Sunday, December 30, 2012

My year in pictures continued...

I had a very quiet and uneventful summer once we got into July.  The big highlight of my month was driving down to Griswold, Connecticut with Greg to see the sunflowers at Buttonwood Farm.  I am a sunflower lover and this was one heck of a spectacular display.  Note to self:  make sure you go back in 2013.


August also continued to be quiet and pretty...well, commonplace.  In order to bring a little excitement into my life, I brought a bouquet of hydrangea into the house and took pictures of it.  I do lead a pretty dull life…


September was a time with an almost daily parade of turkeys through our yard.  Turkeys may not be the most beautiful birds in the world, but they are entertaining and fun to watch.  I think I agree with Benjamin Franklin on this one.


In October, things got a little more exciting.  Greg and I went with friends to Italy and stayed a week on the Amalfi Coast.  It was a wonderful trip and I enjoyed it thoroughly even though I knew that I was missing the peak of autumn here in New England…my favorite time of year.  Some day, I wish they could figure out a way that we could actually be in two places at once.  And while they are at it, I wouldn’t mind if they could perfect beaming a la Star Trek.  After our return from Italy, I had ten days to prepare for total knee replacement surgery.  I went under the knife on October 24 not really prepared.  But that was the day I picked so I had to stick with it.


So in November, I spent the month recovering…and I have been spending December recovering as well.  There is nothing fun about recovering from knee surgery, believe me.  I often feel like I take one step forward and two steps back.  But I am done with physical therapy and they tell me I am doing well.  I suppose I will get there eventually and I will have no regrets about it.  But I wish someone were with me in the middle of the night to remind me that I did the right thing when I can’t get comfortable and back to sleep.  Oh, well…such is life and in spite of it all, I know that I am just about the luckiest person around.


I wish you all a New Year filled with wonder and curiosity.  I hope you see beauty in your everyday life and it gives wings to brilliant creativity.  Mostly, I wish you health and happiness.  And a very Happy New Year!





14 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

ah, i'm hopeful your knee continues to get stronger and more comfortable for you! another great set of photos for the 2nd half of the year. can't wait to see what you share in 2013! :)

Robert Geiss said...

May your upcoming year be filled with only beautiful impressions. Great work this monthly picture.

Nicki said...

Barb, I have enjoyed revisiting your photos and reading your year in review. I hope you find comfort with your knee sooner than later, and I look forward to your photo shares in 2013.

Tricia Hays said...

1st of all, AMEN to Mark Twain's comment on the 2nd image! I'm so sick of seeing all the practically nude people on tv... it has seriously gotten out of hand & I wish someone would step in & stop it all!

All fantastic captures & beautifully edited... LOVE the Cardinal! =)

Pamela Gordon said...

More great choices for your 2012 pictures. Wishing you a wonderful 2013!

Kerri said...

Love your shots! Wishing you all the best for 2013!

Eko said...

Merry and Happy New Year ...!
Eko
Suomi/Lapland/Kuusamo

Lisa Buben said...

Great pictures - loves the colors of the tree and the bird is precious. Happy 2013!

MEcoy said...

anyways, thank you for making my 2012 even more wonderful!
I enjoyed your photography blog this year looking forward for more this coming year
Happy New Year

Stratoz said...

May 2013 be filled with us seeing images of what caught your eye. Thanks for sharing

Deanna said...

I have so enjoyed getting to "know" you this year, Barbara. And seeing your beautiful photos is always a treat. You have had a pretty spectacular year, albeit the surgery, but hopefully by early 2013 your back to "normal" again. Thank you so much for visiting my corner of blogland...and I wish you a Happy New Year and a year full of blessings in 2013.

magda said...

My dear friend Barbara
I was sorry about your knee: (
Spend be and quickly become well!
I wish you a happy years with strong legs and lots of traveling!
A hug and kisses

Nancy Claeys said...

Love the hydrangea and the cardinal. Each beautiful representatives of their respective seasons.

Happy New Year Barb!

Debbie said...

Could the second half really be as good as the first, I think so! You take amazing images barb, love the mrs!