Thoughts on New Year’s Day 2015

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It’s a quiet day at home. We watched the Rose Bowl Parade this morning and are ready for the Rose Bowl game this afternoon between the Florida State Seminoles — our son-in-law’s alma mater so we’ll all be rooting for this ACC team — and Oregon. A heart-warming moment occurred at the conclusion of the parade when a triple Purple Heart Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and his wife were honored with a new home in Hampton, Virginia … a gift from Wells Fargo.

We’re cold here in the Shenandoah Valley with temps in the upper 30s and very stiff breezes making the wind chill much colder even though the sun is out. Some years we have taken a drive along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park but today we’re sticking close to home to work on some chores and watch the game at 4:30.

We enjoyed a quiet New Year’s Eve at home after a busy Christmas season (see Memories of a family-filled Christmas) but our neighbors celebrated at midnight with colorful fireworks so we didn’t completely miss out. It was nice to be awake early this morning to read and then catch Peter Doocy sitting in for his dad on Fox & Friends.

We’ve had a successful first eight months at LynnRMitchell.com after eight years at my SWAC Girl blog.  After blogging alone (and after sharing my writing with Virginia Virtucon and Bearing Drift blogs), I actually enjoy it more being with a group of talented writers and thinkers who provide their unique perspectives about political issues and more. At the same time, I am able to continue with my photography, sharing my window on the world. You may want to check out our Top 10 stories from 2014 from over 900 published posts (see 2014 year-end review from LynnRMitchell.com) and, surprisingly, the number one post was not about politics.

Now that the holidays are over, it will be nice to settle in for the (supposedly) slower winter months and some quality writing time. ??????????This is also one of my favorite times to roam the mountains since I love the winter woods. Andrew Wyeth said it best: “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show.”

And I’ve got to admit I’m waiting for snow after having a 5-inch storm for Thanksgiving but warm temps (upper 50s) for much of Christmas week. It’s time for the white blanket to cover the earth in quiet solitude … time for a winter walk in the woods.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend with football and friends and time off before returning to the routine. Here’s wishing you a prosperous and healthy 2015.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell

 

 

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