Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Out with the Old, In with the New ...

The phrase “out with the old” obviously referring to one's yearly ritual - The Tossing of the Christmas Poinsettia - which is pretty much as done as 2014 will be in about five hours ...

It did make a lovely backdrop for the coyote skull
while it was still alive though ...

The poinsettia not the coyote.

And as she sits in front of the computer debating whether it's too early to have yet another of her new favourite holiday drink (Eggnog Paralyzer), she also contemplated whether to make any New Year's Resolutions. Should she get on the bandwagon and join Bat Fit 2015, as she has so often thought of doing in the past? And decided, although her goals are quite different from most of the participants, that yes - there is always room for improvement in one's life. In no particular order, here are the insomniac's  Bat Fit 2015 goals:

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  1. Be a better blogger. No actual commitment (in writing anyway) on how many times a month she'll post, but definitely more frequently than 2014's pathetic record of seven times during the entire year.
  2. Finish Nightwind's coat, promised to him last winter. Which still isn't done. And is weighing rather heavily on the insomniac's  mind, so should probably be moved up to Number One.
  3. Take the camera off the Automatic setting and actually learn how to use it properly.
  4. Start baking bread again.
  5. Learn how to knit cables.
  6. Spend more time in the Four Seasons Sunroom, drinking coffee and watching wildlife.

You'll notice there are no resolutions of weight loss or exercise plans, because at the end of 2015, the insomniac  would like to be able to truthfully say she met all of her goals. But more importantly, because in 2015 she will turn sixty and has decided this will be the year she will cease to worry about how she looks and what people think of her, and will concentrate instead on remaining as content as she feels right this very minute. Which has absolutely nothing to do with the Eggnog Paralyzers. Well, maybe just a little ...

To her faithful readers who are still here after yet another year of reading her drivel, a wonderful 2015 to you all. Blessed be.

See Goal Number 3 ...

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA

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  1. Cheers! >although not with nog, I'm not a nog fan<

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    1. The only good thing about this version as opposed to the milk version is that I can only drink about two. Three tops. Happy New Year, Leslie!

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  2. *clink*
    That would be my attempt at toasting sounds.
    I have to admit that I tried egg nog once upon a time... long enough ago that I don't even remember the taste.
    But my apple cider is sparkly and somewhat fit for a good celebration of saying goodbye old year, and hello new year.

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    1. I think *clink* pretty much covers it, Madame MM!

      Maybe I'm getting old and can't really remember but I think eggnog tasted better when I was younger. Or maybe there's just too many additives and preservatives in it now. Sparkly apple cider is probably much better for you anyway. ;)

      Here's to a grand 2015!

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  3. I like your goals, especially #1, of course! :-)

    I just finished drinking some lovely warm apple cider. I do enjoy egg nog on occasion, but only certain brands; the rest are just... boring.

    Happy New Year to all in the Little Gothic Cottage in the Spooky Forest!!

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    1. All very attainable goals, you'll notice. My track record for sticking to my New Year's resolutions isn't exactly stellar. LOL

      Are you celebrating with Madame MM by any chance, or is there a “special” apple cider available in the US that I don't know about? ;)

      Happy New Year to you and yours, Lucretia!

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    2. Yes, I did notice, very smart of you! I don't make New Year's resolutions per se anymore, but I'm coming out with a post about that soon. :-)

      No, I'm not celebrating with Madame MM, but just using apple cider made/sold by Trader Joe's. I don't know if you have them there, but they have both Apple Juice and Spiced Cider, and I find the cider is much better warmed, while the juice is best served cold. In the Spiced Cider, they use allspice, cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, lemon peel, and orange oil. YUMMMMMM... Of course, they only sell it during the holiday season, so I'm stocking up!!!

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    3. We don't have Trader Joe's. :(

      Maybe I should get my father-in-law to bring some of that spiced stuff back from Palm Springs when he returns in the spring. I know my brother-in-law is always telling us about all the awesome stuff you can buy there. I'm pretty jealous.

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    4. No Trader Joe's... now that is REALLY sad. :-( Call your father-in-law right away!!!

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  4. I have never tasted Eggnog, as Eggnog is not an Aussie thing, but I must confess that Eggnog Paralyzers sound intriguing! Haha. Still working on my goals for 2015, but I must say that I love the potential for fresh chapters that a new year always promises. Wishing you and your family a most wonderful 2015, Insomniac's Attic! And I'm looking forward to those blog posts of yours!

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    1. I swear Emma, one day I'm going to make eggnog from scratch. It just doesn't taste the way it used to ... it's kinda synthetic tasting now. So sadly, after only three Paralyzers, I find I just can't drink any more and am now wondering how I'll manage to stay awake until midnight when it's only 10:15!

