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Happy New Year

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Our celebration was quiet. Very quiet. As in we stayed home and watched football and neither of us made it to midnight.

We did have a New Year’s Eve lunch at a favorite restaurant, where I couldn’t help but sneak a pic of their gorgeous dome.


My son, who was visiting friends in Chicago, sent me this amazing pic of the Chicago River, which he knows is one of my favorite spots.

Chicago River

And back at home we had a pretty snowfall.

boxwood in snow

I ventured out to take a few pics around the yard.

winter statue

I love the way the snow looks on evergreens, statues and planters.


Like a lot of you, I’m sure, we watched the season premiere of Downton Abbey on Sunday.

Downton Abbey

And I took special notice of this piece of paper, which has been hanging on the memo board in the kitchen forever.

Rules for happinessThese seemed like good things to remind myself of in the new year.

I hope your 2016 is starting off well. It always feels so good to get back to the familiar routines, doesn’t it? 


  1. Julie, such wonderful photos! Your New Year’s celebration sounds much like ours…quiet…stayed home…watched football (outstanding job, Stanford!)…asleep before midnight.

    I’ve never enjoyed the “after Christmas cleanup.” There’s nothing fun about taking down the tree…and everything else. Glad it’s done! Happy New Year! ~Jillian

  2. One more thing…those photos with the snow are worth framing! ~Jillian

    1. Thank you, Jillian. What a nice comment.

  3. We had a quiet ‘celebration’ too – I’m not sure why I chose that word, as we did nothing out of the ordinary to celebrate. I felt very guilty about that, especially when my high school son and his new girlfriend came in the back door about 9:30 (after going out to eat) to spend the rest of their evening at our house. We had nothing planned – no snacks, games, anything. I felt very bad for her as she watched my husband and I struggling to stay awake!

    Decorations are put away, and everyone is back to school/work. As much as I love the holiday season, I am glad we’re back in a routine too.

    1. Karen, so funny about your son and his girlfriend. I know that struggling to stay awake feeling.

  4. Great photos, Julie. Love the one your son took and what a sweet statue of St. Francis. Have a great week.

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