Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Farewell January 2021

I mentioned in my previous post that January is a favorite month.
As we say farewell to the last week of January 2021, I decided
to document our snow event of this month.

The weather forecasters predicted we would get snow,
and we definitely did!  Snow in Austin January 2021.

I took the prediction seriously and 
covered all the containers and tender plants.
Other wise, cleaning up is a real mess and time consuming, 
not to mention expense to replace things.

January 10, 2021 will be remembered for record snowfall
in Central Texas with accumulation of up to nine inches.  

Fresh fallen snow offered 
Austin an unusual winter day.

It began early morning and continued throughout
the day, but temps never dropped to freezing.

By mid afternoon, snow across the city had knocked 
out power to thousands of homes, including ours.

The bird bath, usually full of visitors
 was all quiet and icy.

Our beautiful Capitol grounds January 10, 2021
Photo Credit, Richard F. Lyons
Yes, snow in Central Texas creates an event so rare,
that when we do get snow, its something to celebrate.

Image by Becky Kittleman, Austin Photographer 
I've often shared photos of our beloved 
Lady Bird Lake with its extensive hike and bide trail.  
Image above was captured the morning of January 10, 2021.

Snow Day Over Town Lake ~ artist Nancy Hoover, 2021
Local art teacher, Nancy Hoover, took inspiration 
from Becky's moody snowy image and created a gorgeous pastel
on gray paper, inspiring her students to create their own version.
I admire how life inspires art!  Thank you Becky and Nancy!

Farewell January 2021!

Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner Charming Homes and Gardens @ Shiplap and Shells  Embracing Home and Family @ The Everyday Farmhouse   Farmhouse Friday @ The Painted Hinge 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Snow Fun

J A N U A R Y  18th
~ World Day of the Snowman ~

Unlike many of my friends, January is 
actually a favorite month for me.

We don't often have severe winters here in central Texas. 
In fact our winter days can be a roller coaster
of temperatures and weather patterns.

A recent Sunday was one of those winter weather days!
We woke to heavy rain, but by 10 AM, 
snow was gently falling and continued till late in the day.

Areas west and north of town received considerable more
snow than the few inches that accumulated here. 

Our beautiful Capitol grounds January 10, 2021
Photo Credit, Richard F. Lyons

Families delighted in the winter wonderland, and snowmen 
could be seen in many outdoor spaces across Austin neighborhoods.

By Monday, the snow had dissolved, leaving vestiges of those
neighborhood snowmen standing on brown winter grass.
I know, not a very pretty sight! 

Most January days are 
simply cold and dreary here.

But, that's OK with me. 
I'm a fan of winter!

I get to dress Sadie in a favorite sweater,
though admittedly she doesn't like rain or snow.

She would rather be
 inside up on a comfy bed or .   .   .

In her favorite chair 
with her cuddly snowman.

You'll find me on the sofa with a cup of hot tea while 
the chef sips on his mug of hot chocolate.

Yes, January 
is a favorite month.

I get to celebrate my birthday in January, 
the birthdays of some dear friends,
and a great niece and nephew.

Are you living among snowy scenes, 
out playing in the snow and enjoying the winter sports?

I say,
"Let it snow!"

Have you ever built a snowman?

Or, how about a Snowhog?
Samantha posted photos on her FB page with the quote:
 "When you show hogs, you don't make snowmen!"
Is this not the cutest?  Talk about having fun in the snow!
Photo credit, Samantha McGinnis

Tell me, are you a fan?
Is January a favorite month for you?
What do you like to do in January?

Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner Charming Homes and Gardens @ Shiplap and Shells  Embracing Home and Family @ The Everyday Farmhouse   Farmhouse Friday @ The Painted Hinge 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Welcome 2021 ~ A New Year!

Rabbit, Rabbit

Welcome January 2021!
I hope everyone greeted the 1st
with Rabbit, Rabbit for good luck!

A peek back at  
New Year's Eve 2019.

We welcomed 2020 with a toast
and great expectations!

Little did we know what the 
year 2020 would bring!

Our champagne toasts this New Year's Eve 
welcomed 2021 with open arms
as we eagerly said goodbye to 2020.

Like all our celebrations in 2020
our table was set for two.

White tulips, Veuve Cliquot, and details of 
black and gold set the stage.

Festive horns were close at hand
to make a little noise!

Beautiful linens from Crown Linen Designs
offered an elegant touch perfect for a celebration.

And perfect for our dish stack and flatware 
that continued the black and gold theme.

Elegant Gold Rimmed Glass Chargers
Robert Stanley Collection Purple Dinner Plates 
Smashing Plates Celebration Salads Hand Painted In Gold
222 Fifth Clock Cocktail Plates
Gold Ball Stems
MacKenzie-Childs Black Tie Flatware

The buffet offered a melange of tasty treats.

Our friendly butler with 
pretty cookies from Hayles Cookies.

Oreo candy canes and a cone of a
new favorite sweet/salty mix.

Seriously! ~ A friend sent us a big bag of this deliciousness!  Thank you, Janice!
It's a sweet and salty mix coated in 
white chocolate and confectionary sugar.
Yes, it is perfect and addictive!!!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Pop the cork and raise a toast 
to a year of good health for all!

Cheers Y'all!

Leave a comment and tell me about your 
New Year's Eve 2020.
Did you start the year with a kiss?