Happy New Year, 2019!

New Year’s Eve at Seattle’s Space Needle
Credit: Tim Durkan

Happy New Year from Seattle!  Tim Durkan is one of my favorite photographers, and I’m thrilled to share his epic photo of the Space Needle.

We are especially ecstatic this New Year’s Day because the University of Washington’s Huskies will be playing in the Rose Bowl.  I’ll be cheering for running back Salvon Ahmed (#26), who is the stepson of a very dear friend.  Go Dawgs!

New Year’s Eve, Auckland, New Zealand

The new year begins in Auckland, New Zealand which is home to my phenomenally dear friend, the amazing Kiwi Mary!

New Year’s, Sydney, Australia

Last night I realized I was engaged 50 years ago on New Year’s Eve in 1968.  My maternal grandmother celebrated her 70th birthday the day before.  I’m her age now.  Yikes!

New Year’s Eve, Tokyo, Japan

We celebrated our engagement at Medinah Country Club near Chicago.  It such a freezing cold night that the anti-freeze in my parents’ car froze.

New Year’s Eve, Singapore

The black tie party, however, sizzled with dazzling ice sculptures, piles of jumbo shrimp, and three orchestras.  We drank, ate, and danced the night away.

New Year’s Eve, Dubai, Saudi Arabia

I’m astonished that this old girl was awake when the new year started here in Seattle.  It is the first time in decades, however, that I wasn’t sipping the bubbly and eating shrimp cocktail.

New Year’s Eve, Istanbul, Turkey

On New Year’s Day, I start with my tradition of eating herring for good luck and watching the Rose Bowl parade.  This year I drank champagne too.  Decadent, eh?

New Year’s, Paris, France

My New Year’s resolution is to hibernate like a bear to distract myself from the USA’s political clusterfuck.  Please wake me up when this nightmare is over.

New Year’s Eve, London, England

My other resolution is to begin a sit-up quest which was inspired by Grandma Gateway’s trek on the Appalachian Trail.

New Year’s Eve, New York City, New York, USA

What are your resolutions for 2019?

New Year’s Eve, Chicago, Illinois, USA

What are your dreams?

New Year’s Eve, San Francisco, California, USA

Wishing everyone abundant blessings, joy, prosperity, love, and great health in 2019!  Happy New Year!

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