. . . . . . . and Bob and Mary have hangovers!
Shh, don't tell. They don't do things like
this often, honest!
Yes, we confess, quite unplanned, Bob and Mary partied hard last evening and,
as the clock struck midnight and the lovely bartender gal handed them each a
glass of bubbly, they suddenly realized they were not at home, trying to stay awake,
watching the ball drop in Times Square, or in front of their hearth as planned
earlier in the day.
Instead, they were sitting in the pub making delightful new friends and
getting/giving New Year hugs all around!
Bob and Mary had a fabulous time in the city early evening. The rain stopped,
it was quite warm, no heavy coats required, and much merriment supplied by way
of the People's Procession, a giant Ferris wheel, outdoor ice skating rink,
food trucks, music galore, and a great crowd of happy people. Yes, good feelings
filled the night air.
At 7 PM the Raleigh Acorn (the 'City of Oaks' symbol) was
dropped to the cheering "Happy New Year" throng - this early drop is for the
kiddies, and oldies like us who don't want to be there at midnight with the real,
often boisterous, more youthful party goers! Fireworks followed and were fabulous.
After sharing a coffee, they were off to several indoor music venues.
The Snyder Family from Lexington, NC - an excellent
Bluegrass band. Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys - blew us away.
A lovely hour, with talented local musicians, presented "BeBop, Blues
& All That Jazz" at a Jam Session where several young locals
joined in with turns on keyboard, drums, flute, and a new to me
instrument, the Melodica or wind piano - often used in Zydeco music.
All great music to say au revoir to the old year and welcome in 2016.
Eventually Bob and Mary made it home, only to be waylaid at the cottage door
by the lovely neighbors. Another bottle of bubbly was popped and we all
dug into bowls of English trifle made earlier, along with a mince pie or two,
champagne can make one very hungry.
Before they knew it, 3AM had rolled around, so a few remaining Christmas
crackers were pulled, and then it was definitely time for all mousekins to get
Bob and Mary had so much fun - they hope you did too.
They'll soon be heading to a local eating establishment for an early supper -
the traditional Southern New Year's Day meal (the veggie version
as we skip the pork) of black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread - in
hopes they bring us good luck, folding money and gold - because
next year we'd love to try the New Year celebration in Sydney, LOL!
I wonder if peas and collards cure hangovers too!
Happy 2016 to all.