      I love the start of a new year, too. I always have such good intentions! LOL

      A wonderful 2015 to you and yours, Emma! Much love. :)

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  5. It sounds like wonderful plans for 2015, I look forward to more entrys then ;)

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    1. LOL, they DO sound like wonderful plans - not terribly difficult or anything - and so I'm looking forward to them too, Lesthi!

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  6. Happy New Year Lynne! Hoping you at least are able to achieve your number one goal for the new year, I always enjoy reading your blogs!

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    1. Happy New Year to you and Mrs. Claus too, Mark! Hey, did you get another viscous eyeball for your collection or just more screwdrivers? ;)

      I'm glad you enjoy reading it - it always surprises me when people say that!

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    2. Neither Lynne, but I did get a new Apple iMac with a big screen so I can still read your blog posts even with my lousy eyesight! ;)

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    3. I sympathize, Mark ... my last computer screen is the size of a small TV!

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  7. Happy New Year to you and your family! That list seems doable, I like it! I haven't had even the slightest sip of alcohol this festive season, unless cherry liqueur chocolates count? (Always the designated driver).

    With my daughter away in France again, since boxing day, things have been pretty quiet around these parts, too.

    I look forward to enjoying more of your posts throughout 2015! <3

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    1. Happy New Year to you guys, Yvonne! I felt I should stick with a doable list rather than fail at everything, which is kind of my norm for New Year's resolutions. Oooh, I always give the Designated Driver Duties to the spouse whenever I can. I'm lucky he doesn't mind.

      I bet things seem quiet without your daughter around. I felt a little sad when everybody left on Boxing Day - it's nice having a house full. I miss that. :)

      Thank you! I'm always excited when I see a new post from you - either some new book I have to add to my endless list of things to read, or some new thing in your shop I wish I had room for! ❤

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  8. Happy New Year Lynne! I haven't any resolutions for 2015, don't do 'em. OH has some however, which means I get them by association. Dear Lord .....

    Your 60 this year? Wow, I'd never have guessed from your photos. I should think life in the LGC should keep you looking fit and sassy for another decade! All the best in 2015.

    Ali

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    1. Happy New Year to you and the OH, Ali! Oh no, resolutions by association. Those are the worst kind! I don't normally make them either ... I hate failure. ;)

      Yeah, I know - 60! God, it seems almost unreal to me. And as long as I don't look in the mirror, I don't feel a day over 55! LOL

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  9. Happy New Year! Those are all wonderful goals and may you achieve them and more in 2015! The Big Six Oh, eh? That will be a wonderful celebration, I'm sure, and quite rightly so!

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    1. Happy New Year, Debra! Good thing I didn't set any goals about not eating any more chocolate or drinking any more eggnog. I didn't last two hours before I was into that damn box of Purdy's. :)

      The Big Six Oh! It's kinda mind boggling. It'll be a drunk (oops, a celebration) for sure. LOL

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  10. Happy New Year, Insomniac! Looking forward to reading more posts from you this year:-)

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    1. Happy New Year, Variations on Light! I'll give it my darnedest to try and come up with some interesting things to write about this year! :)

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  11. That last picture is gorgeous! Is that out the sun room? Wonderful...

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    1. Thanks, Tilda! I love those little guys. They hang around outside the sunroom waiting for the spouse to come fill the bird feeders and hopefully drop some seed. I think I'm going to have to write an entire post just about them.

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  12. It's good to see a blog coming from the Insomniac's Attic again. And since you intend to blog more than last year, which is understandable considering the eventful year you had, perhaps you can do a few for me. It seems that these days, I'm the one who's blogging less and less. There was a time though, when I pretty much did one every week.

    A Happy New Year to you and I hope you enjoyed those eggnog paralyzers. I certainly would have.

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    1. Awww thanks, Nightwind! I don't know if you find this, but I find the longer I go between posts the harder it is to write one. I start wondering who could possibly be interested in reading about my life and what the hell am I doing writing about it. At least you write good stuff, and when you do write something I'm always excited to read it! :)

      The Paralyzers were very good. I'm just debating whether I should go downstairs and make one right now ... start the year off right. I don't think I have a problem. ;)

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    2. I don't know if it's so much that the longer I go without blogging the harder it gets to write one. I've just been running out of ideas for blog posts. I guess I'll just have to wait until something inspires another post.

