Thursday, January 29, 2015


Good Morning Friends, Today I want to share hubby's camera collection. Hope you enjoy!
Hubby calls this camera his 8x10 Ansel Adams camera.  He started collecting antique cameras back in Ca.; when we moved here he added more. This expands out 28"; it is such a beauty.  We've never found a tripod big enough to hold it, but love to display it.
On the left is an old folding camera with bellows, circa 1920's. On the right is an old movie camera-with the case.
The box camera on the left is a 50th Anniversary camera made by Kodak; circa 1930's.
This movie camera on the left is a hand crank projector, the name says Pathe Baby; he doesn't know the age. We also received an old black and white Mikey Mouse movie that you can watch.  This was one of the coolest items in his collection.  The box camera on the right was hubby's grandmother's; when he got it there was still film in it, we had it developed and the photos went in the genealogy books.
We have 16 mm and 8 mm projectors as well; it is so fun to watch movies from our childhood on these. 
Another folding camera with bellows.
This is the first house that we can really display them and I love it.  Of course, most antiques are treasures.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing hubby's collection.
Another note about today is that 40 years ago, my mother passed away.  I miss her and the relationship we could have had as I matured.  If you've got parents still living, cherish every moment.
Joy to you!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To all my Peeps out there, happy Tuesday; may your day be filled with sunshine, smiles and blue skies. To all those dealing with the blizzard in New England, we send you hugs and ask you to please be safe.  Loved seeing the Doves sunning themselves yesterday.  We do have temps that are dropping and will probably have snow on Saturday, but for now I'm loving our weather.
Yesterday I received my CTscan results and I'm pleased to say they were good.  Late yesterday afternoon, my Dr. called with my surgery date.  I will be going in on Monday, Feb. 9th; while I was hoping we wouldn't need to do a total hysterectomy, we still do.  I have been cautious to share here, but there may be someone out there going through this or having gone through it.  Having a major surgery at 62 isn't something I take lightly or is it something I would choose, but if it prevents me from dealing with something else in the future, I'm o.k. with it.  I will be in the hospital for 2-3 days and then the first two weeks of recovery are supposed to be hard.  All I know it that I'm glad there are pain pills that can help.  This has been such an interesting journey; one my sister walked 18 yrs ago.  I never thought I'd have to walk in the same path, but I know the Lord has a plan here-for my good.
I hope you have a good day!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Difference A Year Makes

Oh what a beautiful morning! Yesterday was a wonderfully warm day here and it got into the mid-high 60's. I walked twice, went to the quilt store and got backing fabric and had an all around wonderful day. Last Saturday was a rock climbing class for our youngest granddaughters; I do want to state that there is a huge difference between five years old and six and a half years old. The first three pics are of Miss A, who turned five in November. Miss A and our other Miss A, also five, have had a very hard time with the height of this climbing wall. On Saturday our other Miss A wasn't in class, so it was just two of our grand daughters climbing. Miss A was so close to the top and she froze when I, her nana, said "A, if you keep climbing I'll give you a dollar". It was so hysterical to watch her reaction-she started climbing again. She didn't make it to the top, but got a little closer. I always try to encourage the grands, but occasionally will resort to other methods.
Our son-in-law Brent was right below her and actually climbed up a bit several times. If you look at her right foot, it is resting on a very small hold. 

Both five year old girls have ended up in tears on the wall; so when that happens, they just focus on what they are comfortable with. Miss A has no problem rappelling down; I always found that to be harder than climbing up. 

Our Miss D, is like a little spider~she just flies up the wall. She again did a Dead Hang(no ropes) where she just holds on to a handhold and sees how long she can hang. She lasted 2 minutes and 25 seconds-pretty amazing for just being six.

