Hello 2013!

Snow blowing

Snow blowing

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.

~ Ellen Goodman

Happy 2013!

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The creek in the woods

Well, here it is, another new year.  It feels much like the old year to me, but that may be because I get a head start on my new year by beginning at the Winter Solstice.

Did you do anything to celebrate or usher in the new year last night?

Winter bright

Winter bright

Today’s prompt over at The Daily Post at WordPress.com asks:

Where were you last night when 2012 turned into 2013?  Is that where you’d wanted to be?

Double the fun

Double the fun

I am happy to report that I was in bed, sound asleep, when the old year gave way to the new one.  And yes, that IS where I wanted to be.  M and I talked about going to First Night over in Akron, but it was snowing and we decided to spend a quiet evening at home with a fire going in the fireplace, all warm and cozy and snuggly without worries about drivers who had too much to drink or don’t know how to cope with snow.  (My brother-in-law refers to New Year’s Eve as “Amateur Night” on the roads.  He could be right.)

The Coniferous Forest at Quail Hollow State Park

The Coniferous Forest at Quail Hollow State Park

I was up bright and early this morning, ready for my month of early rising.  I like having those few extra hours during the day.  By noon I had been skiing and hiking, and I had cooked and/or prepped breakfast and lunch, and helped M bottle beer (an oatmeal stout that’s been fermenting for a week or so).

A bridge on the trail

A bridge on the trail

Before I forget, Karma has announced a new photo challenge:  a dinner photography blog-along.  All you have to do is take photos of your dinner for a week, then put the photos together in a blog post.  The deadline is January 13th, but Karma is good about keeping deadlines loose (just let her know if you need more time).  I started with last night’s dinner since I thought it might be photo-worthy.  Plus we’re having our take on M’s traditional New Year’s dinner today, and I’m pretty sure that will look fabulous.  Well, okay, it might not look fabulous (because sometimes food just doesn’t translate to a photo well), but I know it will taste good.

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M’s family tradition is pork and sauerkraut.  We’re having the sauerkraut (for luck) with the usual onions (for money or prosperity), garlic (anti-theft), rosemary (for protection), salt (for purification), pepper (to banish bad luck), brown sugar (for love), and apples (for health).  The pork roast has been replaced with a Field Roast.  I think he might also be roasting some Brussels sprouts, and I know there will be mashed potatoes.

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I’m sure it will all be delicious.  The bonus is that I get the day off from cooking since it is our tradition for M to cook on New Year’s Day.

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We’ve been having off and on snow flurries today as the temperature drops.  It’s expected to be cold this week with highs in the 20’s and lows in the teens.  There is some sunshine in the forecast, though, and I’m looking forward to seeing the sun again.

A deciduous trapped among the coniferous

A deciduous trapped among the coniferous

Today’s photos are from my hike at Quail Hollow State Park on Saturday.  I’m still getting caught up, but do have photos from today’s hike around the pond that I hope to get posted over at Flickr.  I’m going to start a new Daily Walk series with hopes of keeping up with it this year.

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Well, that’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for your visits, your likes, and your comments.  I received my Annual Report from the stats monkey helpers at WordPress (thank you, stats monkey helpers!), and it looks like 2012 was a good year for Life in the Bogs.  I know I’m frequently behind in visiting your blogs, and responding to your comments.  I do my best, but sometimes life is full and, that, as Martha Stewart would say, is a good thing.

One more look at this handsome guy.

One more look at this handsome guy.

Wishing you a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.  🙂

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57 Comments on “Hello 2013!”

  1. Phil Lanoue says:

    Fantastic winter scenes Robin! I enjoy seeing your images while I attempt to deal with T shirt weather here. 🙂

  2. cismonok says:

    Happy New Year! I hope you and M have a wonderful year. I love the cardinal pictures!


