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January 3, 2014

Good Bye Christmas and Hello New Year

Time is rushing by again, disappearing.   Gone is Christmas but forever in our memories those special moments will linger on for some time yet.

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I am so thankful this winter to have Sheaba my new dog, because of her I go for walks everyday no matter the weather or how much snow.  It is just a joy to watch her run and hunt.  She has her days now where she is quiet settled in the house and comes in and out the door without having to put her on the leash.  I finally found a treat she likes and has responded with a wagging tail.  She is also wagging her tail when she sees us in the morning.

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Yes those peaceful walks through the forest covered in snow.  I am gone for hour everyday just walking our property with Sheaba.

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The memories of Christmas going out to cut our tree.  We found one that wasn’t the prettiest, but needed to be cut down as it was growing on one of our access roads.

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The house was transformed again into a country Christmas look.  It just glowed.

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The snow outside brighten our view everyday.

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Memories of were placed on the tree.

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Each one brings peace to my heart.

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But best of all I loved the lights and glow everywhere.

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It was a special time for Sheaba as well.  We had Cole for a week over Christmas so she was in heaven with a playmate during Christmas.

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We also had company over Christmas and enjoyed long talks and even longer walks.

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Coming back late after a long walk to see all the lights aglow around the house.

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Saying  goodbye to our friends and walking them back down to their car and giving it a push to get unstuck.

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It had been a few years since we ventured away from home for New Years Eve, but we braved the snowy roads and joined a whole group of friends for an evening of dancing the night away.  The hit of the party were a couple pair of sunglasses that everyone passed around.  My hubby turned into Elton John for awhile when wearing them.

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We didn’t get home that night till 4am and  didn’t get out of bed the next morning till 11am and the sun was shinning so grabbed some coffee and we sat on the deck and enjoyed a beautiful New Years Day morning.

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During the Christmas season I was busy creating free to share  ECards for my Facebook page.  I had sold most of my homemade Christmas cards and just didn’t have time to create more in time people to mail them so enjoyed the creative fun of making these ECards.

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The likes, comments and shares help me to decide what cards I will make for next year into printed cards.  If you haven’t been to my new Facebook page to follow my creations there please come for a visit and like the page.

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We will be heading south to our winter home in the desert at the Salton Sea in California in less then a week, what a contrast it presents from our winter wonderland. 

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Looking forward to seeing how all our landscaping has grown and yes working on it again.  Using the bike to visit friends who live there and walks on the beach.  It truly is a different world down there.   Will those sunrises get me out of bed again at 6am?

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I will not have internet while down south for 3 months.  As much as I love all I can do here and staying in touch with so many friends it is a good thing to be away from it for a while.  Will try and get some posts out from our library there,  I know I haven’t shared much while down there the last couple of winters.  Hopefully I will have time to do that this year as most our landscaping and work is done and it will be just maintenance. 

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So wishing everyone a safe journey on your road of life and a
Happy New Year
and always have a
Good Morning…Good Afternoon…Goodnight…
Whatever it is to you.
Photos & Words
Here I Am Carrie


Nancy J said...

Carrie, this is the most wonderful post, full of photos, superbly arranged, words that fill my heart with joy, and also knowing the Sheaba is settled in so well. Safe travel south, I hope your 3 months there is filled with fun, friends, and some warmer days, and your home with the lights, truly magical. Greetings with love from the far south, Jean.

Nancy said...

I wish you and your hubby a wonderful new year. Your wonderland is wonderful. Enjoy your winter home. Hugs my friend. You are such a inspiration.

Joe said...

I think I could easily handle a winter refuge away from the snow and cold! I really enjoyed your pictures my friend! I pray your new year holds great blessings for you and yours!

Penny Whiteway said...

Safe journey, Carrie.

Michael (Light-In-A-Box) said...

Carrie, thanks for sharing your most wonderful Christmas with us, the photos bring warmth to our hearts! 2013 has been rough on us here, floods in the summer, & now winter storm after winter storm! I sure hope the rest of 2014 will be calm... : )

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos , beautiful mosaics, spend christmas there should be a nice experience!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, from winter wonderland to warm, lovely, colorful paradise. Enjoy your time in the sun. Look forward to hearing from you again in three months time when spring arrives.

Your photos are wonderful.

Happy 2014 ~ FlowerLady

NatureFootstep said...

your christmas world is something most people only can dream of. Lovely! :)

Becky said...

I enjoyed your post very much. Have a most Happy New Year.

goatman said...

The animals do keep us moving-- out and about. Has Sheaba been to the desert yet? That will be a trip . . .
Hoping for you a wonderful new year with sandy beaches, good health and friends.

Katie Isabella said...

Oh Carrie. You are truly one in a million. That's a great thing. I love seeing what you have done and how it looks. You have more talent and hard hard HARD work in you than anyone else I know.

Wishing you and yours a happy truip and a lot of good times and friendships. xxooox

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh my Hi to you Carrie.....It is great hearing from you again. I always like taking a peak into another blogger's world.....don't you? Thanks for sharing your wonderful holiday pics and story with us.
Safe travels as you head down south.



Rick said...

Gorgeous series of photos, Carrie ! A Happy New Year to you - enjoy your time in a new 'winter wonderland'. We left ours behind too and we're enjoying the semi-tropics. [need to get active with my camera again]

Kiran palwasha said...

Wonderful coverage of the winter season. I really enjoy these collages and the photographs. I liked your dog golden color, seems to be Royal :)
Love these houses really all seems to be like a Wonderland. You are lucky to have all these beauties of nature near your home.


Anonymous said...

This post is a great tribute to Christmas and the season's holiday. The photos are awesome and really brings about a feeling of Christmas. Very nice. I wish you a great 2014.

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelentes imagens....

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

An interesting post. Some nice photos. You have a nice dog. Good luck to you and your family. Happy New Year.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Vera said...

I felt very uplifted after I had visited your blog. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine down south.

Mei said...

Thinking of you my friend. Hope you having a great time down south. Its very stormy here right now. Scary stormy... I am doing fine. Polarbear feel like round the corner again... but I hope win him once more... take care Carrie!

Gayle said...

Your home and property is such a beautiful serene place to be. I just love it. So glad that Sheba has become such a good companion.