Monday, December 31, 2018

Just Because, A New Year

It gets pretty busy around the holidays, and all I've wanted to do lately is get back to nature, a place of simplicity, and if I don't visit as often as I should, it always calls me home.  January is the coldest month here, and there has been frost on the lawns in the neighborhood.
Our sweet birds
in northern California....
nature's song.
Saw a few pretty sunrises recently.
Met my son for a Starbuck's treat
very early in the morning.
These small flowers
are still hanging on in the cold.
I think I like the alleys
because you always find something
interesting there.
Red roses seem to follow me
wherever I go.
So then, neither the one who plants
nor the one who waters
is anything,
but God who is causing it
to grow.
1 Corinthians 3:7
A good reminder for the new year.
Oh, what a delight it will be
to see the grandkids
on this.
Remember these?
When Jess put this in my stocking, I don't think she knew how special it was to me.  I used to walk down to the store when I was a young girl, about a mile away from our house, and look at all the penny candy.  I would collect my nickels and dimes and buy all the candy I could with it.  Sometimes I would get one of these, and you know, I still love them to this day.  : )
I want to write in my journal
more in the new year.
As I was looking through the store windows,
I noticed this.
My wish for you in 2019 is
May you receive it,
 and also shower it on others.

love you,


Sandi said...

Happy New Year, Sheri! too.

Jeanie said...

Birds and sunsets. Simply glorious photos.

And Jess' stocking gift -- how perfect. Ah, what a grand daughter to "get" you so well!

Wishing you a beautiful year, filled with much joy and happiness. Have a wonderful New Year!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning, precious Sheri! ME TOO...I used to collect bottles with my cousins and take them to the corner liquor store to cash them in for candy! The biggest treat was getting a Chunky Bar, costing a whopping 25 cents!

Memories are the most precious thing. Dear heart, wishing you a splendid 2019!!!!

Connie said...

What a lovely post. Your sunrises and all the pretty little birds . . . looks like walking your neighborhood is a peaceful way to start the day. Two days ago we had a good snow, not much but 2 or 3 inches and it made everything look so pretty. This morning it is all gone, not a sign of it anywhere. We're having a mild winter so far, but like you said January & February here are our coldest months. I don't mind it that much; I've changed my opinion of winter and now call it the quilting season. That helps, LOL.
Wishing you a lovely new year.
Connie :)

Pilar said...

What a beautful post Sheri! I wish kindness for others in the new year as well. Being kind to others, but also being kind to ourselves. Ad with each passing year, I love reading you ladies post! I wish you all a wonderful blessed New Year!

Karen said...

You delight in red roses they way I notice lilies of the valley. I loved moon pies, and still do. I enjoyed your photos of nature around you. Have a wonderful New Year!

Carol W. said...

Have a very blessed new year 2019!

Holly said...

Photos and sentiments make me miss home. Happy New Years to you.

It's me said...

Yeah!! kind for everyone ...❤️....🥂 Happy new year !!! 🥂 Ria ❤️

Susan said...

Hello dear Sheri...If roses follow you wherever you go, then you know you are a special person. Your photos are lovely. It is true that nature soothes our souls. I think a wish for kindness in 2019 is a valid one and one to try and instill. Your thoughts, your words, your photos, always come through so beautifully in your blog. May your whole new year of life sparkle, Sheri----like you! Hugs Susan

Hetty said...

Love the sunsets! Wish you a happy new year with a lot of kindness. Groetjes Hetty

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I'm with you, Sheri! Nature calls me every day. How lovely you have photographed all the beautiful birds that you see! They always make me smile. I love what you wrote today about kindness! It's so important in our world today. I always feel kindness spreads as we show it to others. Happy New Year, sweet friend! ♥

Susie Swanson said...

Love the call of nature and your beautiful photos. Happy New Year dear friend. Much love and Blessings

Mae Travels said...

Beautiful photos. Your birds are cheerful ... have another glorious year in 2019.

best... mae at

Marilyn Miller said...

