Wednesday, January 1

Happy New Year! 2014

Welcome to a new year...... 2014!!! I suppose this means that it's time to put away the Christmas decorations but I just can't "bear" to do it.............
And so........the tree and all the decorations are staying put until the end of the month. Oh, yes, they are. I'll take them down in time for Valentine's Day ........ maybe.  :-)
I am glad that a new year has begun and we can close the door on 2013. It was a rough year. This past Christmas was the first one when we went home to Iowa but there was no home to go as my mom has moved to the Care Center. I am glad she is so well-cared for at Grandview in Dayton. But, as we took our usual trip down Hwy 169 to visit her, it was with sadness that I looked out at the farms and towns we pass through and I thought of folks and Christmases past. I found myself just a wee bit melancholy but when we got to the Care Center, there was singing and Santa made an appearance and there were gifts, food and laughter so we were just making new and different memories. And so it goes. Life has it's stages and changes and it's ups and downs. And most of it is good so I cannot complain. We are blessed to have home, family and friends, food and warmth. Life is good. Here's wishing all of you all that is good in life. Look for the Joy in everything. That's my word for this year. It's been my "word of the year" before and it "bears" repeating!  I am going to focus on JOY all year long.......and I'll be keeping Christmas all year long, too. And, I guess, that if I was making a resolution, it would be that I would get back to regular blogging. It could happen!! In the meantime.......Happy, Happy New Year to all of you!


Needled Mom said...

Things do change and new memories have to be made. I wish you and your family a blessed 2014.

magicthimblecreations said...

Sandi I have been wondering about you. I was glad to see this post.

I understand the changes you are going through, but I am glad your Mom is in a good home where they remember to celebrate life.

You didn't mention the weather, but I know that also has been a factor this winter. I can't believe the number of times I mentioned to Bill that our move we didn't make to SW Wisconsin was good. We had been away from the cold winter weather so long it would have been difficult for us to handle the change.

I wish you a great 2014 and yes I hope you are able to share more with us this year.
Peggy in KY

Jacquelynne Steves said...

That is true, Sandi. Everything keeps changing and we can't stop it. We just have appreciate the past, look forward to the future, and treasure the present!
Have a very Happy New Year!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Since I don't get much help in putting the Christmas decorations away, mine usually stay up till the end of January (think into Feb). I get the melancholy part. Some changes are harder than others. Glad your mother is in a good place. (can you tell I'm behind in reading blogs)???

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