Tag Archives: New Year

Happy New Year 2021

Happy New Year, My Friends!

Happy New Year 2021 Gif - Animated New Year GIFs Images

I enjoy reading quotes. I used to memorize them for encouragement and motivation. Lao Tzu is known for his wisdom and I believe our doing begins with our thinking.

Ancient Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu Quotes - Third Monk | Lao tzu  quotes, Watch your words, Karma quotes
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. - Lao Tzu

I read 100 best New Year’s quotes for 2021 and included 10 here.

1. “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. “The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.” ―Josiyah Martin

3. “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” —J.P. Morgan

4. “New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately, we write it. The choice is ours.” —Alex Morritt

5. “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” —Thomas Jefferson

6. “Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.” ―Germany Kent

7. “As we grow older and wiser, we begin to realize what we need and what we need to leave behind. Sometimes there are things in our lives that aren’t meant to stay. Sometimes the changes we don’t want are the changes we need to grow. And sometimes walking away is a step forward.” —Unknown

8. “Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.” —Francis Bacon Sr.

9. “This year, be structured enough for success and achievement and flexible enough for creativity and fun.”  —Taylor Duvall

10. “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” —Frank Scully

Our New Year’s tradition used to be watching the fireworks beginning at 15 minutes before 9:00 p.m. PST (12:00 a.m. EST) for the countdown in Times Square, New York, then watching the fireworks around the world. Many countries didn’t have fireworks this year. We watched the video clips of a few countries where they had fireworks. Here is a short BBC clip.

Wishing you a Happy first day of the best possible new 365 days of Year 2021!

.

.

.

Happy New Year to You!

Happy New Year my friends!

 

IMG-20191231-WA0004

Did you watch the New Year count down last night? Many countries put on the stunning lights and fireworks shows. Hubby and I started watching from 10:00 p.m. until midnight and said Happy New Year to each other with hugs and kisses before going to bed.

 

IMG_20191231_225125

Hong Kong

This morning, we watched the Rose Parade on TV. The Rose Parade is held at Pasadena, California, 31 miles from our home. In order to get a prime spot to watch, some people camped out overnight. The parade traveled leisurely at 2.5 miles per hour for 5.5 miles from start to finish. There were forty Floats, twenty Marching Bands and seventeen Equestrian Units.

Floats – The Rose Parade’s elaborate floats has stayed true to its floral beginnings. Each inch of every float must be covered with flowers or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds or bark. The most delicate flowers, including roses, are placed in individual vials of water, which are set into the float one by one.

 

IMG_20200101_101612

IMG_20200101_101817

IMG_20200101_102221

Marching Bands –  Hundreds of thousands of musicians from all over the world have made the famous march through Pasadena on New Year’s Day. The Rose Parade has welcomed high schools, colleges and universities, and Military bands.

 

Equestrian Units – Each year, the Rose Parade features a wide variety of horse breeds who entertain spectators, each with their own style and grace, including Curly Horses, American Saddlebreds, Gypsy Cobs, Andalusians, Miniature Horses, Draft Horses, and more. Equestrian units offer a variety of special skills and colorful costumes that tie into the Rose Parade theme.

 

Wishing you a wonderful year of 2020!

 

 

 

Weekend Writing Prompt #36 – Begin

Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #36 is “Begin.”

Word Prompt: Begin

Photo Prompt

I used to hand write journals for years. Then I had laptops at home and in the office, it was so easy to flip them open and move my fingertips. In addition, my husband bought me an iPad, I could take note and email the notes to myself. With auto-correction of the spelling, I totally depended on the technology. Occasionally when I do need to write, my handwriting doesn’t look like my calligraphy anymore.

The beginning of this year, I started my old habit again. When I have my coffee and quiet time in the morning, I hand write my thoughts in a new journal.

Surprisingly, I pay more attention to the spelling, because the paper and pen don’t have the auto-correct ability.

I used to be a “phone directory” of the family. I memorized a lot of phone numbers. Right now, I  am not confident if I remember my husband’s cell phone number correctly. Perhaps I should begin to memorize phone numbers again!

What do you think about handwriting notes and memorizing phone numbers!

Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #36 – Begin

Cee’s Share Your World – 01/02/2017

This is my first entry of Cee’s Share Your World. I am to answer four questions plus a bonus question.

1. Would you prefer to receive a unicycle, bicycle, tricycle or motorcycle?

I do not wish to receive any of the above. My husband had three dirt bikes and a motorcycle. He sold all of them when he thought he had enough fun out of them. I took a photo before the buyer came to pick up the motorcycle. He still has two mountain bikes and one regular bike.

motorcycle

2. What is one thing you’d like to accomplish this year?

I will continue to exercise to stay healthy. Will continue to take classes to challenge my mind and learn new techniques in watercolor. I may want to take a Poetry class.

images

3. What was one of the highlights of 2016 for you?

The great memory was when we went to Spain to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

IMG_b1aa

4. Would you prefer to fly a kite or fly in a hot air balloon?

Even though I am afraid of height, but I would like to have a hot air balloon ride some day.

full-hot-air-balloons-near-arenal

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful that I could be with my daughter for her birthday last week. We went out for a nice dinner. For the rest of the week, we are waiting for my husband to get well from his cold, so that we could celebrate his birthday. His birthday is today, but we may go out for dinner this weekend.

My daughter’s birthday dinner                            Birthday card for my husband

share-your-world-logo

Cee’s Share Your World – January 2, 2017

New Year Quotes

This is the collection of my New Year quotes. As always, I’m touched by them first. They speak to my heart, change my thinking, and make a difference in my life. So I think it’s worth sharing with you. Hope you like some of them.

*     *     *     *     *

*     *     *     *     *

new-year5