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Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Start. New Beginnings...

* New start. New beginnings. Fresh. Clean slate.* These are the words that I use to describe each new year's beginning. 
  • The New Year helps me stop obsessing...er wipe the slate clean on the many times I acted like a *complete monkey* last year when I was trying for *suave.*
  • The New Year offers me to start the year not making unrealistic promises to myself ...like exercise. 
  • In January the air even smells clean to me, so I want to breathe deeper and really RELAX (always a challenge).
  • The New Year calls out for me to try something NEW...like maybe ride an ostrich? Or not.
  • The New Year may give me opportunities to make new friends! Or not.
  • The New Year lets me be depressed, upset, stressed accepting about a few more wrinkles lines and *old lady* hands of experience.
  • It's time to appreciate one more year and LIVE a little! Anybody jumping on my scooter with me?
So what words describe the beginning of a new year to you?


Shay said...

For me the New Year always brings renewed hope . Jus think a whole year - and nothing has been done in it yet- that's exciting!

I could go anywhere , do anything, be whoever I want.

The new year is a great time to start over.

Happy new Year to you and yours Janean. I wish all good things for you for 2011.

cottageprims said...

To darn funny...Have a wonderful and blessed New Year!~Amy

It's me said...

That cat !!! amazing.....happy new year Janean...and yhanks for the past year...!! i am glad to have you as my blogfriend !!!...love love love ......Ria...

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Oh, what a great post! The pictures are something else, especially the cat on the clothes line. Hope all your wishes for 2011 come true.

Cindy said...

Scoot over girlfriend..I will ride with you!! The adventures we could have..lol

Psst... You know with modern technology..we could pretend to be traveling...grab pictures off the internet...and all from sitting in our own homes...lol My kinda travel...free...no airlines...and of course...wear what you want to!

Happy New Year my sweet friend. Looking forward to more picture adventures with you this year!!

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Julie said...


Happy New Year....2011. Wow I am sitting here thinking back to when it was 2000, and the new millinium and all the fears and worries about what would happen to our national and international systems, and what happened????? nothing, another year came in and people celebrated and resolutions were made. I am thankful for the new year and all the opportunities, promises and freshness (or clean slate.. did you say?!) that are ours simply because the calendar is starting over. Yay for new beginnings and second chances...or third...or???
Thanking GOD for His grace to help us through all that we will face. :-) So glad to know you as a bloggy sister... HUGS!!!

Farm Girl said...

Those are some really great photographs and yes, I am with you.
I think this is the first time in my life I am not dreading a new year.

So blessings to you for a brand new one with a clean slate.

NanaDiana said...

Your post certainly put a smile on my face! Happy New Year to you, Janean! I am looking forward to spending another year following you around! Hugs- Diana

Rita said...

Oh Janean, I love, love, love all your pictures. They are tooo funny! Mine didn't start off too good but it's going to get better! I took a tumble going up some stairs last just after midnight and got a deep cut on my hand from the dish I was carrying. But it already looks better this morn, so I know things are going to look brighter in the future! Happy New Year!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I'm hoppin' on the back of that scooter with you, my dear!
xoxo and Happy 2011 to you, sweet Jeanan!

Linda said...

I adore what you've written - purely honest and enjoyable to read. :)

I'm afraid that I'm the wrong person to ask about new years though... just read my latest blog and you'll see why. I tend to view time in blocks - and I'm seeing towards this new decade of life and not liking all that I see.

Still.... Happy New Year greetings to you.

Deb said...

atleast I can't see all my wrinkles if I don't put on my reading glasses....love the photos...Happy New Year Janean...

AshTreeCottage said...

Let's just have the best year ever and spread around lots of happiness!! Happy New Year!!

Susan and Bentley

Helen said...

I'm with you Janean ... words for beginning a brand new year?


Happy New Year.

Pondside said...

That was me, at times last year, strapped to the perpetual motion machine!
I'll join you, Janean, but not if you're getting a tattoo. I work with so many men who are tattooed head to foot, that I shudder when I see a bit of ink. If (and it's a big 'if') I ever got one, it would be on the back of my hand and it would say 'Stop and smell the flowers' - right where I could see it every day!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I sooo hear you and I am jumpin on that same scooter with you!

Photos are awesome! I too often feel like a monkey but it's more fun!

My best to you in 2011~Cheers Kim

Betsy said...

Hi Janean,
I just love these pictures and feel like I could be placed in each one of them. No, I don't think I'll be getting a tattoo this year.
I'm going to be writing down (on the computer) goals for this year, but no resolutions. I think by writing it down, it keeps me more on track.
I know I'll be having fun repurposing all those jewels I received for Christmas...now that's a goal I know I'll be able to keep.
Happy New Year.

Oklahoma Granny said...

Brand Spanking New

On Crooked Creek said...

Not a single word that comes to mind. . .I have no resolution, yet! Make room for me on your scooter. . .the journey is awaiting!

Mari said...

Another beginning, an opportunity to do better, to grow in all the aspects of out lives, especially in Faith.

Happy New Year :)

Florence said...

Health continuing on to be healthy. Florence

FairfieldHouse said...


Don'cha know it? I did all those things last year.Remember you had that giveaway so I'm now sporting an Old Sweet Water Cottage tramp stamp? And lemme tell ya, riding an ostrich is way over raided. I much preferred the pig. Anyway, consider me as having jumped on your scooter, looking forward to another year of life and laughter!
Happy New Year My Friend!

Sylvia said...

Great pictures, Janean !
Happy New Year to you and your family, that all your wishes may come true !

Destiny said...

These photos are cracking me up! I especially love the last one with the kitten and bunnies! Happy New Year...Just started following your blog ;) ~Destiny

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Great pictures, Janean. I guess I am claiming "Fresh Start" as my new years phrase, although I can identify with all you mentioned. Just trying not to set my self up for failure and taking one day at a time.
Looking forward to visiting you more often now that we are fairly settled in our new home.
Happy New Year

Suz said...

ha ha..this was funny

Lily Robinson said...

The new year means a chance to do all the things I meant to do last year. It's never too late!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I'm on board with you, Janean! I'm thinkin' we could have a happy ride experiencing whatever 2011 brings! LOL! Happy New Year, my friend!!

Dolores said...

Those are the cutest pictures!!!
Me, I need to lose some weight....I could use some help on the wrinkle area too....
Oh well.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Janean,

Love all the sweet pictures you have shared. I wonder how they got the bunnies and kitty to pose on the little trike?
Hope that 2011 is wonderful for you and thanks for all the love you share here in blogland.
I am so thankful for your friendship.


Nancy said...

Yes, I'm with you. I just want to live. I want to bless others in some way. I am excited about another new beginning.

Cindy said...

to me it means new directions.....but i think i would like to try ostrich riding...really, i would!!! something to tell the grandkids...

have a great new year.

hugs, cindy

Dianna said...

I had to stop and say, "thank you for the wonderful morning chuckle"! I needed that today!

Michelle May said...

"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come." Shakespeare
Kinda how I look at life. ;)
xx, shell

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year !