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  13. Aaw, Bambi'es! I love their huge black noses! ;D
    I use automatic settings on my camera too - that might change if I'm going a bit more serious about photographing though. ^^
    I like your resolutions, like mine they are actually goals that you can reach. So many times before have we promised ourselves to do this and that, it's getting boring, hehe.

    Happy new year! :)

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    1. Aren't they the cutest things, Sandra? I think they're adorable now, but when they're fully grown they're a little intimidating. I can hardly wait until momma has her new ones in May - their little spots - OMG!

      I would really like to learn how to use that camera properly so I don't have to take 50 shots before I get a good one. At least it's digital now, and I don't have to pay to have them developed only to find out most of them didn't turn out!

      I knew I shouldn't say I was going to start a diet and exercise plan. If I haven't done it in the last forty years, it seems unlikely I'd be successful at starting one now! LOL

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  14. What is an eggnog paralyzer? I'm intrigued. I made pumpkin eggnog from scratch this year and it was surprisingly easy.

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    1. It's one shot of Kahlua, one shot of Vodka, lots of ice and then fill the rest of the glass with half Coke and half eggnog. I haven't been able to figure out how to do it so it doesn't curdle when I add the nog, but my daughter (who's a bartender and should know!) says you pour the Coke in first and eggnog last. And the Coke has to be cold. I still can't get it to work, but I just stir it up and it tastes just fine. ;)

      I saw a recipe for regular eggnog this year, and I swear I'm going to make it from scratch next year. Good to know you thought it was easy (this coming from the person who can't get the eggnog to not curdle). LOL

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  15. :D Cables?!?! ARE YOU A MAD WOMAN!?!? hehehe ... cables make me nuts and scare the tar out of me. And baking bread ... YES. So much YES! Bread is life. Bread is nourishment. BREAD. Good luck with your goals, sweet, sweet friend. And a most Blessed and Happy New Year. I'm really looking forward to seeing more photos of the house and grounds, especially as the seasons change.

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    1. Mad? MAD, you say?? There's a very good chance of that I'm afraid, Doctor Z! My God, Doctor Z ... that sounds so wonderful, and probably moreso to you since you had to do the work to earn it! Anyhoo - cables. Yes, I'm feeling a vague sense of dread about that resolution myself. LOL

      As for cooking and baking bread, I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is to be able to make our own meals again. I have some good recipes I'll share. :)

      A wonderful New Year to you and Ed, my dear girl. You really do need to come up and try out that guest bedroom in the winter. Of course, I'll probably end up saying that during every season! I only hope I can capture how beautiful it is in pictures (see Goal Number 3). ❤

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  16. Wish you a happy new year, Honey!

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  17. I giggled when I read your comment on the coyote, it would indeed be quite gruesome if the head would come back to life instead of the flower fighting to flourish a bit longer. I wish you a happy new year and I do hope we can read more of your posts like you plan on your bat fit! :D

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    1. Wouldn't it though, Jade ... the stuff of nightmares! LOL

      A very Happy New Year to you, as well! Composing my next post (only in my head though) even as we speak. ;)

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  18. Happy, Happy New Year to you too!!! I loved this!! eggnog paralyser sounds like the best drink ever haha! loooove it, I probably would need one if I took my camera off automatic (I don't do 'instruction manuals', probably should!) Batfit #6 sounds divine though, those pretty pretty deer! good luck with the cable knitting and your Batfit goals, I may join you in the #1 though, my blogging is most inconsistent at the moment! x x x

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    1. Happy New Year, Sandra! I'm having a hard time deciding on the best drink ever at the moment .. it's a tie between the Paralyzers and Blueberry Teas (Earl Grey, Amaretto and Grand Marnier ... perfect on a day like today when it's -30C. Brrrrr.)

      I don't do manuals very well myself. I think I've had that camera for two years now. Time to learn how to use it before it breaks! :)

      Did I tell you how beautiful you looked in your New Year's dress? Totally worth the chafing ... easy for me to say. Hee hee.

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  19. Happy New Year and blessed be! What lovely deer! How jealous I am of your nature-surrounded Gothic cottage!

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    1. Thank you, Laura - and a Happy New Year to you as well! Don't be jealous. Just come visit. :)

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  20. Happy New Year! (even though I am a bit late)! I need to be a better blogger too, I have been quite lazy in 2014 with blogging. May all your wishes come true darling, have a great year!

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    1. Thanks, Ellone! I'm also late, so Happy New Year to you as well. All good things to you in 2015. :)

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  21. Any drink that cotains the word "paralyzer" is good by me, no matter the egg content :)

    We get deer visits almost every night out here too, and I would love a proper orangerie (ok, "sun room"...) to observe - and just dwell in.

