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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Yes, I realize I'm an entire week late. Better late than never, I say.  I hope you all ushered in 2017 in grand style and are ready for what stretches ahead - new goals, resolutions, projects and plans - whatever makes you excited for the new year. I wish each and every one of you a new year full of good health and happiness, peace and hope, success and prosperity.

The future lies before you
like a field of fallen snow,
Be careful how you tread on it
for every step will show.

We seem to be in "delayed mode" here lately... Our Christmas Day was very quiet and low key, with only Mark here with us and the kitties, but things ramped up a few days later when the rest of the gang arrived, Ian with 3 year old Claire, Laura with 5 month old Noah, and Mark's girlfriend Maggie. So that's why I've been absent from blogland, I've been enjoying time with my family, and a wonderful time it was! We ate too much turkey and other goodies, played with new toys and read new books, laughed at kids' and kitties' antics, and simply enjoyed time together and the many friends and family who stopped by. Mark, Laura and Noah left just a few days ago on the same flight and since then I've been putting away all things Christmas, and trying to get the house back in order. I'm nearly done and am looking forward to some quality studio time and that stack of books that's awaiting my attention. The leftovers are gone, but there's lots of turkey soup in the freezer. I do love homemade soup on a cold winter night.

I still have many photos to edit from the last few weeks, meanwhile here's a few that I can share. Mark and Maggie are showing off their new aprons. (Finding suitable fabric for a young man's apron is not easy... since they both like wine I ended up with wine corks for Mark and grapes for Maggie whose favourite colour is purple.) Claire liked her new aprons, and we had fun making the reindeer snacks (notice she is not wearing
her apron, telling me "No, it's for Daddy's house!")


"And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been." ~Rainer Maria Rilke


Vee said...

Glad that you enjoyed a wonderful, extended family time! Shoot! Claire is not terribly accommodating blog fodder. LOL! I would have enjoyed seeing her wearing her apron.

Jennifer said...

Happy New Year to you too, wishes for a wonderful 2017!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Sounds like she has a mind of her own...which is so great for our little girls. Love the family photos and the snowy scene. Stay warm today! Maybe we can take the day to read and relax. I have a new mystery I started last night. Happy New year!

Linda H said...

Oh my, Yes! She definitely has a mind of her own. No amount of pleading or cajoling would convince her to don her new apron, not even just for a photo. She wouldn't even try one on. I guess she took me at my word when she opened the gift and I said "One for Daddy's house and one for Mummy's house." I guess she figured they could not be worn anywhere else! Lol.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

THERE you ARE!! Happy New Year. How long can you say that without it being too late in the year? Love the aprons. Did they get splatter screen too? Lovely little headstrong girl that likes to make snacks without an apron on. Glad you had a great visit and happy holiday.
xx, Carol

GailM. said...

I knew you were having fun with the the kids. Wonderful idea for the aprons. I have an apron of similar style. I wear it often.

HollyM said...

Sounds like it was a nice time for you with your family. Gotta laugh at the things kids say!
Since we went away for New Years, I cleaned up a lot before we left. It's nice to get back to normal too.

Jeanna said...

Happy New Year, Linda! Sounds like a great holiday with your family. The grandbabies are growing so fast!

We still have my son home from Japan for a few more days. I'm going to be so sad when he has to leave.

I still have all of my Christmas decor to take down and put away but it can wait until he is gone.

Kathy said...

Love your blog notes. Happy New Year!
Aren't grandkiddies the greatest thing? Exhausting but so fun.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Sounds likes a gratifying Christmas spent with family Linda. You've had quite a bit of snow out east and we've had a lot this year as well but didn't it get mild today and there's some flooding happening.
I've been watching the W channel - don't know if you get it but there have been some good cozy mystery movies on this month.
I look forward to your next book recommendations.

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