Happy New Year!

I don’t haveΒ  New Year’s picture for you because we don’t do anything special on New Year’s Eve. We’ve never gone to Times Square in New York, though both of us lived in New York for many years. It’s not a part of the city to which I was ever drawn.

Fly away woodpecker

When we lived in Boston, we went to their First Night. Which was fun, in a freezing cold sort of way. Ice sculptures when it’s below zero and each toe feels like an ice sculpture. Not to mention fingers and maybe your nose.

So I will let the birds say goodbye.

Twitter, twitter, TWEET!

It’s the end of the year. It’s been a crappy year in a lot of ways, but we live in hopes of a better one on the way. We always live in hopes of a better one on the way, even during a good year.

My bird of the year — the Nuthatch!

And some good stuff happened. Garry discovered hearing. I discovered that he still can’t hear me because he isn’t listening. The hearing is one thing. Listening is a separate process and one which he has yet to master.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

36 thoughts on “THE LAST TIMES SQUARE UNTIL NEXT TIME – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. The cochlear implant is the year’s HAPPY news. And, it’s not Fake news. I’m learning how to process sounds and voices. Despite some cynicism voiced, It’s a long process — learning how to REALLY listen and separate voices and sounds. I’m a work in progress. Patience, please.

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        1. We’re just getting back from our daughters. (10:01 pm.) Pushed the old year out the back door and ushered in the new year at the front door. (it’s an old French custom).
          Love a good wishes to you both for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019.

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    1. Happy New Year, Mate!

      I don’t know what all the fuss is about? – you hear me fine and i’m 10,000 miles away! πŸ˜‰

      Living with a hearing impaired person has taught me that we all hear (pay most attention to) what we want to hear – mostly!

      We both know there are some things we would rather not hear even if others wish we did! πŸ˜‰ Enjoy the ‘challenge’ πŸ™‚

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        1. Being married definitely gives you a greater sense of it… but i think we all do it – turn down the listening volume and focus more on what is being said inside our own heads. πŸ˜‰


  2. I was so happy for both of you that the surgery and implant were a success. And something I observed for the relatively short span of years of my own marriage – 18; and from those who jog along together for decades and decades – I knew one union that lasted 65 years (far too much for me)…and that is that over time couples start to lose the ability to LISTEN to each other…hubby and I did certainly. So like anything else, that skill of listening takes practice and patience. Good luck with it. ❀

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  3. Oh your bird shots are marvelous, and exactly my sort of new year celebration 😊 we wouldn’t be doing anything at all either but the official fireworks are taking place within metres of our apartment building so we don’t have much choice!!!
    Wishing you both a very Happy 2019 that is full of beautiful sounds and sights xxx

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  4. Love your Nuthatch – (S)He’s beautiful ( i’m guessing he’s a ‘he’?) Great pic! I’ll try to post some more of my feathered friends in the coming days.

    Just wanted to wish both you and Garry, and all the furry (and feathery) family too, the best of New Year’s and that things turn around a lot from the directions some things have been heading in over the last couple (even though we both know things are probably never going to be as good as we remember them being!).

    I am attempting to turn my pessimism around and learn to use my attitude to make me feel better, no matter what the world tries throwing at me to undermine it. πŸ˜‰

    You guys and Serendipity have been one of the bright points in making my 2018 somewhat bearable, thanks for that! πŸ˜‰

    Hope 2019 starts off well and keeps on getting better – as you see it anyway. πŸ™‚



    1. And you have improved our world, too. Frankly, it’s the birds. They birds and the squirrels keep me sane. Along with the dogs. HUMANS make me crazy.

      I think all nuthatches look alike, boys and girls. Except the boys are a bit bigger.

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      1. The things i see some humans do makes me either angry or frustrated – i’m trying to remember that it’s mostly the biggest idiots who get the most media reporting and that, in fact, the vast majority (of unreported) humans are pretty much like me – flawed, flummoxed and fairly harmless! πŸ˜‰

        Having said that i just finished reading ‘Unhinged’ by Omarosa whatser-names.

        I seriously worry for humanity’s future with the lack of any ‘humanity’ in the way politics is running the show! – at least not any of the good kind, just the self-interest, back stabbing, lying to your face, kind. It seems personal integrity is just some word in some of the better dictionaries. 😦

        I’m better off with my flowers and feathered visitors! πŸ™‚


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