Monday, December 30, 2019

Highlights of 2019

Rich gift of God! A year of time
What pomp of rise and shut of day,
What hues wherewith our Northern clime
Makes autumn's dropping woodlands gay,
What airs outblown from ferny dells,
And clover-bloom and sweetbrier smells,
What songs of brooks and birds, what fruits and flowers,
Green woods and moonlit snows, have in its round been ours!
                                                             ~John Greenleaf Whittier

It seems impossible that another year is coming to an end! Where does the time go?! 2019 was a busy year with lots of happenings, both good and bad. I thought I'd put together some of the highlights, and as usual was unable to pick "just a few" favorites, so hopefully you won't be overwhelmed by all these pictures! 😊 

Well let's see, where do I begin? Last winter was the snowiest we've seen yet...



There was one very memorable day at the end of February. We get plenty of cold, blustery days up here but this was the worst we've ever seen.


It was the first time in the 10 years we've lived here that our road closed. The plows simply couldn't keep up with the drifting. The next morning they brought out the big CAT!


Our cats weren't sure what to think...😀


Walls of snow everywhere...



I lost count of how many times I cleaned off the roof. By the end of March, the snow was higher than the buildings!


A little Maine humor...of course they kept the snow well cleared away from the sign! 😁


Spring was even slower to come than usual. This was taken on a beautiful morning in April! 


But it came came at last...






The Spring was cold and Summer was late, but my garden soon made up for lost time. 😊






Fun in the dandelions...





Carina had 2 adorable puppies in June. A boy and a girl...






The happy mama...❤



One of the greatest things was when we adopted Nastya and Olga, our sweet Bengal kittens! They provide us with plenty of cuddles...and entertainment!







This was Nastya today...🤣


Of course, there were lots of walks in the woods...





















My father and I took a few very nice road trips over the summer and fall. It was wonderful to finally get to see some of the historical landmarks and natural wonders I've dreamed about for so long! This was Fort Necessity in PA... 


Gen. Braddock's grave...


A beautiful path in the PA woods...


June in the Green Mountains...



Mt. Washington...



Niagara Falls...


Some outings closer to home...we spent a very enjoyable evening with friends at the balloon fest in August...



A beautiful stream in New Brunswick...


The Penobscot River...


My father and I went for a drive through the Katahdin Woods and Waterways National Monument in early November...



A distant view of Mt. Katahdin...


And finally, the Renous highway in New Brunswick just a couple weeks ago. This is what it looks like for nearly 100 miles! We've seen moose every time we've been through.


Now the world is white again, but we are having a very mild winter compared to the last 2 years, for which I am very thankful!


I wish you all a very Happy New Year and every blessing in the year to come! 😊

4 comments:

  1. A nice year in review, Joanna. It is so heartening to see the wheel of seasons and know that we'll be gardening again in a few months (or so!). My kitty sleeps on her back like yours do, too. So cute!
    Wishing you a wonderful New Year filled with lots of fun, poetry, gardening and adventures. :)

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    1. Thank you, Eliza! It always amazes me when going through a year's worth of pictures, to see what a stark contrast there is between the seasons! And all of them are beautiful in their own way.
      Happy New Year to you and your family! :)

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  2. Thank you for the wonderful photos. I had fun trying to name all the plants. Best to you and yours for a good New Year.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed them. :) Happy New Year!!

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