Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

Here are a few highlights of 2012 for the Weekly Photo Challenge. Hovering your mouse over a photo will show the caption, clicking on a photo will bring up a slideshow of full-size pictures. Not all are showing in the gallery for some reason. 

Share Your World–Week 52

Is it still week 52? Or should I ask, is it week 52 already? Either way, time gets away from me, does it do the same to you? 

Cee has questions for us! If you’re new to this, you can create a blog post and link to Cee’s blog, or share your answers in the comments below. Clicking the link will open a new window in your browser. Let’s get to it!

  1. Do you make New Year’s resolutions, or not?  If so, what one have you made and kept from the past? 
  2. Do you prefer Nuts or no Nuts?  
  3. Do you like winter, or not, and why?
  4. Do you prefer to receive gifts or give them?

1. I used to make New Year resolutions. For years it was the same one, to lose ten pounds. Then it went to 15… Then I tried a couple years without making any resolutions. That was kind of nice–no pressure! Last year, I got serious about the weight loss and was successful with the South Beach Diet
The resolution that stuck is maintaining fitness. 

2. Make mine with nuts! And lots of ’em. I’ve heard, “You are what you eat.” I am a living example. 

3. I do not like winter because it is too cold to do the things outside that I enjoy. Also, my muscles ache in the cold, so I try to avoid it. That may have more to do with my dislike of it. 

4. If I had to choose one or the other, I would choose to give. 

I’d love to read your answers, so please share them with us.

The Day after Christmas

Rain. Nearly two inches, so far. Severe thunderstorms forecast for this afternoon. Minor in comparison to the record number–34–tornadoes, and the devastation they brought to the southeastern U.S.; and the snowstorms stretching across the Midwest to the East Coast. Named Euclid. I’m having a hard time getting used to winter storms having a name. 

Merry and Bright skipped town and left us with this:028 - Copy (3)

The song lyrics of “We Need a Little Christmas” from the Broadway Musical, “Mame” keep running through my head. It wouldn’t be so bad if I knew more than four lines…

The busyness of the Christmas season is past, except for those taking advantage of the after-Christmas sales, when left-over stock is marked down for quick clearance.

For once, I’m not joining the fray. Instead, I sit in my cozy recliner with the peaceful sound of rainfall. The Christmas tree lights slowly brighten, then dim in a festive-yet-calming cycle. That reminds me of yet another song lyric, “…all is calm, all is bright,” from the age-old carol, “Silent Night.”  

Around our world, there are many who do not have this sense of Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Man. I am blessed to live here, and I don’t take it lightly. Though one may not experience peace externally, there is an internal peace. It is the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, that guards the hearts and minds of those who believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
(Philippians 4:7–The Bible)

My 2013 prayer for our hurting world is to know this Peace, that goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life, and may you dwell in the house of the Lord, forever. 
(from Psalm 23–The Bible)





Merry Christmas 2012

Cooking, baking, shopping and wrapping complete, Sunday evening we headed to our daughter’s house for Christmas. Three of the grandchildren took part in the Christmas Eve service. The church was beautifully decorated, and the Advent candles lit.  The music and scriptures shared reminded us of God’s promises and the fulfillment of them through Jesus Christ, the reason we celebrate the night of His birth.  K015

May your days be merry and bright; overflowing with love; and find hope renewed.

Wordy Thursday

Hello out there! Can you see me? That’s my hand waving out of a stack of email. Cox has been our internet/cable/phone provider for YEARS. They are very reliable, only a few times during upgrades/maintenance have we been without email service, and then briefly.

That all changed on the 14th. Incoming service was disrupted when even their back-up systems failed. Customers in the Midwest and East Coast regions were kept up-to-date on the Cox website as to the problem and their efforts to fix it. It was a sad day when they stopped projecting a time for service to return.

 We spent the weekend shopping and partying. Sunday afternoon at hubby’s company Christmas party, the email discussion arose at our table. It wasn’t visions of sugar plums that danced in our heads, but the thoughts of all those blog updates and retail merchant notifications that arrive daily which were building to epic proportions. We were going to need the services of an avalanche rescue team!

Email service was restored Monday, the 17th. Email from the 14th on began to arrive in spurts, not in chronological order, and some in duplicate. 

I shared this to explain why I haven’t been to visit your blogs regularly (yes, I’m having withdrawal). Now being the last week of Christmas preparations, upcoming travel, and email coming out my ears, I don’t know when life will return to normal. I’ve considered sleeping the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day and starting over.

But you know me better than that. I’ll be burning the midnight oil to catch up on all the happenings in your world, your thoughts and traditions; we’ll continue to grieve and pray for the families in Connecticut and elsewhere who are suffering.  

I know you are busy, too, so thanks for taking the time to read my Wordy Thursday exposition. Hope to see you soon!