Happy New Year!

What relationships have a negative impact on you?

Today’s prompt for #bloganuary is about negative relationships.

Somehow, I would prefer to begin a new year on a more positive note. It’s not that I haven’t had negative relationships. There have been any number over the years with college roommates, work colleagues and the like.

But as we turn the calendar page to begin a new year, make resolutions (if you’re into that. I am not quite sure what my goals for the year, gardening or otherwise might be yet ), I definitely would much prefer to start with positive thoughts.

So we will just be grateful for the fresh start of the new year–and not begin with negativity.

Happy New Year and see you all back tomorrow for the next writing prompt!

9 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. tonytomeo January 1, 2023 / 11:42 am

    Last year ended with flooding! Neighbors who were evacuated moved their cars to a parking lot near here, and did what they could, . . . by partying until midnight! By then, the water was receding, and they could go home. Fortunately, damage is likely minimal there. Most of the homes were elevated after a flood in 1982. Space below the elevated homes is mostly just parking, so if the cars get moved a short distance away, it is no problem. I hope that it was a positive experience, and that the negativity is minimal.

    • gardendaze January 1, 2023 / 2:41 pm

      Oh goodness, that’s making lemonade out of lemons for sure. It sounds like the place where I grew up, which is a little barrier island off New Jersey. Most of the homes are elevated there as well with the exception of a few that are old enough to have survived most every hurricane and nor’easter. What’s happening there now, unfortunately, is that even routine rains are beginning to cause flooding. It’s one of those places that you read about where the sea is trying to reclaim the land. But that is a story for another day.

      • tonytomeo January 1, 2023 / 3:53 pm

        Some of the homes nearby were not built to last. They were mere cabins that were designed to survive for a few summers. Over the years, they became too expensive to demolish, and are now residential homes. I do enjoy living here, but it is somewhat disconcerting to see how substandard such expensive homes are.

      • gardendaze January 1, 2023 / 4:50 pm

        Wow. Where I grew up, all of those have washed away. Now that place, and others like it, have million dollar homes (and those are the ones on the 60×100 lots) that the wealthy have snapped up. It’s been written up in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal about how generations of families are now priced out.

        We still do have the types of homes you describe here on the Connecticut shore, mainly because it’s protected from the open ocean by Long Island sound. We haven’t really had a direct hit from a hurricane since 1938 in Connecticut.

        But flooding issues exist here too from king tides and nor’easters.

        And as for prices! Everything went crazy during the pandemic because we are close to New York. So I know exactly what you mean.


      • tonytomeo January 1, 2023 / 6:38 pm

        Oh heck, that is nothing new here. I hear about it there, but it happened here a long time ago. I suspect that the reason it is not such common knowledge is that there are not many families who have been here for many generations. This real estate crash is supposedly a bad thing for the economy, but will allow some people to get into their own homes.

      • gardendaze January 1, 2023 / 7:04 pm

        Anything that helps people get housed is a good thing, so long as no one is profiting wrongly or anything. We were way overdue for a correction.

      • tonytomeo January 1, 2023 / 8:48 pm

        It would have been nice if it had happened sooner, before so many left their homes.

  2. The Chatsworth Lady January 1, 2023 / 2:49 pm

    Happy New Year to you also! I agree: There is plenty of negativity that can get packed into 364 days, which means that at least we can choose to start day 1/364 on a positive note. 😀

  3. The Chatsworth Lady January 1, 2023 / 2:50 pm

    (even though I started off with a typo, LOL : 1/364 instead of 1/365 (in fact, come to think of it, one of my biggest Negative Relationships is probably with numbers, lol)

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