"Joy" it is!

It seems almost impossible that another year has come and gone. I will have to get used to writing the year "2017." This is the time of year when New Year's resolutions are made, new beginnings forged, their "word" for the year pondered. I dunno, I'm not feeling it. It's winter, it's a time for quiet reflection and hibernation. I don't feel a need to make any resolute commitments for the year ahead, nor do I have a "word" for 2017, although when prodded I did pick the word "Joy."  It all started rather innocently, Yesterday evening something rather funny was said and I bursted our laughing. You know the kind of laughter that comes straight from your belly and it's like you've just experienced a really great ab work out? Ya, that kind. That's when I realized I haven't laughed like that in a really long time, I need to have more joy in my life. So there, I picked a word. "Joy" it is. I think New Year's falls during the wrong season, I feel like spring is a time that marks new beginnings, not the dead of winter. When I see buds bursting forth, green grass emerging, leaves unfurling and fragrant pines filling my senses, then I will feel that a new beginning is before me. Not now. But it's not up to me, whether I agree or not, a new year is before us.

The holidays this year came and went without much fanfare. We are close to finishing up our home so all of our time and attention was poured into that labor or love. I'm actually procrastinating right now as I need to go and finish prepping my hardwood floors for staining. But first, let me take a few more minutes to linger here. It feels good to get my thoughts out. Writing has always allowed me to release my pent up emotions and figure out all that is perplexing to me. Perhaps it's a safe place for me to give voice to the deep utterings inside that often lays hidden.

For now, I will keep this short and sweet. Here is a little video I made for Christmas. I also did a roundup of some of my favourite photos of 2016 which I have randomly placed throughout this blog post. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!


Wishing all of us a good year ahead.