2018 A Year of Creativity

The past five years have been hectic, remodeling a house to prepare it for the market, building a house for fifteen months while living in our camper, and completing the work the contractor did not do. But all of this is in the past now. I’m looking forward to a new year, new possibilities, and new adventures.

I’m dedicating 2018 to creative endeavors: cooking, writing, knitting, quilting, gardening, photography, music, etc. Well, you get the picture. I want to explore all aspects of my right brain. My blogs will be dedicated to weekly activities that demonstrate what I’ve learned. I hope you will enjoy and be energized by discovering the beauty and positivity I discover along my journey.

I wish happiness and prosperity to all of my readers. Have a blessed 2018!


This first week is about sharing my Southern traditions for the new year. I began my new year putting past hurts and unhappiness behind me and focusing on prospects for 2018. That includes starting the year off with great friends and the right food, southern style. Below is the picture of our Southern buffet.


I’ve cooked most of these foods every January 1st for the past 42 years, but it’s only recently I added the ham to the mix. Maybe that’s why prosperity has been out of my reach. This year I’m taking no chances. I included it all.


I’ve included the reasoning behind our Southern traditional foods of greens (usually collard or turnip), black-eyed peas, cornbread, and pork. I prefer collards because my grandmother taught me how to prepare them so they aren’t bitter.


Tradition is an important part of our lives and the ones we choose for our new year’s celebration can set the tone for the year ahead, focusing us on where we came from and why. I hope you’ll share your new year’s traditions.