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Friday, January 4, 2019

Tucked Away . . .

2018 is packed up, tucked away for another time, another year.
I sorted through my many Christmas things In the process . . .
Some were placed in their usual containers and several others made their way to a resale shop.
I sorted through books, magazines and many were donated to the library.
A 1966 Christmas magazine issue was one of them.
Plus several 70’s, 80’s December Country Living magazines . . .
It was time . . .

Our New Year Eve was quiet . . . as was the day.
I fell asleep before the “ball dropped” . . . Mister Irish awakened me with a New Year kiss!

We enjoyed watching some of the Rose Bowl Parade . . .
My friend, JoAnn was there to witness it all in person.
There she is above, on the left, at the parade, with her California friend.
Talk about loyal, she and her long time friend LOVE their Ohio State Buckeyes!
And “the win” made the day perfect for them.


We spent New Year Day relaxing . . . no plans, no people, quiet dinner for two.
I went through photos from the year, years . . .
and was reminded of my family, friendships and many blessings.

I have repeated some of the pictures in the different collages . . .
I wish I could introduce you to everyone in person.

Awwwww . . . the memories . . . you never know, when you might find yourself in my pictures.

One of my favorite things to do in 2018 was watercolor . . .
Relaxation at its finest.
I finally have reached a place of appreciation of the “doing” and I don’t fret as much on how it looks.
The piece above was done by an exceptional artist, Rita, of Sketchbook Wandering.
http://sketchbook-wandering.blogspot.com
Love her blog, posts, and artistic brillance.

This quote below by Steven Aimone, Expressive Drawing, says it best . . .
I especially think so, as I watch the natural joy of my great grand Oakland four year old,
experiencing life with pen, pencil in hand as she “draws her stories.”

“Put a few crayons & some paper in front
of any 3 year old & you’ll observe the nearly
universal desire & ability to draw. They don’t
worry about rendering the exact likeness of
the world, they’re too busy creating a world
all its own. They don’t agonize over what
they’re doing.”
Steven Aimone
~ Expressive Drawing ~

I too . . . feel like a child again as I putter away with color and designs . . . it is good for my soul.

Beautiful sunny day here today . . . and we did receive a blanket of snow . . . day before last.
Made me happy indeed . . .
Wishing each of you a Happy New Year . . .

’till next time
love
lynne

20 comments:

Jeanie said...

Everything about this post makes me smile really big! There is so much love here. Love for your friends, your family, Snickers, life. Love for art. Love for color and beauty. And I loved how you did the collages with all the photos. It was just glorious!

Isn't Rita the best? I love her work and style. Always one of the posts I jump on as soon as I see it. Like yours!

Good on your with getting things sorted and donated. I'm in the taking-down process now and will be doing similarly as I put Christmas away. A pile for donation, a pile to ask Molly about before it goes, magazines and books... I will miss it terribly and was going to wait till Epiphany but then I did a little. A little more. It'll probably take till then to finish but I can work with that!

MarmePurl said...

I spy the day I met you!
Honored and humbled to be a part.
I love that poem Lynne.

Beth at PlantPostings said...

You had some beautiful memories this year. Just reading your words and seeing the happy faces and events is uplifting. Happy New Year, Lynne!

Marge in Michigan said...

Hello, Lynne. You've written a lovely blog page today. Thank you for sharing the pictures & memories. I loved being part of your life for a few hours in 2018!

Margaret Adamson said...

What would we do without out memories and photographs? A lovely post and special memories

Shortbread and Ginger said...

Lovely post and some great memories for you.
Liz

Karen Ann said...

What a lovely collection of images of a life well lived, and loved... Happy New Year!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Happy New Year Lynn May your blessings continue to surround you. Hugs

bill burke said...

Happy New Year, Lynne. Lots of memories in those photos and I'm sure they bring lots of joy and smiles for you.

Missy George said...

Sweet post.. Like the perfect way to bring in 2019...happy memories..good friends..Hugs

Linda said...

Lovely Lynne...just lovely...pics....words...everything....🖤
All the best to you and yours...
Cheers!
Linda :o)

krishna said...

Very nice post. You are a great artist. I don't I can ever paint like this. XOXO

Karen Lakis said...

So many wonderful memories and a beautiful way to begin the new year! I am only now beginning to dabble with "art" (quotation marks because, well...) and am finding it hard to let go of perfection, but slowly, slowly, am doing so - and oh so good for the soul!

Children are amazing. When I was participating in a leadership workshop at work, we were given a group project where we had to build a tower with spaghetti and it had to hold a large marshmallow on top - much competition, frustration, and some laughter. Anyway, after we finished and the projects were judged, we were told that of all the groups that are given this project, that young children are the most successful, and groups of CEOs are the least successful. I guess we all need to keep a bit of our inner child alive and well.

Kim said...

It's always fun to peek at photos, Lynne, and I enjoy seeing many of them over and over. Good times should be revisited often! I wish you all the best in 2019 filled with more of the same smiles you've shared...and much more watercoloring! xoxo

Shari Burke said...

Love the thoughts on creativity and enjoyed the photos! I hope this year is good to you, Mr Irish, Snickers, and your loved ones!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Wonderfyl photographs Lynne and such precious memories. 2018 seemed a happy year for you and I wish you and yours the same in 2019. Much love. XXXX

Marie Smith said...

Those photos must bring lots of smiles!

Nancy's Notes said...

I love, love your photos! Nothing is better than seeing so many smiles, makes a heart happy, right?

Happy New Year!

Nancy

Art and Sand said...

Cheers to feeling like a child again!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Lynne

I am catching up with my blog reading after 2 weeks in Florida. I love your lovely 2018 photos and mosaics. I wish you and your family a very happy New Year! I think your paintings have been beautiful. Love the quote. Have a happy day and weekend ahead.