Saturday, December 31, 2016

Fast the New Year Approaches

I am not unhappy to say goodbye to 2016.  I'll just leave it at that rather than detail all the negativeness that has been bantered about by so many.  Rather, I'll leave 2016 with a reminder to myself of the positive things that have been in my life.  I have been blessed with a wonderful family and wonderful friends.  We enjoyed time with our children.  We've enjoyed our old friends and made new ones.  Our 2016 calendar is filled with memories of good friends, enjoyment of the arts, strolling beautiful gardens and much, much more.

The tree is still up.  We'll soon remove the decorations from the tree and reminesce as to where they came from and when (as far as memory serves us).  

We'll remember meals shared in our home and the homes of others.  There was always good food and good conversations.

This was our second Christmas in our new home.  We've never looked back.  We've never questioned our decision to relocate to a new place and a new city.

I was going to take a photo of our sweet Oliver.  However, every time I have the camera in hand, he is napping.  So, instead, here is one of our Christmas presents.  An original, and one-of-a-kind piece of art from Stefan and Elyssa.  I think the artist has captured all three of our dalmatians in one!!

I seem to have a love of cars, especially "woodies", with trees being taken home to decorate.

While Stefan was home, we enjoyed working this lovely wooden puzzle.  In full disclosure, he did most of the work.  Andrew has requested it be dismantled so that we can work it together.  I think that sounds like a plan for a snowy day!

Now, we want to wish each and every one of you a happy and healthy new year!


  1. I love your post. It is a good way to look back on 2016 which had so many bumps in the road. May you have the very best in the new year!

  2. Yep, no matter what bad things happen during the year, the good stuff always bubbles up to the top. Happy New Year Bonnie!

  3. that puzzle would be pretty framed. Happy New Year and all the things you listed are blessings for sure. your home is lovely. cute dalmation and I would love to see a sleeping Oliver. almost every photo I post of Jake he is asleep or turning his head because I woke him up clicking

  4. I do love the comment about the good stuff of year always bubbling to the top!

    And you have illustrated that perfectly with your post. I won't be sorry to say goodbye to 2016 either but there were indeed blessings in the year and hope for being awake to good things in 2017.

    I loved seeing pictures of your home. It looks so serene, something that mine is not right now. Not that I have Christmas decorations or tree to dismantle as we skipped it this year but boxes stacked everywhere ready for our move has left me hungry for rooms as wonderful as yours.

    Best to you in 2017,

  5. Happy New Year Bonnie-wishing you all the best in 2017:@)

  6. So good to see you! What city did you move to and why? Did I know this and then forgot? Is it possible to forget that you forgot? Your home is just beautiful, perfect in every way. I love the pillow and dalmatian! The puzzle is so pretty, but it looks like a hard one. I love your cool rug and beautiful coffee table. And your beautiful wreath!!! Merry Christmas! I hope this year is wonderful for you. Full of joy, love, and fun.

  7. I just love that Dalmatian piece! Such a perfect gift! Your tree is so beautiful, Bonnie (and I LOVE the old Woodies with the trees, too). ;) I hope 2017 is a stellar year for you and Andrew! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

  8. What a beautiful house and settings! Happy New Year to you. May 2017 be filled with growth and prosperity and love.

  9. Happy New Year Bonnie! I agree with you about 2016 - we have lots to be thankful for. Your home looks so pretty all decked out for Christmas. Here's to another year of blogging with you!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. Happy New Year, Bonnie! Yes, I agree every year has its moment to cherish, and I look forward to many more happy times in 2017. Your new home is lovely! I especially like your long dining table that sits 8 easily. I need one like that for family dinners, especially now that my grandchildren are getting bigger. Your new dalmatian statue is fabulous--I do see Oliver in its expression!

  11. Such a lovely home. I was going to say what a great rug but then NO - it is a great puzzle!

  12. Lovely.

    Happy New Year to YOU!!

    M : )

  13. Enjoyed my visit, Bonnie! Wish it was in person. I'm looking back to 2016 and capturing the positive things and forging on to 2017 to create new positives. Take good care.

  14. We have much in common Bonnie. I have that same pillow and the Mimi Thorisson cookbook. Lovely tree, which I am sure must be down by now. Happy New Year. Let's hope for the best this year.


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