    I would love to see you blog more, but don't let blogging become a chore and make you feel bad! It should be fun and relaxing.

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    1. They were delightful, and thank goodness eggnog season is over or I'd still be drinking them!

      Do you feed them, Ms. Misantropia? I'm quite smitten with our little pair. That sunroom gets a TON of use. :)

      For a while there I was thinking I should just stop blogging altogether - my mind was blank. I used to blog once a week ... I don't think I could come up with new ideas that often anymore, but surely I could manage twice a month?!!? We'll see. Miss your posts ... tough without a camera though. :(

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  22. "For a while there I was thinking I should just stop blogging altogether.." Please don't I find your content interesting and your personality sparkles through... your blog is delightfully fun to read!

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    1. Awwww, thanks so much for your kind words, Vermont Deadline. That makes me feel like maybe it is all worthwhile! :)

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  23. Great Resolutions... I too want to make only those I Believe I can accomplish and keep... otherwise it just makes me feel like I failed! *winks* Unfortunately the weight loss thang is something I have to keep at even tho' it's been pretty dismal, with the Diabetes I need to be lighter and healthier, but I'm not concentrating so much on a stringent regimen, but one that I don't feel deprived while I tackle it. I have set a 10 Item a Day Goal to get things priced and out of the house and into the Showrooms, that way the Edit and Purge is building momentum and hopefully by the end of 2015 I'll look around this Ole' House and feel like I did finally accomplish a significant Goal to Simplify housekeeping. *smiles* Thanks for coming by for a Blog Visit... now for some strange reason I want spiked Eggnog... humnnnnn... Happy New Year from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. LOL, yes Dawn ... it's good to make resolutions that you feel you can stick with! Except for maybe the learn to knit cables part. That might have been a bit overambitious of me. ;)

      I like the idea of a 10 item a day goal ... I have so much stock to put on the website that I'm feeling overwhelmed, and every day I end up saying “Nope, don't feel like doing it today.” I think I'd have to knock it down to 5 a day in order to stay motivated. However, today I did go downstairs and sort of a few things out - for me, the getting going part is the hardest. Now that I've sorted a bit, maybe tomorrow I'll bring five things up and set them on the dining room table. If they're downstairs, I can ignore them. Not so much on a table in plain sight!

      Thank goodness the eggnog is out of the stores now. Unfortunately, like you, I hate the feeling of deprivation, and if it's not eggnog then it's chocolates or some other damn thing that isn't terribly helpful for losing weight. ;)

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  24. I love the fact you didn´t engaged to the classic cliché NY goals. I am honestly a bit fed up of all those blogs in which only real achievments seem to be the ones related to physical appearance, earning a fortune and shopping/not shopping stuff. I barely read any post where the author says "Hey, what if I stop focusing on the superficial things society made me percieve as valuable and start looking for the ones which can make me feel better as an individual?". I don´t know if I´m expressing myself properly.

    Anyway, I did like your wildlife observation goal. That´s the kind of thing I was referring to! My personal idea of happiness (or most specifically, one of my ideas of happiness) consists on cuddling with cats on my sofa while having tea and reading a good book. Not that ambitious, right? Nevertheless, it looks like there is little time left for that lately. I suppose it all has to do with modern times and job schedule requirements.

    Well, I just want to wish you a (belated) Happy New Year as well as the same good dose of wisdom you already showed to me in 2014.

    Take care!

    Violette B.


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    1. You've expressed yourself very well, Violette! And don't think for a minute that I didn't ever engage in those classic New Year goals. I think from around the time I was twenty, those were my goals every single year - lose weight and exercise.

      So I feel I'm not terribly deserving of the wisdom you are so kindly crediting me with, as it's taken me almost forty years to figure out those goals are an absolute waste of my precious time! You are the one who is wise beyond her years, already knowing that having tea and reading a good book are a far greater source of happiness than all the superficial stuff the media bombards us with on a daily basis.

      Have a wonderful 2015, Violette - I look forward to all the details of your happy union with the Gentle One! ❤

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  25. I'm quite late in catching up on my blog reading, so I apologize for the lateness of my comment. I'm thrilled by your resolution of more blogging as I absolutely adore your posts. It's not just your content, it's your writing style too that I love! Besides, you're allowed only 7 posts when faced with the topsy turvy year you endured last year. You were busy...it's allowed. :-)

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    1. Once you get behind on the blog reading it takes a while to catch up, Danielle! I'm in the exact same boat. :)

      Awwww, that's so sweet of you to say! I'm working on one right now and AFTER it's published, only then am I allowing myself to catch up on my blog reading. ;)

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