kaiser, Angie Brown, Nikole Baldridge, Melikka Riffell, Amanda Mote, Tom Moody, Gary Francis, Anthony and Theresa Grillot, Lee Everhart, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, Kinley Bernard, D’Arleen Waymire, Tish Hodson Shepherd, Clinton Randall, Zach Urbancic.
Also, Sharon Gamster, Connie Stachler, Rick Libert, Harold Libert, Randy Heck, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Carol Hemmerich, Sharon Hummel, Dave Hinshaw, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Michael Mowery, Debbie Mayse, Kenny Edwards, Judie Hathaway, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Connie Buemi Hodson, Rick Marker, Randy Garrison, Steve Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, Kenton Turner, Gary Knick, Karen Hecht, Barbara Alexander, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Becky Everhart, Sharon Miller, Marie Rieman, Becky Oliver, Ronnie Young, Albert Duncan, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, James Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Linda Subler, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
Happy birthday:
Jan. 4 to Dennis Riffell, Jill Riffell, Kevin Metzcar, Elizabeth Horner, Jodi Neff, Taylor Thwaits, Edna Fourman, Jon Hein and Dick Lavy.
Jan. 5 to Wayne Harbison, Jesse DeMange, Tyler Kress, Arlene Harris, Travis Thwaits, Lester Thwaits, Wyatt Boatright and Kathy Burke.
Jan. 6 to Arnold Riffle, Preston Holton, Matt Leeper, Judy Gibson, Chris Printz, Andrew Waymire, Mike Erwin, Michelle Sparks Reed, Patches Trevino, Cody Partin, Betsy New and Carie Shroyer.
Jan. 7 to Wendy Sebring Meek, Kathy Cline, Nick Mayo, Chad Beam, Terri Livesay, Dianna Paris, Chuck Cruze, Kayla Couchot, Doug Winger and Barry Bowers.
Jan. 8 to Julie Easterling Byrd, Doug Wentworth, Toni Sink, Chris Brewer and Larry Vititoe.
Jan. 9 to Dwight Leeper, Scott Warren, Tommy Renfro, Deb Guthrie, Tom Livingston, Cheryl Ganger and Randy Blosser.
Jan. 10 to Jeff Albritton, Karen Nealeigh, Elaine Rismiller, Carol Hawkins, Marcia Welch Shiffler, Nikki Nealeigh, Kim Campbell and Rusty Clark.

Think about it: “Nothing cures like laughter. Make each day a reason for jubilation, laughter and festivity. Create celebration in your soul.” –Author Unknown