Saturday, December 31, 2011

Our Year in Review, Month by Month

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
            ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Our year was made up of simple moments and simple pleasures. We welcomed friends from far away, we became travelers ourselves, we improved our surroundings, and, perhaps most important, we got chickens. 
~Mrs. Zee


I learned this trick from another blogger (Nan, was it you?)--To look back on the doings of the year, just take the first lines posted at the beginning of each month. It's as good a way as any to look at the things that happened. 

Here is just one more thing that I would like to share with you about Christmas as we experienced it in New Mexico this year. We have a wonderful blend of cultures and traditions, and I think that this video expresses the diversity and experience quite beautifully.

We love the idea of eating fresh, organically grown vegetables and fruits.

As I mentioned yesterday in the post titled Fixer, many of the more tender cacti around town have been killed off by our spell of bitter weather this winter.

Having finished knitting a hundred sweaters for Knit for Kids (more about that later), I've decided that a person can accomplish a hundred of almost anything. 

There is probably a life lesson here: Wonderful, loving moments may happen too fast for us to focus on them properly.

Remember those cute little chicks we brought home a few weeks ago?
Chicken Coup (for spelling fans, this is about a chicken uprising, not poultry housing).

Happy Fourth of July!

A few weeks ago, I showed you this yarn, the Bodega Bay colorway of Mini Mochi, which I got from Jimmy Beans Wool.

A week or so ago I took a little break from blogging, ostensibly  to work on some fiber projects. While I was knitting, Beez and I took a train trip across the country.

On our last full day in Boston, we had a lovely sidewalk breakfast at a little bookstore on Newbury Street called Trident Booksellers & Cafe.

Way down in southern New Mexico
In a green valley 
Along the Rio Grande

There is a pecan orchard

And in the middle of that orchard 
You will see a little adobe house
And a little adobe garage

And next to the adobe garage sits a little chicken house...

Yesterday, I showed you the "before" color in the mostly unused room at the front of our adobe house. 

Happy New Year, everyone!


Kate said...

You are a clever woman! I'm so happy that I found your blog. Celebrate safely tonight and may 2012 bring you a life filled with many blessings, including good health, prosperity, generosity of spirit with much joy and laughter!

Linda said...

What a lovely idea. It would certainly make me think more carefully about what I write in the first post of each month, tho I suppose that might lose the natural flow of things.
Best wishes for the New Year when it comes.

Peg said...

I love how you've adjusted in your new life there in New Mexico. I enjoy visiting your blog on a regular basis, too.

A happy and prosperous new year to you and yours.

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

Happy New Year neighbor to the south. I hope 2012 will be good to you and that you can continue to entertain and educate with you terrific blog. Oma Linda
pssss. now I'm gonna have to go and see what mine would look like if I had a retrospective like yours....I'm kinda scared though. tee hee

Morning Bray Farm said...

Happy New Year Clair! We're sending our best wishes for a wonderful 2012.

Deb from WhatsInMyAttic said...

This was much better than my original, one of a kind "hey, happy new year, people..." Ah, you are the clever one!

Best wishes to you and your family for 2012!

Randy said...

What a great post! Wishing you a very Happy New Year down there in your neck of the woods (or should I say desert) :-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That was a lot of fun Clair! I'm not sure when I started visiting, but I didn't remember all of these posts (could be my memory). The '..don't eat veggies' title sent me right to the link because it didn't sound like you at all (until I learned the difference between veggies and vegetables!)

Great way to review the year .