Monday, December 31, 2018

31 days of posts the week ahead is 2019 !

seen in a storefront in Boulder
Welcome to this week's Happy Homemaker post.
Tomorrow is a start to a new year.
I cannot believe how much was packed into 2018, and that it's nearly over.whew.

beaded flower from Dillards this week
I forgot about this regular post when I wrote a post on our recent trip into Denver to the Art Museum, so that will have to be on Wednesday. I am continuing  to post daily for a bit.
(How do you like seeing something daily? )

Coming into a new year is important to me, as is starting on the right foot, doing the things the first day of the year that you want to do all year.

The weather
Oh who knows.... it's so changeable here!!!
8" of snow... or... no snow but cold like 5F or so... cold enough that a poodle misses his trimmed hair!
Update: 50's yesterday, 19F today and snowing. Pretty good too. Just started and covering the roads and sidewalks already. Swirly snow, blowing into the porches, the icing on life's cake.
New Year's Day has special traditional food for me as a Southerner. I was adopted into a family from the deep south, so collard greens for money, and black eyed peas for luck are expected.

I am allergic to beef and pork, so we have a turkey ham sliced cooked with orange juice, pineapples and marsala wine is our meat. I make ambrosia too.
We took a trip to Trader Joe's this week, so we are  stocked up with good things to eat.

I will finalize a word and or phrase of the year, write down some goals which I've done a few already. That will stand in for my to do list...

NOT take down the family room tree... it will stay up thru Jan.
Not take down the outside lights, they bring beauty to the dark winter nights
Enjoy the red carnations purchased yesterday at TJ's
prepare the ambrosia, and possibly cook the collard greens for Jan 1 2019
enjoy the last days of DH's time off, by doing things together
Mop the floors and clean the poodle so we start the new year a bit cleaner. (one of them smells like dog spit, well, both might)

I've written out my goals list on this post (link here)

we're into Delicious  from BBC but sadly we're finishing up the last episode made to date, and watching silly funny, Moody's Holidays from Australia as well as some other series on ACORN  We tried to watch a movie on netflix but it was set in Portugal and too violent in content for me. Apparently they are releasing Murdoch Mysteries a week at a time now...

Lea Michele sings a lovely version of Auld Lang Syne

Now that we got the disc player hooked up to the wall speakers, I'm enjoying my cd collection. DH gave me the Goat Rodeo (with Yo Yo Ma ) so it's one of my current favorites... go get it and see! Or watch on youtube.

Listening to another book by Fern Michaels (weekend warrior series) while sewing. A group of older women handle problems with vigilante moves... set in DC.

for sale at Denver museum of art
Art Scene
so exciting... I'm finishing up the Christmas bargello and preparing to quilt. I want to do journal quilts again this year... for me that means 8.5 X 11" quilts using new techniques, or materials, experimenting, documenting the weeks.

I got the Jane Davenport book on drawing women and am totally excited about delving into that. Plus her face stamps were half off at Michaels this weekend and I got one... can't wait!

Made it through this year, so far, one day to go. It was ahem, challenging to say the least.

Lessons learned
I quite enjoyed writing daily, and forcing myself to imagine new short stories on topic. Learn by doing.
It's good to ignore chores while on staycation, and just enjoy going and doing new things.

I hope to write about my word/phrase of the year tomorrow, and do the art museum pictures on Wed and Thurs. So many interesting things in the Rembrandt exhibit to share including our attempts at engraving.

Image result for quotes about new year

thank you for being here... for reading my words, for sharing my life and times, for being my friends tried and true, for encouragement this year, for the experiences shared across the miles.
For being there.
Love, LeeAnna
please enjoy a very cute video of Zoey Dechannel and Joseph Gordon Levitt singing together
(she plays a uke! yea!)


Libby in TN said...

Ahh, ambrosia ... I had forgotten about that special seasonal treat. We have our BEPs in the form of a salsa-type dip.

Mari said...

Happy 2019 Leeanna! Hope it's a great year for all of us.

Heather Pregger said...

Happy New Year, LeeAnna! I love the journal quilt idea. Can't wait to see them!

Sara said...

