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Pink SunsetAs usual, Brian and I were safely tucked up in bed before the New Year arrived. I awoke briefly at midnight to hear gunfire and fireworks, and snuggled down, happy to let the celebrations go on without me.  We are more than happy to bid 2013 goodbye.  It has been a difficult year in many ways, and we are hoping 2014 will be a little kinder to us.

Once again, bad weather put a crimp in our Holiday plans.  A much-anticipated visit from our daughter and family had to be delayed until Friday, but they arrived safely and we crammed as much into their shortened stay as possible.

An all too brief thaw melted the ice from the trees, and some have recovered quite nicely, while others will probably not survive.Sunset

The brief thaw, followed by a hard freeze has made footing difficult and dangerous.  I am having a hard time finding safe places to walk Abbie.  The trail on our own ‘back forty’ is uneven, with ice hiding under fresh snow.  Even the dogs have difficulty keeping their footing on it.  The road to the campground in the Park was plowed a week or so ago, but now a couple of inches of fresh snow hides icy patches making every step uncertain.

But the Solstice is past.  Each day the sun moves a little closer, and the days are becoming imperceptibly longer.  I know it will be many weeks before we are out of the Deep Freeze, but brighter, longer days will help to lift spirits as we turn our thoughts towards Spring.

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy 2014.



14 responses

  1. Forest So Green

    Happy 2014, stay warm, Annie

    January 2, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    • Staying warm will be a challenge according to our weather forecast. Not quite as cold as Minnesota, but cold enough for me!
      Happy New Year to you too. Thanks for commenting. Jane

      January 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm

  2. Wishing you and yours a Wonderful and Happy New Year, Jane! All the very best!

    January 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    • Thanks. The same to you and your family.

      January 2, 2014 at 1:21 pm

  3. The light is so lovely 🙂

    January 1, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    • Thank you. I was fortunate to catch it just in time.

      January 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm

  4. Happy New Year to you, Brian, Mom and all the family!

    January 1, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    • Thanks. The same to all of you. We will consider it a good year if we can all stay out of the hospital!

      January 1, 2014 at 5:21 pm

  5. Deb

    As always, beautiful photos!

    January 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm

  6. Here’s hoping 2014 is better for many of us! Happy new year!!!!!

    January 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

  7. Beautiful photos…serenely cold outside…and warm beneath the blankets.
    I hope 2014 brings many good things your way!

    January 1, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    • Thank you. I wish the same for you too!

      January 1, 2014 at 4:06 pm

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