Saturday, December 31, 2011

Year in Review

As I sit here, early in the morning on a snowy New Year's Eve, I cannot help but think what an amazing year it has been! It has been a year filled with new friendships and losses of those we hold dear, of happy afternoons on the lake and quiet moments in the woods. I've created meals with friends and artwork with my son. I've hunted with my family and continued my knife sharpening skills at work (that's right!) I've giggled over silly stories and wept over emails. I've grown, I've learned, I have shared and I have loved.

What an amazing year it has been! It has been good. It has been challenging. It has flown by. And it is over! Goodbye 2011. You have been swell, but there's a new year approaching and I hear it's going to be bigger and better then you were!

Happy New Year!


Friday, December 2, 2011


There are a few things you should know about me: 

I am a huge fan of Christmas! 
I love decorating the house, cutting down a tree and hanging lights from the gutters. 
To start the Christmas season off, I dug up a pine tree from my mother's yard and potted it in an old bucket. When the holiday has past, she will return it to her yard, possibly in a new spot.
Today I have plans to go cut down a tree at a local tree farm to put in my own living room.
As geeky as this sounds, my theme is gold and cranberries this year. 
Once I've finished decking the halls, I'll make sure to share!

 I am enchanted by early morning fog in the Smokies. 
I enjoy watching the world transform from eerie tranquility to bright daylight.
It's even more fun to hike around while this transformation is in process.
You feel like someone's ghost is going to rise up from a rock along the old wagon trail.

 I love everything about snow.

 I have an iPhone. 
I have bangs and I wear glasses. 
I wear dresses with cowboy boots.
That makes me a nerd on so many levels and I am proud of it!