Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year, a New Calendar...

Someone once said that the week between Christmas and New Year's is like a week's worth of Sundays, and I have to agree. Each day slips by and, at the end of it, I've done absolutely nothing other than eat and enjoy being around the hubby and my girls. The huge amount of snow we've had here in the Northeast only added to my lethargy... not that I'm complaining. I've managed to flick through my old magazines and get some ideas together for the New Year. I'm almost like a racehorse, chomping at the bit, waiting to spring into 2011 and get all my plans into gear.

Anyhoo, the other day, a magazine landed in my mailbox, all the way from Blighty. My mum sends me the January edition of the 'Sainsbury's Magazine' each year... Sainsbury's is a UK supermarket... so why do I get the magazine when I can only dream of doing my weekly shop there? Well, this is the calendar that becomes our kitchen family calendar. This supermarket freebie has been the diary in my house well before I came to America, and ever since I have been here. I scribble down every event in the little square box, no matter how trivial. And, at the end of the year, I pack away the calendar, with all of the others.... but not before I've flicked through them all. These little 12 page diaries show me when guests have visited, the vacations I've taken, my visits to the UK, events from during my pregnancies, and all manner of both momentous and tedious occasions. I love that they are all in the same format... this supermarket recipe calendar takes me through the year via healthy suppers at the start of the year, to Easter lamb, to sumptuous strawberry dishes and juicy burgers mid-Summer, and onto stodgy warming meals when the nights draw in, and, finally, back to some Christmas offering at the end of the year. I love looking back at all of the years of my life, from when there was just me, to the two of us, and then to the four of us... like a stack of maps, charting the path that my life has taken to get me to the present day...

Who knows what will go down in this year's calendar... what will I be smiling at when I pack away my trusty Sainsbury's calendar at the end of 2011?

Oh, and before I forget... with it being Friday tomorrow, I figured I would share my Christmas roses with you (the hubby gets me two dozen every Christmas)... I know I've done these so many times before, but they're just too beautiful not to show you...


Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year. I'll raise a glass to you all at the stroke of twelve!


  1. Hi Laura. I love that you have a written record of all the things you have done throughout the year, on your well as fabulous recipes!! Wishing you a wonderful New Year and a fabulous 2011 ~ Tina xx

    PS: GORGEOUS roses, you lucky lady :)

  2. Happy New Yr Laura. What a beautiful husband you have. I love his tradition with the roses. Just beautiful! Love your idea about keeping the calender. It's a simple but great idea for a memory keepsake. All the best, and enjoy! Sonia :) xx

  3. I feel the same way about my looking back on all that happened as I put new dates to remember in for the coming year. (That's why I enjoy blogging) Yours looks spectacular with delicious food! I'd salivate each time I turned a new month! Happy New Year and give you hubby a big squeeze for those roses...he sounds like a keeper!!

  4. Beautiful roses...I saw the snow fall you have there on a the news - it was incredible! I can imagine it makes you just nestle in for the week. Have a happy new year's eve and all the best for 2011 - I am sure I will be back for a virtual tea in a no time! Lou x

  5. What a great use of a calendar. You've inspired me to use my calendar next year the same way. Happy New Year!

  6. Happy New Year Laura!
    Christmas roses - perfect!
    xo Cathy

  7. Happy New Year, enjoy the roses and the snow! Robx

  8. Hello friend,
    Glad you have had such a wonderful week. Feel free to call me at midnight....I'll be up with a glass of bubbly.
    Can't wait to see what 2011 holds for us both.....T xoxo

  9. Oh, Sweetie, what a lovely idea! I might just pack ours away today, just like you. There's something so much more special about having a tangible reminder of life's daily minutiae which online diaries can't replicate. Happy New Year! J x

  10. I keep all my calendars too, and i have a few Sainsbury ones there somewhere! I even have the one from 1995 the year I got married. Isn't it such a great way to remember a lot of things that would just so easily get forgotten?
    Wishing you a very healthy and fun 2011. x

  11. You sound like you had a lovely family christmas - I know what you mean about chasing at the bit for 2011 - I have to pack up my sewing room and turn it back into a bedroom over the holidays and I can't wait to put it all back now! although sad that everyone has gone well nearly everyone! Very dull January day today but off to the beach for a walk! Happy New Year to you and your family

  12. I didn't know about the Sainsbury Calendar - I'll have to check it out :) I just use Google Calendar, which certainly doesn't have the same feel.

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year - it has been a privilege and truly an enhancement to my time in London. I adore you! XO L

  13. What a lovely tradition,
    Laura! And your roses
    most definitely deserve
    several pictures ~ how
    romantic! Your holiday
    sounds wonderful....just
    my style. Happy New Year
    and enjoy filling in all
    those calendar squares with
    the stuff that makes this
    life grand.
    Monday hugs,
    xx Suzanne

  14. love that idea. beautiful roses and oh how i love anything mrs. meyer's! happy new year to you!

  15. i save my old calendars too! along with old school planners and notebooks. there's simply no better way to keep a record of all the year's events! it's also fun to look back and see the excitement latent in the writing. for instance, my 2010 california trip was written in huge red marker that took up the entire week! it just said CALI TRIPPPPP!!! :)

    this post was beautiful:)

  16. Dear Laura,
    I wish you all the best for this new year, good health and happiness! I'm glad we have met here in Blogland! I'll come back to read all the posts I have missed, my cup of tea in hand, big hugs! Maureen xx


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