Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reflections of 2011

2011 was a busy year at Lavender Cottage.  My husband ripped up the carpet to lay hardwood floor and we had a new countertop, backsplash, sink and tap put in the kitchen.
Being a tea granny, when daughter #2 saw a unique stage coach-looking tea wagon for sale, we bought it and found that they were supposedly made for Wells Fargo executives.
In April, just before Easter my mother passed away.  She was in a nursing home with Alzheimer's for a number of years and didn't remember any of us.  At least she's with my father again.
I was privileged to achieve two milestones as a freelance garden writer.  My column, 'The Gardener's Corner' marked 10 years in The Innisfil Scope newspaper in June and by August, I'd churned out my 500th column.  My logo as it appears at the top of each article...
This year we travelled to some basketball and volleyball games to see one of our twin granddaughters play.  Cassandra is quite the athlete and wins many awards.
Topaz likes to stay with the grands Sam and Mia at their house and they don't mind his doggy kisses.
 We managed to spend time with both daughters and families for the holiday, one on Christmas day and the other on boxing day.
In the summer I switched from a PC to a MacBook laptop and have to say I'm really pleased with the change.  A little different to operate but well worth the extra money to buy and the support is excellent.
Today I finished an article for Footprints, the magazine I write for and had bought some fresh tulips and daffodils to photograph.  So, I wish to share their beauty with you too my blogging friends; thank you for a great year of visits and your friendship.  Welcome to new followers and thanks to those who have been following my blog for awhile.
Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year!


  1. Sounds like you and your family had a great year in 2011. I wish you all the best in 2012 too. Happy New Year!

  2. Sounds like a great year and some wonderful memories in there for you. I LOVE your teacart. How unique. Happy New Year.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  3. You had a wonderful event filled year Judith. I know that your Grandchildren are the light of you and your hubby's life and well they should be. Oh I should mention that Topaz is up there too. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful New Year and I will be checking into the Lavender Cottage on a regular basis to see what is new. :) Valerie

  4. Yes - this was delightful! Happy 2012!

  5. Delightful:-) I wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy 2012.

  6. Sounds like a terrific year!
    Happy New Year!! Hope your year is filled with many blessings!


  7. What a wonderful commentary on your year! I LOVE your tea trolley! How funny about it being made for a bank! Congratulations of your writing achievements and family is always so wonderful! Happy New Year!

  8. We share the loss of our mothers, this year. Nonetheless, there was much goodness in the past 12 months. Congratulations on your writing milestones! Three cheers!

  9. Judith, a lovely recap of your year! All the best in 2012. Happy New Year!

  10. A year with some accomplishment and significant loss - 2012 was a year to remember. Spending time over the holidays with each of your daughters must have been wonderful!
    I wish you all the best in 2012 - continued success with your writing and all good things!

  11. Hello my friend. I hope 2012 brings you peace, joy and health. You have beautiful grandchildren Judith. Take care, Jen.

  12. Hi Judith, so glad to read this....really lets me know more about you. I am impressed and your pictures truly made me smile; especially the sweet doggie kisses. So cute!

    Thanks for being such a kind friend and your dear comments.

    Wishing only the best for you and your family in 2012.


  13. I just love coming here. This summary was fun to read. Your granddaughter there is stunning!! I have to say my jaw dropped when I saw that stage coach tea cart...oh my! You inspire me thru the year, I just think you must be super awesome. Blessings to you and yours in 2012!

  14. Hi Judith, You had a mixed year, like most of us do. Glad it ended well and those tulips and daffodils are so colorful and pretty! Happy New Year!
    Hugs, Beth

  15. Hi Judith,

    It sounds like 2011 was a great year for you with the exception of your mother's passing. I wish we could all say the same. I do hope 2012 is good to us.

  16. Dear Judith, I'm so impressed with your achievements and the milestones you reached as a writer. 500 columns is a tremendous accomplishment! I appreciate all you share here throughout the year and wish you much joy in 2012. – g


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