Quiet start to the last day

Here we are at December 31st. Last day of 2011. I must say that I'm glad to get this last year under our belts and look forward to hopefully bigger and better things for 2012.

If this year were to have a theme, I think it was transition. It seemed like a lot of preparation. False starts and pleasant surprises. Getting prepared for wherever all this is going. These lessons are hard for me because my personality is more of a "make it happen" type and when I try to 'make it happen' and it doesn't, well, it's hard not to get antsy.

I'm feeling optimistic though. I feel like 2011 has at once made me focused as well as relaxed. I don't have to make it happen right now. I will try to sit back and enjoy the progress :)

Which hasn't made me not try to make other things happen ;) Yesterday I started a big painting project, although not my favorite kind. After several days of trying to find the paint color that I'd painted my art room a few years ago and coming up short and having no success with color matching, I'm painting the whole room back to a nice vanilla cream. Its so vanilla-ish that I literally stopped at one point and had some ice cream. Who thought painting a room would start a craving?

I'm hoping to get back into the joy of picture painting soon though. All my mad cleaning is done and the photos of the house are done, and we're officially on the market in a few days. I've heard that all shoppers want these days is some bargain basement foreclosure, but I'm trying to keep faith and know that it only takes one person to fall in love and want this little house. Besides, wouldn't you rather have a home full of happiness and good memories? I know I would.

And so. Hot chocolate for breakfast this morning. Marshmallow manditory. A stack of good books from Christmas just ready to be devoured. Drowsy dogs and puppies to cuddle and love. These are good things, and good memories. The last ones of 2011.

On to the new year!~ See you on the other side of 2012!~
~H

12 comments

  1. Wishing you and yours a splendid New Year! May the coming year bring all things bright and beautiful!

    Warmly,
    Judy

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  2. I spy my favourite book of all times, Cattern Cakes and Lace! Sorry to be MIA lately, I have been posting on schedule and then running away to spend time with the family!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    Karen
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  3. What a lovely stack of books! And that last photo melted me - puppies, plaid, owl, and an adorable lassie that looks just like my littlest sister:)

    Best wishes for a wonderful new year!
    --Kellie

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  4. Wishing you and yours a magical New Year! We spend the day before quietly as well. Right now the dogs are sleeping and we're waiting for the ball to drop while dressed in our nighties. Take care!!!!

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  5. Good Luck with the house! Hoping 2012 will be a wonderful year for you...look forward to seeing more beautiful paintings.
    Jenny

    now I feel like having ice cream;)

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  6. I have a copy of Cattern Cakes and Lace, too. Love it. Good luck with the house and happy 2012!

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  7. Gorgeous picture of the little one and the dogs:)

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  8. Thanks for visiting my blog and I'm happy to have found yours! I have the same bent to over-committing. I stressed so much this year about a big fall show and then what did I do but sign up to do it again! Good luck with selling your house! It seems like things are picking up here and I hope that's the case in your area as well. ~Roberta

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  9. nice mug! Here's to 2012, may it be better than 2011!

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  10. Oh,no!! You're leaving your wonderfully painted house!? I know, we must move on when we must but I SOOO adore your wall paintings. You've inspired me to try to do a stencil on my wall. Hope it comes out half as nice as yours!! Your puppy is too cute. I'd kiss him all day long!!!

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