Although the above photo may suggest so, Yulia and I did not go cliff diving by a volcano somewhere in the South Pacific on New Years Eve!
Instead we spent the evening at home and decided to start a new tradition. We made a bonfire in our backyard. We thought of three things we wanted to be rid of in the new year and cast them into the fire.
|Casting my thoughts into the fire|
|and Yulia casting away hers|
|Levko and Toma joined us and seemed especially meditative as well|
We hope that next year we will have more like minded neighbors with us at our village to join us in this tradition. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Derek and Katya, a young couple who are interested in buying a home in our village.
After the fire we ate a delicious dinner. We had a first in Ukraine: kale! I was at the Bazaar in Lviv a couple days ago and found kale for the very first time. It only cost 2 hryvnias (25 cents) for a bunch!
Out with the old and in with the new is not just a metaphor for us at the moment. We made a big step in fixing up our house recently and had new windows installed.
|Old window (They were always wet and foggy like this. Some windows were actually rotten from the constant moisture! This is a photo of the best looking one.)|
We also starting installing wood paneling on our veranda. It actually looks like a real room now!