Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year!

Hello Friends!

Happy New Year!  I hope you all have a magical Christmas.  Ours was wonderful and seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.  We spent time with both our families and had our quiet time too.  It was lovely and just as it should be.  Another Christmas to lock away in our hearts and look back on with smiles.

We all had time off the week between Christmas and New Years.  Our favorite week of the year.  It all seems so calm after the hustle-bustle of Christmas.  We did a lot of couch sitting which felt SO good : )  We did manage to get out to the movies one day to see Mary Poppins Returns.  It was worth it!  I absolutely loved it!!!  Highly recommend it if you haven't seen it yet.  It's got that Disney magic that I love so much.  I was teary several times during the show...I know, I'm so sappy : )  

And now on to the new year! A fresh start. 

The day before new years eve I took my annual winter drive to the beach.  I love seeing the ocean when it's bitterly cold out.  The air is so clean and the water looks crystal clear.  A few deep breaths is all I need....and then I can begin.

Yes it was cold...28 degrees, but I loved it.  The ocean always gives me a sense of balance.  

No hot sun or crowds like in July.  Just me and my thoughts.

And this guy : ) 

We walked and talked, took some photos, and enjoyed the sea air until we couldn't take the cold anymore.  We got a hot chocolate and headed home. 

Goodbye for now, but I'll be back : ) 

New Years Eve we spent some time with friends and made it home just in time to watch the ball drop!  And just like that its 2019!  So much to look forward to this year.  I'm heading into it with a full heart and a positive attitude.

I wish you all the best in the coming year!  I'm excited to share more with you this year. I have recipes and projects I'm looking forward to writing about.  Places to go and people to see, and many cozy days at home.  Thank you for being here with me.  I'm so glad you are!  

Much love from me to YOU! xoxo 


  1. Wonderful blog Danielle! Happy New Year!! I'm like you. Love, love, love the cold and beach in winter. Your photos help me to smell, hear and feel it too, here in mid-America!! I love cold mornings on my porch bundled in quilts! My Southern neighbors think I'm crazy!! But in a good way!! We began New Year's morning with your Baked Oatmeal and it was delicious!! I added a handful of fresh cranberries to give it a holiday look and flavor!! Gene loved it, too. And your recipe and blog address is off to Colorado for my best friend who wanted the recipe, too!! I'm getting a head start on year end paperwork and bill paying. I have to do our business taxes by mid February. But I'm positive,too, and checking off all these tasks. Back to writing and illustrating for Gene and me this year! A new re-commitment to getting a lot done!! Thanks for all your great ideas! I'll be checking in from time to time this year, too! Best of everything! Jane xo

  2. Happy New Year, Sweet Friend!
    So happy your holidays were everything you wanted them to be.
    I just worked on my planner this morning!
    Miss you All! ; )

  3. New Year is the perfect occasion to celebrate love, friendships and all the good things in life. Let’s take the time to appreciate what this year has given us and what the new one is about to bring! Happy New Year!