Friday, January 1, 2010


31 December 2009 Blue Moon with partial lunar eclipse (from Wikipedia).

Recent popular usage defined a blue moon as the second full moon in a calendar month, stemming from an interpretation error made in 1946 that was discovered in 1999. For example, December 31, 2009 was a blue moon according to this usage.

From our front door looking East

One of our favorite things to do on New Years Eve is invite friends in for a time of fellowship, and of course eating.
Since our home is small we are limited to the # of guests we can have which always makes it difficult because there are so many I want to include. We invited 16. The phone began to ring at 1:45 with one's saying they couldn't make it :o( So we ended up with 8 of us.

Carmel, Don, Barbara, Mickey & I began at 8 by sitting down to a meal of Pasole (I made enough at Christmas for this party, too) and Don brought his delicious chili. I also prepared a large dish of fresh vegetables, a cheese ball, onion dip, and an assortment of chips, crackers, olives (green & caramada), roasted red peppers, pickled onions. Sparking white grape juice to drink.

Mickey joining Jack, and Karen & Jim, who arrived later, enjoying their time at the meal. Carmel, Don & Barbara visiting and me taking the pictures.
We put on a pot of de-caf coffee and shared in the butterscotch chip and oatmeal date cookies and the fudge I had made earlier in the week.
Jack, & Karen & Jim, all left about 11:30. At midnight Carmel, Don, Barbara, Mickey & I had communion and then a time of prayer and worship. It was a wonderful way to welcome in this New Year of 2010. They left about 1 a.m. and Mickey & I went to bed!!! We didn't even clean up and do the dishes. Something we never do!!

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Mari said...

I think that's a great way to bring in the new year!

Kathy said...

We had two wonderful friends over for a southern meal of collards, black eyed peas, cornbread, ham and baked Salmon. It, along with the fellowship, was downright yummy. Looks like you had a wonderful crew as well! ( I love your "gathering" posts!). I will say, I went to actually look at the moon to see if if was really blue. : )

Maxine said...

Sounds like a blessed time with friends, as usual! We just finished eating an old fashioned soul food dinner here! Time to watch some football!

Praying for your 2010 year, dear Susan! May you and Mickey and family be blessed of the Lord!

Maxine said...

Oh! I see you have your Facebook badge on your page--now I can find you! I'll be sending a friend request soon.

Sandra said...

I hadn't realized that about it being a blue moon.

I want to know if those smoked peppers are hot.

Oklahoma Granny said...

Sounds like a lovely evening.

MightyMom said...

very nice!

Dan said...

I feel as though I've sat at that very table, and reclined in that very living room.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful night of friends and fellowship!...oh, and food!

Barbara said...

No better way so see in the New Year.

PEA said...

That sounds like a perfect way to bring in a New Year:) Like you, my house is small and I'm limited to how many guests I can invite. We always manage to find room, though:-) xoxo