And so 2017 starts …

I know, I know. It has already started, hasn’t it ?!   What brought it home today was the taking down of all the Christmas decorations and packing them away until next time.

The house is back to its usual order. Well, not quite. I still have to clean it. At the moment it looks a bit bare and sad.

Not the least of which is because there is a touch of empty nesting too. The weekend saw us farewell Marc (he was here on holiday) and his partner Shalini. He is returning to the Air Force training base in Melbourne. She is moving to Mt Gambier to take up a new job there.  This of course brings them much closer to each other than if she were to remain here in Adelaide. And leaves us  missing two children.

We’ll just have to plan some road trips to visit them both.

So in the spirit of the New Year, I am going to focus on New Beginnings. Dust myself off. Cheer myself up. And get on with it!

© Raili Tanska


31 thoughts on “And so 2017 starts …

  1. I can never remember where I had things once I remove the Christmas decorations. It’s like starting all over. I took mine down last week, something is still not right. LOL

  2. I always have to to put some pretty greenery, like a houseplant or something, to fill the void. It cheers me and cleans the air. I know other Moms with school age children are doing a dance today, but I always feel a little sad. I leave up some white fairy lights as well. Then light a candle and enjoy normality.

  3. LOL! I think you picked the one piece of music of their’s I hate! Of course I also hate it when Schroeder plays it on A Charlie Brown Christmas!!! LOL I do love these guys, though. Isn’t it fun to watch all those folks get so animated?

  4. Taste is a funny thing, isn’t it? This is one of my own favorite scores at this time of year (even at others). Among my vast collection of Christmas music I have the original in a CD collection by the the Vince Guaraldi Trio. It gets a lot of play, but I also love anything by the Piano Guys. Thanks so much for posting it. Maybe when I’m ready to take down Christmas I will put on the entire score and bop around while I do so.

    And I loved the “favorite audience” reaction. My mood went up several notches as I listened and watched.
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      1. That’s what made it extra special – but I loved to watch the fun energy of the “guys” themselves too. I actually got teary at one point, I was so touched by the interaction.

        The woman at the end is a foreshadowing of my older self — as long as my health holds, please God.

        And I loved the guy boogie-ing down the hall in his motorized chair, later “playing” the piano at the side.

        Expressions of sheer joy, and ageless – the essence of the Christmas season to me.

  5. Empty nest syndrome…My daughter has two little ones in the house, but she hated it when her eldest went to Uni, last September. She thinks it will be even harder when he goes back next weekend…

      1. About 900 kms – We would probably drive there over 2 days, doing approx 5 hrs per day. We can stop half way and visit Shalini in Mt Gambier coming and going. Planning a trip in early March

      2. Oh yes, we have a friend who lives close by there we haven’t seen in yonks, so we’ll visit there too. Away for – at least a week I would think.

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