Monday, December 31, 2007

Fresh and New with No Mistakes

The end of the year brings a certain amount of reflection on things that have happened and things that are yet to come. 2007 was a good year, all in all. Not too much drama happened in our lives...about a two on the drama scale I suppose.

All of the notable events in our lives are recorded on my refrigerator calendar along with most of our nightly dinner menus. I started keeping track of dinner when Hubby complained that I never cooked. Showed him! Pfffttt!

Here is the old fridge calendar with the days X-ed out in green, and the new one with 44 holidays and special days, 29 birthdays, and 7 anniversaries duly noted.
I like having the calendar in this year-long format so I can see where I've been and where I'm going and just how long it is until the next event. With the standard monthly flip calendar, events happening on the first or second of the next month tend to sneak up on me.

Making the new year's calendar is an after-Christmas tradition and lots of fun. I get to be a little creative on the holidays and draw in the appropriate iconic symbol. My Thanksgiving turkey looked pretty good last year but the one for 2008 looks pretty sickly. The party hat on New Year's Eve was sharp for 2007, dull for 2008. Oh well. I'll be in my jammies by 8:30 p.m. both nights so it really doesn't matter.

I ponder for a moment on the new calendar with all the empty spaces and wonder what life will hold to note there in those little boxes. I like all the crisp, clean whiteness because it is "fresh and new with no mistakes."

That's one of my favorite quotes and I use it often. It's from Anne of Green Gables, one of my all-time favorite PBS miniseries with Colleen Dewhurst and Megan Follows. I think both women are amazingly beautiful by the way.

Anne, for all her good intentions, always manages to muck up a situation. Her hope for redemption is tomorrow which is "fresh and new with no mistakes in it." I try to remember that when I've messed something up - those Doh! moments when I realize the things I've said or done weren't taken the way I meant.

I dig myself deeper in a hole when I attempt an apology or explanation and muck things up even more. I've learned to keep my mouth shut and hope folks forget quickly. But I still mentally berate myself for days, thinking, "Stupid, stupid, stupid! Why did I say THAT???"

Then I remember Anne and her hope for tomorrow.

So as this blogging year comes to a close, Auld Lang Syne and all that. I hope 2007 didn't suck real bad for you.

A toast: Here's to 2008. May it be fresh and new with no mistakes.


more cowbell said...

I, for one, will be glad to see an end to 2007. Here's to ringing in the new ... *Clink*

Auld Hat said...

2007 gave me a great gift in my friendship with you. And if I recall, you showcased one of those "Stupid stupid stupid!" examples in an e-mail to me right off the bat. Remember? Oh how I laughed. I thought, "See? Now here is a gal I can relate to" and into my pocket you went. Here's hoping you never git out! tee hee

Speck said...

Cowbell - Clinks to you too darlin' girl. Arizona. You gotta get to Arizona. Hat said so.

Hat - Aw crap. I vaguely remember the stupid, stupid, stupid email. Sigh.
Tomorrow is fresh and new with no mistakes. Tomorrow is fresh and new with no mistakes. Tomorrow is fresh and new.....

Auld Hat said...

HAH HAH! Oh but do adore you my bosom friend. Ever so much.

Sling said...

If it weren't for my mistakes,I wouldn't have anything to blog about..just sayin'. ;)
Here's to an '08 filled with joyous white spaces,and the occasional game of "Twister"!

Willym said...

My blog motto is: So many years of experience and still making mistakes. I could do with some fresh and new and no mistakes.

Happy New Year and all good things to you and yours.

Kimberly Ann said...

Lovely thought about "fresh and new". Me, I'm a bit rumpled and somewhat old but hey, with enough febreze, anything is still possible. Happy 08!

Allan said...

High hopes for 2008! The calenders are a great idea- especially the meals. Cheers!

Lorraine said...

I knew that was Anne the second I read the title. I love that book. Loved the miniseries, too.
Love your calendar. Love love love....

Happy New Year, Speck!