After watching the girls climbing, we've all come to a conclusion that even a year makes a big difference in how you view an obstacle.
It will be fun, in a year, to see how the two Miss A's do climbing.
Today will be another warm day here, but lest you think it's going to last-we are supposed to get snow on Friday and Saturday.  I'd be happy if this nice weather lasted.
I hope you have a good day and if you're in the states where the blizzard is forecast-please stay in and stay safe!
Joy to you!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a great weekend, filled with lots of activities that made you happy.  On Saturday, hubby and I went to the movies and saw The Imitation Game; wow, it was a good movie.  It will be interesting to see what type of Academy Awards it is up for.  We had a game night at our youngest daughter's home on Saturday night; always such fun. 
Yesterday was a relaxed day and today will just be grocery shopping and maybe getting the backing for my quilt. I'm hoping to get it sandwiched with the batting and backing, plus start pinning it so I can quilt when I'm recovering.  My Dr. is supposed to call me tomorrow to let me know about the scans and set up an appt. to see her. 
It is a beautiful day here and should get into the 60's; for those who are living in the path of the storm on the east coast-please stay safe.

Friday, January 23, 2015

It's another Friday, so I'm here to wish you a great day!  I had such a fun day yesterday and got something in the mail that put the icing on the cake, so to say.  I received a written report on my genetic test(Brca 1&2) that I had two weeks ago. I was thrilled to read that my result for negative for this gene.  It means simply, that I didn't inherit the gene my sister did for Ovarian cancer and that my girls won't need to have this test in the future.  I am still waiting to hear about the CTscans and meet with my doctor, but it made my day. 
Last night, hubby and I watched a show on the Smithsonian channel about American women in the late 1800's who married Earls, Barons and such in London and Paris. It was very similar to Downton Abbey, but the true stories of Aristocrats marrying wealthy Americans.  I was also surprised to find out that Princess Diana great grandmother was married to a man from Ireland with my maiden name.  That got me to wondering if my family wasn't only a distant cousin of the Kennedy's but also Princess Diana.  We only watched one episode of it and the following show was American Princesses; I will definitely have to look for this series and record it.
Not much happening here this weekend.  I hope you have a restful weekend and do something fun!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Greetings from beautiful northern Colorado. I so love these crisp mornings, when the sun shines on the snow covered Rockies. I just got back from walking Hunter, with our friends Kam and Lexie. My ears are still cold, but I feel full of energy. Yesterday I finished my latest quilt top; now the real work will start.

When I purchased this last summer, I didn't realize that it would go so well with the colors in our guest room. This was such a fun pattern to make and although it is much busier than I typically make, I think it will make a nice nap quilt for our guests. I will probably use a tan fabric for the back; I have no idea what quilting pattern I will use on it.
 Today is a very busy day; I'm taking Kam to lunch, a belated birthday lunch and then I have a haircut this afternoon. It will be good to have it taken care of prior to my surgery. I still haven't heard anything, but imagine my Doctor is dealing with the insurance company. We don't have much planned for tomorrow or the weekend. Hopefully the weather will be as nice as they are predicting and hubby and I can get out and go for some nice walks.
I hope your day is filled with sunshine, contentment and peace.
Joy to you!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

From One Day To The Next

Happy Wednesday to you. Usually, I call this outdoor Wednesday but not today; it will be indoor Wednesday to be sure. It has been so nice and made many of us longing for spring, even though we are still in Jan. The other morning I happened to see these doves on our Pergola; at one point there were over a dozen. Love seeing them!
This is the view this morning; the snow has started and I for one am glad that I can stay inside and assemble my latest quilt. I think the snow has stopped and that will be just fine. I've so enjoyed taking Hunter out on walks during the nice mornings.
Since there are lots of new movies out, before the Academy Awards, hubby and I may go see one today.  American Sniper is supposed to be incredible, but the story looks sad too-just not sure I'm ready to see it in a theater. 
I wanted to tell you that the CTscans went well yesterday and I had no negative issues with the contrast.  Some people get sick from it; I sailed through it just fine.  I won't know today or tomorrow about the results and am waiting for my doctor's office to call to set up a consultation.  I did find out that my genetic test might be covered by insurance and that would be wonderful. 
I hope you have sunshine in your area today, if not make the best of it.  Life is short; as KB says "Seize the day".

