Sunday, January 6, 2019

Hello 2019

HELLO 2019!

We rang in the New Year 
quietly here at home.

A bottle of our favorite champagne was chilled, and
we popped the cork as the clock struck midnight.

How did you welcome in the New Year?

Have you given thought to 
what will be in 2019?

Later, on our morning walk, Sadie reminded me, 
"It's the first of January and time to turn over a new leaf!"

She thinks more walks around 
the neighborhood is a good goal.

~ 2019 ~
I've given lots of thought this past week as to
what's on the horizon for me this year.

 I intend to turn over a new leaf with my needlepoint habit.
There are many WIP in my stitching basket that need my attention.
Each of these Christmas pieces are so close to being completed.
2019 is the year!!!

I picked up these three petite hearts at a local thrift. 
They were too cute and too inexpensive to pass up.
Hopefully they will be stitched in time for Valentine 2020.

An avid stitcher friend suggests I thread up three needles 
and at least stitch that every day.  I'm currently at work on these.
So far I've stitched everyday this year and fully intend to
have these darling eggs finished for my Easter basket come April.

Reading more is another focus for the year ahead.
I've become too lax about spending time reading on
line instead of reaching for good literature.
That is about to change, starting with Kate Williams'
A fan of historical fiction, I'm enchanted!
What is on your reading list?

That brings me to Hyacinths for the Soul.
I began HFTS in 2009 as a creative outlet in my retirement.
HFTS has brought me much joy these past nine years, mostly
because of the amazing friendships formed along the way.
I hope to continue this creative process, but like many,
I find myself blogging less and sharing more often on IG.
In between blog posts, you can find me on Instagram as SJPA48.
Hope to see you there as well.

❤️ ~ ❤️ ~ ❤️ ~ ❤️ ~ ❤️

Let's all count the bubbles and let 2019 sparkle!

Thank you to Nancy Thomas Gallery for allowing 
me to share this clever annimation.
You can find more of Nancy Thomas' creative art here.
You can also find her on IG as nancythomasgallery.

The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. I think Sadie is on the right track. That photo and caption is priceless. Happy new year!

  2. Happy first MosaicMonday in 2019. I enjoyed your post and love Sadie...

    ...Hope for springtime! Wish you a very good New Year with health and lucky moments.

  3. I have big plans for 2019 to purge big and streamline living! There will definitely be less time for blogging, but visiting friends virtually is the next best thing to visiting in real life. Cheers to our goals!

  4. Sarah, you definitely brought in the New Year in beautiful fashion! I am a fan of needlepoint, but I never learned. Maybe that could be one of my goals for 2019. I am an avid reader and historical fiction is my favorite. This book should be on my reading list for the year. Wishing you all the best in 2019!

  5. Happy New Year! May many Hyacinths find their way to you this year. :)

  6. Happy New Year Sarah! I had to chuckle at Sadie and “time for a new leaf”! I’m in love your with CC Easter eggs you're stitching! I need to find time for more reading of books too. . .currently my daily reading is of blogs. :) Wishing you, the Chef & Miss Sadie a Happy & Healthy New Year!

  7. Have a WONDERFUL many FUN projects!!

  8. Happy New Year, dear Sarah!! Love to see all of your stitch projects - beautiful!!

  9. Your resolutions are similar to mine Sarah, draw everyday, finish the needlepoint Mardi Gras jester I started last year, finish the baby blanket I'm crocheting for a friend that got lost during the holidays, and reading more! I do love historical fiction, I must check out your book! Happy 2019!

  10. What a grand beginning to the new year! You remind me of how much I loved needlepoint; I may have to begin again. And I just posted my reading list a few posts down. Or rather, last year's! Onward to more books!

    I hope you don't quit blogging entirely. I do love your space and visiting here and never go to instagram. Not enough personality for me. Happiest of new years!

  11. Here's to a healthy, happy New Year! Sadie is right on! Your needlepoint will be so fabulous when finished. Your new year celebration looked so perfect. Sometimes quiet is the best!

  12. Happy New Year! I'm hoping that 2019 sees me blogging more but also taking care of myself. Hugs.

  13. Sadie has a good idea and is adorable. Hope you get those wonderful projects finished. Happy 2019


  14. I hope you continue to blog my friend! I love visiting with you here and following you on your trips...and seeing how you are decorating! I'm reading and just started a David Rosenfelt mystery. He's a favorite author and I love all of his books! Happy new year!

