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04 January 2005 @ 10:35 am
Lazy New Year wishes, Saurkraut, greens and black-eyed peas  
I know it must be de rigueur to post a January 1st wish for the new year type of bloggy thing, but I'm lazy so you get a Jan. 4th one instead.

The new year came like any other day, nothing to mark it except yesterday we got our escrow refund check for the year. We only bought the house in august and all but $583 of the closing cost was covered by the builder and 500 of that was our earnest money. Gotta love VA loans. Anyway, yesterday we received a $580 check for over-payment of our escrow account which means basically we even got the closing costs back. Which is good seeing as how I had to take a week off without pay over the holidays since works so slow at the plant right now. The part-time job at EB covered that but it was supposed to be extra holiday money. So now we should be back on track :)

So I was wondering, does your family do any new year rituals to ensure luck or money for the new year? My family always did the sauerkraut and pork on New Years eve to ensure good luck, the wifes family did that plus they leave their change on the back porch to ensure that "cold cash" will come their way in the new year. Both our families are from Ohio. I've been down here in the south for almost 22 years now and the practice here is to eat greens (I prefer turnip) for money and black-eyed peas or hoppin' john (black-eyed peas and rice) for luck. So this year I covered all the bases and had country ribs and sauerkraut in the crockpot and turnip greens and black-eyed peas on the side. Oh, and mashed potatoes of course. I had to eat the greens and BEPs myself since the missus doesn't do anything green or any kind of beans at all. More for me :p.

Anyway, happy new year and good eating everyone.
Current Mood: chipperunexpected money is good
Current Music: Playing Front Mission 4, so just background battle music