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy Tuesday everyone.  This is just a stop and say hello, because today I have my CTscan today and have to eat in the next 15 minutes so I can start the three hour fast. I've had two CTscans in the past, but still this situation is different. Our health is so important to us, especially as we age.  Please take care of your body and make sure you have a healthy lifestyle with good food and exercise.  My situation did not result due to poor choices, but still the future can be uncertain for all of us.
Blessings to you today!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Good Morning to you!  This morning, Hunter and I went over to Kam's so we could walk with her and her Aussie. It was a beautiful morning and great time catching up; between the weather and the cold I had, it's been a long time since we walked.  Hunter cried the entire time I drove over; he always does that when he knows we are meeting friends.  On my way home, I was blessed to see not one, not two but four bald eagles sunning themselves in trees near the river.  I am always in awe when I catch glimpse of these majestic birds.  It truly made my day! I guess I am easily pleased.  Our weekend was good; I actually got some sewing done on Saturday, it felt so wonderful.  I hope you had a good weekend and that your day is filled with wonder.
Joy to you!

Friday, January 16, 2015


It's Friday my friends and that means most of you have a weekend ahead of you,some of you might even have Monday off. Yesterday was such a good day~I had two grands over for sewing and they finished one square that will become a doll quilt or just a starting point of more quilt squares. I also got a text from our other two grands that showed they spent the afternoon making another square, it blessed this Nana's heart.
  One of my friends is a great photographer and is always finding old barns to take photos of, so I asked her to direct me to some so hubby and I can go out exploring.  There is one in Lyons, but not sure we'll head that far. I know there are some in Miliken and Johnstown, so we might just go cruising.  I love the beauty of creation and even though I've shared this photo before, it is such a gorgeous sky that I wanted to share it again.  Tomorrow I will go watch three of my youngest grands take their rock climbing class; one imparticular doesn't like climbing but Mom & Dad decided to have her take a class(just one session of four classes)to work through her fear.  Once she has done it, she will know she can overcome obstacles that intimidate her.
She has her cousin there and some other friends who are also climbing and I truly think that helps.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this journey called life.
Hugs to you!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful that we have sunshine and blue skies again. I am thankful that tomorrow is supposed to get up to the high 50's.  I am thankful for seasons of life~yesterday I mentioned one of my all time favorite songs; that was the season in my late teens and early twenties.  I was into everything that was Folk.  I was a folk dancer, taught some P.E. classes at my high school and loved it.  Every day at lunch, a group would gather to dance and several times during the week I would attend different groups or lessons-Friday night was dancing at Stanford University.  I think when I started working and my girlfriends that I danced with moved away, I stopped going.  A big mistake on my part.  One of those friends still dances and goes to Hungary several times a year to spend a month dancing.  The other area I loved was music and I was all about Folk Music and playing guitar.  I met Joan Baez in high school and even corresponded with her for a short while.  My best friend and I would play at Open Mike at a coffee shop; lest you think I was good-I wasn't, but she carried us.
I loved John Denver!!  I saw him in concert once; his music was so incredible. I think that is when I decided I would love to live in Colorado.  It only took me 40 years to move here, but here we are.
I gave up my guitar when I had my girls-it was just one of those things that went by the wayside. 
I know I could take it up again, but now that I have grandsons that play I listen to them.  That was the season of adventure and experiencing new things.  I am so thankful for that time and for my best friend then that kept me out of some serious trouble. I am thankful for angels watching over me during those years of wandering.  I am thankful for Redemption.  I am so thankful for the man of my dreams that I finally snagged after years of knowing him-my hubby was another life saver for me.
I am thankful that I now call Colorado my home, with all it's beauty and the continual change of weather.  There is a saying(I'm sure in most snowy areas)that if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change-this is so true of our lovely state.  I am so thankful for my daughters; God knew I needed them before I ever did.  They are best friends and confidants; my strength and the reminder of all that is good.  I am also overwhelmed by the love of God to give me 11 daily reminders of His love in my grands.  The joy they bring is indescribable. 
I am thankful-o.k. maybe not as much as I should be, that I got my CTscans scheduled for next Tuesday.  I am thankful that within a month the surgery should be a thing of the past and I should be on the road to healing.
I am thankful for the wonderful friends here in Co.-Kam, my bff, all the gals from church and bible study and of course my family and friends back in Ca. I am so thankful for all the friends, like you, that I've made from blogging. Your support, love, friendship and prayers have meant so much to me. Life is good and I for one plan on living a long time, enjoying every day!
Whatever you have going on today, remember to give thanks!
Joy to you~

