Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Year 2020

Welcoming 2020 

And A Little Bit of This and That

Happy New Year to you all!  I hope that 2020 only brings good things to each of you dear readers. In true "this and that fashion" today's post will share a little bit of fun from Christmas and a bit of what I have been up to as the new year begins. I hope that you will share a little bit of this and that about yourselves in the comments section! First off, isn't this snowy scene pretty? I took this picture of the front of a cookie tin that was filled with sugar cookies. One of our gifts for Christmas. The tin is so pretty-a Thomas Kinkade scene on the front and if you push a button on the tin it plays music. This is not what our weather has looked like lately! We had really warm temps all through the holidays and today it got a little colder and windy. I guess winter will come eventually but I'm not complaining, believe me!

The Mr. and I always begin each new year with our anniversary. This year is #37!  Hard to believe that many years of marriage have passed. 

I'm enjoying these pretty anniversary flowers from the Mr. The colors are so vibrant!

Isn't this house just gorgeous?!  We were driving around one of the older neighborhoods in Asheville looking at pretty architecture and I just had to take a picture of this house. The wrap around porches on both sides are amazingly beautiful. I can picture myself sitting on the porch drinking a glass of iced tea! That wooden front door is really pretty, also. This house was being renovated as office space which is kind of sad since it won't be lived in by families, but at least it wasn't torn down. I imagine this house would be a bear to heat. If you enlarge the pic you can see the beautiful filigree above the second story windows. Do you enjoy looking at older homes?

I spent part of today doing some crock pot cooking. It's so easy to just throw in some thin sliced chicken breasts, carrots, onions and potatoes and just let it simmer away until the meat and vegetables are juicy and tender. This is a delicious mix and if you don't do crock pot meals you might want to give it a try. It's an easy way to have a hot meal ready with minimum fuss!

And, I just have to share this pic because I think it's so cute! As you can tell, Cassie doesn't exactly love wearing a Santa hat but she tolerates it for us. Garden was a bit less tolerant, LOL!  

You may remember that my "word of the year" for last year was Simplicity. This word has stuck with me throughout 2019 and I find that I am not ready to let go of it as yet. So, it is one of my words as I enter 2020 as well. There is something compelling about keeping things simple and uncomplicated and finding ways to simplify life in general. I applied this word to many areas of my life in the past year and I still have much to learn about finding and living with simplicity.  

I have also chosen a scripture to focus on throughout the coming year and I will close by sharing this with you. Don't forget to leave a comment and share about how you are beginning 2020. I love hearing from my readers!

From Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts,
and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.

Wishing You Many Blessings In The New Year,


Sharon said...

Congratulations on your 37th year of marriage! That's a nice way to start the new year. Your pictures in this post are great. I like viewing houses too, and the house in your post is stunning. Happy New Year, Debbie!

Susan said...

Happy New Year Debbie and The Mr. and I hope it will be the best year ever. The home you posted is so lovely and wrap around porches are one of my loves. My aunt had a wrap around porch and it was beautiful.

I love old house and had only seen them from the outside until my son and his wife rented this home for a few years.

It was a lovely home to be in and we all felt blessed to be there. It was built in 1939 and it's name is Hollyhock. It truly was a blessing from God to be able to walk around the house and around the grounds. One interesting note is that being built in 1939 it went through the war and has bricked in windows in two of the bathroom. You can take some of the bricks out. That was for the nightly black outs of WWII. Unfortunately it was too costly and too big for my son and his family so they eventually moved on but it was so much fun for a short few years they were there. Again Happy New Year to you and your and to all your blog readers.

Susan said...

Oh yes and Happy Anniversary. 37 years is a good long time. God bless you both.

Karen Anderson said...

I love that verse! What a perfect verse to focus on (writing it out after I comment!) Congratulations on your anniversary!! Time does go so fast, so we must make the most of each day we're given. I was packing away Christmas things today, except for the trees, thinking of how fast the Christmas holiday flew by. My grandson drove up from NC to join the whole family for a long weekend, and when they all left I had to keep reminding myself that they were all actually here! But it was a huge blessing to be together. I like your last year/this year word. Mine is "grow" and is a reminder to continue to grow in faith and to stretch myself by doing some solo traveling this year. And I very much want to downsize and m9ve, and that's in God's hands. Looking forward to a new year of your posts! By the way, I've never seen a cookie tin that plays misic! What a very thoughtful gift!

Joy said...

Happy anniversary to you both. Thirty seven years is fantastic.
The flowers are beautiful, as is that house. How old would you say it is?
Happy New Year!

annies home said...

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