No New Year’s Celebrations For Us

We were all set to host a small gathering of friends to ring in the New Year. We were going to have a feast and play some games while ushering out 2021 and ringing in 2022. However, we decided against it. Mother Nature has not been kind to us in these last few days of 2021. In fact, she has been very cruel to us here in Colorado.

Yesterday and all through the night, our part of Colorado saw the worst and most expensive wildfires in our state’s history. We were VERY lucky, but we too had a bag packed and were ready to gather up the fur babies and head for safer parts. The fires were less than 3 miles from us. Fortunately, we were spared, however, I know to many people who were not. We had high winds and no moisture and the fires were horrific. Over 600 homes and counting were lost in last night’s fires. We are only just learning of all the actual loss and devastation.

If this isn’t bad enough, we are expecting heavy snows and bitter cold temperatures today and throughout the night as well. We are expecting 5-10 inches of snow in our area and the mountain areas are expecting 1-2 feet of snow. We sure could have have used some of this snow and moisture last night. The moisture would have definitely been a blessing. With all that is currently going on, we just decided it wasn’t a safe or good idea to be celebrating when so many have lost so much and it just isn’t worth risking everyone’s safety for a few short hours of celebrations. We can always celebrate another time. This year, we decided it was better for everyone to stay safe instead.

I think it is safe to say, like the end of 2020, we are all very glad to see 2021 come to an end. It was a better year than 2020 in some ways, and in some ways not. I am hoping and praying for a much better, safer and healthier 2022 for everyone, whether near or far. Be safe and count your blessings. We are fortunate and have many blessings.

Briarwood Lane Happy New Year Garden Flag Champagne Confetti 12.5" x 18"


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

31 thoughts on “No New Year’s Celebrations For Us”

  1. I agree, celebrating at a time like this doesn’t warrant these particular moments. Praying for our neighbors up north and for all that have lost there home, may our Lord comfort you all. Have a safe & healthy New Year coming into 2022.

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  2. We heard about the fires. So glad you are okay! Good idea to stay safe. We have been through several fire warnings when we lived there. I remember ash falling on our home during the fire near Deckers many years ago. Praying for all of you in CO. God bless you all!

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  3. I am so very sorry for everyone who sustained losses in that terrible fire, and for everyone who must now live with the memory of it, whether there were personal losses or not. I pray that we will somehow find a way to suppress these fires as they are so dangerous and crippling in so many ways.

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  4. Ugh! How scary to be so close to you. The photos and videos I’ve been seeing are so heart breaking and how no one died is a miracle! Good riddens to 2021! Happy New Year Jeanne!πŸ€—πŸ’œ


      1. She is healing nicely. I will post some pictures of he in a bit. She is tough as nails, and she doesn’t even seem affected in the slightest any more. We are doing our best to keep her relatively quiet and calm, but she is a very active girl, so that sounds much easier than it really is. πŸ™‚

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      1. So does mine. I have lived through hurricane Andrew in 1992, when quarter million people were left homeless. The entire South Florida pitched in to house, clothe, and feed them.


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