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Happy New Year!!! 2011 Is Almost Here! 
new year greetings

First, for those who are wondering, Henry is up and down -- good for awhile, then bad. So it's hard to say at this point if he'll make it or not. But Marilyn and I remain HOPEFUL -- and he is eating (a little) and drinking (water, a little). So he's trying very, very hard.

Marilyn and I dropped by sister Sue's house briefly today, to take Christmas goodies to Sue, Candy, Nicole and Madyson. It was nice. And we came home with ham that they shared with us. Should make for a nice breakfast tomorrow morning! (woo hoo)

2010 was a rough year, and I won't be sorry to see the end of it! But this first decade of the new century? It's been AMAZING! So I guess we have to cut 2010 a little slack if we're considering that! (grin)

One of the GREAT things of this decade and year has been all my wonderful LiveJournal Friends! Thanks for making my world a happier place to be, everyone! You mean so much to me.

Happy New Year!!!

As we say goodbye to this year, I want to wish you Happy New Year -- with all good things in 2011!

We'll soon be opening the back door to let 2010 depart -- then opening the front door to run out and ring bells and use our traditional noisemakers (some that have been in the family since before we were born) to ring in the new year! It's always fun to shout greetings to the neighbors who stay up to do the same thing.

Then we phone many family members and friends to offer them greetings. (We'll have to wait for Sue to call us, so we don't risk waking Candy. But that's okay...)

Yes, the cats get locked up downstairs, just to be safe...

It's now just past 11:00 p.m. here, so I need to go get out our New Year's Eve box (which is an old hat box, for whatever reason). Marilyn and I also ring the bells we've had since childhood.

Photo share!

Bells: White Christmas Bell & Baby Bell
These are our bells that we've had since we were kids. Mine is the 'White Christmas' bell
and Marilyn's is 'Baby Bell.'

New Year Box
This is the box I mentioned. I wrote on the top of
it years ago, but we had this when we lived at home
with Mom and Dad...

New Year Box

New Year Box

Vintage Noisemaker
This is a vintage noisemaker that Mom had before
we were born! I looked it up online at one point
years ago. Obviously it was designed for Halloween,
but we always used it for New Year's Eve!

It took me awhile to find the photos I wanted here, so now it's about 20 minutes to midnight! And we're watching The Backstreet Boys perform! A perfect way to end this decade, considering what The Boys have meant to us this decade!!! Yep, we still love BSB...

See you all again NEXT year! (heh)
January 1, 2011 (Saturday) 07:50 am (UTC)
Happy New Year! Thanks for the new icons.
January 1, 2011 (Saturday) 08:24 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I had fun making those. (Wish I got around to making more icons. Maybe that will be one of my New Year Resolutions...)

Happy New Year!
January 1, 2011 (Saturday) 09:22 am (UTC)
Those bells are fabulous!
January 1, 2011 (Saturday) 11:19 am (UTC)
Your memorabilia is wonderful, Charlie. I love hearing about other people's New Year traditions.
Happy and blessed 2011, Charlie!
January 1, 2011 (Saturday) 06:01 pm (UTC)
((hugs)) and Happy 2011!

May we all find our groove this year :)

January 1, 2011 (Saturday) 06:01 pm (UTC)

What neat traditions you and Marilyn hold! Maybe my family and I need to do stuff like that so the New Years Yet-To-Be will be more exciting and fun to look forward to... ;)

January 2, 2011 (Sunday) 10:38 pm (UTC)
Great posting as always Charlie and I hope that you both enjoy 2011 a lot. You deserve the best year ever. You were so sweet to bring us all of the nice gifts and it really made Candy feel special. After a bad day she needed something bright.

I continue to pray for Henry and all of you.