Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Day 2016. . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . 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
some shuteye.

   Bob and Mary had so much fun - they hope you did too. 
And today? 
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.



  1. Sounds to me like Bob & Mary know how to ring in the new year in style. What fun! Your story made me smile. Happy New Year to you both.

  2. My wishes I am sending out your way.... for a wonderful 2016... and a hangover cure. Well, probably by this time that hangover is gone. Sounded like a wonderful evening of cheer and fun.

  3. Well, what fun are you dear? I'm impressed. I was long in bed by then, but the peas are in the pot and I can smell them now. Happy new year.

  4. Wow, you guys were really party animals! Brian and I were quiet homebodies. We binge-watched Broadchurch on Netflix and ordered a pizza. I had a glass of wine that I couldn't even finish - and Brian didn't have any alcohol at all. We were in bed at 11:30!

  5. Mary, your celebration sounds wonderful! I do hope you had a recuperative and restful day. Hugs ! Bonnie

  6. Sounds like Bob and Mary are the life of the party. What fun to go out on the town! Raleigh's New Year celebration looks wonderful. Hope your heads are soon feeling back to normal. Happy New Year!

  7. Wishing you Both a very Happy New Year Mary. Sorry to read about your head.

  8.'s only one night a year! Bob and Mary are fun and spontaneous people much like Jane and Alan!! :) Together we could have done worse., happiness to 2016! :)

    Jane x

  9. Oh Bob and Mary - what rascals - but what a grand time. Sounds like the perfect New Year's celebration. We stayed home for a quiet evening - very quiet - as I was in bed and sound asleep at 9:01. It was the New Year in New York and I was tired. Happy New Year my friend - may all your dreams come true for the new year.

  10. It sounds like a lot of fun. I like the idea of trifle and champagne!
    Happy New Year.

  11. Good for you Bob and Mary !!!!!! ...... sound's as if you both had a great time and, a hangover is just a little drawback and a small price to pay !!!!
    Wishing you both a wonderful 2016 filled with more love & laughter, good health and let's hope it's a peaceful one. XXXX

  12. In dulcet tones I'll wish Bob and Mary a very Happy New Year for 2016,
    So glad you had some fun - I must say I love the idea of the NY's Eve pass!
    We didn't even manage a whiff of bubbly - first time ever!
    Wishing you both much happiness and joy in 2016.
    Shane 🍸✨💫🌟

  13. Happy New Year, my dear friends! Here's to a wonderful 2016 for us all !

  14. Dear Mary - you both know how to party in style, and next time you will be in Sidney - that will really be a very big adventure to look forward to.

  15. Oh myyyy gaaadddd... Sydney?! I had even mentioned how lovely it would be if you could do that, having no idea you already have some plans in the works possible. how thrilling would that be? If you go, can't wait to see the photos.

    Wow, your NYE sounds far more glam and festive than ours. I don't think we could have remotely kept up with you. I'm fairly useless after 10pm at the latest.

    So glad you had a good night and just how good it was indeed. HNY!!


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