Category Archives: new year

hope smiles.

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sign of new beginnings

 wonderful surprises ahead

 my ever-struggling orchid

 suddenly burst into bloom

just in time

to welcome in the new year. 

“hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come whispering – it will be happier”

-alfred lord tennyson

low key.

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this year’s celebration is just going to be a low key affair

how will you be welcoming in the new year?

 

“embrace curiosity, be open, playful, and persistent.”

-Debra Kaye, Red Thread Thinking: Weaving Together Connections 

 

 

 

 

 

image credit: pinterest vintage images, the pickle sisters vaudeville troupe, 1920s

12 grapes.

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A common story traces the tradition of the twelve lucky grapes, or uvas de la suerte, to grape farmers in Alicante, Spain, who suggested the idea when they had a surplus harvest to unload in the early 1900s. But according to food writer Jeff Koehler, newspaper articles about the tradition from the 1880 suggest it developed from Madrid’s bourgeoisie copying the French custom of drinking champagne and eating grapes on New Year’s Eve.

Either way, Spanish tradition eventually became a superstition that spread to Central and South America. Eating one grape at each of midnight’s 12 clock chimes guarantees you a lucky year—if and only if, you simultaneously ruminate on their significance. (Each grape represents an upcoming month.) If you fail to conscientiously finish your grapes by the time the clock stops chiming, you’ll face misfortune in the new year.

Superstitions tend to be specific, and uvas de la suerte is no different. Most Spaniards eat white Aledo grapes, which farmers in Alicante, Spain, protect from the sun, birds, and other pests by tying paper bags around as they grow. This process, which slows the grapes’ development and allows them to grow a finer skin, produces a grape that’s soft, ripe, and ready to be sold in twelve-packs in December. Now isn’t that lucky?

“you can be drinking the wine today, but picking the grapes tomorrow.”
-jonathan tucker
story and photo credits: gastro obscura, paula mejia

bubbles.

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how many bubbles are in a glass of champagne?

french researcher, gerard liger-belair

has spent more than 15 years studying the drink

and has released his best guess:

2,000,000.

that is science, trial and error, trying until you get it right.

in support of his very thorough study,

I may be conducting my own research this evening. 

 

 “champagne…it gives you the impression that every day is sunday.”

– marlene detrich

 

 

 credits: veuve cliquot vintage ad, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, bbc

until they wake.

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’twas new year’s eve at the lake house

and two of our

fellow celebratory foot soldiers

and their loyal dog were down 

though they made a miraculous comeback 

returning to the fray for the midnight hour

and it was something to behold.

“forgive me if I sleep until I wake up. “

-charles olson