Everything sublime is as difficult as it is rare. Baruch Spinoza

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Auld Lang Syne

For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

Old Long Since
So here we are, at the brink of a new year. My poor old cynical, jaded heart is feeling something rare; hope. I don't know what to do with this, so I think instead of doing what I usually would do, fight it, I'm going to go with it. I believe it has been an "Old Long Since" I have felt we as a people would regain our conscience and decency. I have hope. 

So here's to Robert Burns and his poem and to Father Time as he crosses the threshold of an old year into a new, to become the new year baby and start the thing all over again. I'll take a cup of kindness dear, for auld lang syne.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine
But we've wander'd mony a weary foot
Sin' auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl't in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stoup
And surely I'll be mine
And we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

Happy New Year Everyone!


Britwife said...

Happy New Year, Sandra. It WILL be a good 2009...it's a whole new world.
It's been very nice meeting you this year.

Ashley Dumas said...

Happy New Year! I am glad that given your situation with the tractor etc... that you are able to enjoy this day with a measure of optimism : )

Looking forward to a new year is always fun.


Sandra said...

Thank you ladies. I am very pleased to have found the blogosphere and the friends I have made on it. I am desperate for a new beginning, so I must have optimism! But never fear, you can't keep a good curmudgeon down. : )

Jean L. said...

CURMUDGEON--I love that word! For some reason I find that fun to say. (Obviously lacking some type of social interaction in my life...)

Happy New Year to all!

Sandra said...

And I rather enjoy being one! Happy New Tear Jean. I hope it's a really good one for you.

Sandra said...

I had better start reviewing my comments. I don't want you to have a 'Happy New Tear', but a Happy New YEAR!

Ashley Dumas said...

Sandra I have to say that I really have loved your little side bar menu. I have copied you many times when my mind was drawing a big culinary blank : ) We plain noodles tonight, sauteed chicken breast and raw red pepper slices. The girls were in heaven but I felt like the meal was a little lack luster : ) Thanks to your menu ideas i am going to do a much better job tomorrow! By the way, what is a blade steak. i assume it is a special cut but I don't know it : ) ?
How did you make it if you don't mind me asking?

Off to try and see some fireworks from the balconey! The kids are sleeping and Oscar have a bottle of bubbly from his company. I hope I can stay awake long enough to taste some!

Sandra said...

A blade steak is an inexpensive cut of pork. Meat has become so poor in quality that I have found the cheap cuts to be the best bang for the buck. You can broil it or pan fry it. I usually use a little olive oil in a hot pan and sear it. It's cheap and rather good!

i'll post the recipe for tonight's chicken in a day or two.

dressage rider said...

Happy 2009 to all! I have loved the blog. Cassidy and Brooke are tucked into their stalls, the rabbits my college student daughter left me are snuggled into warm cages that are also inside the barn, and the cats she left with us along with a few additions are all in the house. It is COLD tonight in single digits. Chores are tough but I feel for you especially, Sandra, I can't even imagine. In the past, I have had to spread manure and sawdust all over the ice of one paddock in order to get horses out when I did not have the indoor space to use. Now, I use the space inside as I just do not trust what is under our snow after a freezing rain. I remember having boarders, etc. and the constant pressure to have everything perfect no matter what the weather. With two horses it is not hard, but I used to spend the entire day, it seemed, to keep 10 or more stalls cleaned every day, one paddock, at least, open, and the barn supplied with all it needed. I feel your pain!

Sandra said...

You're daughter left you a few gifts. : ) All kind of nice to have around, though.

As you know, you slog along and do the best you can. Sometimes people think it's not enough. When they think this, it seems natural that you wonder if they are right. When you are strong and smart you then realize they aren't. They are uniformed. But when you are feeling worn and overwhelmed, you wonder.

But, a new year is peeking over the horizon and better times are ahead. But you will not hear the angels sing on high. The skid loader will not be with us tomorrow.

I do know how to swear and it is with great restraint that I don't! Instead I say, @#&@*&. Oh, I meant Happy New Year. : ) : )

So I enter the new year as I entered the last, kind of ornery, but rather harmless.