  15. Hi Sarah, The only thing I've decided on for 2019 is reading the Bible 5 days a week. You have some good challenges ahead. A very Happy New Year to you!

  16. Sarah - we spent NYE with our daughter and her boyfriend at a speakeasy-themed party that was a fundraiser for her employer, a small theatre in Cincinnati. It was a blast! I have some ideas for 2019 goals, but haven't really finalized anything. I could definitely buy into your stitching goal! By the way, I have always used PicMonkey for my collages, and I still do - I am not sure what you are experiencing in the way of changes? Thanks for linking up to Mosaic Monday with a golden touch!

  17. Dearest Sarah,
    We too had a quiet New Year's Eve with only a small bottle of Heidsieck champagne.
    Wish that this year I finally could start reading more; love to do that but stil so much to be done.
    First to chronicle our trips so Pieter continues to enjoy reading them. Also I have to make our videos digital... still decluttering the 'old' formats and trying to update. Slides were the first I managed, then the negatives (still some old ones left to look over) and all photo albums. Writing the stories to the photos from our special trips is the easy part.
    Need to get back to biking as well, due to my tutoring since August I've not found the time for doing so...
    Sending you hugs and wishing you and the Chef a happy 2019 and the same for Sadie girl!

  18. Sarah, Happy New Year, my friend. I'm so glad to see that you will continue to blog. So many are going the other way, I guess. I can't imagine quitting, I just love to do it. I love the writing, the photography, and the dear friends I have made. I love that little girl's wish to turn over new leaves, I'm with her. We went to bed at 10:00 and slept right through the new year. Celebrating before was just as good. Too old for any other way..Happy Monday..xxoJudy

  19. Happy New Year, Sarah. We brought 2019 in quietly at home, too, with a cheese fondue and some lovely Riesling, but we were in bed asleep before the year turned.
    Many bloggers, including me, are also on Instagram, but I don't find it as chatty or friendly as blogging, so I won't be giving it up any time soon.
    Sadie has the right idea about getting outdoors as much as possible.

  20. Happy New Year, Sarah. I am glad you will still blog as inspiration strikes. I love your vignette.

  21. I love your New Year photos and your dog is so cute <3 yes, let's the 2019 sparkle!

  22. Happy New Year!! Glad to hear you will continue to blog. I have made the same decision but will Blog at my own pace when I feel I have something worth sharing!

  23. Happy New Year dear Sarah! Love your pretty New Year's vignette. Like you we had a bottle of champagne but I was not feeling the NY's spirit and we went to bed early saving it for a healthier day. Can't believe the year has turned over already, seems last year went by in a flash. I plan to find more time for reading, something I love to do but lately can't find a lot of time. Looking to a more healthy lifestyle with recipes, walks and more sleep! Hope 2019 is a happy and healty one for you and M............Love.

  24. Your Sadie is a cutie and so right about turning over a new leaf. Joy is my word for 2019. For that matter, the rest of my life. :-) Good cheer to you.

  25. Happy New Year! I love your posts, and I hope that you'll blog more in 2019. I love IG, too, but it isn't the same as blogging. I'm hoping to blog more this year, too.

    I love your pretty New Year's Eve vignette! And Sadie has the right idea about the New Year. She makes my heart happy when I see her on your blog!


  26. Sadie always makes me smile, Sarah! Your goals this year are very achievable ones. I look forward to seeing your finished projects. Happy 2019 to you and your Chef!

  27. Reading more is on my list of personal goals for 2019 - I have a tall stack off books next to my bed.

    That picture of Sadie with the leaf cracks me up.

    Happy New Year!

  28. I love those thrifted hearts, Sarah! Happy New Year & thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  29. Sarah,
    Looks like you brought in the new Year right. Sadie is so adorable. Please stop by Over The Moon Linky Party since you are being featured.


  30. My blog will be 9 in May! I agree I blog a lot less than I used to. So glad to be part of TTT because it gets me doing it more. Life just seems so busy and Instagram is so easy although I took a break from it too. Hugs and love the stitchery!

  31. Sadie's got the sweetest face. Thank goodness for our fur babies. :)


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