Out With the Old, In With the New

I hope everyone had a great Christmas with loved ones and welcomed the New Year with joy and merriment.

I thought I’d break the two month silence with a brief post.

Unfortunately real life hasn’t been very kind in terms of work. I blame the provincial government for what has been my worst work year in education since I started back in 1999. I’m making do because I have savings. Some of my fellows are fortunate enough to be the second income providers in their homes or at least they HAVE a second source of income. A large number of those in my situation have left the profession in the last few years. Things are not looking optimistic.

As a result, even though I’m still doing a decent amount of cooking and taking a LOT of pictures, I just haven’t had that same enthusiasm to write out and post my cooking adventures as soon as they were completed. Which haven’t actually BEEN that adventurous on the whole. Dishes and pictures have piled up. I was going to do a catch all post for the last couple of months before the new year and then just AFTER the new year. It hasn’t happened, obviously, so I’m just going to let it GO and relieve the pressure on myself to do so.

I hope to share tasty dishes, new and old, in the months to come. Until then …

A belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!


23 thoughts on “Out With the Old, In With the New

  1. I am very sorry to read that the employment landscape at the moment in your province is so poor. I normally think of Canada as place where the government is doing its best to ensure all Canadians are looked after. At least, that’s the spin we see on the TV news and hear on the radio news here. I hope things pick up for you in 2020.

    1. The conservative gov’t touts itself as being interested in fiscal responsibility which means cutting the fat to frivolous things like health care and education and redirecting the funds to wages for deprived gov’t officials and big business which is apparently standing on street corners, hat in hand, begging for handouts.

      1. Unfortunately I had 2 major expenses which I hadn’t really planned for … new brakes for $1100 and a new roof for my house which cost $6400. In the case of the roof, that cost, spread over the next 20 yrs isn’t that bad. It was just a LOT at once. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. Here’s to the New Year and hopefully a turnaround! Just know that you have been missed and I always love seeing what you’re making, you’re a fabulous and inventive cook and source of inspiration, always coming up with fun recipes, many new to me! And of course, I miss our conversations.

    I have a backlog of stuff, too, and I get it; it weighs on ya! I’ve started letting go of most of it, photos without recipes, recipes without photos; some I don’t even remember making and/or can’t figure out what they are. Now that’s pretty bad!

    Here’s to a fresh start for the New Year!

    1. Thank you again for the kind comment and wishes for a better 2020.

      It’s the same in my case with the last 2 mos of photos on my hard drive. If I don’t write everything down, immediately, esp in the case of recipes I’ve modified, I forget. The pictures at various steps were supposed to remind me of new ingredients etc.

      I no longer have a printer and I don’t have a cell phone or other mobile device so I write my ingredients and stripped down recipes on quarter sheets of paper which I take downstairs with me to the kitchen when I start to cook. Sometimes, they get ‘misplaced’. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I hope you get back on your feet with a job soon. Generally worldwide, jobs are muted. Singapore is no different but it means people in their 45 ers who lose manager jobs refuse to downgrade expectations and do menial tasks.

  4. Hang in there, babe. Been there many times myself, and it’s never fun. If I can help in any way with links to porn sites or inexpensive booze recommendations, let me know. I’ll ask my wife, who’s the expert on both, and get back to you. All the best ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m all set on the first one and came home with a bottle of Pinot Grigio this weekend so I’m good. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Things will improve … I’m an optimist on the whole though you might not think it some days.

  5. Iโ€™m so sorry to hear that, I hope things turn around for you in the future. We look forward to reading of your food adventures in the coming months. Happy New Year! Hoping you have a wonderful year filled with joy, good friends and good health.

    1. How we get through hardships/difficult times is a result of experience which may have been gained from seeing how our parents dealt with similar issues and support from family and friends.

      I’m confident that I’ll get through this but I wanted to let those reading my blog know something about the reasons for my silence.

      With hopes that 2020 will be kind to us all.

      1. Yes, a change in my life leaving a job I hated caused hardship, but in the end gave me a job that changed my life. I spent 22 years waking up wanting to go to work knowing I was going to have fun. A great way to spend my life until I retired.

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