The link is open  this week till Friday  (Jan. 5) , noon, Pacific time.

Right after that,  follows
WEEKEND JOURNAL PAGE  January 5, 2018 (click ) to refresh your memory, or if you are new,  what this is about ).

How have you been?
Beautiful and significant moments around Christmas time, and even the day before New Years Eve when all my adult “children” with their families to look at my latest paintings. I lured them with 7-layer dip and appelflappen (the New Years customary apple doughnut) to take the 2 hr. trip to our house.

Now, am excited to get back into Seasons!
TO ALL OF YOU,  HAPPY SEASONS for the NEW YEAR 2018. That it may be a fruitful year of all your endeavors, a meaningful year for relationships, and your pantries overflowing with good food!
Up to a new year, full of  fun and interest around the globe!



Still in a holiday mood! Christmas came very early this year with a present of a blogger sending a box of delicious persimmons. I added a few of them here, while I was decorating my living room windows.

What is so interesting is that this is only the second time I had persimmons. The first time was also a gift! From a single mom who I suspected had loads of creativity, so I gave her the first brushes, paint and canvas. I was right  – her first painting looked like she had been painting for years! Then she confided that her dad was an artist in San Francisco!



A New Year – a new adventure. We had this adventure in 2014 while in 1849
many around the globe came here on an adventure panning gold in
the rivers, rocks, anywhere possible around the main artery of gold,
which was highway 49 – what caught my eye, glistening white rocks
in the riverbed here (gold???) on that same highway
with a magnificent view around Coulter.




The nights have been around zero outside, but no snow yet!

On New Years Eve most Dutch people are munching on apple doughnuts /fritters  and oliebollen (same batter, but the last with a round shape filled with raisins), a Dutch tradition for this time of year.


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13 Comments Add yours

  1. kenschneider says:

    I am so impressed with your creative energy. How many people passed by that old concrete pier and failed to see its beauty! Never have tried persimmons except maybe in jam. Best wishes for a happy and fulfilling New Year!

  2. Jackie says:

    I need to find a new artistic outlet!
    Happy New Year!

  3. Thank you for all the lovely parties you’ve hosted in 2017. Looking forward to 2018! HNY!

  4. Appelflappen sounds delightful. It looks like rain is heading our way on Wednesday. So maybe you’ll get snow soon. Happy New Year, Jesh!

  5. I’d drive2+2 hours to sample your appelflappen and see your art works, Jesh! May 2018 bring you and your family health, happiness and prosperity!

  6. That photo of the river is magic!

  7. IN SUMMER says:

    Happy New Year, Jesh. Thank you for hosting!

  8. Happy New Year! Wishing you good health, happiness, peace, and prosperity in 2018. Thank you for hosting all year long

  9. Sasa S. says:

    Happy New Year to you and yours.
    And thanks for hosting every week and for all of your nice comments you always send back.
    ps: in Slovenia we have snow only above 700m high

  10. bettyl - NZ says:

    I hope your new year brings many lovely moments to remember 🙂

  11. One year finishes and a new one begins – I wish your year to be happy, healthy, safe, creative and inspirational.

  12. I’m hungry now for an ollibollen even though I’ve never tasted one (yet)… Your winter and adventure photos are so lovely … as always your photos are like paintings!! Thank you so much for hosting (and for visiting everyone who links up) and Happy New Year!

  13. Mascha says:

    Looks like a famous celebration.
    I very like persimonns, often buy them. We have them here in our markets since 20 years, earlier I haven’t known.
    Greetings from Germany

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