Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

When last I left you…back in October that is…it was raining the proverbial cats and dogs.

Though we’ve had a few sunny spots in between, California has been soaked to the gunnels. Personally, I’ve had enough of rubber rafting as transportation every time the San Diego River crests. It’s the New Year and I’m ready for some new weather!

This is NOT the three hour cruise she signed up for!

Here’s a shot of the weather we woke up to on Christmas morning. Funny, it doesn’t look like sunny SOUTHERN California does it? Whenever the weather gets this soupy I always pretend I’m in foggy London town!

The sun trying to peak through the Christmas fog

A soupy mess

Though we are now into the New Year, I am still basking in the afterglow of Christmas. It was a relaxing, lazy day and I watched a few DVDs, the Dr. Who Christmas special and watched Elf a million times! I also created a new drink I call Bonnie’s Jingle Bells, just some vodka, cranberry juice and sparkling lemonade.

Get your Tardis in gear - it was a great episode!


I had it with a late lunch/early dinner holiday fare of roasted chicken, roasted veggies, mashed potatoes and cranberry from the can. Just the basics and - I know – it was the jellied cranberry that comes out shaped like a tin can! I haven’t had that since I realized how easy it is to make homemade cranberry sauce. Somehow it just seemed nostalgic.

I was visited by the ghost of Christmas Past - cranberry shaped like a tin can!

New Year’s Eve and day just seemed to fly by in one big woosh! I decided I didn’t want to cook so I went for some takeout Chinese food. It seemed somehow apropos and reminded me of the movie A Christmas Story. Remember when the crazy dogs from next door ate the Parker family’s turkey resulting in dinner at a Chinese restaurant dining on duck or what they called Chinese turkey? Anyway my dinner was delicious and I am particularly fond of a dish that features eggplant and tofu. Not traditional but yummy all the same.

I love that TBS runs A Christmas Story marathon every year!

And speaking of the New Year, I wish you all the very best in 2011!

Happy New Year!


  1. I like the rain and all and especially on Christmas, it makes it more Christmasy, but enough is enough right? The sun is finally out although it's still a bit chilly, but not rain in the next 7 days...QUICK....go do something outside.

    Happy New Year to you too.


  2. Happy New Year,sweetie.Poos about the weather! It's crazy all over! Thank goodness you had comforting cranberry jelly from a can!!!

  3. Happy New Year, Bonnie! Our snow is back with us this morning. I've never seen cranberry sauce in a can, it's sold in jars here. xxx

  4. GOOD MORNING BONNIE! Dearest, I have heard such horror stories of this rain you have been having! Well we had the white equivalent of it come down in TRUCK LOADS to us.....with a chilling cold to boot....but may I wish you a year full of more promise and rebuilding. I hope you job is going well, and Bonnie, I have missed your posts. I have missed seeing you, but I know how easy it would be to stop blogging. It takes so much time to keep in touch with everyone and to create a post.Come on over when you can; your presence always brings a bit of nostalgia to my blog....Anita

  5. Happy New Year to you too Bonnie! I've been hearing about the horrid weather you've been having. Definitely not what people expect from Southern California! Glad that you had a nice relaxing holiday. We cut back on everything this year - decorating, food, gifts - and it turned out to be one of the best Christmas seasons I can remember in a long time. We actually had time to enjoy each other, and that was the best gift I could have received! Hugs, Kat

  6. Apologies that I haven't got around to wishing you all the best for 2011 yet - I could blame the weather, we had about two foot of snow here as opposed to the rain you obviously you. I hope you had a great holiday and that this will be a good year for you and yours.

  7. Hi my dear-sounds like a very festive and fun time, wishing you a very Happy New Year too xx

  8. Wet enough Bonnie? Soaked here also. Wanted to stop in and wish you a Happy New Year. Hope all is going well with you.

  9. Wow, I've never seen canned cranberry like that! It is kinda retro and cool. :) Happy new year!

  10. Sounds like a very relaxing New Year, Bonnie! I love your movie choices and your menu sounds yummy! And how funny to see fog in Southern California! Hope you will be dry for a few days! Here, we are expecting snow and ice! Yikes! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  11. Happy New Year Bonnie! Loved hearing about your Xmas...your new drink sounds fabulous, I may have to try a galss of Bonnie's Jingle Bells:) Hope you have dried out somewhat...unfortunately we are incredibly soggy over this side of the world:( Wishing you a 2011 filled with all things wonderful ~ Tina XX

  12. A belated happy new year to you too! Can you imagine how much snow would have accumulated had the rain turned cold? Yikes! I was a young adult before I realized that the cranberry sauce from a can came that way. I thought my aunt made those ridges!! My mother always made cranberry relish. Now I must have both sauce and relish to be happy! Hope you dry out soon.


  13. I did indeed go and see ANOTHER panto hehe - it was the same friend starring in it, we go and see most shows, musicals, plays etc that he is in! He's semi famous in this country but Im not sure you would of heard of him!

    Hope your well?

    Mary Poppins was my Mum and Just William was my Dad :D The others were my inlaws!!

    Sal xXx

  14. Playin' "catch up" with you today. With Christmas, New Years, and (maybe????) bad weather behind us, let's see what 2011 brings.

    I like the Christmas nostalgia from your last post...Our holidays are fairly low key. I'm ready for some excitement and weather good enough to enjoy being outdoors.

    Belated Happy New Year to YOU. Thanks for visiting me :)

  15. A little bit late, but a very happy New Year to you! May all your wishes come true in 2011! :)