A New Year

I’ve never really been one for New Year resolutions (I tend to break them in a matter of weeks) but every year a look forward to trying to do something. As always, in the middle of winter,  it’s hard to eat as many fresh fruit and veggies as in summer, so healthier eating gets squeezed in every year, usually lasting well into Spring. But this year’s “try harder” is based on a single quote I found in my Real Simple magazine. 
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants.”
      -Esther de Waal,
Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict

How beautifully put. I am going to try hard to remember this every time I get stressed or frustrated with issues regarding finances. That, and maybe when I get really annoyed with the
“rich” and nasty out-of-staters who think they own the area. 😉 We’ve got a beautiful little frugal life going on here, and it works for us. So, I hope this year finds all of us “Healthy, Wealthy, and Well”.

We had a wonderful Christmas visit with all of our families back in Maine. As always, we were showered in love and gifts. This year, the favorites were an impossible to find old bean pot for making New England baked beans, overly generous donations to our favorite vacation spot, a cute and quirky candle melter, and a small freezer chest. After some heavy head scratching, my husband and I have decided to try to break into the attic space we have available to store some seasonal boxes and “not in use” art supplies in order to shuffle things around and get the freezer into the art studio. And after we get the mini-beast up and running, we have much to move into it and I’m considering a visit to a local farmer to purchase a large portion of grass-fed, humanely raised, beef. It would be a lie to say that I haven’t been dreaming about the increased amount of fresh fruit and produce we’ll be able to freeze and store this summer.

So far, it sounds like our homemade jams were a big hit this year. We’ve had tons of notes and emails regarding how great they were and how fast they disappear which thrills me! There’s nothing like sharing a sweet shimmer of summer deep in the cold winter months. I think I’m going to do more with the experimented peace doves next year. And the art that my husband gifted was warmly received.

*A hand-stitched felt peace dove*

*”Rooster With Landscape” – A very large oil on canvas for my Mom and Tom. There was a large empty space above their washer & dryer in the kitchen that my Mom was wanting to fill. She made the comment to my husband this past summer that she wanted something there, something country and similar colors to what she has in her kitchen. It was a perfect fit and a perfect color match. The small photo doesn’t do it justice.

*”Portrait of Man and Woman” – Oil on small canvas board done in the “Caravaggio” style. My husband had started it late spring as an experiment in this new style or portrait making, never intending to give it away, but rather lock it away with all the others (artists can be so finicky). So when he approved of how it came out, he decided he felt comfortable gifting it to my Dad and Jamie. I’m impressed beyond words how impressed I am with his abilities. I think there will be more portraits in the future because his new technique is so successful.

2 thoughts on “A New Year

  1. Happy 2010! Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday season. Your husband did such beautiful work… I’m sure the recipients were beyond thrilled. 🙂

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