What a Year It Has Been
It’s the last day of 2017. By the time some of you read this, it will already be 2018 so a very Happy New Year to you. Some, like me, are getting ready to welcome in the new year tonight. What a year it has been. On this last day as the moon rises in the east, I wanted to share with you some of the wonderful things that happened in 2017, and a few thoughts for the next.
My garden, in its first year, produced abundantly, and still has overwintering greens and root crops to feed me. A garden truly nourishes both the body and soul.
This year saw Art of the Pie go into a 4th printing, receive numerous honors including a James Beard nomination for Best Baking Book, listed as one of the top 100 cookbooks of ALL time, and my apple pie was in the New York Times.
I hosted pie camps and workshops both at Pie Cottage and nationally, the very first women’s retreat weekend was very meaningful, and events for 2018 are filling…some are already sold out. One of the things I am proudest of is when I took ill this fall, my son Duncan stepped right up to the plate to fill in for me to rave reviews. He will be solo teaching six workshops in 2018 and they are filling, too.
Finally, the manuscript for the new book, with photos once again by Andrew Scrivani, is nearly completed.
Now, it’s time for me to finish up my preparations for tonight when I will welcome in another wonderful year. I gave myself the gift of a new broom and a very good bottle of scotch whiskey. Both of these will be used tonight.
I’m spending a quiet evening making a list of things that no longer serve me. That list I will burn in the fire just before midnight. Then I will open my windows and doors wide, and use my new broom to sweep out the old year just before midnight, and invite the new year at the first strike of the new year.
I will await the arrival of my first visitor for a first footing. This is an old Celt tradition where the first visitor to enter the house will bring gifts (including a bottle of scotch) for continued warmth, prosperity, food, and good cheer throughout the year. You can read more about this tradition in this post from last year. The instructions are right there for you, too.
A new tradition for me this year are some prayer flags that will be set to fly on New Year’s Day. I’ll be adding fervent prayers for peace, kindness, understanding, generosity, and compassion. There’s so much mean spiritedness in our world right now, please let us try not to engage in it.We are all here together and life is simply too short for us to be anything but kind.
I am so thankful for all of you who continue to support and cheer me on in my work and life. I truly am blessed by each and every one of you. I hope you will be abundantly blessed in the coming year.
Many Good Wishes from Pie Cottage for A Happy New Year!