My Backyard

@DianneN (77860)
United States
December 28, 2017 8:36am CST
It's just another day in Paradise for me. I saw the sunrise at 7:06AM, had my morning walk, helped a neighbor with her groceries, and threw a palm frond into the trash. I could look at this view forever, but have no time today. We are having 11 guests on New Year's Eve for cocktails and appetizers before we head to a steakhouse for dinner under two miles away. Afterwards, we will have dessert back at our place, watch the fireworks over the water, and then stand in front of the TV to watch the ball drop in Times Square in New York City to ring in 2018. Then my husband throws everyone out! That's how we celebrate New Year's Eve in Florida. So today I must begin some prep work. How do you ring in the new year?
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@LadyDuck (156900)
• Switzerland
28 Dec
We have decided nothing, but I think that my husband should love to go out for dinner, come back home and go to bed when he is tired, just like last year, without feeling obliged to wait for midnight. We usually get up at the first fireworks, to toast to the New Year.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
28 Dec
It sounds lovely to me. I'm sure those fireworks wake you both up, so you are alert and wide awake! Hope you had a lovely anniversary yesterday. Did you figure out how to celebrate it?
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@LadyDuck (156900)
• Switzerland
28 Dec
@DianneN We are so close to the border that we understand the fireworks of our compatriots. They can be pretty noisy. We went out for lunch, but we stayed at home for dinner, it snowed and it was very cold, I was a bit concerned about my husband. I know he was grateful I decided to make dinner. I received a very nice necklace.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
@LadyDuck Glad you both enjoyed your anniversary. It sounds lovely and romantic.
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@BelleStarr (38216)
• United States
28 Dec
We go to our friends house and have appetizers and goodies and play dominoes all evening. We have been doing it for years.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
Tradition!!!! Sounds like fun!
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@BelleStarr (38216)
• United States
29 Dec
@DianneN It is a fun evening, some years we go out to dinner some years we just snack in , I am not sure what we are doing yet this year.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
@BelleStarr Whatever you decide, have a very happy and healthy New Year!!!! And hurry down once your car is ready.
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• United States
28 Dec
Quietly is how I ring it in and safely and boringly. Have a lovely New Years Dianne.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
28 Dec
We did that for many tears when our children were infants. We always ordered Chinese and watched a movie. Happy and healthy New Year to you, OT!
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• United States
28 Dec
@DianneN Thanks so much Dianne...Cheers my dear to you and family xo
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
28 Dec
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@Corbin5 (105990)
• United States
28 Dec
Such a lovely view you have. We stay home due to the fireworks scaring the daylights out of poor Molly. Molly's motto, "Never leave a scared pup all alone."
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
I'd do the same in your place. We love our babies way too much and wouldn't have it any other way.
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@LeaPea2417 (20346)
• Toccoa, Georgia
29 Dec
We will be celebrating our wedding Anniversary since we got married on New Years Eve.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
Ooooooo! How sweet and Happy Anniversary to you!!! Happy New Year, too!
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@LeaPea2417 (20346)
• Toccoa, Georgia
29 Dec
@DianneN Thank you! Happy New Year to you & your husband.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
@LeaPea2417 You're welcome and many thanks!
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@1hopefulman (28358)
• Canada
29 Dec
1hopefulman
I also have a backyard but it is a different color. I can't take it from the balcony as the door is frozen. This is from downstairs. I like yours better!
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• Germany
29 Dec
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
30 Dec
Yikes!!!! I like mine better, too. Don't slip!!!
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@1hopefulman (28358)
• Canada
31 Dec
@DianneN I find that if I take small steps there is less of a chance to slip but it does take longer to get anywhere.
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@FayeHazel (17981)
• United States
28 Dec
It's a lovely view. I wish I could come for your New Year's eve :-) ... if neighbor Jay is there maybe I could get a kiss at midnight. Muahahaha.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
Oh, he will be here alright! Lol! Unfortunately, he's bringing a date. I'll check her out for you. . Thank you!!!
