"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Monday, January 1, 2018

Perspective

 Happy New Year!
There's something so fresh about the first day of the new year.  I was thinking about new approaches and beginnings yesterday afternoon, while I was tidying up my bathroom.  This painting, above, hangs in that room (and pretty much dominates it).  It's funny because while there doesn't seem to be lots going on in the painting (it's a simple landscape after all, painted in a slightly out-of-focus technique) to me it's quite powerfully full of potential.  I think it looks like a new slate, free of decisions, fresh, approachable.
Rather like the new year...we get to decide what kind of year we will have.
I hope yours is full of possibility and happiness, and that you are able to accomplish what you choose to!
 I had a really good day scrubbing, polishing and fluffing up the house.  MrBP was hunkered down in his office preparing for a really busy first week of January but we were able to sit down with a glass of wine by about five and settle for the evening.
 I didn't have the heart to take down the Christmas tree although I did start rounding up many of the decorations.  Middle Rascal is home until January 4th and she loves that Christmas tree... I'll wait until the 5th to take it down.
Today I'll do a bit of baking, nothing too fussy, maybe an apple strudel.  I'll definitely bake some more of that no-knead bread, in our family we can easily get through a loaf a day.  It's delicious with dinner of course but it also toasts up perfectly for breakfast and lunch.
Fresh bread in the kitchen... what could be better.
Wishing you a very happy first day of this new year!
xoxDani

8 comments:

  1. Love the painting, so fresh and green. Happy baking today and best wishes to you and your family for health and happiness in 2018.

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    1. Patricia sending you best wishes right back for your whole family too xx

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  2. New beginnings. They become more meaningful and poignant as you get older and realize you have fewer of them to look forward to. A good friend let me know she's been diagnosed with cancer and that's been on my mind. There will be no recovery and this may well have been her last new year to celebrate. Nothing is promised to us. Following her good example of joyfulness no matter what, I am having a lovely day puttering around my house and making plans for things. I go back to work tomorrow after a long break. The time off was restorative.

    I'm glad you're leaving the tree up a bit longer. It is nice to enjoy the feeling of Christmas. The last of my Feu de Bois candle is burning. Baking bread sounds like a stellar idea. I think I'll crank on the oven and get some good smells going. Happiness and all blessing in the new year, Dani!

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    1. SD I'm so sorry about your friend. You're right nothing is promised to us and we must take joy everyday. But this is a blow and I hope you'll be able to spend time with her, sending you a giant hug. xx

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  3. Blessings to you and your family in the new year Dani.

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    1. Thank you Brenda! Wishing you the same! xx

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  4. Happy New Year! I hope 2018 treats you all very well. Xx

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