Can’t Decide Which Movie to Watch

Usually not home on a Saturday night, but since we are all going out to party hearty Sunday night for New Year’s Eve, I decided to stay home and get to bed early. We all stayed out so late last night that I’m running on empty and need some sleep. So I want to pick a movie on cable and fall asleep in my recliner when my eyes get too heavy.

There are so many good movies on cable tonight. What is up with that? Usually I’ve got 700 channels and not a damn thing worth watching. But tonight I have to pick from 6 different ones that are all good in their own right. I decoded to go with the Blues Brothers on Cinemax. I really dig that movie – it was good times, back in the day!

Easter Dinner Preperations

This year I invited a few family members to join us for Easter dinner. I usually invite the entire family, but there are so many people who are at odds with each other and are getting a reputation within the family for causing a scene, that this year that I decided a peaceful, pleasant dinner with less people would be a better approach. The people who showed their butts at the last two holiday dinners that I hosted were not invited to my Easter dinner. I’m sure they will find other places to go, instead.

Since it will be a smaller group for dinner, I can spend a little more money on the food and upgrade my menu. I’ll be shopping for the fresh foods tomorrow and I picked up the ham today. Since I can upgrade, I decided to buy a Honey Baked Ham instead of the usual half ham at the grocery store. I had never heard about Honey Baked hams until my sister had one at her house a few years ago. I could not believe how delicious that ham was! The Honey Baked people do it right!

I want to have scalloped potatoes and also my mother’s macaroni and cheese casserole. I need something green but can’t decide what to have. I might decide while at the store when I can see what is fresh and looks good. At the moment I am thinking about asparagus, but if I can find fresh green beans I might get those instead.

Usually I like to have pie for dessert, but several people have asked if I will bake my World Famous Coconut Cake. It is my mother-in-law’s special recipe that she made from scratch. I found a way to make it almost as delicious using a mix and adding pudding mix. Besides, it’s not the cake as much as it is the frosting with the fresh coconut. So if I can figure out how to have enough time to cake the cake, that will be dessert this year.

The New Year Both Ends and Begins

I hope this New Year’s Day finds everyone healthy and happy. With a little luck, maybe you were able to parlay yesterday plus today off from work, and now you have the bonus of two more days off due to the weekend. Four days off in a row is something that doesn’t come along often for most working people.

For many, the New Year begins 2016 with hope and promise and probably a resolution or two. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Not to sound like a snob, but I don’t feel the need to wait for just one day to try to improve myself. If someone brings a shortcoming to my attention or I have a moment of realization, then I will start right then and there to improve myself – not wait for a calendar date to make changes.

For others, New Year’s means the end of an exhausting 2 months of extra work and long hours due to Christmas shoppers and holiday parties. My father was a musician, which meant from the first weekend in November all through Christmas and up to New Year’s he was with his band playing music. New Year’s meant the time to rest and recover from such a hectic time.

Whatever New Year’s means to you, I hope it is a good thing and that 2016 brings many good things to you.

Electric or Acoustic

I can remember when I was a pre-teen, I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I had taken piano lessons for many years, and I felt that made me a “nerd.” I was certain that if I learned how to play a guitar, I would instantly become one of the popular kids in school! Well, my parents did purchase an inexpensive acoustic guitar for me one year, as a gift. I don’t remember if it was for my birthday, or Christmas, but I will say that I took lessons for a few weeks, but could not take the pain involved in pressing my fingers down on the strings!

Anyone who can take that kind of punishment has my admiration, that is for sure! A few years ago, I gave my old, acoustic guitar to one of my friend’s kids. He did really well with the guitar, and I’ve heard that his parents are planning to buy a new electric guitar for him for Christmas! I haven’t heard him play at all yet, but I am hoping to go to their house sometimes soon and ask for a short performance! I am glad that my old guitar has proven to be a stepping-stone to bigger and better musical accomplishments.