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New Year, New Hope

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope it is starting out well for you.

As I write this, my first post of 2023, the rain is absolutely pouring, beating out a definite rhythm on my roof. It’s supposed to last all day, so I’m settling in with a great cup of coffee and a fire. The sun is still sleeping and I am loving the wonderful quiet of this peaceful, early morning.

I’m feeling so thankful this morning with so much to look forward to this year. Topping the list is our daughter’s wedding coming up in May. We are so excited and love seeing her so happy. There is still SO much to do, but one day at a time.

I’m also looking forward to getting back out in my garden. I want to fill it full of cut flowers and several filler options for my bouquets. Last year, I really enjoyed scouting around and gathering flowers for my photos. The squeak of the iron gate was a welcome sound as I chose elements for each arrangement. I went to my favorite nursery yesterday and wandered around with other die-hard gardeners (those of us who realize it's only January, but still hope to be surprised with an early shipment of some of our favorites). Seems we all shared the same impatient and hopeful look in our eyes anticipating this year’s new blooms. (I may be going back to pick up a couple bare-root roses :)

Not only have I been to the nursery, but I can’t seem to stay out of the antique store these days, LOL. I have found some amazing treasures there lately. I just love these wooden baby shoe forms. Not sure how old they are, but when I saw them, I had to have them. I think they're so sweet.

And of course, I love pairing spray roses with old books....

Speaking of stores….my greeting cards are doing very well at our local gift shop! They sold out around the holidays, and I had to replenish my supply. It’s been so much fun and I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to share my love of photography in this way.

I’ve also sort of set up shop myself offering my photography as prints and greeting cards right here on my site. I still have a lot more to add, but it's a start. Check it out HERE. All prints are available in multiple sizes from 4"x6" all the way up to 13"x19". I absolutely love turning my photos into cards and framing my own prints.

But, for now, while the rain pours new promise for this year's garden, I'll plan and dream of new blooms, new color and new hope for this new year.....and probably make a few more trips to the nursery :) Happy New Year to you!

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”

--May Sarton

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