Thursday, January 9, 2014

Winter Posie Patrol
















Now that Christmas is a proper memory and the new year has begun, I am thinking about a lot of things. Things I need to change in my life. Asking why bad things happen to good people and wondering what the future holds for me and my family. {The bad thing did not happen to this good person}.

I often stroll into our backyard to check on what is growing, and to think and ponder. The garden is my happy place {when I am not in my sewing room}. This time I was so thankful that I am not living in the frigid temperatures that are encompassing so much of the United States. It is winter in California and that means 70'F days, wind and sometimes gray skies. But I can still harvest a few things from my garden and appreciate some of the flowers and fruit growing on the trees. The emerging paper whites assure me that life continues even in the grayest of skies, and that is a sign of hope for all who are having a hard time, be it emotional or physical.

I had an impromptu visit from my best friend. We sat and chatted for a while before she had to run off to a meeting. It's always such a blessing to spend time with the people that have enriched my life, and Jennifer is at the top of my list.

Today is a good day and I hope that is an indication that 2014 will be a good year.

Today I am thankful for good friends, a warm home, and a loving family.

13 comments:

heart of charnwood said...

New Year generally makes me feel wistful too, it's a good time to get grounded and be reminded of all the reasons we are so lucky, despite the difficulties of life. Glad you managed to spend time with your best friend, that's always something to treasure :o)

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Hope 2014 is good for you and your family. You sound very pensive; I agree that life seems awfully unfair at times.

Patchwork and Play said...

Looks more like Spring, than Winter in California! Here's to a wonderful 2014 Di!

Leanne said...

Your garden is beautiful, mine is under snow right now. It was not very cold here today but we have had some very cold days this winter so far. It is nice to think of you in your garden.

Canadian Abroad said...

I am left with the overwhelming need for a lemon tree, or citrus tree of any kind. Love your garden.

Annabella said...

I am feeling really optimistic about this year but have no idea why. It has already brought good things so I hope it will continue and for you and your family. Your garden is beautiful and I'm so happy you had special time with a bestie - they are the best times.

Flying Blind... said...

I am trying not to build up hopes for 2014, I would prefer to be happily surprised than disappointed. That sounds more negative than I meant it to be!

Your garden looks like a Garden Centre of exotic plants to me xxx

Isisjem said...

All good wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Love your garden pictures. Ours is grey and drab at the moment. It seems to rain endlessly and most of southern UK is flooded. I'm so glad I live on the top of a hill!

Katy Cameron said...

I hope you all have a fabulous year, and it's lovely when friends drop by all unexpected like

Marcia R said...

Happy New Year, Di! And thanks for the lovely photos! Things are rather dismal and bleak here in Tennessee right now. I'm trying hard not to feel as grey as it looks outside...

Ginny said...

It is always hard to see bad things happen to good people, and wonder why...I am glad you have your wonderful garden and 70 degree skies and wonderful friends that drop in to spend time with. Your emerging paper whites made me smile, yes the circle of life continues.

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

What beauty is found in your garden! Your citrus trees are killing me!!!!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

It never ceases to amaze me that you can have wonderful things growing in January…you should see my garden…nothing is peeping out at all even when it isn't covered in snow. It will be a good while before there are any green shoots here!