A New Year Is Dawning

Sunrise on Mount Nebo, Arkansas. December 4, 2008.

It’s hard to believe that 2009 is drawing to a close.  It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating the new year, watching football on TV, and eating Betsy’s special Hoppin’ John, a New Year’s Day tradition at our house.  Now we’re getting ready to do it all over again.

Life certainly didn’t slow down in 2009.  We seemed to have more projects in our yard rather than fewer.  (I wonder if we’ll ever get it looking the way we want it to?).  Sometimes the work was downright hard, but it became worthwhile when we could see new roses for the first time or enjoy old favorites again.  The other flowers didn’t seem to cause as much work, but they sure brought a lot of enjoyment as well.

We managed to enjoy our families in 2009.  We were able to see four of the five children in person, along with their children.  We didn’t make it out to Las Vegas, but we were able to virtually visit thanks to phone calls, text messages and video calls.  Our faithful Prius took us to Hendersonville every other week (sometimes more often than that) to help my folks.  That involved a lot of miles, but my parents appreciate each and every trip we make.

We managed to get in some waterfall trips.  We ‘discovered’ Tallulah Gorge State Park in Georgia and fell in love with the waterfalls and the trails.  We enjoyed our first trip in June so much that we went back in October.  We also visited new waterfalls in Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.  We revisited some old favorites in each of those places as well.

We also got to do quite a bit of virtual traveling through all the wonderful people we have met in the blogosphere.  I can’t begin to tell you how much we have appreciated your visits to our blogs and how very much we have enjoyed visiting with each and every one of you.

What will 2010 bring?  I don’t know.  But if it’s anything like 2009 it definitely will NOT be boring.

We’re going to Hendersonville bright and early this morning (Thursday).  We want to help the folks finish up a few year-end details and get the new year off to a good start.  I’ll try to visit you as I get a connection, but I don’t expect to post myself until Monday morning.

So until then let me wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year!

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18 Responses to “A New Year Is Dawning”

  1. Neal Says:

    I pray that you and Betsy have a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2010!!!

    I’m glad you mentioned the waterfalls in Georgia. We’re going down to SC/GA in March so that’s a place we can see. I’ll have to check with my wife to see if she has that place on the agenda. I just drive…she tells me where she wants to go. 🙂

  2. Mary Says:

    It seems like 2009 went quickly, but it was a good year and your photos have made it even better.

  3. Carla Says:

    And a very Happy New Year to you!

  4. MaryBeth Says:

    What a stellar year you and Betsy have had. Good for you!!!
    It has been a pleasure to get to know you two.

    May you have much happiness and joy in the New Year. MB

  5. ewok1993 Says:

    It was defitely not a boring year. Happy happy New Year. Peace, health and wealth for the coming year. And oh yeah, more waterfalls. Hope you make your way to Yosemite in spring/late spring for the waterfalls.

    All the best.

  6. frostbite and sunburn Says:

    Gorgeous photo.

    Happy new year to you and yours and here’s to a very non-boring 2010!

  7. Tricia Says:

    Happy Happy New Year

  8. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: I do hope you have a great visit with the folks. It was great to add you as two of the blog people whom I have met. I wish you and Betsy a great New Year.

  9. Jen Says:

    Happy New Year George! Health and Happiness to you!

  10. Josephine Says:

    I’ve so enjoyed your photos in 2009 !
    Thank you for all the visits we have shared, I look forward to more of the same in 2010.
    Wishing you a happy New Year with with love, happiness and contentment.
    Cheers,
    Jo
    x

  11. Judy Says:

    I wonder what the New Year will bring?

  12. Cheryl Says:

    Have so enjoyed following your blog this past year and look forward to visiting it in 2010. You bring a bright spot into my home with each post. Thank you.

  13. happyone Says:

    A late Happy New Year to you and Betsy!!
    Lots of blog reading ahead for me in the next day or so. Enjoyed catching up with you!!

  14. busy bee suz Says:

    I hope 2010 brings more joy than pain, more fun than work. And of course..more roses for you!!!
    Happy New Year! Suz

  15. diane Says:

    I hope you have another good year filled with enjoyment, flowers and waterfalls. The roses are absolutely beautiful. You have done a great job. I love gardening but I haven’t one rose even though I love them. I’ve always thought they are too much work and too suseptable to disease. Unfortunately Bill doesn’t like gardening but he’s pretty handy in the kitchen.

  16. storyteller Says:

    I don’t know where the time goes either … but I do know it’s a wonderful life that you & Betsy lead. Looking forward to seeing lots of roses and waterfalls in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Happy New Year 😉
    Hugs and blessings,

  17. Linnea Says:

    Happy new year to you George! Your sunrise is a fitting scene for the last skywatch post of the year. I hope you have another terrific year. Thanks for all your nice visits and comments. All the best!

  18. Rose Says:

    It seems we get more busy each and every year! I hope the year to come is as good as the one that has passed, if not better.

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