Friday, December 31, 2010

One Year Ago

Outside today in temperatures that were above 60 degrees F, I thought of the many changes in our lives since last New Years' Eve.  During 2009, living in Wyoming, we talked of 'retirement', discussed the options we felt made sense economically.  We researched properties online. In the end, the offer on our house in Wyoming, the quick wrap up of the sale, took us a bit by surprise.
The process of packing, of finding our new home in Kentucky, the move, settling in, still seem to have happened in an exhausting whirlwind of activity.
We miss family and friends in Wyoming--we likely always will.
Yet, we are where we need to be and feeling at home on this rural acreage.
It has been hard work to renovate a house [while living in it] to start the process of fertilizing and seeding fields which had been a bit neglected.  Our first huge garden in this climate was nearly too much for us during the long spell of hot and humid weather.  The harvest and the shelves of stored fruit and vegetables are the reward for our perseverance.
The little house has a new kitchen, new flooring. Fresh paint has brought color into the rooms. There is a cozy, warm, and clean space in the basement that wasn't there before J.'s skills created it.
Even as we cherish old friends, new ones have been added to enrich our lives.
God willing, we will have the energy to create, to work, to take joy in another year.
I wish the same blessings for my readers.

The foothills of Lander, WY, December, 2009

Dooryard looking toward the mountains, 12-22-09

Snow mobiling in Wyoming!

Guest cabin in the snow, December, 2009

The home in Kentucky, March, 2010

The old hay barn with the new garden in the foreground, May, 2010.

Peony in bloom, May 11, 2010.

The first cut of hay, May 2010.

May 22, Pebbles and J.

July 11, 2010; produce from the garden.

August 15, 2010
Home in Kentucky.

Christmas Day in Kentucky, 2010.

Kentucky Home
New Years' Eve, 2010.


  1. Thanks for sharing the memories and photos of your journey along the way this past year. I think Kentucky is a wonderful place and I hope your days there are long and full of joy. Happy New Year!

  2. What an amazing journey and adventure you both have had during this past year ....physically, mentally,and creativly have grown in all those ways too....I am in such awe of you.
    I wish you the happiest 2011 ever and cant wait to follow you this year .. to see what life brings you both.
    Take Care ...loads of love ...Angie xx

  3. A lovely photographic review of the year.

    Thank you.

    All the best for 2011 frae bonnie Scotland.....

  4. Happy New year to you and may it be a year filled with love, laughter and blessings. May your gardens give you an abundance of produce to eat and flowers of beauty and glorious scents.

    Love your old KY home, and your barn is fantastic, a wonderful old relic from years gone by. Enjoy KY and all that is have to offer. I've enjoyed visiting your blog and look forward to visiting again this year.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

  5. Happy New Year! It certainly has been a year of changes for you! Why did you choose Kentucky? That's one of the few states i've never been to and your pix show how lovely it is in all seasons. i love your old barn!

  6. There has been so much happening in your lives in this past year but now you look to be settling down into the rhythm of a new home and have made good friends there already. So many positives - though a lot of hard work and a good few challenges on the way. I hope that in 2011 you can relax and start to enjoy life in Kentucky, now that the major jobs have been sorted.