I've been trying for a week to come up with my Word for 2019. Last year I reverted to a previous one, Focus. Happy New Year!

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

I'm looking forward to reading your stories and seeing your journal quilts in 2019. Happy New Year!

Sandee said...

I've not had ambrosia in years. It's ever so good too.

I'm looking forward to spending 2019 visiting you and Milo.

Have a fabulous day and a happy and healthy New Year. ♥

Quiltsmiles said...

Happy New Year Lee Anna!
As you delve into another year of possibilities, I wish you plenty.
Plenty of time, sparks of joy, rest, togetherness, creativity, etc....

It's going to be a fantastic year.

Jean said...

Our rain just turned into snow (wait isn't that a sad Christmas song?). Like the Not to-do's on your list. Reading this reminds me I need to go get the rest of the ingredients for the Black-eyed peas (I do mine like salsa as well). Hope 2019 brings you much good health & happiness!

Joanne said...

Hi LeeAnna,

Enjoy the transition to 2019! Looking forward to reading more on your blog!

Rebecca Knox said...

Happy New Year, LeeAnna! Love the New Year's Eve song! <3 HAPPY NEW YEAR and blessings over all! <3

MissPat said...

Yes, to daily posts, but only if they don't become a burden. It's okay to miss a day or two. I've never picked word. Not sure what I'd do with one. We're going to a quilter friend's tomorrow for brunch and she will serve beans and greens and cheese grits. (She's from Tennessee). I'll probably put away the Santas and Christmas trees next week. Not sure about the snowmen. We're leaving for Texas earlier than usual and won't be back til late March when I'm not sure I'll want to face the snowmen.
Happy New Year. A new beginning for everyone.

Unknown said...

I always enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for taking the time to share your world with us. My word for 2018 just happened to be Joy as well. My new phrase for 2019 is "Savor the moment". It feels like life is just whirling past too fast these days so I am going to focus on savoring all the little ordinary things that I take for granted. Happy New Year!

LA Paylor said...

thank you lots Ursula! I like your phrase for the year... savor. Savor it because this is what life is made of. If you have a blog, I invite you to join us on "I Like" Thursday listing what you liked that week.

Sandra said...

Love ambrosia :) We usually do something on New Years Eve but this because some of us are unwell, we've decided to forego any celebrations. Our daughter is getting pizza for dinner, her treat since she started working :)

Have a wonderful new year, and thank you for always coming by to visit my blog, I truly appreciate it :)

Julierose said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR LA!! hugs, julierose

Jeanna said...

Whaaatt? I think it's been much worse over by you than to your right and down. It's been raining, then a whisper of snow then melted and started to come down and look like winter for the first time today. Nasty business out there, makes me happy to be tired and old. I'm leaving up lights for a bit longer as well, I went with just red and green this year and I think the poinsettia I've been ignoring is somehow yet alive.
Posting every day is a big arsed commitment, good for you! I dream about writing again, but I just don't have the motivation, again, GOOD for you, woman.
I remember that movie, lots of singing and dancing, funny I don't think of those two as the same age. I think because I watch a lot of 3rd Rock reruns.
Oof, they just said "snow showers" and advisory until 3 am. I remember when 3 am would be toward the end of the night, what are you doing tonight?
Love your drawing book too, dang, you are doing all the things I'm too lazy to do. I bet you made your bed and emptied the dishwasher today too.
The happiest and funniest and sweetest and most interesting of New Years to you, Lee Anna! Kisses to Milo.

Rebecca said...

I'm so happy to see your commitment to NOT take down the tree. I saw a few people posting three days ago about taking down trees, which I just do not understand. Yes to the lights, too. I'm sorry to see them blinking out around me.

I sure do enjoy the videos you link!

threesidesofcrazy said...

I so LOVE that C.S. Lewis quote! My southern roots are still hanging on as I made a Black Eye Pea Chili for the holiday. Happy New Year! May 2019 be ALL that you want it to be.

Sherry Jolly said...

I love Fern Michaels! She creates such good characters. Zooey Deschanel is so cute! Have a wonderful 2019!

Tails Around the Ranch said...

Happy 2019.