Saturday, January 3, 2015

Celebrating The Days

          Thanks to Ruth Ayres at Discover, Play, Build we celebrate, whether small and large, new and old.

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I haven't written for two weeks about celebrating those little things that mean so much. I was busy doing little things. It's nearly time to return to work, and once I start, that will be celebrated, too. I've been into school once and will go again on Sunday to finalize all the plans. 
My days have encompassed celebrating: Christmas with family, eating with family, shopping with family, greeting the new year with family. I've read favorite Christmas books, and other books that caught me unaware they were so good. I've cooked a little, mostly stew and pie, and eaten a lot, and  I've chosen my ONE LITTLE WORD, to share later. I've bundled up in below zero weather, watched snow from home without needing to go out, and written more than one poem. It's been a superb break of days that are different from the usual, and I think that's the best thing to celebrate, new/different/diverse/unusual. The past days' memories will linger as I leap  into the usual routine, and that too is good. Am I celebrating life? Yes, I suppose I am. 
Happy New Year Everyone!

Christmas! Carter is wonderful to take on these girls! They received Anna and Elsa
costumes for Christmas.

Ingrid, Carter and I tried out a new ice cream shop I discovered. Yum!



Christmas Eve at Sarah's.

Nathan, Barb, Carter and I saw the Cartier exhibit
at the Denver Art Museum-shadows I liked, and reflections.

Outside the museum, snow on the black sculptures was awesome.

We started going to Ikea on New Year's Day because there's almost
none there, hence this photo of many, many empty carts!

at Ikea-ready for lunch!

38 comments:

  1. I love how all of your celebrations are intertwined with family - the most important celebration. Looking forward to reading about your OLW. I am writing about mine on Tuesday SOL. It is raining here so I figured it is a good day to go into school and start preparing for this week. In a way I am ready to go back, but these last two days will be lovely. Happy weekend to you Linda.

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    1. Yes, much of my vacation was all family, but my son, daughter-in-law & grandson are back home now, & the daughter's family (here) are busy getting ready for back to work & school. Vacation always seems to fly, doesn't it? Yep, a rainy day at school sounds just right! Happy weekend to you too, Leigh Anne!

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  2. I don't know what I like better about the ice cream shop picture...the ice cream, which looks delicious...or the sparkly Santa hat!! So much to celebrate!! Your posts always make me smile. Thanks Linda!

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    1. I've been driving past this shop & have never stopped, it has very creative flavors, like "sugar 'n spice", Thanks Michelle, it was a good break!

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  3. Lovely, Linda. Sometimes we have to just live the celebrations, don't we? Here's to a great 2015

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    1. Thanks, Deb, yes, just 'be'. Over all too soon... Happy New Year to you as well!

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  4. Yay for doing the little things we write about! What a great positive thing to start of a new year of blogging!

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    1. Thank you, Earl! Those are the times I value a lot!

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  5. You have had quite a season of celebrations! I am happy for you. Can't wait to hear about your olw.

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    1. Thanks, Juliann, need time to process this word, & start it off... Soon!

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  6. So important, the doing! Your pictures are wonderful - "new/different/diverse/unusual" - your family is beautiful. Sounds like you had a fulfilling break and are ready to launch next year. I can't wait to hear your OLW.

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    1. Thanks, Julieanne, have to take in lots of bags tomorrow, but I'm ready to start this new year. I did have a terrific family time!

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  7. It sounds like you had the perfect break -- family, writing, ice cream and IKEA! What could be better? Wishing you a great week back --

    Jennifer
    Sweet Writing Life

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. We laugh on New Year's, but it's such a good time at Ikea when so few are there. And we really don't need anything, but do manage to find a few memorable items! Hope you have a good week back, too!

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  8. Linda, I always find solace in your celebration blogs. Today, you talked about quiet days of writing that make me realize I need to have some of those.

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    1. I hope your days will slow down now, Carol. You've had quite a busy time during the last month.

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  9. I love your pictures! Makes me want to take more as I walk through my days.

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    1. It is fun to have just a few remembrances, Cathy. Happy you liked them.

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  10. I can't believe this break is almost over. Today is rainy and quiet, so I cleaned up Christmas which led me to cleaning out two closets. Guess it's time to go back to school.
    Looks like you had a great time with family. Is is quiet for you now? Sometimes that empty nest is bittersweet.

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    1. It was quiet yesterday, but I took the day to clean a lot, & that helps take time. I am used to them leaving, but yes, still hard. This time I may not see them again till summer. Sarah & family are still here, & that's good. Break went so fast & we did have fun, just as written, doing little things. Thanks, Margaret.

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  11. What a lovely Christmas season you had! I'm so glad you had a great time with your family!

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    1. Thanks, Kendra, it was lovely, now time for that 'other' world, right?

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  12. Family...the center of it all. Your post makes me smile because it all sounds so wonderful. Happy New Year Linda!

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    1. Thanks Julie, yes, family is important, & fun. Wish I could see the others more, like my brother & family, but we do get together in the summer. Happy 2015!

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  13. I'm so glad you were able to take the time during break and be with family! It's always rush rush during the school year, it's nice to take time and slow down. I can't believe how quickly the time goes by, though!

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    1. It was a wonderful break, but yes, always goes so quickly. Thanks, Michele, & Happy New Year!

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  14. So fun to read about your break and to see your wonderful photos. I love the shadows and reflections at the museum, but best of all the pics of the grands. Happy 2015, Linda!

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    1. We saw the exhibit in the afternoon, so the shadows were great. I could have spent more time taking pics! Yes, so much fun with all the grands! Thanks, Ramona, and the same to you!

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  15. I didn't post last Saturday either. We were off to San Francisco that day and I was without a computer for several days anyway. I appreciated the time to do all of the fun things with family too. I'm glad you had lots of wonderful things to celebrate.

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    1. Yes, fun to take a break in all ways, wasn't it? Happy about your family time, too, Crystal. Happy New Year!

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  16. My favorite sentence: "I've bundled up in below zero weather, watched snow from home without needing to go out, and written more than one poem." No matter how much we love our jobs, we need breaks, to be with the family and to be by oneself. Curious to see what your new word is.

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    1. Thanks, Terje, it was a wonderful break, and needed! Now time to get into the classroom again! Happy New Year!

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  17. Although you have been busy doing little things, there is a peace to these photos that illustrates your ability to be both doing and enjoying the moment at the same time. I so enjoy the photos of family--you are all lucky to have each other.

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    1. Thanks, Christy, I feel that we are lucky, too. And just being together is the best thing always.

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  18. I'm going to write about my OLW on Tuesday, also. Wonderful celebrations in your photos!

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    1. Thanks, Holly, will look for your post!

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