Weekend Coffee Share: A New Year

Join us for some coffee time!If we were having coffee, I would greet you with a Happy New Year wish. A new year has begun and the last few days have rushed by. We have already wished our son well as he flew back to his new home (tears were involved); and we have spent a wonderful afternoon and evening with some lovely friends. My first book of the year has been read, and I have begun my second ( my birthday gift has to be read asap!).

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am not ready to go back to work on Monday. I still feel tired (too many late nights!) and still wish to rest, relax, and read. I know that on Monday I will have to hit the ground running as our report cards are due in a couple of weeks. January is a stressful time of year for me as I will have to test the children during two weeks so that I can place the appropriate grades below their names.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is unseasonably mild outside for this time of year. The days have been very grey and cloudy, yet we have been able to walk outside without a hat. We did have some snow fall overnight but, within a day, the white covering on the surfaces had melted. The weather forecast for the first week back at school is mild. I am wondering whether we will experience a lot of cold this winter.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I put on the usual 2kgs over the Christmas break. The overeating on sugar as well as the sedentary days have led to the weight gain. I know that I will have to work hard to lose what I have gained. The bonus will be getting back into my routine of healthy eating and better food choices. Next year I need to make the decision not to buy store bought cookies and candies – and not binge on cheeses, pastries, and crisps.

If we were having coffee, I would wish you well for the second week of 2019. Make it a good one!

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)

Happy New Year for 2016

happy_new_year01Dawn has broken over a New Year. As the sun lights up the sky, people all over the world awaken with hope that the next 365 days will bring them what they wish for. Celebrations abound and resolutions are made. The start of the new year is a positive one that brings a smile to many faces. The day brings with it as well the memories of past New Year celebrations as well as the knowledge that some goals have been achieved in the past year.

Today I would like to wish my readers for the New Year. May 2016 be all that you wish for: may you achieve the goals you have set for yourself, and may the experiences you will have be positive and enlightening.

Happy New Year.

A Warm Welcome

Winter has truly welcomed us into the New Year: this week we have experienced temperatures below -27 with wind chill, requiring us to stay indoors during recess and to hurry indoors when out. The warmth as we step inside is welcome as we hasten to leave the frigid air behind us.

The extreme cold weather, however, has not dimmed the welcoming smiles I receive each morning I greet the students in my class: their smiles, their humour, and their zest for life makes me smile and warms the day. When I arrive home, the hugs of my family not only warms my cold body a little, but also warms my heart.

The days of winter do not entice me outside but my home welcomes me with warmth and comfort as I hibernate after school hours with a book, a movie and crochet, and my family. I look forward to Spring and warmer days – but in the meantime I will enjoy the warmth of my home.

Five-Minute-Friday-badgeWhat welcomes you during the cold days of winter?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is linked to Five Minute Friday. The prompt this week is welcome)

New Year Wishes

As we turn our back on 2014 and look towards the new year, I would like to give all my readers my best wishes. May the year be one that brings with it the fulfilment of hopes and dreams; may it be filled with an abundance of happiness and overflow with blessings. May the year 2015 bring with it unexpected happenings and much laughter. I wish for you a New Year brings to you all that you wish for.
Happy New Year everybody. And happy blogging!

A New Year’s Wish

Fireworks have been lit and champagne has been poured. A new year has begun full of promise and hope. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, my readers, a year of fulfilled hopes and dreams. I wish you many blog posts and comments, and many hours of enjoyment writing or taking beautiful pictures for people all over the world to admire. I wish you too as much happiness as you can hope for, and a healthy body with which to enjoy it. May the year 2014 be even better than the year we laid to rest yesterday.

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I have celebrated too many New Year’s days to even think of making resolutions. Resolutions tend to be forgotten in the hurly-burly of everyday; they are pushed to the back of one’s mind come February. Instead I like to think of continuing to reach my goals and the work I am doing everyday to achieve them. I do tend to think back on the past year and celebrate the milestones that I have achieved. This reflection helps me know that I have achieved something with my life in the past year.

Do you make New Year Resolutions?

 © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The New Year Begins

The past week and a bit have gone by

In a flurry of activity,

A haze of warmth and family,

The companionship of eating together and watching movies


I have savoured each moment as I savoured the morsels we ate:

Love, joy, happiness.

We enclosed ourselves for a while in a capsule of family.

Shopping, walking in the snow, eating at a restaurant.

The bubble contained us and protected us

In our merriment

Of time spent together.

And now it is time to move our separate ways

As we work, go to school, follow our diverse daily routines.

And I carry within my heart the memory of this time;

A memory to look at when life gets too busy and I need a reminder

Of my family’s love and togetherness.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

A Resolution

A New Year begins: 2013. Champagne has been poured; wishes given and received. I look to the future and know what I would wish for. Not all, however, can be controlled by me. Directed by me. Others will play a part in making my dreams come true, in helping me attain my personal goals. Others will contribute to my tears of joy, to my tears of sadness.

A new year. A new beginning. A time for resolutions and promises to oneself. My mind mulls over the usual: a promise to exercise more, to eat better, to get that perfect job. How often, though, are those promises broken. Left by the wayside to be picked up again the following year.

This year I look at the calendar for 2013 and I make only one promise to myself. I resolve to make the most of the opportunities I am given this year. Past years I have hesitated and tip-toed around my dreams and goals. This year I will try to grab the chances given with both hands. No second-guessing. No “what if”.

Will my resolve fade as the weeks pass by and a busy life takes over? Only time will tell when I look back at the end of the year.

Happy New Year everyone. May this year be all that you wish it to be.

What resolutions have you made for 2013?