This is all about time for reflection. I think that is why we party so much this time of year. More so than in spring, we are revaluating the past and making resolutions for the future. Mine have become fewer and simpler over the years. I know the first one will never hold: I resolve to not leave the house till the temperature matches my age. But the expression “we’re snowbirds” which delightful Getty Snow introduced me to, is more on my mind than ever. I am shifting from the idea that living in the Northeast in winter is character-building to “This is plum crazy!” Stay tuned.

It is a great time of year to connect with acquaintances, friends, family. Liz Masi is having a great time with her large family off-Island. All have been recruited to help make ravioli and tortellini on Saturday. Did I hear the word cannoli in there?

Meanwhile, a large group of Cimenos gathered to visit and party with Anita at Windemere. Anita is feeling much better. Staff tells me she is one of the most popular people there. And a big thank you to the entire Windermere staff, the delightful volunteers, and the exquisite programming of activity director, Betsey Burmeister.

Tanita Macy had a whirlwind visit to her Island family. She is back from Thailand, and ready to be a Florida snowbird for a few months. Her brother, Noel, made the trek from South Boston. Noel and I, as is our want to do, went to Sharky’s in Edgartown in time to see kickoff. The place was packed with Pats fans. I had the interesting experience of being seated next to a Bills fan. He was a perfect gentleman. By the way, my mind is made up. The new love of my life is Rob Gronkowski. I always had great affection for him, now I’m in love. Welcome to James Harrison. I have great hopes for him.

By now, many of you have seen my holiday card; sorry I did not have a chance to mail them, but it reminds me of my other resolution, start the revolution. I am really tired of having to take down my marching shoes, but, protest I must, since everything is so off kilter. Get out your pink pussy hats and March with me on Jan. 20, 2018, for our second annual Impeachment Implorement parade. Warning: I do not want to be attending a third demo in 2019.

Another party you won’t want to miss in the New Year is the Tony Lombardi Party at Alex’s Place on Sunday, Jan. 14. No balloons or glitter! Bring a Tony story, poem, photo, piece of music. Tony wanted a party with food and fun.

Our Neighborhood Convention meets at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven on Tuesday, Jan. 2 11 a.m. Bring a sack lunch. Linda Wanamaker will speak on the Rising Tide equestrian program. The convention meetings are open to all.

Les Holcomb keeps me informed of the hard work going on to keep us all warm and safe. The winter housing homes still have a few more days to go. St. Andrew’s Church is open daily as a warming center. But we just do not have enough coverage. Please contact Les Holcomb, Betty Burton or me if you can volunteer or contribute in any way. The birthday bandwagon recognizes Liz Duff as a New Year’s baby. And on Jan. 2, Anthony Masi takes the cake. Many happy returns.

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