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@FayeHazel (17981)
• United States
29 Dec
@DianneN Aw shucks. I hope she's nice but if she isn't reassure him that you know someone who is. lol jk
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
@FayeHazel I certainly will! Boy, have I got stories about him to tell!
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@jstory07 (66949)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Dec
Your husband knows how to get rid of everyone when the time is up. Just threw them out.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
Yep! Lol!
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@jstory07 (66949)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Dec
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
3 Jan
@jstory07 He did it again this year. They couldn't leave fast enough. lol
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
29 Dec
Usually my father in law has a party every year. In 2011 when he had cancer he did not have one understandably. Last year he did not have one either but they let us come down for a very small get together. I doubt we will be doing anything this year. My son is never impressed with new years eve lol
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
Your poor FIL! We used to stay home when the kids were little, order Chinese, and rent a movie. Your son is too young to appreciate it. Lol!
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@shaggin (36845)
• United States
29 Dec
@DianneN each year he would fall asleep before midnight. The first year he finally managed to stay awake he was so disappointed the ball didn't actually drop. It made me laugh so hard and he was crying lol
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
@shaggin That is hilarious!!!! He was looking for a crash of crystal! Lol! Boys!!!!! Gotta love them.
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@amadeo (65638)
• United States
28 Dec
no celebration.Having couple over for dinner that is it.Could care less.Done that been there. No more.Enjoy your celebration there.Sounds great.enjoy
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
28 Dec
I've done that, been there, too. It's more fun in Florida where it's warm. Enjoy your dinner, too.
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@amadeo (65638)
• United States
28 Dec
@DianneN thank you.I will there in March at Naples.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
28 Dec
@amadeo Super!!! It's beautiful there. We bought and sold land there when we were first married.
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@jaboUK (53919)
• United Kingdom
30 Dec
Sounds like you'll have a fun New Year. We'll just watch the TV quietly at home.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
30 Dec
I can't believe it's tomorrow night! I'm looking forward to it. Happy New Year to you and your husband!
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@jaboUK (53919)
• United Kingdom
1 Jan
@DianneN Hope it went well for you last night Dianne.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
2 Jan
@jaboUK Thanks so much! It was wonderful. If everyone has a great time, it's always a success.
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@paigea (22193)
• Canada
29 Dec
What a gorgeous backyard. And New Years Eve sounds lovely. Will you make appetizers?
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
30 Dec
Thank you! I'm making lots of appetizers, including fresh shrimp and a lobster dip, cheeses, etc. Those of us who are going out to dinner afterwards can't eat too much. Happy New Year!!!
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@paigea (22193)
• Canada
31 Dec
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
28 Dec
I see you have everything planned for new year's eve.Including the part where your husband throws everyone out.. Wish you and family a Happy New Year.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
Lol! My husband does it every year!!!! Happy New Year to you and your family, too!!!
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
1 Jan
@DianneN Thank you.
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@Happy2BeMe (74744)
• Canada
28 Dec
Just a quiet evening at home. Nice view.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
28 Dec
We spent many quiet years at home when the kids were infants. Chinese and a movie was perfect then. We got sick of going out with friends to overpriced and noisy restaurants. When I went back to teaching, we enjoyed celebrating in different countries around the world. Now, we have just another way. lol. And thank you!
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@Happy2BeMe (74744)
• Canada
28 Dec
@DianneN that is great.
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@rebelann (41193)
• El Paso, Texas
28 Dec
Show off Well, I guess I would too if I were in such a beautiful spot ... except for the buildings on the other side, I'd rather see Mother Natures work. Boy, you're going to be really exhausted by the time you go back home. How are the newly weds doin? Have the found their dream home yet?