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Throwback Wednesday

Good Morning to you!  It is a beautiful, albeit cold, day here today and the skies are blue.  We still have about 4" of snow on the ground, but no snow is forecast for today.
As I was gazing outside this morning, this song popped into my head-it's always been one of my favorite songs from my youth. You will no doubt remember it and it will probably get stuck in your head as well as mine.  I remember walking around my high school and college campus singing it.  I also played it on my guitar as well.  John Denver was always one of my favorite singers.
Sunshine on my Shoulders by John Denver
Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high

If I had a day that I could give you
I'd give to you the day just like today
If I had a song that I could sing for you
I'd sing a song to make you feel this way


If I had a tale that I could tell you
I'd tell a tale sure to make you smile
If I had a wish that I could wish for you
I'd make a wish for sunshine for all the while.

I am starting to feel better each day; I even called into the doctor today to find out about the CTscans.  I think having this surgery and recovery hanging over me makes me stomach a nervous wreck.  It is always the anticipation of something that can frighten us more than the actual event.
I've got grands coming over for sewing today-yippee! I've missed them and haven't seen them in over two weeks due to this cold.  I hope you are avoiding the colds and flu bugs and enjoying life in your neck of the woods.
Blessings to you!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's another Tuesday with grey skies and cold temps. Once again, I'm reminded of how wonderful it is not to have to get up early and go to a job.  I'm still fighting this cold, but hoping it's on the tale end; I'm ready to feel back to normal and get on with life.  Of course, this may have been the preparation I needed for my upcoming surgery. I'm not attending bible study this session, just thought I'd miss too much with the recovery etc. I'm disappointed, but know another one will be around the corner.  I will say though that my outlook has improved, although I'm a long way from feeling like this is going to be easy.  I'm so thankful that there are new wonder drugs that will ease my pain; you see I'm a baby when it comes to pain-I don't want to feel any.  I'm still waiting on the dr. and the CTScans to be scheduled, I'm sure it will all come together.  One reason I'm waiting is this cold; I want to be stronger physically when I go in. 
I can't believe there is so little of worth on t.v. these days.  The Bachelor has started again and we actually turned it on last night, because one of the contestants is from our town.  We saw her and then turned it off, a wise choice because locals this morning are saying she was pretty embarrasing.
I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with gratitude!
Blessings and Hope,

Monday, January 12, 2015

Another Great Treat from Mr. Chewy

Happy Monday to you! Saturday a package arrived for Hunter; I think he is used to getting the monthly treats from Mr. Chewy. Hunter is a very big fan of Jerky and I am always on the lookout for a product made in the USA. I can't believe that some companies, like Purnina, still have products being made in China. With all the dog deaths that occurred from Jerky made there, you'd think a reputable company would stop selling it. When I saw this product by a company that makes it in the U.S., I jumped at the chance to try it.
Nice Big Pieces
He's jumping for a chance to taste these.
Information on Chicken Breast Jerky from Vitality: " Helps maintain healthy skin & coat High protein, low glycemic treat Natural with added vitamins No grains, corn, wheat, soy, fillers, or byproducts Simple ingredients; great for dogs with food sensitivities Made in the USA!" Hunter rated these four paws because of the excellent ingredients and taste. WE will definitely be ordering this product from Mr. Chewy. We are thankful for the blog program offered by Mr.Chewy; it gives us opportunities to taste test products without buying them first. If you haven't visited Mr. Chewy's online site, you really should-they are a great company!
Have a fantastic day!
Noreen & Hunter

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Winner Is....

