We took a ride and saw a huge bear alongside the road, and I just had to take its picture:
Also, I watched someone taking a bath this morning and thought you'd enjoy peeping along with me:
This is a Brown Thrasher, and he was enjoying his morning bath in the old frying pan of water that we keep outside the kitchen window on the ground for the local critters to get a drink or a bath, whatever is needed. Some birds prefer to stay low to the ground, like this Thrasher. They rarely ever visit the other bird baths that are on a pedestal, so this is a good alternative for him after he "thrashes" about in the sand.
Did you have any particular favorite or fun gift that you received for Christmas? I received several wonderful things, but just wanted to share one or two with you for now:
I love pretty calendars, and this year I treated myself to this gift: (actually, the whole family will enjoy this all year long...so it wasn't just for me)
My dream has always been to have a cabin someday on a little lake...and as we continue to dream and look for our next home (if and whenever our current house ever sells) it would be my fondest desire to have a place like that. I doubt that it will be a "cabin" as there really aren't many such houses here in this area of Florida, but there are plenty of little lakes...if you can find a place that is affordable that isn't already over-crowded by all the other dreamers of living on a little lake some day. So, this calendar with pictures of "Cabin View" living may be as close as I get...but a girl can dream, can't she?
It's interesting that one of the month's pictures above in the calendar was of a group of swans. My hubby surprised me with these two beautiful cut glass swans. I think they are so lovely, don't you? He gave them to me, he said, for two reasons: One, The swans mate for life and this was significant for him to give to me, which was definitely not unappreciated by me...and the other was that the swan is a part of his mother's family crest. Her maiden name is Martin, and apparently there is a swan in the Martin family crest. This was something that was very significant to her, and this year being the year that she has left earth for heaven, it was a special way to remember her.
Here are a couple of other special gifts. Our youngest son loves to make things out of foil candy wrappers. Every year (and every occasion) he creates things for people...and this year was no exception. This is an "angel" that he made for me, but he apologized for the face. The red hearts were on the wrappers, but he says he's not happy for the way the face turned out. But the angel is special to me.
This creation was made for my hubby...and it is a Detroit Redwings Hockey Player from the past, Steve Yzerman, who was one of my hubby's favorite players:
Now, switching gears, this is another "gift"...again, something that I purchased with the intention of sharing it with someone else, but I am going to read it first...(I know, I should have bought TWO! but I'm cheap...or broke...)
Here is a quote from Ann Voskamp's introduction as she is explaining to her children about how stars are created from "explosions and collisions of elements. Stars are made from a breaking at their center..." Ann goes on to think about this further:
This may be a new theme for me for 2019. I am thinking about my "One Word" for the new year...and haven't really settled on anything yet...however this is speaking to me and may develop into something...but we will have to wait and see in the New Year when I make my final decision. This usually comes after much prayer and soul-searching to see where the Lord leads me. This past year my word was "renew", and that has taken me on quite a path to spiritual renewal and revival in my heart...and preparation for a new life in a new place hopefully in the new year. It will be interesting to see how the Lord leads again in this search for His Word for me in 2019.
Okay, friends. I think this is whetting my whistle for some great new adventures in the New Year...how about you? What are your hopes and dreams and goals for 2019? Maybe we will all be sharing those adventures with one another throughout the year here in our Friday Foto Friends! I look forward to going along with you on your adventures!! Have a blessed weekend and a Happy New Year!!!
Let us journey over to Deb's place at Breathing in Grace and visit with each other!! I know I am behind in reading what you all have been doing this past week. Hopefully we can get caught up eventually!!