Thursday, December 31, 2009

I'm looking out the blogging window as a fresh snow is gently falling and reflecting on the year we are about to say goodbye to. My initial thought was to just say good riddance to a year that was filled with turmoil, but with just a slight pause I remember so many good and fun things that came about in the last 365 days.
Most recent among them was the Christmas celebration in our new home. Having The Princess here made it really feel like our home - familiar decorations, smells and lots of fun around the table playing games, chatting, laughing, eating and of course gifts.
The Princess surprised me with a new addition to my ABC book collection.
It's a beautifully drawn and very detailed. Many of the California references are quite subtle - giving the feeling of "I've been here before."
But The Princess really put the day over the top with this gift -
a scarf that she knitted for me. The picture just doesn't do all the work justice. I love a handmade gift and this one is truly from the heart. It will keep me warm in more ways that one through the winter and beyond.
There are other fun memories from the year such as the trips we made to Pasadena in January. First to view the Rose Parade floats in person and a couple of weeks later to see the Doo Dah Parade.
We made some big changes this year. We said goodbye to the place we had called home for a long time. And we said hello to the new place we call home. While we were between homes, we embarked on a cross-country adventure. The Princess prepared to take on a new chapter in her life. We celebrated a milestone anniversary. We are experiencing four seasons - including fall color and now snow.
There are so many new things to see and experience here in this new setting.
I still find myself pining for the things that have been so familiar in my daily life. But ringing in the new year and looking forward to the many new adventures it will bring remind me that life is good. Happy New Year!

23 comments:

tracey said...

what a beautiful scarf! i know that it will warm you nicely through your first winter of snow.
happy new year!!

tracey

quiltmom said...

Hi Libby,
I love that you can find joy in the new things while you remember the old familar things. I know that you have found many of the new things different and sometimes challenging, but you have embraced your new life and found lots of positive things to say about the changes.
Thanks for sharing your lovely photo yesterday. It is always nice to put a face to a name- it is a beautiful face too.
Your daughter made you a fabulous scarf- those gifts are always one that touch one's heart.
I just want to wish you a wonderful 2010- may you make new connections and find yourself surrounded with the love and laughter of friends and family.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Screen Door said...

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.... That daughter has talent like her mom. Your attitude is positive and reassuring to me that life goes on... happy new year... I wish must fabric and thread to slide through your fingers in the coming year... Be Sweet......

sewprimitive karen said...

Well, what a neat book and scarf! Also love the frozen water. In Indiana, there was a beautiful large waterfall on private property; the owners used to let people go hike back and see it all frozen in the winter. Absolutely beautiful. Happy New Year, Libby!

Loris said...

Nice to read of your end of year thoughts. I'm so glad the princess passed her nursing boards and was also able to come visit the new homestead. Best wishes for her as she gets to work and hopefully fulfills her desire for an RN license too. and Best wishes for you and Mr.SG as you continue your New England adventure. I hope it blesses you and fulfills some dreams of your own.
ps. beautiful scarf!

Lorraine said...

Happy New Year to you! the scarf the Princess made for you is beautiful - I am sure it will help keep her close to you - even when she can't be! You have embraced the changes in your life and that goes a long way to accepting them...I love the tree snowman in your header!! Are you still finding shovelling snow fun??? I love the look of snow and think it would be wonderful to have a white Christmas....although the reality of it might not be so wonderful....!

Karen said...

I'd say you found many ways to make a silk purse from a sow's ear!

The scarf from Princess is a gift to treasure! Is she taking after Mom?

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Happy New Year Libby! I love reading your post. You have such a great outlook on life and changes. You are so together!

What a precious gift to receive from the princess! She did a great job and I love it!~Blessings to you all, Karen

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Great post libby. Just keep reminding yourself that the January thaw will be here soon! It's a phenomenon in January when the temperature climbs to the level that will have you pulling your capris and sandals out-the 40's! Seriously, have a happy new year!

WoolenSails said...

What thoughtful gifts, your daughter gave you.
She did a beautiful job on the scarf and design.

Debbie

kjquilts said...

Happy New Year! That beautiful scarf...lots of hard work went into that. What a wonderful present. 2010 promises to bring us new adventures and new accomplishments...I can't wait!

May Britt said...

A wonderful gift from your DD. Happy New Year to you all.

paula, the quilter said...

Libby, what a wonderful post. Thank you. May your new year be smoother than the last.

Quilter Kathy said...

Happy New Year to you! I hope your 2010 is full of fun quilting and lots of laughs with new quilting friends!

AnnieO said...

Change is hard but family makes it home, wherever you are! Glad your new experiences are meshing with your old to make your life's memories happy ones.

Oh, and the handmade gift? Priceless from the Princess!

yellowfarmhouse said...

What a treasure from the Princess - it's beautiful. Enjoy 2010 - it will be full of new adventures in your beautiful new home. And it's OK to pine for things in the past - those are wonderful memories :).

Hugs - karen

ROZ said...

happy New Year, and best wishes on your new home!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Happy New Year to you too! That scarf is AMAZING!

Stephanie D. said...

What a beautiful scarf! All the prettier because she made it for you.

We're a little glad to see 2009 swirl the drain, too, but it wasn't without its good moments.

MARCIE said...

Gratitude is always a good thing and gives you a much better feeling inside. Keep the cold winds out and savor the warmth of all your blessings! Happy New Year Libby!

Behind My Picket Fence said...

You've had a very busy year and it's a good thing to reflect back on. Don't know why, but I didn't get the picture of the scarf. And re: your post on Christmas day: I've never hear the term "shoveling snow" and fun used in the same sentence!!!

Guðrún said...

How great to get a scarf knitted by your princess. There is always something sad about saying good bye to the "old" year, but we have to look forward to the year coming. I wish you a happy New Year.

suz said...

Happy New Year Libby! I don't know how to knit, but I know enough to be aware that there was a lot of work in that beautiful scarf. What a lovely gift. Well, you've certainly moved out here in a good snow year! I don't recall having this much snow this early in the winter! So much to look forward to, huh!?! Hopefully you'll find new and exciting adventures here in New England. I applause your brave move - I can't imagine leaving this area. Here's to new memories!