Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Reflections of the Past While Looking Forward to the Future

I have certainly enjoyed the Christmas holidays. Our family enjoyed some much needed chill time as we warmed by the fire while experiencing a white Christmas in South Carolina! The last white Christmas here was in 1963! Perhaps I’m just getting old, but time seems to be passing by more quickly now. This past summer and fall seem like a whirlwind now. Sometimes I wonder just what I did with my time. It helps me to do a little review from time to time. My biggest project for the summer was completing the Bunk Room at our summer cottage. IMG_0547 You can view that post here. We also finished the lower screened porch which was a lot more work than it sounds like. I rescued a wonderful server at a sale on the side of the road and transformed it into something beautiful for the porch.IMG_0607 You can read about it here. Then I made a lamp and changed the fabric on the cushions here. IMG_0771_1 I did the flowers as we celebrated my niece’s beautiful wedding in August.IMG_0404 I made window treatments and a tablecloth for my Sunday School classroom. I enjoyed cooking and hosting several large gatherings of family and friends. We made a trip to ChinaIMG_1050 including a brief trip to Xi’an to view the terra cotta warriors. IMG_1423 ( I’ll be blogging about this later.) Then we had a wonderful Thanksgivingthanksgiving table 041 and Christmas. IMG_1760 Now my thoughts are turning toward the new year. It is amazing how turning the page on a calendar can give us the feeling of a clean slate. I have high hopes of eliminating some clutter from my life.  I have already started  by purging my closet and a few Christmas decorations. I will be making a trip to Goodwill today. I have made a list of potential home improvement projects for the coming year to go along with my high hopes of exercising more, eating more healthy food, and spending less and saving more.  By this time next year I should be writing my last two checks for college tuition as both kids will be in their last semester!! My goal for the New Year is to make the best of every day that God gives me.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

I will be linking to Southern Hospitality Top Projects  and to Savvy Southern Style Best of 2010.