Thursday, December 30, 2010

Reflections of 2010

2010 was a busy year at Lavender Cottage.  My husband retired the end of January..........
which left him free to tackle a large 'honey do' list.  And he did.
But, before the work began, we spent almost 2 weeks in Florida with our youngest daughter and family having a great old time.
We went on a pirate ship cruise where we all dressed like pirates and the little mateys like our grandson Sam here, soaked the adults with their water pistols.
In the spring, more grass was removed from the backyard by putting a layer of newspaper to smother it and then soil or pea gravel right on top.  This method works really well and saves a lot of work.
The indoor renovations began with ripping out all the carpet and laying hardwood flooring which Glenn did himself with some help from our son-in-law.  The kitchen counter top and back splash were selected at Lowes and they had their workers install for us.  Glenn added under cabinet lights, a bookshelf for my cookbooks and painted the tea cupboard.  Whew!  Is he ever glad he's finished.
Of course the icing on the cake this year was our much anticipated cruise to Alaska with a day in Victoria first to visit the famous Butchart Gardens.  You can hear another person's story about being there and look at pictures, but being at Butchart in the flesh to see the beauty with your own eyes is a fantastic experience.
And, lastly this year I met some really nice bloggers, and it is the friendship that develops between us that makes it a pleasurable pastime.  I appreciate everyone that visits to read what I have to share.
I started participating in weekly tea parties this year too and for a passionate tea granny, it has been a lot of fun.
Thank you for enriching my life and I wish you all a healthy, happy new year.


  1. Your little pirate is absolutely adorable. I was stopping by because I wanted to wish you a happy new year and thank you for being a follower of my blog. It means a lot to me. Thank you. May your new year be filled with laughter, more joy than sorrow, peace, and wisdom. Blessings to you. Happy new year!

  2. I wish you same right back, Judith! It's been lovely 'meeting' you on your blog and I've enjoyed all your posts. I wish I'd known you were in Victoria - I'd have come down to meet the ship!

  3. Hi Judith
    What a wonderful year in review. You folks have been busy. I don't realize how much I do until I look at my posts for 2010. This is the first year for blogging and visiting so many wonderful folks. Great stories, beautiful inspiration and positive outlook on life is the theme of blogland. What will 2011 bring? I don't know, but bring it on!!!!
    Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner

  4. It has been my pleasure to visit your blog.

  5. What a lovely post Judith. You did have a good year. Best Wishes f or 2011. We have so many things to see and do my friend.

  6. Hello Judith, What a great year you have had, having Glenn home must be wonderful, a pirate cruise how fun is that!! Wishing you a wonderful New Years eve and a great next year, I look forward to watching and enjoying it with you! I am so glad to call you a friend :-)
    Hugs to you!

  7. Hi Judith,
    all in all it has been a busy and successful year to you and your husband. I wish you and our family a very Happy New Year full of Health, Luck and Joy.
    Greetings, Johanna

  8. Thanks for recapping the joys of 2010. I'm glad you had a good year and wish you and your family a wonderful 2011. I am so glad you and I are blogging friends.
    Blessings, Beth

  9. Happy New Year Judith ~ thank you for your sweet note. It is such a delight to have your friendship ... have enjoyed you & look forward to many more fabulous times together.

    Love your yearly highlights ... the wee one is precious!

    TTFN ~ Marydon

  10. I just jumped over to your blog and I really enjoyed reading it. We seem t have a lot in common.I will be back and hope you visit me. I plan to spend more time blogging this year.Happy New Year!

  11. Busy year with so many accomplishments! I'd love to see the gardens in BC so I must get my passport up to date. Best wishes for a wonderful 2011 to you and your family. ♥♫

  12. Oh, I do remember these things! Lovely going down memory lane! So glad I met you through blogging - truly appreciate you!
    Happy New Year,

  13. What a wonderful year you have had. Your kitcehn is beautiful and it sounds like you have had a lot of fun vacations. May 2011 be as wonderful and full of fun and adventure for you!

  14. It sounds like hubbie is not retired after all. I wish you and your lovely family a happy and healthy New Year!
    Lady Estelle

  15. Happy New Year to you too Judith. It was nice to hear about the tea parties. I also got grandda. a little pottery tea set-- thankfully she can use it over a carpet for now until she gets older. We had fun!


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