"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Looking Back

Another year has passed by, so swiftly! With a new year to come, new plans, new ideas, and new hopes are in the making. I look back on 2009 with much happiness and with a little sorrow of things that have happened.
The new year 2009, greeted us wearing an icy coat that shined like diamonds in the sun.
By February, I was going through last year's garden journals,

and planning out gardens in new journals for spring.



By March, the greenhouse was full of buds and blooms,


and Sophie and I found new treasures to dig up while on our long walks together.




April brought the many wildflowers that cover the grounds.....





with many gathered bouquets to enjoy at our table.






By May, the hot west Texas temperatures were baking the earth







and I had the worst time with a large bunch of bullsnakes who had discovered my hen house.










By June, the snakes were chased away, and egg production was so good that I started selling my eggs!








Rose ruled the nest and took claim to the best nest boxes.









By July, my zinnia garden was in full bloom










and we snuck away for a wonderful trip to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.












By August, I was surprised to find green pumpkins growing along side my orange pumpkins...I could not figure that one out.......













and it was time for lemon meringue pie and lemonade on the porch.













In September, my heart was broken as I lost my sweet Hercules,















and Sophie would console me on our long afternoon walks.

















By October, it was time to put the plants into the greenhouse and to seal it for the cold weather that was soon to come.

















And as the cold came upon us, it was better to sleep by the fire than to roam the woods outside.

















November found me gathering up the last of the garden bounty to preserve into relishes and sauces.



















A time to slow down, to reflect, and to be thankful.





















December brought the season's decorations and treats,





















And we had the most beautiful white Christmas.......
Along this wonderful journey I have made the sweetest friends.......
you..........blogging friends. I have enjoyed visiting your inspiring and uplifting blogs and have so enjoyed you stopping by to say hello. May the new approaching year find you much happiness. I look forward to hearing from you this coming year! Blessings to all of you!






















24 comments:

Marydon Ford said...

I so enjoy my visits to you ... you are so delightful!

Happy New Year,
TTFN ~Marydon

Jody Blue said...

It does the soul good to look back and reflect on the changes through out the year.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello Kathleen,

What a wonderful post..and the best part is that I've followed you this year as a fellow blogger. :0) Blogging gives a sense of fulfillment that NON-bloggers can ever understand. :0)

I look forward to sharing our adventures and accomplishments for 2010. I look forward to my first Spring season in our home. I arrived last year at the beginning of Summer so I'm enjoying our Winter views right now..it's all so magical for us being exactly where we are supposed to be! (finally!)

Do drop by to see my PiNk Saturday post..I've finally got some painting done.

Have a lovely day,
Stephanie

Linda said...

Happy New Year sweet friend, I'm so happy to have your blogging frendship...you have a lovely blog and I always love my visits..I enjoy the memories you share and all your life experiences. May 2010 bring you only good things...hugs, Linda

Daisy said...

I enjoyed your look back at 2009, Kathleen (well, except for those darn snakes--YIKES!) I am looking forward to seeing what the new year will bring for us all.

Laura Frantz said...

Kathleen, What a joyous way to celebrate the year past, even the sad things. You are such a gifted writer and photographer. So glad and amazed you had a white Christmas:) Thank you for your friendship!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

I remember each and every one of those posts, and I look forward to another year of hearing from you! Thank you for your friendship.

Pat

Debbie said...

It sounds like your Spring really starts in February. No wonder everything turns out well; you plan. I should try that. Most of mine is done on a whim and I forget what I was going to do this year. I should keep notes!
Look forward, not backward. You'll end up running over something:D
Debbie

Julie Harward said...

I LOVED YOUR YEAR, EXCEPT FOR THE SNAKES!!!..AND I JUST LOVE YOU TOO!
Come say hi :D

Nancy M. said...

What a great look back at the year's ups and downs. I have really enjoyed my visits here as well! I hope you have a great New Year also!

Patty H. said...

wonderful post. Praying the next yr will be full of blessings

peggy said...

That was just so nice, you put a lot of thought into this, your journey through the year. Such a nice idea.

Teri said...

Wonderful post! I did not get to enjoy the early ones! what a great little story of your year. thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

Together We Save said...

What a great look back!! Hope you have a safe and wonderful New Year.

Muddling Through said...

Kathleen, what an absolutely marvelous look back at your year. It was full of lots of good things, wasn't it, even though there were some bad. God is good!

grammy said...

Wonderful way to catch up with your year
I thought that was a rattlesnake at first
I am glad I discovered your blog (o:

Joyce said...

This is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing. I found your site through a friend's blog. I have just started my own blog. Happy New Year!

Mildred said...

What beautiful photos of the year. Always such a joy and delight to visit with you. May God bless you in the new year.

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. We are from West Texas also. We moved to Washington State about 17 years ago. Glad I found your blog. ~blessings, Karen

KathyB. said...

What a wonderful post! I love reading and seeing your year much edited past year, and look forward to reading your blog in the soon to come new year, 2010. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Lanny said...

That was a great look back! I remember most of those post and the sweet memories of visiting here and having you visit me brought a smile to my face. thank you

Conni said...

Such a beautiful post! Wishing you and your family a wonderfully blessed, safe and prosperous New Year!

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mutteringsfromthemoor said...

What a lovely post, you seem to appreciate the simple things in life, just like I do. I'm jealous of your lemon meringue pie...but you can keep the snakes!! Glad we don't have any like that in the UK!