Thursday, December 26, 2019

Coffee and Conversation with the #RomanceGems

It's time for Coffee and Conversation with the Romance Gems! So, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and join us for some fun. This month's topic is: What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?

December thirty-first, New Year's Eve! To some it’s a reason to celebrate. For others it’s a time for quiet reflection and even resolutions. Still others feel it’s just another night. Do you “watch the ball drop?” on TV or in Times Square? Eat, drink, and make merry? Friends, family, or the pets? A special date with your honey and that magical midnight kiss? Maybe you must work or simply want to sleep? Tell me!

“Since our very early twenties, my husband and I have spent New Year's Eve in much the same way. We go out for dinner, a movie (when the kids were little we'd take them skating at an outdoor rink) and then home to watch the ball drop. We have appies and share a bottle of bubbly and reminisce. These days, we’re often asleep by the time the ball drops. LOL” ~ Bonnie Edwards

“This year, for the few weeks around Christmas and New Year’s, I'll be staying with my oldest daughter helping her with her new baby. I don't know exactly what I'll be doing, but most likely it will include hanging out and snuggling with my grandkids!” ~ Kari Lemor

“Karl and I will probably stay in where it’s cozy and watch a good movie.”
~ Karen Kelley

“My New Year's Eve plans will involve going out to the Strip in Las Vegas and partying it up! Just kidding! I'll be at home in my pajamas drinking sparkling apple juice with the kids and letting them stay up past their bedtimes. I party hard” ;) ~ Laura Hunsaker


New Year's Eve with kids and grand kids!
“Over the years, we've celebrated New Year's Eve in all different ways - big house parties, small family gatherings, fancy dinner events, dinner and dancing, and then my personal favorite: staying home with just my husband and our dogs. We did this for the first time two years ago and we had the best time EVER! Lobsters & steak by candlelight. Martinis, followed by - are you ready for it - karaoke in the music room. (My husband plays the drums & I play a mean tambourine). In fact, it was so much fun, we've decided to do a repeat this year! Wherever you go & however you spend New Year's Eve, I hope it is filled with hope, happiness, health & wealth!” xo ~ Elsa Kurt

Peggy Jaeger says, "I'm down there somewhere. Can you spot me?"
“In my 20’s I lived in Manhattan and would routinely watch the “ball drop” on 12.31, live, from a spot on a street in Times Square. With frigid temps, inclement weather, immovable drunken crowds, and surrounded by millions of my closest friends, this was the only way I ever wanted to ring in the New Year. Now in my 50’s, sitting up in bed and wearing my jammies, the electric blanket covering me, a book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other, I’m routinely sound asleep by ten p.m. on 12.31. Best New Year’s Evah!” ~ Peggy Jaeger

“I look forward to the New Year. It always feels like a fresh start—a second chance to "get it right" or at least get it done. The fading year has been a difficult one. I'll admit I'm tired and a bit burned out. Normally, we have a New Year's Eve party, but I need to recharge so Larry and I plan a quiet evening at our home in the country. We'll watch the fireworks from the back porch, and we'll have champagne—a must. Happy New Year to all!” ~ Joan Reeves


Champagne at home for Kathleen Lawless
“I’ve always tended to be a stay-at-home gal on New Year’s Eve, although I did get dragged out a few times by well-meaning family and friends when I was single. Usually I couldn’t wait for midnight to say my goodbyes. Steel and I, still in the honeymoon stage after nine years, have been in the habit of making a lovely lobster dinner for ourselves and curling on the couch to watch the ball drop. Naturally, Champagne is involved. When a friend offered us her seaside condo last year I was unsure, but found it really relaxing to be away from the post-Christmas “should do’s” at home. We’re heading there again this year to welcome in 2020.” ~ Kathleen Lawless

“I will be in my pajamas, I hope, and writing on New Year's. I'm not a big fan of the holiday because I get tired. However, I look forward to it now, and it’s my husband’s fault. For the last three years, he's taken video every day, and he turns that into what he calls his "One Second Video". He puts together a montage of one second of every day for the entire year. And we watch it on January 1st. It's beautiful. It makes New Year's very special. So special, in fact, that I stay awake for it!” ~ Kara O’Neal


Nancy Fraser's bayberry candles for good luck!
“My plans for New Year's Eve always include my youngest grandchild. While the others are partying, he and I follow some family traditions like putting a jar of change out in the snow to bring us luck and wealth in the new year and lighting Bayberry candles for good health. Yes, my mom was superstitious and I've carried on the quirks. Once we’ve completed our tasks, we warm up some mulled cider, raid the cookie jar, and watch a movie. Lately it’s become a real test to see who can stay awake the longest!” ~ Nancy Fraser