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
Lol! The ocean is on the other side of those buildings. You can see the turquoise water between some of the buildings. Those buildings act as a buffer to protect us during hurricanes. The ocean views are boring and very costly. At least here we can see birds, boats, and fishermen. The newlyweds are fine and dandy. They are getting ready for their closing and haven't had a moment to look for houses, yet, with the holiday and parties, etc.
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@rebelann (41193)
• El Paso, Texas
29 Dec
Well, I hope they finally get a rest so they can start that search @DianneN CNN made it sound like everything on the beach areas was destroyed by 2 different hurricanes. Boy, they really do stretch the truth don't they.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
@rebelann Thank you. I know some areas were hit hard, but we are just fine down here, thank goodness.
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@much2say (39124)
• United States
28 Dec
That's a lovely plan for New Year's Eve and surely you are busy preparing for it this week! I am not sure what we're doing this year . . . for now I just know we're going to my parent's house on New Year's Day to eat a traditional Japanese New Year's feast.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
28 Dec
That traditional Japanese feast sounds awesome!!!! On New Year's Day we have to pick up our sister-in-law from the airport as usual. lol
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@much2say (39124)
• United States
29 Dec
@DianneN My late aunt used to do it for all the family - I miss the yearly gathering we had with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins. Do you guys do stuff for New Year's Day as well?
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
30 Dec
@much2say I also miss things we've done in the past with family that are no longer here. At least your parents are continuing the tradition and hopefully, you will, too. No, we just sleep late and my husband watches football. I know that we will have dinner with our sister in law here or go out. She won't have any food in her place and refuses to let her buy her milk. lol
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@thelme55 (14552)
• Germany
29 Dec
We will be in the Netherlands celebrating New Years eve with my sister, nieces and their respective families. Time for family bonding.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
That sounds wonderful! Have a wonderful time!!!
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@thelme55 (14552)
• Germany
2 Jan
@DianneN It was wonderful especially that my son came with us. We were happy with our celebration as we were complete as a family celebrating together. Happy new year
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
2 Jan
@thelme55 That is wonderful to have your son with you! Welcome home!
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@just4him (116780)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Dec
I'll be ringing it in by watching it in a comfortable pair of lounge pajamas I just bought, watching it on TV from Times Square and local as well. The local news station has been doing a live coverage with a ball in a city close to here. So as soon as the ball drops in Times Square, I'll switch over to the local one. I might also watch a movie or two as I wait for the countdown to begin. Enjoy your evening with friends. It sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun. I wonder if I should go out and buy a New Year's Eve hat or something and really make some noise at midnight. Now, there's a plan.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
That sounds nice and cozy! We used to celebrate the same way when the kids were infants, except I wore a fancy nightgown. lol
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@just4him (116780)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Dec
@DianneN I'm sure you did. I wanted a new pair of lounge pants, but couldn't find any in my size, but found a set - shirt, pants, and slipper socks on another rack. I have the Frozen themed loungers and they are very comfortable. I never liked nightgowns. And I don't wear pajamas to bed either. I don't like anything that confines when I'm sleeping. I'm a tosser, so it would be very restrictive.
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@just4him (116780)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
31 Dec
@DianneN Almost.
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@ridingbet (52622)
• Philippines
29 Dec
we should all be awake at the stroke of midnight, then we make loud noise like the car honking and loud music. then the lull at `12:45am. then we sleep. it is always like that.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
29 Dec
Lol! That I have to see!
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@ridingbet (52622)
• Philippines
30 Dec
@DianneN do you also sound loud at new year's eve? receiving 2018 with a big bang?
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
30 Dec
@ridingbet No noise except some loud kisses!
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• Kathmandu, Nepal
29 Dec
Wow what a beautiful picture is this , hope i wll be there.
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
31 Dec
Thanks so much! Hope you can visit!!!
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• Kathmandu, Nepal
31 Dec
@DianneN Now iam preparing GRE for foreign study, hope i will be there next year for my higher level education
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@DianneN (77860)
• United States
31 Dec
@khagendra1994 That would be awesome!!!! Best of luck to you!
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