Happy Friday Friends!  Here in cold Colorado, hubby and I are still battling with the chest cold & cough going around; all I can say is that I hope we don't have it for too much longer.  Thankfully, there is no where that we need to go and can just drink hot tea all day and try to beat this bug.
I am so pleased to announce that the name hubby drew for my book giveaway is:
                               Kris from Simplify
I have known and followed Kris's blog as long as I've been blogging. She is incredibly talented in cooking, sewing, quilting, crocheting and a very fun lady.  If you don't know Kris, stop by her blog

I want to thank all of you for your supportive thoughts and comments about my upcoming surgery.  You guys are simply the best!!!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Steadfast Heart by Tracie Peterson review

"Lenore Fulcher isn't pretentious despite her spoiled upbringing. Her deepest desire at the age of twenty is to find true love. However, her father believes she's wasted enough time searching for a suitable husband, and he wants to marry her off to one of his business partners--thirty-seven-year-old James Rybus. But the idea of marriage to a man so much older is out of the question for Lenore.
Kolbein Booth, a lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn't there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention.
Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out..."

I have always enjoyed this author and this book didn't disappoint me.  Having been to Seattle several years ago and seeing the underground streets near the water, I could envision this location.  The characters were well developed and there was enough intrigue to keep me guessing as to what was going to happen next.  Lenore's best friend Abrianna is compassionate with just enough stubborness thrown in to make her adventures interesting, as well as dangerous.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series, to find out what happens to Abrianna.
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing, provided me with this book for my honest review.  I have received no compensation.
If you are a follower on my blog and would like to a chance to receive this book, leave me a comment.  I will draw a name tomorrow.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Change in Plans

Happy Wednesday to you!  Our snow is back and it is so pretty; I'm thankful that I can stay inside today.  Yesterday was one of those interesting days for me, a day when you have your feet knocked out from under you, emotionally, and your head won't stop spinning.  First thing in the morning, I headed to our Women's Clinic to have an abdominal ultrasound; I had been having some issues over the last month that we needed to find out about.  The beginning of the ultrasound was good, but then it turned out I have some cysts on one of my ovaries.  O.k.  I got home and within ten minutes my Gyn/nurse practitioner was calling me, quite concerned. Long story short, I headed back to the Clinic for blood work, genetic testing and ended up meeting my new doctor.  The long and the short of it is that I am going to be having a hysterectomy within the next 3+ weeks-which is not only soon, but has made us cancel some getaways.  Normally I wouldn't worry about having one, except that I will not be having a Lazer one but will be opened up.  I am not one to share a lot here, but I have a specific reason for doing so.  I'm going to be 63 this March and this is a major surgery; I have had two Csections, but that was 33 yrs ago. I'm hoping that one of my readers has gone through this surgery at or near my age, so I know just what to expect.  I love my doctor, but she has told me it is a rough recovery. At this point, I am not going to share any of the concerns we have concerning this, but feel that many may understand the implications.  I also know how caring the blogging community is and your support will help me get through this and all the uncertainties to follow.  One thing I stand secure in is that My God will be right by my side, every step of the way.  He will not fail me or forsake me.  
Tomorrow I will have a book review and be giving my readers a chance at winning the book.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Love Of The Spud

Happy Tuesday Friends!  Yesterday I tried a new Crock Pot recipe, it is called Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew.  When I went to the grocery store, I saw a bin of purple Sweet Potatoes; I have never seen these before and thought why not give them a try. I will say the flesh is so pretty and the taste was mild.  I meant to show all the steps of putting this recipe together, but my cold got the better of me.  The recipe calls for sweet potatoes as well as Yukon Gold potatoes; I happened to get a bag of potatoes that has red, yellow and purple potatoes in it. 
Here are the potatoes all mixed together-I think they
look very nice.  You add these to cut up chicken pieces, a large can of stewed tomatoes and some salt, pepper, paprika, cinnamon and nutmeg.  I also meant to take a photo of it dished up,but alas didn't get to it. 
My hubby is not one who likes sweet potatoes on a regular basis and he really doesn't like stewed tomatoes, so it was a positive thing when he said he liked it and it was a repeat. I wasn't sure about the cinnamon and nutmeg but it was just a hint of flavor. You are supposed to sprinkle fresh basil on it, but it is winter here so that wasn't going to happen.
I hope you have a great day today; we are supposed to get up to 50 degrees-whoopee, it's  almost bathing suit weather. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

