Friday, January 3, 2014

Random thoughts on the New Year…

Yesterday's snow.  I like using the flash when it's snowing and getting those big white blobs.  Cool!
1)  Greg and I went out for Chinese food on New Year’s Eve.  it seems that we thought it was an original idea, but when we got to our favorite Chinese restaurant, Dynasty in Southbridge, we discovered we were most definitely not alone.  We did have to wait for a while for a table, but once seated the service was brisk and the food was good, as usual.  When I woke up the next morning, I couldn’t find my cell-phone.  Too many Mai Tais perhaps?  I was pretty sure I left it behind at the restaurant but thought I remembered looking at it on the way home.  Long story short, I put it in a pocket in my purse that I don’t ever use.  So all the searches through my purse didn’t yield my phone because I never thought to look in a pocket I never use.  It was my mind I left behind at Dynasty perhaps, not the cell-phone.


2)  New Year’s Day we spent with friends at David and Roxann’s open house.  We’ve known David and Roxann for a long time now, but I met David’s Aunt Peggy at Curves a few years back.  She and her friend Sandi seemed to show up there around the same time I did and eventually, we got to talking as you do when you just keep going around in the same circle together over and over again.  I soon learned that Peggy and I had David and Roxann in common.  And Sandi used to work with Greg and was godmother to one of our neighbors.  Curves is now closed in our town, but I occasionally run into Sandi here and there and am always glad to see her.  These days, I see Peggy once a year on New Year’s Day though I wouldn’t mind if it were more often.



3)  It began snowing in earnest here around midnight on January 2 but we only ended up with about 6 or 7 inches.  It is cold out there though…very cold.  On a positive note, the snow is light and fluffy and there is no ice around.  That’s what happens when it is very cold.

4)  Another positive thing about this kind of weather is that Olive the pug does her business in short order.  I’m good with that.


5)  We are going to be making an escape from the northern weather soon.  We are leaving for a tour of Texas next week.  While I won’t be riding any mechanical bulls, I do intend to enjoy a little bar-be-cue.


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22 comments:

tinajo said...

That´s a pretty bird, great capture! :-)

Sandra said...

good girl, Olive and Mrs Cardinal is so pretty. I never take a risk, i am queen of What If and everything i do gets the what if test. enjoy your Texas Time

Debbie said...

beautiful images today!! when i "misplace" my cell phone, the hubs calls it from his, it saves a lot of looking for it time ;)

have fun in texas!!

TexWisGirl said...

i hope the weather patterns are good for travel for you next week! this a.m. was 23 here but got up to 50.

Beth Edwards said...

smart little Olive. ( :

i love the advice from the Chinese Fortune Cookie. they are super smart - who ever writes those?!

i love the bokeh on the 1st shot. i guess it is the snow falling?

Brian King said...

Very cool with the flash and snow! I'll have to try that. Love the cardinal and the trees! Beautiful photos!

We went to Disney on Christmas Day one year thinking it wouldn't be too busy....BIG mistake.

Diane said...

I never thought to use the flash to capture the falling snow! Blizzard expected here tomorrow afternoon so will have a chance to give the technique a whirl. Our girl, Cleo, also gets business taken care of in quick order. Second day here with below 0 temps. Stopping by for the first time via Random 5.

Barb said...

A fun 5! I like all the photos which seem to tell their own story. I'm glad I'm not the only one who loses items that are not really lost.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Olive is a smart and efficient girl! The snow is lovely, as is the cardinal. I love how she is turned to the side. I hope to get to take pictures of falling snow sometime this winter. Sigh. :-) Have a great time in Texas! I have never been to the Southwest.

Deanna said...

Oh I just hate when I do something like that....look forever and ever for something and then find it in the most obscure place. But at least you found it. My little Cinder really scurries in this cold weather, she is not a fan at all but Toby would stay out as long as he can manage. I think he must have part Eskimo in his blood. Have a fun trip to Texas, my home state. Early childhood was in Amarillo but most of my growing up was in Dallas. Have fun and enjoy that barbeque!!

Ida said...


Chinese food is always good.
What no mechanical bull-riding...I would love seeing you on one of those. But do have fun anyway.
Even 6-7 inches is way more snow then I want to experience. So far here we've had very little (knock on wood)

Shaun Gibbs said...

Lad to see hat you found your phone, I tend to lose mine for days only to find it in the dogs bed or buried down the back of the sofa.
Have a safe Texan trip!!

Kamana said...

i love that last one especially.

Lynn said...

your photos are dazzling, and I hate all those pockets in purses can understand how you did that :-). I like your risk saying, I was not a risk taker until I chose the word as my 40th birthday year theme, one little word was the impetus to change first to the Middle East that later led me to France, that was 24 years ago.

Lydia Martin said...

Chinese food back in Quebec where I am from, on New Year's Eve is almost a tradition in some circles. Glad you finally found your phone...we are covered in ice...it's downright dangerous, but the roads are not bad...lucky you...another trip!! I'm sure you will bring yr camera and take more great photos...these are beautiful

Tanya Breese said...

oh i love that last photo, the light is gorgeous! funny, my husband stopped for chinese one day last week and broght me leftovers...it was the best chinese i've had here and it was made by peruvians! who would have thunk it?! enjoy your trip!!

Sarah Huizenga said...

I love it too when the dogs come back quickly from doing their business.

Snap said...

Enjoy your Texas time and bring warm clothes -- it's cold here too! Love the first shot with the "big blobs" of flakes. Mommy cardinal is lovely.Good for Olive -- If I was a pug, I'd be moving pretty quickly outside, too. Stay warm and Happy New Year!

Introverted Art said...

the little specs of snow falling are beautiful.

Nancy Claeys said...

Will look forward to some TX snapshots Barb! Enjoy!

Kelly said...

Your pup story doing it's business quick is a common theme I'm reading with all my bloggy friends who have 4 legged friends. Enjoy TX- I hate that sinking feeling of missing cell phones and forgotten pockets! Happy new year!

Rose said...

I am hungry for Chinese, now! Enjoyed reading your random 5...