Tuesday, December 31, 2019

A New Year - Vintage Wishes

Hello, Dear Friends!
As I write this, it is the last day of 2019.
The last day of the decade!

Will we be entering the roaring 20's once again,
or will we create a brand new world?

My word for 2020 is 'Magic'.

I am on a search...…...
Sometimes we forget to look
for the magical, the miracle,
the divine in all things.

My wish for all of you as the New Decade dawns,
is to find a little bit of magic in each and every day.


I've collected some of my favorite vintage New Year's Greetings
and quotes to share with you.


Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
whispering, 'It will be happier.'

-Alfred Lord Tennyson

 For last year's words belong to last year's
language, and next year's words await
another voice.

-T.S. Eliot

Write it on your heart that every day 
is the best day of the year.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Learn from yesterday, live for today,
hope for tomorrow. 

-Albert Einstein

One resolution I have made, 
and always try to keep, 
is this - to rise above 
the little things.

- John Burroughs

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.

- C.S. Lewis

Cheers to a New Year and another chance 
for us to get it right. 

- Oprah Winfrey

Be at war with your vices, 
at peace with your neighbors, 
and let every new year find 
you a better man.

- Benjamin Franklin

A little smile, a word of cheer,
a bit of love from someone near,
a little gift from one held dear, 
Best wishes for the coming year.

- Irish Blessing

Ring out the false, 
ring in the true.

-Alfred Lord Tennyson

We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity and its first
chapter is New Year's Day.

- Edith Lovejoy Pierce


Monday, December 23, 2019

Holiday Blessings

Hello, Dear Friends, I hope that you are finding precious time 
in this busy season to enjoy the beauty all around us. 

Sunrise over Mt. Rainier

Here in the north, the days are woefully short, and any 
glimmer of sunlight is celebrated through prisms of raindrops. 

Although we are in the northwest corner of the United States, 
our weather is moderated by the south pacific. 
That gives us plenty of rain at times, especially most recently. 

The creek that crosses our country road has flooded 
at the base of the foothills, forming a large lake
where normally there are fields. 

So far, the road is passable with sandbags and pumps, 
but I wish it would stop raining. 

We've been adding some twinkle to the gloom with 
Christmas trees and garlands. 
I kept this tree simple with pinecone garlands and birds. 

We hung yards and yards of garland on the front porch, 
 the deck railings and even the little playhouse.

It all looks so pretty at night reflected in the windows. 

My simple home in the mountains
reflects the surroundings. 

My log cabin collection comes out this time of year. 

I grew up in a log cabin by a lake. 

Everything is child friendly this year. 
My 3 year old grandson comes home with me 
two days a week, after I care for him and his
 2 year old twin brothers
in the mornings. 

I helped him decorate 'the kid's tree' and 
we put it up on a little table by the glass 
door in the kitchen alcove. 

The candy garland is vintage from his own Mother's 
childhood (my daughter). The pony lights 
were a gift from my dear sis-in-law and are
also vintage. 

A cozy napping corner. 
The 'Santa' is actually a garden gnome.

The first time my grandson saw it in the fairy garden, 
he exclaimed, "Santa!"

My kitchen has been very busy this time of year. 

Candy making and cake baking
 fill the kitchen with delicious aromas. 

I love spending time in the kitchen 
 and try to make it as bright and cheerful as I can 
during these dark winter days. 

Things are not always so cheerful in life, though,
and we have had some sad losses in the last 
 two weeks. Our very good friends lost their son, 
who leaves behind a wife and two young children,
and another dear friend just lost her husband, 
not long after they both retired. 

I think about the special moments
 that stand out in time.

A young groom at his wedding. 
A retirement party filled with sweet memories. 

 It's why we celebrate these milestones in life. 
We never know how many we will be blessed to share. 

My son and his wife treated us to a long weekend in Victoria, B.C. 
with our little grandson 2 weeks ago. 

Here he is looking in the window of a model train village 
at Butchart Gardens. He was quite taken with the scene. 

We stayed at the Empress hotel. 
This was the view from our room. 

Jogging Santa's seen from our window - looks like one left his pants behind!

The beautiful tree in the lobby. 

 Butchart Gardens was like a fairy tale. 

As we celebrate another Christmas season, Dear Friends,
I offer you a sweet Irish Blessing.

Merry Christmas! 

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