Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Fresh Starts

There is something so appealing about a brand new calendar.
All of those little squares waiting to be filled in with the events that shape our days.  Oh, the possibilities.
May this be the year that our calendars fill up with joyful moments once again.

Some of you may have been quick enough to read my now you see it, now you don't post.  On that topic I can only say it felt like a good idea at the time.  Not so much the next morning.  So, it was reverted to draft form.  I can only say that sometimes life is just plain sad and even though I strive to keep this blog a happy place, that's not always realistic.
So, our Christmas wasn't anything like I had hoped and imagined.
We put a plan B in place and made a different Christmas memory.
Thankfully our weather was unseasonably warm and sunny.  Perfect for exploring a local hiking trail. Getting away from the house and walking in nature was just what was needed.

This year I welcomed the opportunity to put the Christmas decor away.  Nothing like keeping busy to keep your mind off of other things.
Once the decor was dealt with, I made a cup of tea and perused all of my Christmas cookbooks.  I parted with many of them when we moved and discovered many more that could go now.  It felt good to purge them.
I did like this idea for decorating a small rosemary tree so, I kept this one.  I bought one of these rosemary trees this season, but never thought to decorate it this way.  A simple idea with pretty results.  Hope I can keep it growing until next year.

With another Christmas season done and dusted, I look forward to the opportunity a new year holds.
A time for fresh starts.


To those who contacted me behind the scenes, thank you.
To anybody else, forgive me for being vague.
Sometimes the stories aren't ours to tell.  When they involve a loved one who is struggling, it's a process we work through.
I thank you for your understanding and wish you all happiness and good health in the new year.

: )


  1. I hope for brighter and mentally lighter days for you ahead. I always look forward to the fresh start of a new year, too. Maybe that's why I don't mind January so much even though it's bitter cold and snowy here. {{hugs}}

  2. So sorry for your disappointment. Life can be so very hard sometimes. I pray that the New Year brings brighter days for you.

  3. Life is difficult sometimes. I've been praying for you. I hope there are many days of love and light ahead in this year that has just begun.

  4. I've been praying for you each morning.
    Hiking or walking always make me feel better. :)
    Love the rosemary tree.
    I like the idea of a brand new calendar too.

  5. That's a pretty calendar. I like to choose a nice one too because I'm going to be looking at it for 12 months!! I write all the birthdays and anniversaries onto it right away. I'd be lost without it.
    I was talking to someone just this week about how we share the good things on our blogs and often quietly cope with difficult situations in silence. I hope the coming year will be kind to you.

  6. I'm sorry you had some sadness, Kim. I hope 2022 is peaceful.

  7. "Fresh Starts", yes, so thankful for them! Your little Rosemary tree is so pretty. I bought one at a gardening center several years ago. It was so pretty. I didn't have any luck keeping it alive. Of course, that happens to me a lot. :) Happy New Year.

  8. The usual story from me. I have written two comments: the first was after reading how disappointing Christmas had turned out to be. I told you that Life is Messy and I hoped things looked better in the morning. Then *whoosh*...into the ether. The second mentioned that I was glad that you had a new perspective. Honestly, I have so many great stories that are not mine to tell, it's seriously annoying. 🤣 May everything work out and may next Christmas be more what you had in mind. Here's hoping this copy and paste will work.

  9. I'm glad you wrote this post to give us an idea of how things are. I am keeping you in my prayers and hope things improve. Take care and enjoy your Sunday!


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