One Handsome Friend

Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a great weekend and are ready to start this New Year off on the right foot.  We had fun at hubby's work party Friday night, in fact it was complete with food, drinks, bowling, lazer tag and the arcade.  After eating, hubby's coworkers decided to bowl; I love bowling but to be honest I'm not good at it. In fact, if low score won, I would have won both games.
I will say being in such a huge facility that was packed, I was a bit concerned about bugs being spread.   All of my life, I have had bad allergies and often can't tell whether it's a cold or allergies when I'm sick.  Sure enough, during the night I started having a lot of drainage-not a good sign for me.
By Saturday it developed into a cough and yesterday it had settled in my chest.  Still not sure whether it is a cold or just allergies; this meant that we had a pretty lazy weekend.
Saturday afternoon I happened to walk into our bedroom and saw this beautiful Coopers Hawk in the tree outside of our window.  Hubby grabbed the camera and got this shot for me.  I love seeing the Hawks, but don't love how they kill the smaller birds-no I'm not with PETA, just don't like sparrows getting killed.  Speaking of dead birds, Hunter brought a present in the other day-you guessed it, he carried in a small sparrow but was obedient when I told him to drop it.  There were no indications of what caused the birds death, but I'm thinking the cold.
Today will be another day at home, it is just too cold to go out.  I will get some sewing in this afternoon as well. 
I hope you are staying warm and healthy.
Hugs to you today!

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Beginnings

Happy Friday Friends! I hope you had an enjoyable day yesterday and were able to enjoy your favorite things. Just wanted to share what our temps have been like here in Northern Colorado. Can we say cold! I know it was warmer this morning, but still cold.
Even though it was so cold, by lunch time the sun was shining and Hunter decided to sit outside on the cushion-less love seat. Silly pup! We figured he was just trying to enjoy some sunshine. We had Lily over for New Year's Eve and they played, as well as spent a lot of time outside wandering the yard. I think Lily does this more than Hunter. At one point, we had to close the doggy door for fear of them getting too cold.
For the last week, hubby's antique laptop has been having problems with his screen~it was so dark, he couldn't see the icons. He tried everything we know to lighten it up and it wouldn't. Knowing it is so old, we got it the first Christmas we were here, I pushed yesterday to go get him a new laptop. We both are dependent on ours and I knew I didn't want to give up mine. I know that isn't the right attitude, but felt it was time to get him a new one. When he travels to golf tournaments, he'd have a good one that he could take with him. So I put in calls to our two daughters asking their opinions. Immediately, I got two responses back that were the same recommendation-a MacBook Air. Although we have a mini IPad and two IPhones, our computers have always been Microsoft type computers. Our girls have been telling us about Apple computers and we own Apple stock, so why not look at this particular laptop. Long story short-it was more than I thought we'd pay, but secure in knowing the quality. Here it is.
We are so very grateful that we have son-in-laws that will help us with technology when we need it.
Brent came over yesterday to walk hubby through setting it up and getting used to the differences.  This morning hubby set up all his favorites and seems to have a handle on it.  It is so light and will be easy to use when we travel.  Speaking of traveling, we are heading to Charleston, SC this May to meet our best friends from Ca.  We will only spend a week, but they may spend some additional time there.  Any of you out there in that area, be sure to let me know your favorite places to see.  We were there 21 yrs ago with our girls and really fell in love with Hilton Head Island.  We will definitely want to visit some of the plantations and mansions.  We have toured the Magnolia Plantation and loved it.
Today is another easy day, the only commitment is hubby's work party this evening; I'm hoping that the employees don't come sick-there is so much flu going around.
Blessings on your day and your weekend.
HOPE for the journey!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's hard to believe it's 2015!  I hope you had a wonderful evening, no matter what you did.
We had a nice lobster dinner with potatoes and steamed broccoli here at home; we weren't into watching all the festivities in New York.  We were asleep before midnight, but I woke up from fireworks going off .  Today will be another relaxed day with the possibilities of family game time.
Each year I choose a new word for the year.  I couldn't find my previous posts on my word choice, but this year I'm feeling that HOPE is my word. 
Hope that is not dependent on circumstances.
I pray that you have a joyous day today and a New Year filled with endless possibilities, overflowing love and joy, laughter and friendship.
Joy and Hope to you!