Hello, 2021! We woke up to a cold, grey, drizzling and foggy day, and expect it to rain most of today. I checked the veranda this morning, and the money was still there, so I hope I brought in good fortune for this year. We can all use some good fortune! I have no idea where this tradition came from, but my mother did it, so I do too. You hide some money outside on New Year’s Eve, then bring the money into the house on New Year’s Day. It is supposed to bring good fortune with it, as long as it is still there, LOL!!
For more good luck on New Year’s Day, I usually do a version of Hopping John that I have kicked up a notch with sausage and call Jumpin’ John. The peas are mixed with rice, sausage and sauce, then garnished with green onions. It is a good luck lunch in a bowl while watching the football games. Here’s a pdf of the recipe in case you’d like it – Jumpin’ John. Share your good luck traditions in the comments, and on our Friends of From My Carolina Home Facebook group.
It is said you should do on New Year’s day the things you want to do all year long, so I am going to do some sewing on New Year’s day and relax. I will not be doing any laundry. I am working on the blocks for the next mystery, and it is looking good! Announcing the mystery for 2021, Scrap Dance Pachanga begins January 8!! Clues will post twice a month and take about four months to complete. I am breaking down the steps a bit differently so those who want to do two days a month of sewing will have a step, but not so much that it is still reasonable to finish both steps in one day. I hope that makes it doable for everyone.
I spent all day yesterday playing with my friends on Zoom. After I discovered a mistake in the cutting instructions for Pachanga, I spent the first hour or so making a new test block then reworking the math. After that, I decided to get some progress made on my next Quilt of Valor. These strips became nine patch blocks for my To The Nines pattern. After spending all day sewing with this group, I joined a really fun new-to-me group of quilters hosted by an Australian blogger, ChookyBlue. I’ll be spending part of today looking at a bunch of blogs I haven’t read before, as she put all our blog links on her sidebar. I can’t wait to play with them again. Sounds like a fun way to spend the first day of the new year, making new friends (and reconnecting with familiar friends) is something I’d like to do all year this year.
How are you spending your New Year’s Day?