  3. Quale Hollow pix is intriguing – it looks like the trees have arms and are reaching towards each other. Of course the cardinals are bright.
    We’ve had blackeye peas(with onions) and cornbread for luck as usual (with tomato and avocado slices)…and your choice of left over desserts.
    Enjoy the beautiful spot where you are!

  4. dogear6 says:

    I’m glad you linked over to the Daily Prompt. I loved seeing your photos and seeing a few minutes of your day today.

    Happy New Year!


  5. You make life look AWESOME. 🙂

  6. Joanne says:

    I had no idea that foods could signify certain things! How interesting, and also I love the idea of having a special new years day meal. That doesn’t seem to be a tradition in Australia, but it should be! Happy New Year to you and M, I’m sure his meal was delicious. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Joanne. It was scrumptious. 🙂

      There are all kinds of food traditions for New Year’s day. I forgot that the pork (which we didn’t have anyhow) represents progress (because the pig, while rooting around, always pushes forwards). There are even foods that are supposed to bring bad luck if you eat them on New Year’s day (for instance, lobster and chicken because they move backwards and could lead to setbacks, regrets, or getting stuck in the past). I’m not saying I buy into it, but… I do hedge my bets. lol!

  7. mobius faith says:

    Beautiful winter images Robin.

  8. What rich and wonderful relationships, activities and interactions you have in your life….really special! (and you have good food, too….yummmmmmmm!)

  9. Chloe says:

    happy new year robin, all the best for the year ahead 🙂 keep up the gorgeous photography, i am looking forward to visiting your blog x

  10. Dounia says:

    A lovely post with beautiful photos! Happy new year and may 2013 bring you all that you wish for! 🙂

  11. Fabulous photos, and I love the quote at the top. Happy New Year, Robin!

  12. Marianne says:

    Happy new year, Robin! These are wonderful wintry scenes. Sounds like you had a wonderful New Year’s Day, Robin. Kudos to you for your energy. Wishing you all the best in 2013! 🙂

  13. Looks beautiful as usual, Robin. Your New Year’s Eve sounds perfect and cozy!! I would have liked that too. 🙂

  14. seeker says:

    I really like them red birds. Happy New Year.

  15. Carla says:

    Love your thoughts and photos, always. Especially the snow since I don’t see it here. Glad to be back and plan to return more regularly. Cheers and Happy New Year, Robin!

  16. A beautiful start to what promises to be a beautiful New Year!
    (For the record, I was sleeping soundly at midnight as well…Hubby used to own a bar, and we don’t go ANYWHERE on the Eve. Amature night is right!

  17. aFrankAngle says:

    Great winter scenes! … and the paths are very fitting for the unknown of what lies ahead. Happy New Year, Robin!

  18. I love all the special meaning that goes into your New Years Day meal. Makes the enjoying of it that much more meaningful, I’m sure. Stay warm!

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  20. Val says:

    Lovely… (especially the red cardinal I think that’s what it is, yes?) Happy new year, Robin.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Val. And yes, it is a red cardinal. I’ve spent years trying to get a good photo of him. This year all the practice and patience is paying off. 🙂

  21. dearrosie says:

    Happy New year!
    Brilliant photos Robin – I love the trees and the ones with the cardinals.

    Too tired to cook after work tonight so if I were to photograph my dinner it would show chips and humous! We had 25 bus loads of tourists at the museum today (folks who came to Pasadena for the Rose Parade !)

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Rosie. 🙂

      25 bus loads?? Yikes!! Now wonder you were too tired to cook. Nothing wrong with a photo of chips and humous, though. Sounds pretty yummy to me.

  22. dadirri7 says:

    wonderful how the cardinals contrast so vividly with the snow!

    • Robin says:

      Isn’t it, Christine? My favorite place to see the cardinals is in an evergreen tree that has snow on it. Lots of contrast there, and it’s oh so pretty. 🙂

  23. […] food M and I eat this time of year can look pretty blah.  That’s especially true of our New Year’s Day dinner.  The Field Roast was pretty enough, but everything else was in the white category.  An image of […]

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