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Happy Tail: A New Year to remember. For Peg - 1975

Each year brings it's share of good memories, especially at New Year's. Some stay etched in one's mind, as New Year 1975 was for Peg Schaeffer, following a very sad 1974 when she was divorced and her father died. When that year rang in, she was spending it at a cabin heated by a wood stove, in Vermont, with friends. During those years, she was a 'Flower child,' she writes, 'Make love, not war. I had long hair, parted down the middle and a beaded head band. I wore bell bottoms, paisley prints, and miniskirts. At the time I was seeing a guy named Jimmy.' The story could be a start for a script for a movie.
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By Peg Schaeffer

I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year and that 2015 has lots of good things in store for you. Our New Year's Eve was quiet. There was no fanfare and it's kind of strange to be watching the ball drop when it's actually only 11 o'clock since we're on Central Time.

1975 was my special memory New Year's Eve

Everyone must have a New Year's Eve that was extra special and mine was when we rang in 1975. 1974 was not a good year for me. I had gotten a promotion and had changed jobs. My new supervisor was a battle ax. She was very strict. You weren't allowed to talk and she sat in the back of the room so she could keep her eye on you. She told you how to do something once and after that you didn't dare ask a question. I was in my 20's and the rest of the workers had been there for 20 years or more. Whenever you asked "why do you do it this way?" the answer was "we've always done it this way". I didn't look forward to going to work like I had with my other jobs.

Divorce, father's death came in 1974

I got a divorce in 1974 and my father died right before Thanksgiving. I was glad to be leaving 1974 behind. During those years I was a true "flower child." Make love, not war. I had long hair, parted down the middle and a beaded head band. I wore bell bottoms, paisley prints, and miniskirts. At the time I was seeing a guy named Jimmy. Jimmy and all his friends had snowmobiles and we spent a lot of time riding the snowmobiles. It was such a great feeling. When you were done your skin felt like silk.

So when Jimmy asked me if I wanted to go to Vermont for New Year's I was more than happy to go. The guys went up a few days earlier and one of the other girlfriends and I drove up when we got out of work. Vermont was just a three hour drive and we got there before midnight.

Stayed New Year's Eve in Vermont cabin heated by a wood stove

We stayed in a cabin that was heated by a wood stove. There was no running water. The bathroom was an outhouse. We had a great time. A few hours before midnight we jumped on the snowmobiles and rode to the top of the mountain. The guys had gone up earlier and had made a fire pit. The coals were just right and we had steak and baked potato. You held the steak in one gloved hand, the baked potato in the other. We rang in the New Year under the stars and then rode back down the trail to the cabin. I'll never forget that night.

We stayed there for a few more days. My birthday is on January 4 so the morning of my birthday I was disappointed that the guys went snowmobiling and the girls stayed behind. When they came back Jimmy and I went for a ride just the two of us. He took me to a place he had discovered during the week. It was a silo that someone had converted into a house. It had stained glass windows and looked so different. They invited us in. Each room was a different floor and there was a spiral staircase going up the middle. It was so unique.

One of the women baked a cake for me

When we went back to the cabin one of the women had baked a cake on the woodstove for me. The reason the guys had gone riding without us was to go to town to buy presents and cards. I got a yoyo, a game of jacks, and a leather pouch. One of the cards said "never play jacks on a hot sidewalk". Believe it or not I still have all of those special gifts.

That was 40 years ago, but memory is clear as yesterday

Although that was 40 years ago the memory is as clear as if it were yesterday. Jimmy and I went our separate ways but remained friends. The Dan Fogelberg song "Auld Lang Syne" reminds me of our friendship.

I don't remember if 1975 was a good year or not but I know it was better than 1974. And each year brings its share of good memories.


- Peg Schaeffer, President and Founder, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

Contact us if you would like to help.

Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue,
860 Sparksville Road
Columbia, KY 42728
Home telephone: 270-378-4521
Cell phone: 270-634-4675

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Rita, Redbone Coonhound mix, now available for adoption

2015-01-04 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
This is Rita. She is a Red Bone Coonhound mix. I think she might have Red Heeler in her by the markings on her paws. She's a friendly dog - good with children, adults, and other dogs. But she loves to chase cats. So as long as you don't have a cat Rita will be a great friend. She is spayed, vaccinated, and about 1 or 2 years old. Contact Peg at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue 270-378-4521 or 270-634-4675.

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