The Scouts did their part.
Every year we are guests of the Japanese Scouts at a mochi-pounding event, held at their sponsor's temple.
The guests include the Girl Scouts in the area and members of the BSA Packs. Many of these kids have mochi-pounding events at their schools but at this event the kids can pound as much as they like.
The mochi is eaten with seaweed or other compliments and put into a delicious soup, that is a New Year specialty. Some of the completed mochi came home with the participants. Our Scouts took cookies to share. (none of those came home)
We had to keep passing food because there was no room on this small table to put it down.
Rudolf showed up and did her part.
The biggest challenge was to take a picture with the least amount of junk piled up in the background.
Well, no pumpkin in the park but there was lots of pretty frost.
Does that mean winter is here?
Don't tell the roses. They still think it is summer.
And don't tell the jonquils. They are rushing into spring.
Check with Piper, my pied canary. He will be starting the year with a clean cage ... well, it is clean now and he is working fast to remedy the situation. Honestly, I could swear my husband gifted me this bird so he wouldn't be the messiest member of the family!
We have had birds in the past but Piper is the champion food slinger and pooper. While the cage was being soaked and scrubbed, I had to spray the window and clean it with a metal spatula! At this moment he is making the best of the daylight hours to make that cage look like home! Well, he is a very good singer anyway.
So, are you ready to welcome in the New Year?
Have a good one!