What a year, what a year! Highs and lows, ups and downs, two new babies in the family, illnesses, an accident with a hatchet, puzzling over the explosion of food blogs, food magazines, food photography that made me pull away from that for a long time. I'm one of those people who turns inward when life is troubling. Waking up this morning to a whole new year, clean slate, was truly joyful, and I watched the sun come over the sparkling snow with great happiness.
Today may or may not be a taking-down-the-tree day; I am thinking just a few more days with the scent of Christmas, the ornaments with such memories, the morning I got up at 4:30 am to plug in the lights, just to watch the tree, just as I did when I was five.
And the last batch of the gingerbread star cookies - with a reminder of our next holiday in February.
The first cup of warm smoothie soup, finally admitting it is much more delicious than a cold glass of raw vegetable and fruit juice.
And keeping my little flock of sheep on the mantle over the fireplace as I go into my New Year's Day cleaning marathon.
Happy New Year to you all - and let new beginnings commence.