Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year


The end of another year - the start of a brand new blank, clean, fresh one. It is always fun to look back at our year - and look ahead to what might be coming. The hope and expectations of good times, family fun, friends, projects and unexpected joys.

We've had a different kind of year - starting in February we dealt mostly with Don's open heart surgery to repair a badly damaged mitral valve. Before the surgery in June they didn't know if it was a repair or replacement - but the surgeon worked miracles and repaired a vavle that he said was in such bad shape that no one could live with it - yet Don had, and without any symptoms of heart disease such as shortness of breath or chest pain. He spent 10 days in the hospital and was at home for 3 weeks before he was able to go back to work part time - much sooner than they had predicted. His recovery have been nothing short of miraculous and he is back to normal, or should I say, better than normal.

It has been a year of birthdays and anniversaries and fun holiday celebrations- making great memories.

A year of flowers . . .

And a year of travel - real and imagined . . .

A year of hard things to tackle . . .

And a year of things going smoothly . . .

A super year at the thrift shops . . .

A year of the simple joys of life - Grampy and Ben - enjoying a book and some nuts . .

A year of angels watching over us . . .

And a year with much too much snow . . .

A year of birds . . .

A year of quilts - mine and my friends' quilts . . .


A year of just plain fun . . .
And a year of animals - large and small . . .

A year of old men in tree stumps . . .

Of fairies . . .

And ferries . . .


A year of cousins (Don, on the right, in the lower left photo with his cousin Bob (on the left), visiting from Wisconsin - a year ago - but just couldn't resist that cousin photo).

A year of old barns and old houses and old cars . . .


And a year of winning prizes and receiving gifts in the mail from friends far and near . .


A year of unexpected joy and unplanned fun . . .

We look forward to new experiences and more fun in the coming year. We like to end our old year with some fun New Years Eve traditions. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed doing them over the years.


On New Years Eve - place pennies in all your shoes. This is to bring good luck into your life for the coming year.



Throw a glass of water out the door at midnight - to signify being rid of tears for the new year.


Eat 12 raisins at midnight - one at each stroke of the clock, one for each coming month - for good health in the new year.


Hide money outdoors before midnight - and make sure it is the first thing you bring inside in the New Year. The first thing you do after midnight is what you will do all year.


Don't sweep your floors or take out the trash on New Years Day - or things will be leaving your house all through the year. I like that - no cleaning on New Years Day - a good day to relax.


Write a note to someone who won't be expecting it - tell them you love them or appreciate them - or give them praise for something that most people did not notice them doing this past year. I always make sure I have a supply of notecards and stamps so I have no reason to delay writing notes - and it is a good activity for starting a new year.

Practice a random act of kindness, or two, to start the year off right.


Let's give hugs - or lend a helping hand, let's notice someone who needs a smile, or let's hand some money to that cold, lonely man on the street corner who has had to bear ugly looks and mean comments all day long, and still he is so desperate that he will endure all this to try and bring a little money to his family. And let's give him another smile - it might just be the thing that will make his day. Let's wave to our neighbor - or better yet - let's bake some cookies or a pie and take it to them, just because.

May your year be blessed - and may you find many exciting adventures as you start your new year.

19 comments:

Judy S. said...

What a nice post, Jo! I love all your photo collages. Have a wonderful New Year! Oh, and thanks for posting the authentic stollen recipe!

susan said...

Jo, This is my first visit! Your mosaics are great and Ben is adorable. You have some really great photos. I am not familiar with your traditions. In the south, we eat peas for good luck and greens to bring money! Love hearing new ideas! Happy and blessed 2010!

Fearless Nester said...

That was really nice . . . a lot of good thoughts and a great way to reflect upon your past year. You should be a motivational speaker, because that was a very uplifting post! Happy Happy New Year my friend!

Pat said...

How do you make those collages, Jo? I just love them. I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful year ahead. Even though your hubby's illness and surgery were very stressful, it is because of his illness that so many of us "met" you....and for that I am grateful. Stay safe and warm tonight...I enjoyed the New Year's Eve good luck suggestions, too. LOL

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love your year in review. And I'm so glad that I met you through this crazy blogging world! Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year!

Jocelyn

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a glorious year you've had and shared! So glad your husband's surgery went well. Your post is insightful and I've been blessed to read it.

Isn't this a great idea for us to share our best!?!? Please come visit my post when you get a chance.

Hope 2010 will bring you much happiness!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I must have been to 50+ blogs today, and your post wins the prize -- the beautiful collages you made, the heartfelt memories, the traditions, and best of all, the ideas for being kind to those who are down and out...

Have a wonderful 2010 and always!

Barb said...

Yes, a miracle did happen in your home.....you do have many reason to rejoice!!

Happy New Years....

Dena said...

Thank you for such an inspiring message. I really enjoyed reviewing the past year with you and all your beautiful photographs. This year certainly has brought a lot to all of our lives and I wish 2010 to bring you and your family much love and happiness. Thank you for another wonderful year of friendship. Hugs, Dena

belinda said...

What a wonderful post Joann!! I always love reading your thoughts and love the great photos. You have such an interesting flair with
words. Here's to looking forward to another year of our blogging
friendship!!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

happy new year.. nice post! perfectly captured the precious memories of 2009. thanks for sharing.

Crispy said...

A wonderful post Jo!! Happy New Year my friend.

Crispy

goddess in the groove said...

Happy New Year JoAnn! :) I love the pictures, and the posts. May 2010 bring us all health, prosperity, and laughter :). xoxo

Linda K. said...

What a fun time strolling through your 'review'! Just beautiful photo mosaics and too fun! Wonderful post!
Happy New year to you!

Linda
Robin's Egg Blues

Chatelaine said...

Quite the year. Nice recap. I came over for Cindy's Year in Review party.

I enjoyed reading all the traditions for the New Year. I like the no cleaning one too.

Best Wishes for the New year.

gemma said...

This is a great post. Love all the photo collages through the year!
Happy New Year!

JoyceAnn said...

Hi JoAnn ~ Wonderful post , enjoyed looking back with you. Those photo collages are great , can you e-mail me and tell me how you make them.

Happy New Year to You and Your Family , Hope it's A Blessed One !!

Karen said...

Love the angel made with the pretty hanky. That would make a nice Valentine gift.

Judy said...

Wonderful post Jo. I love all you collages and your little notes. Happy New Year.
Hugs Judy