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Tuesday, January 1, 2008


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE ! I am so excited to be starting a brand new year!

This is the January picture off my new Mackenzie-Childs 2008 calendar. If you will click on it, you can see the details of this lovely pattern.

I am going to use a picture off this calendar at the beginning of each new month...for those that don't have the calendar, I just want you to see how pretty it is.

Hubby and I stayed home on New Year's Eve. We had just had the nicest party with family and friends so we wanted to get in our pj's and take it easy......

It was a cold night so the first thing we did was build a nice, roaring fire. I love HUGH fires and burn way too much wood, probably....but, I do enjoy a good fire.

After choosing our favorite Blackberry Wine, we settled down for a nice, relaxing evening....

Sweet hubby cooked steaks out on the grill, with peppers and onions....ummmm....UM!!! Talk about tasty! And, of course, we still had some fudge left from Christmas, just in case we needed something sweet to get our digestive systems working!! :)

A little later, after our dinner settled and left a tad more room for something ELSE to eat...we had to have popcorn.

I mean, really....what's 4 movies without an endless supply of POPCORN and FUDGE????

We so enjoyed our nice, slow, relaxed night and of course, we did stop watching movies long enuf to WATCH THE BALL DROP in Times Square.

Seeing a new year in is a bittersweet experience for me. Sad on one hand to see an "old friend" move on but looking forward to the wonderfulness of new adventures, new goals, new friends.....but all the while knowing there's some things that NEVER change and for these, I am thankful.


I leave you with a smile !! :)

And to say how very much I have enjoyed getting to know all of you. It is just flat wonderful to get so involved with so many lives and become so attached to people I will never see. I just love it and I love all of you!



Anonymous said...

It sounds like you had a great evening BJ. We stayed in too. I made nacho dip and we watched movies. Your usteak dinner looks delicious! Happy New Year BJ, I hope the coming year is a great one for you!

Marcela said...

Hello BJ
I'm glad to know that you had a wonderful time with your husband!!!
I was invited by Nan to your surprise birthday party..She had a wonderful idea !!!
I wish you the best my dear friend...especially , love, health, happiness, peace..
Kisses to you


Jackie said...

Glad that you had a wonderful evening with your sweetie. Harvey and I had a glass of champagne when we got back home and watched a movie.

I am sure glad that I got to know you and who knows maybe some day we will actually get to "see" each other.

Jackie said...

Oops forgot to say that I love the pattern on the dishes.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

What a beautiful picture on your calendar. I can hardly wait until the first of everymonth to see a new picture. OH and your bird bath is soooo pretty. Gardening is my passion so anything that goes outside is woderful but I think it would of been pretty with the glass top as well.
BJ your camera works so nice the pictures are always so clear what kind is it. I miss placed mine somewhere in my home. Its funny because I don't have to much clutter in my house so it amazes me when I can't find something. So NO PITURES on my blog until I find it ( SO SAD )
I hope you have a wonderful New Years day. I just got my new issue of Cottage Living so I am off to go read in bed with my coffee.
Take care

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday BJ!! It looks like it was a great one for one great lady! Christy :-) <><

Mary said...

Oh darlin', Happy Birthday To You!!!! I have been immeasurably enriched by having met you. Your sweet character has been evident to all of us in blogland, and we are the richer for it. Looking forward to many happy times in 2008!

Wishing you friends, love, laughter and hope in the coming year.


Karen H. said...

Good Morning BJ,
"HAPPY NEW YEAR"!!!! I love the MC dishes. I'm glad you posted this and I will be looking forward to each and every month now of seeing the dishes for that month. I'm glad you and hubby had a wonderful evening at home last night. That steak sounds yummy. I love the fire and the fireplace. We had a good time at home last night as well. I am so glad I started blogging last year and to have met you. You are truly a wonderful person and I so enjoy our visits. Take care my friend and have a great Tuesday. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Leeann said...

BJ, First of all, happy belated birthday and may you enjoy many,many more. Your home looks so cozy and lovely and inviting. Sounds like you had a wonderful evening with your husband. Sam and I spent a quiet evening together, as well...we aren't party people. We sipped chamagne at midnight and welcomed 2008 together.
May God continue to richly bless you.
p.s. I love Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leeann said...

ooops...I meant champagne....hee hee (I must have had too much!)

Kelly Mahoney said...

Looks like a wonderful evening. HAve a great year and happy birthday!

Betty said...

Hi BJ,

Sounds like you had a nice, quite New Year's Eve like we did. We just stayed home also.

I loved the thingie you posted where the man said the beer was to make her look pretty to him. That was so funny.

BJ, I feel so inadequate when it comes to blogging. There is so much I don't know and may never know whereas most of you have such interesting sites for me to visit. I don't know how to make mine interesting to others. How do I learn? Is there something at Best Buy that I can get to help me?

I appreciate you. I know you have a lot more online blogging friends than I do, but I hope you will come visit me occasionally.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Tammy said...

My Hubby's late grandmother used to make homemade blackberry wine. She would bring me a shot glass of it as she didn't own any fancy wine glasses. Boy it was good! I had a little bubbly myself at the cabin. It is great to share with friends!

I loved the movie Wild Hogs and laughed till my jaws ached when I saw it the first time! Did you know it is a mortal sin not to have popcorn with a movie...and fudge would be dandy to if you have it.

Have a great 2008!

Betty said...

Thank you, BJ, for stopping by my site with your encouraging words. Maybe you're right in that I may be expecting too much out of myself.

I've noticed some people have 30 or more comments left on their blogs for any one posting. It would be over whelming to try to get back to that many people to leave a comment on their sites.

Stephanie said...

Happy New Years to you !
Also, Happy belated Birthday !

I love your pictures and story from last night, looks like you had a wonderful evening.

happy Blogging in 2008,

Katherines Dream said...

Happy Birthday Jean..........
I wish you every happiness for the coming year and may all your dreams come true!
Best wishes,
Carol xx

Rhondi said...

What a lovely way to spend new year's eve. I have really enjoyed reading your blog and getting to know you since I moved into blogland in Novemebr. I had no idea it was such a special place. Hope you have a healthy and happy new year. Rhondi xo

KJ said...

HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR, BJ! Your blog is a great deal of fun!


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Happy New Year BJ!! What a wonderful evening you had! And is that a Mackenzie-Child teapot on your stove behind the popcorn bowl? I hope 2008 is the best year you could ever imagine!

Kari & Kijsa said... are wonderful...we are working on some FABULOUSNESS for the ETSY shop and we will be posting about it soon!

Have a wonderful 2008!

smiles, kari and kijsa

smilnsigh said...

I'm happy to have just met you, because of your Birthday.

My husband and I always spend New Year's Eve at home. With "bubbly" and yummies to eat. So much better idea, to us, than having to drive home from somewhere, in the wee hours of the first of the year.

May I say how pleased I was to find your Side Bar piece, about... "When those that ask "why" about this war, let them remember this day." I've had an {electric holiday} candle burning in one of our front windows, since 9/11.

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year...


Meggie said...

Happy New Year, BJ. Sounds like a perfect evening to welcome in 2008.

Anonymous said...

What a great way to start a new year. Looks like a great time.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Looks like you had a nice little evening!!

Cute Ad did make me smile!

Suzy said...

Hi sweet BJ,

I just want to congratulate on your birthday and to wish you a best year ever!
I thought of you on New Years Eve and I was sad that I didn't post birthday wishes for you, but it is never too late!?!
Hugs and kisses for you sweet BJ!

Cottage Contessa said...

BJ, you're awesome. I just love you sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)