Sunday, December 30, 2012

~ A New Year to care for ~

I'm happy to say that all the hoopla about the predictions from this calendar
proved to be wrong....

Mayan Calendar

So now we can settle in and think about the new year that
stretches out before us.
What will await us in this year of

I came across this darling little excerpt about calendars a couple of years ago and it truly spoke to me.
I have always replaced my calendar with a little wistfulness each year.
This author captured my feelings on the subject and I thought I would
share it with you.

By Marjorie Holmes
From her book Love and Laughter. 

This is the season of calendars. They make their bright bustling invasion even before the old year is laid to rest. Calendars, you think, taking down the old one in the kitchen, to replace it with the new. 

Yet with a tinge of regret, you hold it a minute longer. You know it isn't the illustration that makes you reluctant to part with it. It is the scribbled notations;
Surprise party at the Englebachs'......
Dentist, Johnny 4:00....
Mark's wedding

Some of the spaces are crammed with appointments and with reminders. Others bear witness to a child's eagerness: "My birthday," and a picture of the pet he's been dreaming of. 

It is tattered and smudged, this packet of papers you hold in your hand. It is fingerprinted and jelly-smeared. Yet it is a rich document of living, for fixed there in pen and pencil strokes are all the things that mattered, the occasions so eagerly anticipated; the parties, the plays, the dances. The hopes, the disappointments, the tragedies. Finished now, over.

And gazing on the new one, so bright, so clean, so unmarked, you ponder; what record will be written there before another year has passed? What shining events to be looked forward to? What trivial tasks dutifully cited, what joys or sorrows?

For the calendar that hangs in the kitchen is so much more than a sheaf of dates...
it is your family's history. 

May your calendar reflect days filled 
with only joyful events
 surrounded by family and friends.


  1. Weird! I thought I was the only one who kind of felt that regretful twinge when I threw away the old calendar. That poem hit the nail on the head!

    Well, 2012 has come and gone. It was better than 2011 and hopefully, 2013 will be even better. Whichever way it goes, having you, Lizzie, as a best friend will always be one of the biggest things in my life to be thankful for!

    1. Are we two lucky little peas in a pod? You are right, whatever the new year's always best if you if your best friend is by your side. :)

  2. Happy new year Terri!! Well, I started up a new blog because of all some nasty comments on my old one. I felt it was time for a change as well, but if you'd like, here is the new one! I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

  3. Hello,
    I visited your blog today, and thought it was so lovely. I love the little mouse with the story, Twas the night before Christmas. While scrolling down, I noticed the Barbie tree and started to smile, as I used to love Barbies when I was younger. Me and my daughters also have a blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you. Your blog is filled with simplicity, which I appreciate, and you have many creative ideas at your cottage. I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  4. Hello, Terri - Happy New Year! I hope you are feeling better. So sorry I missed this post. I will double check my blog links. I've been having all sorts of technical problems. Who knew writing a blog would require troubleshooting tech issues. I found out recently my blog posts were exceeding the max size allowed by blogger....all because I was writing my text in Microsoft Word and cutting/pasting over to blogger :(
    Hope your January is going well. Take care, and warm wishes for a wonderful 2013 ~Loi

  5. Thanks for sharing that very lovely poem, it was just perfect!
    Happy New Year!!!

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