2014 … and all that jazz

How long before your resolutions evaporate like mist before the sun? A week? A month? 365 days?

This year is the first time I have made only ONE resolution : This year I’m going to live in total surrender – I’m not going to fight anything! If a problem pops up, I’ll quietly find a solution but I won’t fight it. Every problem has a solution – I’m going to surrender to the Field of Infinite Possibilities to give me the answer.

On New Year’s Eve I hosted a small lunch party which I thoroughly enjoyed. We had lobster bisque (from a can) and I made Nigel Slater’s Mulled Lamb with roast potatoes and mixed vegetables to follow with stewed apple (with cinnamon and raisins)  and/or pineapple and lemon fridge tart to finish. Coffee, tea and brandy kept us talking for a while and then it was me fighting the dishes in the kitchen. Oops, I said ‘fighting’! Well, they didn’t fight back!

Afterwards, the house back in order, this picture just had to be taken and shared …


Two happy and tired boxer ladies asleep on the sofa.

Before I sign off, let me say that I hope your 2014 will be filled with every happiness you could ever wish for. And carry that forward to the rest of your days!

And this morning I heard one of the best jokes ever :


A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to ‘clean up’ the bird’s vocabulary.


Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot.


The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.



Then suddenly there was total quiet.
Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John’s outstretched arms and said “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior.”


John was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly, “May I ask what the turkey did?”

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