Friday, January 10, 2014

~ 2014 ...

Happy New Year everyone!
Whoa!  Where did the time go?
The holidays came and went.
They were crazy and hectic and a little stressful but we survived.
We spent the 20th with Tom's family celebrating.
We spent Christmas Eve day with my family celebrating.
And Christmas day was just the two of us ... quiet and wonderful.
And now on to a new year.
I was so wrapped up in the holidays that I didn't have time to visit blogs
and/or make comments. 
I will be better at it this year.
And now on to Random 5 Friday.
1.  Between Christmas and New Year I had a birthday.
Yup!  This ole' gal is 62.
We just got a teeny little cake this year ... enough for two slices each.
It was chocolate cake with chocolate fudge frosting
with chunks of chocolate sprinkled on top
and .... oh yeah .... a cherry!
2.  I wasn't sure if I was going to choose a "word" for 2014.
I thought about it long and hard and just couldn't come up with anything.
I went through the whole alphabet thinking of a word
that would ... well ... grab me.
3.  And then ... it happened!
A word.  Jumped out.  At me.
4.  This will be the year when I challenge myself.
In every way possible.
5.  I have so many ideas swirling around in my head.
I really want to run with my blog ... grow with it.
I want to challenge myself to blog more often.
I will be introducing you to Gumby soon.
He has been pestering me to blog about him and his friends.
I may even have a "Gumby Tuesday" or something like that!
I want to take my camera with me when I'm out and about as much as possible.
Tired of seeing things and saying "Dang, if only I had my camera."
I want to open an Etsy shop.
I have so many craft projects just screaming at me to be accomplished.
From knitting to crocheting to sewing to jewelry making to tags to notecards ...
well, you get the idea!
I am actually excited ... YES! EXCITED ... about all of this!
 Oh yeah!
I want 2014 to be fun and productive and challenging!
I've been "blah" for too long.
So come along for the ride.
Now, which project should I work on first?


  1. I didn't know what was on that cake until you said it was chunks of chocolate. I like your "challenge" photo.

  2. Good luck with your Etsy shop. And happy birthday!!

  3. You are making me get excited about doing things...that comes and goes with me. Happy Belated Birthday...just from the way you write I would have thought you were in maybe in your 30's or 40's....I am 58 so we are close to the same age.

    I would like to blog more consistently, but it is hard to do when we go see Lorelei or when she is here. Also, sometimes when things happen such as we had a death in the family in Sept, and then other things happen that take the heart right out of me.

  4. Happy belated birthday! 62 is spring chicken in today :-)

    I love your photos; they are beautiful!

  5. BTW- The comment above is from me from PragmaticSoul! I forgot to change ID :-)

  6. Hey happy birthday Christmas baby. My mom's one too, her's is Dec 26th. I'm in the same boat of wanting to open that pesky Etsy shop, and have said that by Valentine's day that shop will exist! Well, it actually already exists but there's nothing in I don't do well with words, (mainly because of this unlimited imagination of mine), but I've decided to stop running out of time and start running into it this year. :)

  7. your birthday cake is so pretty. i love it!! Happy Happy Birthday!! hope you are still celebrating & enjoying every day. ( :
    i can't wait to hear about Gumby. sounds interesting & has me a bit curious. sounds like you have lots of irons in the fire. so fun!!! happy dance!

  8. Great looking cake, Diane! Happy Happy Birthday to you! I gotta say, I love your enthusiasm. I'm not one for resolutions, and have never chosen a word for the year, but for now, I have chosen JOY! That's it plain and simple, utter JOY that I plan to project outward so everyone else can be JOYFUL along with me! How's that? So HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY to you and best wishes to you for your 2014 CHALLENGE! GO GET 'EM, GIRL! Aloha

  9. Happy Birthday! - Your cake looks yummy (even though I don't like chocolate cake).
    Gumby sounds fun and interesting, I'll look forward to reading about him.
    I didn't really pick a word per say although I'm using LOVE as my word because you can't go wrong with that.
    Challenge is good too and I'm with you about taking my camera with me more and not missing shots.

  10. challenge is a wonderful word. I have chosen the world reach.

  11. Looks like you have quite the list of creative adventures! Good luck and enjoy!

  12. Ohhhh good word D!! Can I say slap me silly with cake!!! That's exactly the kind of cake I'd eat for my birthday!! All that chocolate and fudge!!! Well if my birthday surprise is any indication I what u can do and out on etsy-I'd say yeeee haw-go for it! I'll help ya in any way shape or form sis. Ohhh and Sweet Gumby-I can't wait till he comes out to play!!! You rock D!!! Xoxo

  13. PS! Live the new blog look. Xo

  14. Hi, there! Thanks for visiting my blog today. I like the looks of yours!
    You know: I had heard about having a "word for the year" and last week, one just popped in my head. I'll have to blog about it next week!
    Good luck with all your projects!

  15. Ha ha your word sounds like mine ( I didn't pick a word but I've been doing a bit of sewing ...trying to master some applique techniques and such, and it seems that it is ALL a challenge :)

  16. We're close in age...but, heck, as with most in blogland, I'm a bit older. Dang. [kidding!!] That cake looks so yummy.

    Crafts, Etsy, crochet....I love to crochet. And camera...yes, take it with you I agree. If blogging is going to be part of your challenge, the photos are a bit plus!! [I go birding a lot around the birding trails here, and I'm glad to have my camera!!!]

    Gumby? Cant' wait. Let me know when you introduce us to Gumby!!!

  17. Happy belated bday!
    I saw small cakes like that yesterday while out with my daughter..they are ideal.!
    I thought of you on Christmas day opening all your packages:)

    Sounds like a happy fun and eciting year ahaead for you..
    Have a very very very good one..both you and your dear husband~

  18. A very happy birthday Dianne! That cake looks delicious!

    And good luck with your plans to challenge yourself this year. Excited for you!

  19. Happy belated Birthday. Challenge is a great word, and I wish you great success with your projects.

  20. Yeah hoo... the new year is sure exciting at your house. Can't wait to see what you do with all those wonderful ideas. Cheers, Latane

  21. Sounds like a wonderful plan and a perfect word.

  22. oh, and Happy belated Birthday!

  23. Happy Birthday! I say photography and jewelery making first. I like the backgrounds of your last two shots.


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