“On New Year’s Eve, we review the past year and discuss plans for the New Year. Nothing too detailed, just general goals. The past year was a difficult one for our family so we’re hoping 2020 will include better experiences. We’re homebodies and stay home, watch a movie on television, and drink hot chocolate. This year, our oldest daughter will still be with us for a few more days. She’s also enjoys a quiet evening at home. Not exciting for most people, but pleasant for us.” ~ Caroline Clemmons 

“I just made plans to go to a resort in the Berkshires where it will be way too cold but where we've gone for several years. Nothing special planned for New Year's Eve. We'll see what's going on when we get there. It's a nice area to hike and they have an indoor pool and hot tub! And good restaurants in the area.” ~ Hannah Rowan


“New Year’s Eve is festive time for our family, typically spent at home. We’ve had everything from big parties to quiet nights with just us. Either way, we cook Tex-Mex, grill ribs (some years in a snowstorm!) and ring in the new year with margaritas and champagne. This year we’re hosting our closest friends and family. There will be music, laughter, playful pups, and lots of food and love to spread around."
~ Kathryn Hills

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Thanks for joining us! Wishing you ALL a very happy, healthy, prosperous new year!

~ The Romance Gems ~



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26 comments:

  1. I loved reading what everyone plans to do on News Years Eve!

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    1. Happy New Year, Kari! I'm jealous you're ringing it in in sunny FL!

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  3. Looks like lots of people will be staying warm and snug in their homes to welcome in the New Year.

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  4. We’re the wildest bunch of writers ever! Who knew we got up to all these shenanigans? Have a safe happy and warm New Year’s Eve! Ad may 2020 bring good health and happiness to us and to our wonderful readers.

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    1. Hahaha Bonnie! We are somethin'! LOL Some wild, some snuggling in in PJ's. I personally like both options. *wink*

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  5. So fun reading what everyone has planned! Xo

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  6. Sounds like we all have our own ways of enjoying the night! I enjoyed reading everyone's traditions and plans. For those of you who want to rest, I hope you get to!

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    1. Me too, Kara! New year's eve was a bit quieter than we planned because of winter weather, but it was still fun. And new year's day was peaceful. Nice. Happy new year to you and yours!

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  7. Nancy makes me wish I had a quirky tradition or two. Sounds like we're all content and happy. Must be all those HEAs we write. Happy New 2020 to all!

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    1. Hahaha...Right?!! The bar is high for next year! :D

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  8. I have no plans other than to sit in front of the TV with my husband! We've reached the stage in our lives where we're housebound for the most part and, his hearing aids are broken so I get tired of repeating (shouting) everything!

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    1. Oh, Bookworm... You sound like just my mother-in-law! Hahaha But, being housebound is no fun. I wish you a year blessed with good health and much happiness. Thanks for reading and commenting, we love hearing from you!

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  9. When I was single I always went to parties with friends but since I've been married I haven't gone out because I always had to work. This New Years Eve I'll be home so we'll order Chinese food and watch a movie or the Outer Limits marathon. My husband is usually asleep before the New Year begins.
    Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!

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    1. Chinese food AND and Outer Limits marathon?!!! I'm going to your place next year! That sounds awesome. Our bright plans were a bit dimmed because of snowy/icy weather, but we still had fun. We cooked and did watch some great sci-fi/fantasy over the holiday. :D

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  10. I am usually at home by myself now that the kids are grown.

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    1. Many I know have similar New Year's eves. And most by choice as they work so much. As one friend put it...take out, her book, and a warm bed are all she has planned. I TOTALLY think that works!

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  11. I love this feature every month. Thanks, Kathryn Hills, for putting this together.

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    1. You are most welcome, Joan! I love learning about all our fabulous Gems!

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  12. This was fun to read. When I was young, I went out. Then my husband and I had small parties with family and a few friends. I'm older now and my husband and family are gone so I'll be curled up in my recliner at the senior citizen facility I just moved into. I'll either watch the ball drop or not if I can't wait up that long.

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    1. The holidays certainly do change over the years. For everyone! We've lost many in our family and others are now far away. Sometimes it's hard to change things up, but new is not always so bad. In fact, it can be just right. I've learned that lesson, repeatedly, over the past few years. Here's to new beginnings and new great things! I wish you and your husband health and happiness over the coming year, Nancy! Thank you for reading and commenting. It's very nice to hear from you. :D

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