End of 2019, End of a Decade?

Photo above: Mexican landscape at dusk; November 13, 2019

It is true that, technically, the decade will not end until December 31, 2020; it is the same counting problem that was debated at the end of 1999, when the great majority of people celebrated the beginning of a new Century and Millennium, a whole year earlier than the actual event (January 1st, 2001), since there is no Year Zero in the timeline of the BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) system.  This system was invented in the year AD 525 by Dionysius Exiguus, a monk during the time of the Roman Empire. The Roman numeral system, which was still in use then, has no concept of zero. Thus, the day after December 31, 1 BC was January 1st, 1 AD.

However, within a popular context, the beginning of a new decade, century or millennium are associated with years ending in zeros (2020, 2000, etc.), and so this New Year’s Eve will mark, as far as I am concerned, the end of the 2010s decade. During this decade, my daughters became responsible grown ups, I was appointed as co-editor of my church’s newsletter, started my blog, got to write my mom’s bio and, in particular during this year, I was back to my native Mexico in three occasions, and had the chance to meet with relatives and friends that I had not seen in years, as well as new people now important in my life.  I have mentioned some of my friends from middle and high school, whom I met in the spring, and last month (see for example, Post #200- Best trip 2019, Easter – A Sweet Memory, and my previous post.)  I Attended one of my nieces’ wedding, where I met a new branch of the family, and also saw my oldest niece after many years, and met her two sons.  Sadly, I lost my beloved mom, and as it often happens, this offered an opportunity to speak with, and see relatives and friends with whom I had not been in touch; indeed, a bittersweet trip to Mexico that became a journey, giving me a chance to reflect, forever changing some of my views on life, and death and many other things.

I have many projects, goals and plans for the coming months, years, the new decade; there are already many exciting times in the horizon for me and my loved ones.  May this be not just the end of another year, but the beginning of a new era!

And to conclude my last post of this momentous year (and decade) on a stellar note, this is my suggestion for:

A New Year’s Eve Menu

(Please click on images or highlighted text for details and recipes)

Garden Salad with Avocado DressingEnsalada con aderezo de aguacate

salad with avocado dressing square

Leek and Potato SoupSopa de poro y papa

leek and potato soup square

Mrs. A’s Spaghetti and Braciole – El Spaghetti con braccioles de la Sra. A

Spaghetti and Braciole square

Lime Cheesecake Sandwiches Sandwiches de pay de queso de limón

Maria cookie cheesecake cover

Have a Happy New Year

and the Best New Decade ever!

13 thoughts on “End of 2019, End of a Decade?

  1. Sounds like this past decade had a lot of growth and connections for your family and between past and present. I’m so glad you started blogging. I love your blog! And was happy for the chance to start to get to know you. (And those lime cheesecake sandwiches look amazing!) Hope your next decade is great!


    1. Thank you so much, Mary! Getting to know interesting people, and being able to share my recipes are two of my favourite things about blogging. All the best to you for this decade, too!

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      1. yours has been one of my favorite blogs that I discovered in 2019. I love how you serve up food/family/love/culture/history with each dish. It’s pretty cool. And I love your garden too.

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      2. Thank you! Pinkie and Midnight purr their thank you too. The compliment on my writing is very encouraging which I needed at this moment as I try to get myself “back on the horse” so to speak.

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