Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

December 31, 2013

Another Year Gone By

2013 got off to a rough start, at least for me, and it seemed also for a lot of my friends, judging from my Facebook newsfeed.  There was a lot of frustration with vehicle repair issues, and then losing power after the blizzard in Feb. definitely sucked out loud.  The summer was long, hot and humid and I was a prisoner in my house for days at a time.  August was extremely social and full of photographic junkets on the few cool, dry days we got.  Yet I can't really remember what all I did while I was trapped in the house all summer.  I know I made stuff, but I have better memories of the summers of 2011 and 2012 than I do 6 months ago!  My fave part of the year was spending time with the kids.  

I was pleased we were able to get a few things we've needed for awhile.  My new recliner and camera are awesome.  And a generator....that's the best.  It's also nice to have a small wood kitchen table instead of a card table.

It snowed a few times this month, although we didn't have a white Christmas.  I managed to get a few snaps of the lights reflecting on the snow before the rain washed it all away.

Sunrise on 12/19.

Pepperbean rocking the comfy coziness on a cold winter day.  I put the blanket on her.  I had it on both dogs, but Sagan promptly got off the couch, wanting nothing to do with yet another photo op.  I've figured out that I can get them to stop pestering me if I point a camera at them.  That usually makes them turn away and go lay down.

We had a quiet holiday season.  I ran out of time to take night pics of the lights in town and in Sandwich. The weather just didn't cooperate at all.  It was either bitter cold, snowing or raining. I did enjoy getting together with some women in Sandwich one night, as one was in from China! She's lived there for 21 years and is a teacher there.  She said she was only supposed to stay for 2 years!  My cousins came up from Maryland right after Christmas and I visited with them as well.  I was also asked to take Christmas pics of our great nieces, Abi & Katie.  This is the first time I've ever shot portraits of humans, let alone babies! But I think they came out really well.

This one really makes me laugh.  It looks like Abi's pulling Katie's hat down and saying, 'Pay no attention to her! I'M the star here....'

Such sweet girls!!!  They were good as gold for the shoot.

Christmas Eve.

New toys for the puppies on Christmas day.

We visited w/ my mom on Christmas morning and then went to his sister's to visit his family before coming home to cook.  The youngest came over for dinner around 3.  Mom finally let me take the small jar of beach glass that I found in the 70s and 80s.  The jar has been on the hallway window sill since I was a kid, and many of these pieces are over 40 years old.  I noticed how much thicker the glass is too.

Sunset Christmas day.

The weather's been so erratic, temperature-wise.  It's either 20* or 50*.  It got super cold a couple days after Christmas.

This is the hood of my car.  My friends pointed out that it looks like a mountain range as seen from a plane.

I was amazed at this almost perfectly round spot of different frost patterns.


Close up of the patterns in the circle.

My stepdaughter and her boyfriend celebrated Christmas with us on the 28th.  I made these cupcakes for our get together.

Oh yeah!  Michelle sent me another box of pure awesomeness!!

This fibre is gorgeous.  So many colours with hints of gold sparkly thread.

Seriously, what's not to love about this stuff?!

When my nose gets cold, it's really uncomfortable, and for some reason, that happens a lot, even when I have the heat on.  Nothing I do seems to warm it up either.  Last year I mentioned it in passing to Michelle, and teased that I wanted her to knit me a little teeny blanket for my nose with thread on either side that I'd hook around my ears.  Instead, she knitted me this freakin AWESOME cowl that slips over my head and I can pull it up around my ears and nose, while keeping my hands & eyes free.  It works like a charm and I've been wearing it quite a bit.  It keeps my neck so toasty too.

As soon as I saw the fibre, I knew exactly what I was going to do for my first project with it.  I made a coiled little basket out of clothesline wrapped with the fibre.

It's quite small and I could have continued to make it taller but I stopped at this level.  I worked with 3 foot lengths at a time to avoid massive tangling, and used a tapestry needle to help with the wrapping and securing each coil to the one below it.  I was gonna top it with beads but I think I'll leave it plain.  As usual, this was just a prototype to see if I could remember how to make this (I made on in the late 90s from a kit and fortunately, I'd saved the instructions).

It's hard to believe this is our 3rd New Years Eve together and coming up on our 3rd anniversary on January 7.  We are talking more about getting married sooner rather than later, and it just may happen in 2014.  We want his son & fiancee' to be present, so we will have to coordinate when they are able to come out from Ohio.  My stepdaughter is my maid of honour and I am pretty sure that the boys will be the best men. It'll be really small, just the kids & us, I think.  Then later on we'll have something at the Legion or somewhere, for our friends to celebrate with us, eat and so forth.  I still get the butterflies when we're together and I look forward to taking his name.  I'm very blessed and grateful to have so may great friends and family.  I love my stepkids very much and I am so pleased that they love me too.  They see their dad happy for the first time ever and I really love making new memories together as a family.

I hope 2014 is a healthy and prosperous year for all of you!  


  1. Hi JoJo, sounds like 2014 will be a good year for you :) I am glad I 'found' you during the A-Z, love reading your blog and seeing your photographs :)
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe

  2. Anonymous9:46 AM

    It sounds like you had a beautiful Christmas. I love the dog paw peace sign. It's adorable. You are so talented. Here's to an awesome and Happy New Year!

  3. Your camera is really good. What a year you've had. My granddaughters are Abi and Katie too. Love all you handcrafted goods keep on doing them. Have a lovely new year and the rest of the year ahead too. x

  4. Happy new year, Ms Crafter...yes, nice camera! But I love your sweet doggies best, sweethearts with their toys!!!!

    Hope the next year is good for you... and yeah, my memory does that too. Its called a cognitive bias (I is smart) and I've been reading about them. Happens as you get older. (Like so much else!)
    Check this link:
    specifically the ones titled "context effect" (if nothing is "happening" then harder to remember) and "spacing effect" and my favorite new thing to meditate on, "telescoping effect".

    Love ya and Happy New Year! :)

  5. I forgot to say "Happy New Weir"!

  6. Have a wonderful New Year's and new year, JoJo.
    So glad for our e-connection.

  7. Happy New's hoping your 2014 will be full of happy surprises. Love your pictures. That reflection of Christmas lights on the snow was a slice of awesome. ♥

  8. Happy New Year JoJo! May 2014 be as full of colour as 2013 was... great photos!

  9. Awww, what a lovely recap, even with all the summer sweating and car nastiness! Your Christmas photos are gorgeous, and lucky you getting all that cool bling!

    Happy New Year, dear friend! oxox

  10. Anonymous12:37 PM

    Awwww....another wonderful walk through your life :0) Merry New Year dear Jojo and family!

  11. Jojo - I really enjoyed reading your recap! I wish you the happiest new year!

  12. Anonymous1:16 PM

    First of all, I love the pics you take and post, they're always so beautiful.. And the hood of your car does look like a mountain range! Which of course makes it my fave next to those adorable kiddos. :) Wow, what a year you have coming up. Fingers, toes and eyes all crossed for those upcoming nuptials. ;) Happy New Year JoJo, may it be your best EVER! :)

  13. Ugh! Small children. More furbabies please! Is it just the flash or does Pepper have some cataracts forming?

  14. Abi and Katie are adorable.
    I really enjoyed reading your recap of 2013 (must admit it was one of those BLAH years - hope 2014 will be a sparkling and enjoyably memorable one.

    Michelle's box of goodies to you is indeed a treasure chest and I'm sure it will fill you with inspirations along with providing you with many hours of crafting entertainment.

    And last but not least, congratulations and all my best wishes for your upcoming nuptials. Looks like 2014 is going to be a very special year indeed ! :)