But first saying goodbye to the past (which is last week, lol)











The Good: Afterglow of a surprise from a brother in Holland to his sis in the USA a week ago.

  • This collage is from Smilebox – could have made a better choice, but this is what it is:)
  • Awesome daughter made the perfect Beef Wellington (left top), who
  • immediately started helping with Macenzie’s first lego set.
  • Boo with his uncle (pretending to help),
  • San Francisco Airport, and
  • a shot with our oversees son who just wrote his first novel last month -what a ZEAL. We see him about every two years. We’re a tribe of 14, sorry- not pics of everyone this year
    (Randomosity, Mosaic collage, ABC Wed., Fri Hunt)



At the beginning of the year it’s good to review what is important.


The Fun: we are a family of travel
Blue Monday, Travel Tue, Communal Global, Travel Photo Thurs





The Random: Places of nature have a high priority. Camellia soon to bloom (in California)! Nature Notes, Floral Fri Foto, Todays Flowers



*Fri Hunt
Begin with A: Afterglow (1)
Weeks Favorite: Reflection of bridge
Beginning: The beginning of the year 2017




A DOOR (under the second arch from the right – the others are all windows!) of Star Mill Coffee in Old Town Sac. (2nd on right)
Coffee is a high necessity
(Thurs. Door, Tue Treasure)



After John Sutter came in 1839 to the American River,  the Gold Rush in 1848 created this commercial center. First called Sutter’s Embarcadero, became (now: Old Town) Sacramento. It was back then a “trading center for miners outfitting themselves in the gold fields.” (info@oldsacramento.com)






Uh, is it safe to come out in the New Year?
The direction we are going is important to us. We care about what is happening in the country we live in. (Tue Texture, Fri Greens, Sat. Critters)








Romans knew roads and bridges are necessary for travel. Sometimes we need to build a bridge (in our mind) to get to the other side of an issue

 Week. Reflection at the landing
in the harbor of Old Sacramento





For Wordless Wednesday, Good Fences and Sky Watch



Join the fun weekly to share your experience of the SEASON


Link your photo every Sunday through Wednesday evening
this is a meme/challenge solely from Jesh StG from ArtWorks
No other hosts are involved ♥♥♥


Thanks to All the Hosts
Blue Monday Randomosity  * Mosaic Monday  * Our world  *
Texture Tue * Nature Notes  Tue Treasures  * Tue Travel*
ABC Wed– Zeal  * Outdoor Wed * Communal Global * Wordless Wed *
Thurs. DoorFloral Fri Foto  *Thankful Thursday * Sky Watch* Good Fences  * Travel Photo Thurs *
Weekend Reflect Fri Photo Journal  *  Fri Greens * Pierced Wonderings *
Sat. Critters Maleviksrosen * Our beautiful World  *


39 thoughts on “A NEW BEGINNING

  1. That is the cutest little thing I’ve ever seen! Your reflection on the direction we are going, I think is what we are all thinking. Thanks for sharing your art with us!


  2. Looks like time with the family over the Holidays was wonderful. Dinner sounded great!
    Congrats to your son on his novel. I hope he sells lots.

    The reflection in your bridge image is lovely and very painterly. The thought along with the image is poignant.

    #1 Grandson loves Legos! I hope your little one there does too. Just last night I was helping him build a Batman, Superman, Lex Luther Junior Lego set he received for his birthday. The pieces are small so there are a lot of them and it took all evening. This evening. He’s taking apart the Bat-cave part and reinventing it. FUN STUFF for him. I like that he’s being creative.

    Have a wonderful evening. I bet dinner was great. It’s always nice when someone prepares it. 🙂


  3. Wonderful photos and thoughts for the New Year, Jesh! How wonderful that your brother could visit for the holidays. Nothing better than family and friends to celebrate with. Happy 2017 to you!

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  4. That was a fun post. How exciting for you with the family visits. – Loved the cute little possum and your pretty fence scene. Lots of great stuff here. Hope to join in on Seasons this month now that things are settling back to a more normal routine.


  5. Hi Jesh

    You asked where I got the Gluten Free Trifle recipe I made for Christmas? I actually thought of it myself. I made a box brand Gluten free chocolate 8×8 cake and cut it up into cubes. I made a gf chocolate pudding mix in a bowl and purchased a can of cherries in syrup, making sure they were gluten free, and then whipped fresh cream. To assemble I placedhalf of the cubes of cake till it filled the bottom of the trifle bowl. then added half the pudding, then half the cherries and then half of the whip cream, and then repeated all the layers a second time, using up all the ingredients. Chill. Serve by dipping a large spoon through the layers and onto a plate. My grandsons loved it!


  6. Hello, spending time with the family during the holidays is special, Happy New year to you all. Love the pretty , camellia and the opossum? Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!


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