|Boiling Milk at Midnight
My daughter and I stayed up to greet the New Year and we watched the countdown on TV and toasted the New Year with cranberry juice mixed with a little lemon-lime soda to make it a bit bubbly!
Then, I lit the stove for the first time in the New Year and boiled milk as is our custom until it overflowed for good luck! Except, I didn't put in enough milk at first and it refused to boil over! It bubbled up and formed a dome which developed a sort of film! That's the first time that has happened to me in all these years of boiling milk on New Year's Eve! My daughter and I were laughing so hard trying to encourage the milk to boil over! Eventually, she poured a little more milk into the pan and it finally boiled over!
My daughter asked about the significance of boiling milk till it boiled over and I told her it was to symbolize plenty and abundance.
The pan on the burner behind the milk was for the milkrice that I was making at the same time..
|Boiling Milk in Front; Milkrice at the Back
Afterwards, we had some milkrice with jaggery (palm sugar; me) and regular sugar (daughter, as she doesn't like the taste of jaggery).
Later, we worked on the jigsaw puzzle that I got for my daughter as part of her holiday gift. We had some help, as you can see:
He meowed until daughter picked him up and put him on the table and he went to work, right away!
|Inspecting the Part that Daughter Did
Making sure that the portion I put together lies flat:
|Such a Helpful Kitty!
With Dancer's help, we were able to make good progress on the puzzle!
Today, there was some sunshine in the morning, but, the clouds moved in and it drizzled a bit in the afternoon. We had a relaxed day. I called and texted family and friends to wish them for the new year. Later, daughter and I put together more of the puzzle, without Dancer's help, this time!
Brunch was leftover milkrice with chicken curry. For dinner, I baked the ham we had bought, sauteed green beans with garlic, made a cucumber salad, and a pineapple pickle (fresh pineapple, diced, and mixed with vinegar, sugar, salt, and chili powder). After dinner, I did the dishes and daughter put away the leftovers.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being alive to greet another New Year
- Celebrating New Year's Day with my daughter
- Exchanging greetings and well wishes with family and friends
- A relaxed day
- Good meals
Today's joyful activity was greeting the New Year with my daughter.
Plans for tomorrow include watching the Rose Parade on TV (we've been to see it in person once, when my daughter was in pre-school; the rest of the time, we've watched it on TV), doing a load of laundry, and visiting neighbor S in the evening.
How did you spend New Year's Day? Do you have any traditions you observe to greet the new year? What are your plans for tomorrow?