Thursday, January 5, 2017


We're definitely having winter here in Idaho. Highest snow depth since 1985, which was 13 inches. It's not nearly what many places get, but my husband measured 16 inches deep last night, after some melting during the day. We've had to shovel multiple times in a day. A good workout, but so exhausting in these cold temperatures.  It's 10 degrees right now. Brrrrr!

The snow does look beautiful and was falling in giant, pretty flakes yesterday. I worked my way out to the bird feeder, which I forgot to get a picture of, but here is a photo of the path I created.

PJ's car is definitely tucked in until the spring thaw. He didn't even attempt to dig Old Blue out for the New Year's Day car show. Numbers were down due to weather, but he still saw some beautiful classic cars.

Our outside lights are still up, until things thaw a bit, so I turned them on again last night. So pretty! I'm sure some in the neighborhood are tired of them, but I would enjoy them year round, if I could get away with it. My little tree is also still up. I got a very late start, just two days before Christmas, and it's decorated only with lights, a string of silver beads, and the angel. What can I say? I just didn't pull Christmas off very well this year. No cards went out. Only a couple small gifts for husband and sons. Very little baking. It was a quiet, simple Christmas. I must admit, I really enjoyed it!

New Year's eve was spent with friends, sharing new stories and old memories, playing Dominoes, and eating too much, of course! It was a wonderful way to greet the New Year!

No resolutions to speak off, though I will try to write more consistently than I did in 2016. I've decided making firm resolutions has had no positive results, just a nagging guilt when I realize how many I broke. This is going to be a year of taking one day at a time, doing the best I can at whatever I'm attempting at that moment, and cherishing every moment spent with family and friends. With that, I wish each of you a beautiful, blessed New Year!

© 05JAN2017 ajj

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


It has been a long, cold December, filled with many joyful moments and a few sad ones.

I will be attending the memorial of a friend, in a couple days, who was only in his 50's. I'm sad for his entire family, but especially for his mother. It never seems right for a child to pass before a parent. Other friends said goodbye to their mother just recently, and I understand that loss as well. While we may have peace, it's still so hard to say farewell to people we love.

In a year filled with the of the loss of so many, celebrities as well as personal, today's news still came as a shock. Carrie Fisher, gone much too soon. I was such a fan, beginning with Star Wars, but my favorite role of hers was as Marie, Sally's friend, in When Harry Met Sally. I watched a couple interviews about her newest book, just within the past few weeks. I'm sure many fans around the world are grieving her loss, but a light like hers can never be dimmed. Heaven is a brighter place today, with all the beautiful souls who have left us this year.

All of this has increased my appreciation for each day I've been given. My only resolution for the New Year is to enjoy the moments, big and little, while I'm still able to! Wishing each of you Peace and Joy!

© 27DEC2016 ajj

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


I woke this morning to find a light dusting of snow outside. Not enough to play in, but it's pretty! I've been watching Christmas movies for the past few days. Yesterday, the first Christmas card of the season arrived in the mail. What a lovely surprise! I haven't even started my cards yet. Yes, I'm procrastinating as usual. I could be writing them out now, but I had the urge to visit a couple blogs instead.

All Creatures Great and Small is playing on the television. It's a favorite of mine! I love the scenes of the English countryside, the animals, the stories. It's a gentle step back in time. I made myself a homestyle caramel latte with Folgers coffee, 2 teaspoons of caramel syrup, and a splash of Half and Half. A bit indulgent, but so tasty on a cold day.

With all that is going on in the world, and even in the lives of some people I know, I am feeling thankful for my family and my friends. I don't want to take any of it for granted. Each day we are given is a blessing! Wishing you joyful days!