About those res­o­lu­tions…

Rappahannock News - - OBITUARIES • SCHOOLS • WASHINGTON - JAN CLATTERBUCK jan@rapp­news.com; 675-3338

Ihope ev­ery­one had a very Merry Christ­mas. I know I sure did. I cel­e­brated with my chil­dren, and their chil­dren. Watch­ing their eyes light up in grow­ing an­tic­i­pa­tion as they opened their gifts was my big­gest joy. There was wrap­ping pa­per ev­ery­where from one room to an­other.

As we turn the pages of the cal­en­dar and wel­come an­other year, there is con­sid­er­able op­ti­mism that this year will be bet­ter than ever.

Each day, I am re­minded of how blessed we are to live in Rap­pa­han­nock County. The fields, hills and hol­lows are so beau­ti­ful and rich with the chang­ing of each sea­son. No mat­ter what the time of the sea­son, we should hold it dear to our heart and be thank­ful to the Lord for where we live. Some­times we take it for granted; I know I do.

Guess what? It’s a new year and you know what that means? Time for those res­o­lu­tions!

To start the new year right, my mother-in-law has to cook her black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Why do you eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day? If you’ve never heard of the tra­di­tion, it’s likely that you’re not very close with peo­ple raised in the South. Eat­ing black-eyed peas as the first meal of the year is said to bring good luck and pros­per­ity. And my moth­erin-law be­lieves in that en­tirely.

When I was younger and liv­ing at home, I could re­mem­ber my mom would cook them and bake corn­bread. That was our din­ner meal for Jan. 1. I have to say, that wasn’t a tra­di­tion of my mom I kept over the years, un­til this past 2017 year. I de­cided to cook them to start my tra­di­tion as well. They weren’t that bad ei­ther.

Ev­ery­where you go this time of the year, peo­ple are talk­ing about what they’re go­ing to do and what they’re not go­ing to do for the com­ing year. The most im­por­tant thing is you must be­lieve that you can do it!

Ev­ery­one can suc­ceed! And you can, too! So, I ask ev­ery­one, what will your new year’s res­o­lu­tion be? Eat­ing health­ier? Ex­er­cis­ing more? Ed­u­cat­ing your­self on how to cre­ate a health­ier life­style?

For me, it will be eat­ing those black-eyed peas; and I want to en­joy the beauty of our rich her­itage here in Rap­pa­han­nock County more. Gaze at the stars at night, pick wild­flow­ers, each in its sea­son. En­joy the sim­ple plea­sure of na­ture around me. We are blessed with so much to en­joy.

There are many res­o­lu­tions for you to ex­plore. What­ever you choose as your own, re­mem­ber, you can suc­ceed!

En­joy life’s beauty and each day’s bless­ings that come your way.

GAY STREET EX­HI­BI­TION

Gay Street Gallery an­nounces its spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing, Satur­day (Jan. 20), fea­tur­ing Shenan­doah Na­tional Park artist in res­i­dence Kevin H. Adams, who will un­veil the paint­ings he be­gan on lo­ca­tion dur­ing his res­i­dency this past sum­mer.

Kevin will present one of the paint­ings to the Su­per­in­ten­dent of Shenan­doah Na­tional Park for the park’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion. Bev­er­ages and re­fresh­ments will be served at the open­ing re­cep­tion from 4 to 7 p.m. The gallery will do­nate 20 per­cent of the sales price to the Shenan­doah Na­tional Park Trust for all of Kevin’s paint­ings sold on Jan. 20. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the 20th.

BLOOD­MO­BILE

Please make an ef­fort to come out to the Red Cross Blood­mo­bile on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 10, some­time be­tween the hours of 3-7 p.m. to do­nate blood at the Wash­ing­ton Fire­hall. The need is great, es­pe­cially in the win­ter months when many peo­ple are un­able to do­nate be­cause of sick­ness, travel, etc.

You can reg­is­ter on­line for an ap­point­ment at red­cross­blood.org., or sim­ply come in when it's con­ve­nient. Re­mem­ber that ev­ery 2 sec­onds, some­one needs blood, and that your sin­gle do­na­tion of whole blood may help to save up to 3 lives! Give the gift of Life!

FIRE­HOUSE TREA­SURES

Re­quest from Fire­house Trea­sures Thrift: If you left a do­na­tion at the Thrift be­tween Dec. 9-12, please con­tact the Thrift at 540675-1245 on Tues­day or Wed­nes­day be­tween 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or Satur­day, be­tween 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

BIRTH­DAY WISHES

Bev­erly Ex­line will be cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day on Jan. 12. For ev­ery­body who knows Bev­erly, she is one lady who is al­ways on the go. She is a won­der­ful per­son with the big­gest heart.

Birth­day wishes also go out to Danny Huff, who sim­i­larly has a heart of gold. He will cel­e­brate his day on Fri­day, Jan. 19

I also have two grand­chil­dren who will be cel­e­brat­ing their birth­days in Jan­uary. Olivia Grace Clatterbuck will be turn­ing 4 on Jan. 10, and Lukas Jonathan Clin­ton Clatterbuck will be turn­ing 6 on Jan. 26. Wow, does time fly. It seems like yes­ter­day my own kids were that small and run­ning around. Now, my kids have kids who are run­ning around and bring­ing joy to their par­ents.

Birth­day wishes go out to my won­der­ful mother-in­law, Anna Clatterbuck, who will cel­e­brate her spe­cial day on Satur­day, Jan. 20.

Happy New Year and let it be one of the great­est yet!

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