And kindness to you too, Sheri!
What a lovely review. Alleys, roses, moon pies, and the anticipation of doing things with your grand babies. Happy New Year!

Carla from The River said...

Lovely post, Sheri and wishing you a wonderful 2019! I will pass on kindness this year too.
Love, Carla

Patricia said...

Happy New Year dear Sheri. It is always a delight to read your posts, and this is gorgeous. The little red and yellow birds are so sweet, and I can imagine your sweet granddaughters on the little carousel. As for a Moon Pie - have never seen it before, but now I want to. It looks absolutely delicious!

Chatty Crone said...

Your photos are amazing and I have to say that you capture God's work magnificently!
Happy New Year! sandie

Laurel Wood said...

Hi Sheri, Such a lovely church and the bird close-ups are just perfect. I always loved Moon Pies too, especially the banana flavor! May God bless you and yours in the new year.

eileeninmd said...


Lovely images, the sky captures are beautiful. I love all the birds! Kindness is a great word. I appreciate your visits to my blog this past year. I wish you all the best in 2019, a happy & healthy New Year!

The Liberty Belle said...

Your photographs are lovely. It's no surprise that the Moon Pie made my mouth water. May 2019 find you in the company of those you love best and your heart overflowing with peace and joy.

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

Happy New Year!

Jill said...

Love all the pictures of the birds and that window decoration is so adorable! My husband loves moon pies! Wanted to thank you again for the kind words and prayers it means a lot to me. I hope you have a happy, healthy, successful New year!


Lowcarb team member said...

Such lovely photographs.
Happy New Year, Sheri … and all the family.

All the best Jan

Dewena said...

My dear Sheri, this is such a coincidence or perhaps I should say "God-incidence!" Because I'm sure that He has been impressing it on me the last few days to have my priority this year to be Kindness, beginning in the home of course but simply everywhere I go. Wouldn't it be wonderful if many are receiving this same message because we so need kindness in our world today, don't we?

And as always, your photos bring the birds around you to life. I think you must feel a real love for the little creatures. My husband is like that. I tell him he runs a Hotel Hilton for them but they pay us back with so much beauty. Keep on seeing the beauty around you, Sheri!


Rose said...

I sure miss getting out in nature...since Roger's stroke we just do not get out much. And I have not walked in the woods since before it. I miss it...

Lisa said...

These ares some beautiful photos. I love them all from the Sunsets to the Starbucks! ha.
Happy New Year.

roughterrain crane said...

Happy New Year!
I wish you and your family good health and happiness.

Aritha V. said...

Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

I love the first photo with the RED in it.
So nice.

Carola Bartz said...

Have a happy and healthy 2019, Sheri. Writing more in your journal sounds like a wonderful idea and mirrors my wish. I somehow need to find the time... I love the bird cup you have in the background of one of your photos, so sweet.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Darling Sheri, HELLO!

Thank you for coming to my blog. Roses are the way I start the new year, since here in January, there are no garden flowers out yet! Roses are easily available from Trader Joes! Yes, I'm having a blast with my new camera, which has a lot of POWER that I need to harness.

Let's make this year a great one!

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

The sunset shots took my breath away Sheri!

I love the way you appreciate all that surrounds you, and you inspire us to do the same.

Happy New Year!


Susan said...

Hello Dear Sheri...Always love reading your posts. Thanks for your visits. I didn't know the little angel I have was a snowbaby. Thanks for telling me. Hope your whole week will be blessed, Sheri, and your whole year as well, my dear kindred spirit. Susan

Pam said...

What a beautiful post. Not had a moon pie in FOREVER. haha....Loving the pic of the little church. I have an album on fb that is nothing but churches I have found here and there and along those long country road drives. Thank you for sharing, brought smiles.

Sandi said...

Back again... ha ha... I am just reading through this morning!

I noticed something this time...

"So then, neither the one who plants
nor the one who waters
is anything,
but God who is causing it
to grow.
1 Corinthians 3:7"

There's GROW again!