Weekly Photo Challenge: Wishing You a Happy New Year with a Photo Year in Review.

I remember a little conversation I had with myself on December 31, 2011. I made a mental note, almost a declaration, that I was going to do all I could to slow down. I was not going to rush from one calendar event to the next. There would be no talk about “how time flies.”

I was about as determined as I could be to savor the moments and enjoy the year.

Despite my self-talk, time DID fly. In fact, this year passed in what feels like record time, and yet I discovered that at the same time I DID savor so many precious moments. This was a challenging year for our family, but it was also a very good year. A happy year.

I don’t always have time to follow WordPress topic prompts, but when it was suggested I might enjoy the weekly photo challenge: My 2012 in Pictures, I thought that would be fun. I spend a lot of time looking back at favorite photos, so I decided to play along.

Here are some of my favorites in a 12-month review. Just scroll over the photos to reveal the caption.

So here we are at another year’s end, December 31, 2012. Tonight Jay and I are headed to the Disney Concert Hall for a New Year’s Eve performance. Pasadena is gearing up for its famous Happy New Year Party with marching bands and majestic floral floats, the 124th Annual Rose Parade, themed, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”  If you are unfamiliar with this marvelous event, I shared some photos last year and you can review them here.

This year I won’t bother to have the discussion about slowing down. It’s going to be a very full year, and anyway, I have had to take a closer look at myself. I am always on the go to somewhere, and I don’t do a lot to invest in slowing down. Time to get real!

And I’m tremendously pleased and looking forward to our son getting married this year. We will be welcoming a new daughter into the family sometime this spring or early summer. There’s a ring and a promise…and they’re working on the details.

So another year comes to a close and seamlessly a new year begins. And I’ll wish everyone a year of finding happiness and contentment in each day whether you’re interested in slowing down or not. Simply put, Happy New Year!

A happy New Year! Grant that I

May bring no tear to any eye

When this New Year in time shall end

Let it be said I’ve played the friend,

Have lived and loved and labored here,

And made of it a happy year.

—Edgar A. Guest

We wish you a joy-filled Christmas…and a peaceful New Year!

This year my life  has expanded to include so many  thoughtful and interesting, kind and compassionate, fun and humor-filled friends from all over the world. I am so much the better for it!  And I wish each and every one…

Christmas Greetings

And thank you to my family (particularly my daughter) for allowing me to  so liberally share our granddaughters Sophia and Karina.  And there will be new Darwin adventures in the coming year. He sends his holiday greetings to you, too.

Peace, Debra

The Rose Parade on the 2nd? No, It just doesn’t feel right.

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Jay frequently refers to us as a couple of fireballs! Yep! That’s us.  Our big New Year’s Eve revelry included a late afternoon matinée.  War Horse is a quality movie and I highly recommend it. It wasn’t a particularly festive movie, however.  Jay also frequently compliments that I’m a cheap date. That’s also true.  We returned home from our afternoon movie to an evening of Pad Thai and Netflix.  It works for me!

And as I post, most of the world, including New York City and Chicago, has already rung in the New Year. Denver is about to cross-over and California still has more than an hour of 2011 left to count down. But here’s the thing.  It doesn’t FEEL like New Year’s Eve.  You see, we live a stones throw from the Rose Parade route, but the typical buzz of activity we always anticipate is noticeably subdued to downright non-existent. For the 18th time in Pasadena history the Rose Parade is pushed to Monday. More than 100 years ago, when horses pulled the floats, it was feared that churchgoers would be disturbed by tethered horses and the “Never on Sunday” rule was put permanently into place.

Despite the change in schedules, we still kept a few traditions of our own. On Friday we took Sophia and Karina to see some local float decorating, but we failed to factor in the delay and the project was barely underway.  Then today we drove down the parade route and with the exception of scaffolding and bleachers the streets were oddly absent the tents, portable grills and street campers holding spots for the parade.  Parade watchers aren’t even allowed to being gathering until sometime on the 1st.

Nope! It just doesn’t feel right.

No flowers yet! But lots of grass.

Volunteers were slowly gathering on Friday to apply flowers, seeds and grass to the Sierra Madre Float.  The progress was barely underway making it a rather abstract visual experience for the girls.  A picture would have to do!

It is hard to believe that by Monday morning’s parade the float will have 10,000 Chrysanthemums, 10,000 Carnations, 10,000 Roses as well as Iris, Gerbera Daisies, Germinis, Liatris, and Bells of Ireland. The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association dubbed the float a rolling flower box!

And then today’s view of the parade route was significantly lackluster.

Just an ordinary Pasadena day! I missed the waving out-of-town campers.  No, it couldn’t be New Year’s Eve!

Holliston Ave Methodist Church

Sunday worshippers won’t have horses to contend with, but I wonder how they like the portable “facilities.”

Everything is ready and in place.  Now sometime tomorrow, the 1st, people will begin to congregate for January 2nd revelry.  It just doesn’t feel right!

But warmest wishes for a Happy New Year…even if I don’t celebrate much before Monday! Debra