Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a
Happy New Year!

This is my neighbor's shrub. I'm not sure what it is, but it is covered with beautiful red berries, and looks quite festive against the weathered building, while the freshly fallen snow accentuates the cement block wall.

We watched with interest, as this icicle on our house grew longer each day during the Christmas holidays. It almost touched the ground...before the rains came and melted it away.


"Another fresh New Year is here...
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright New Year is given me
to live each day with zest...
To daily grow and try and be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant some tree,
And sing more joyful songs!

~William Arthur Ward


Thanks For 2 Day said...

Hi Connie, Wow, that is an amazingly huge icicle!! Good thing you got the photo when you did--before it melted!
Enjoyed the poem you included:) The new year brings fresh opportunities to begin anew. Hope yours is a happy one;)

Ann D. Travers said...

A lovely blog you have Connie. The Wyeth quote about the bone structure of the landscape in winter is excellent. I love his work. Will be back to visit. Thanks for visiting me too. Happy New Year.

Darla said...

Great photos! Icicles? We use the water sprinkler when the weather is going to stay below freezing for a couple of hours....

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

Connie, very beautiful and of course, wintery with your snow!


Roses and stuff said...

I wish you a Happy New Year!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Connie, I wish you and you family a Happy New Year!

xoxo and cheers/ Tyra

Beth said...

Happy New Year, Connie! May you and yours experience blossoms of beauty in 2009!

O.I.M said...

Happy New Year and Happy Gardening in 2009.

Kylee said...

I just love any shrub or tree that has red berries in the winter! Your photo is beautiful.

I wish you the best in the New Year!

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Happy New Year Connie - that is an amazing icicle!!
Lovely pictures.

Sue said...

When I was a girl, I loved icicles. I was disappointed as an adult to find out if they are right against your house, you may not have enough insulation.

That sure is a pretty one, and I like your porch.

Me said...

We have on place on our house that can grow really awesome icicles - it is always a fun game to watch and wait and see how long they last.

Mrs. Mac said...

Planning time with seed catalog, paper and pencil. A busy mind and plenty of time. That's how I'll plan my garden.

Happy New Year

Angela (In the Cottage Garden) said...

Happy New Year! Hope you have a great one! And weren't the icicles crazy! WOw.
~Angela :-)

MrBrownThumb said...

Happy New Year Connie and everyone else.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Happy New Year to you too. Love your icicle.

Miranda Bell said...

Hi Connie - beautiful photos as ever - thought I'd pop over to wish you a Happy New Year for 2009! Sorry I've not visited much over the last year - things were very busy with my work and there just weren't enough hours in the day! take care Miranda

jodi said...

Belated happy New Year to you too, Connie. I hope this is a great gardening year for all of us green thumbs.

Beth said...

Happy New Year Connie!
You are missing out on some fine North Dakota weather - windchill tonight is supposed to be -45 degrees!!!! I'll never complain about a hot and muggy day again!