Happy New Years everyone!
As I was growing up, it was the custom for Mom and Dad to have champagne and caviar on New Years Eve. They didn't usually go out to celebrate. Linda and I were allowed a taste and then drank our ginger ale to toast in the New Year. I grew up loving caviar. Needless to say, it wasn't Beluga, just the local grocery store variety. It has become my custom to always have champagne and caviar on New Years Eve. Ken doesn't like either, but I manage a glass on my own and I eat the entire jar of caviar. Yesterday I was later than usual in stocking up on a bottle of champagne and the caviar. I went to three stores and could find no caviar! What a disappointment. Well, Ken fell asleep early and I stayed up to see the ball drop. I can't open a champagne bottle myself and didn't want to wake him up, so I had NO caviar and NO champagne. What a different New Years Eve.
Another custom in my family was that when we grew up and left home we would always call home on New Years Eve or Mom and Dad would call us. It was always important for me to never forget to wish them a Happy New Years Eve at the stroke of midnight. I miss doing that. I did talk to Linda last night and my daughter, too, using the new web camera.
Something else done when I was growing up was that Dad would blow his old Boy Scout bugle out the front door at midnight and we would beat pots and pans. Sometimes I would get a broom and "sweep" the old year out the door.
Today was a lazy day. I made the traditional Hoppin' John, which my mother always did. Do any of you make it? The story is that if you make it on New Years Day you will have a year of good luck. If you don't know what Hoppin' John is, it is basically black-eyed peas. I cook them with onion and green pepper and some bacon and serve it with rice. Yum! I hope we all have a year of good luck!