Faith Baldwin, pictured in the header of Dewena's Window all these years, writes of wanting to express her thoughts but not always being able to:
...to pin the butterfly wing of the valid emotion to paper with the key of a typewriter is usually to destroy it.
If talented Faith Baldwin felt this way can you imagine how often I doubt my ability to put into words my thoughts here? Today as I try to get in one January post after one of my frequent absences from my blog, it seems even more difficult for me.
And so, I'm starting back with another picture of the current year's beautiful Karen Adams calendar that my sweet daughter has given me each Christmas for a decade.
It is always a pleasure to open my new calendar because I know that Christy is opening hers too. You can bet we're thinking of each other every first day of the new month. Both Christy and I love pretty packaging too and Karen Adams' packaging is always a delight. Here's a link to this year's just in case anyone is interested.
Here I'm packing last year's calendar away where it went in the cabinet of my bed table along with those from years past.
I wonder how long it would be before they would fall on the same day and I could reuse them? Probably not in my lifetime?
And to add another picture to this post, here are RH and I at the family Christmas party at a son and daughter-in-law's house.
I hope that all of you had a beautiful Christmas and a happy and blessed New Year's Day. So many friends of mine have gone through another bout with Covid or have had their first bout of it recently. Take care!
I won't go so far as to wish you all the bliss of winter days because I don't think there are many who love January and February as much as I do, but spring really will be here before we know it. So I'll just end with wishing you daily comforts and joy until she arrives.
Here's a picture of our darling daughter taken one Christmas morning that seems like only yesterday:
See you soon! (That's one of my resolutions for 2023!)
So good to hear from you again, Dewena! I just wrote a blog post too ~ only my second one this month. You're in good company! I love your calendar that your daughter graciously gives you every year. It's so lovely. I buy the small Susan Branch calendar every year that I pin to my bulletin board.ReplyDelete
I adore that photo of you and your husband. You look so pretty in red, and with the red lipstick, too.
No winter bliss for me here in Illinois, ha ha! It was -4 here today with the wind chill factor and will be even colder tomorrow. It's the type of weather where you don't even want to go outside to get the mail! The insides of our exterior glass screen doors are coated in ice.
I did use the Susan Branch calendar a couple of years ago, Melanie, and enjoyed all the inspiring quotations and pretty art work on it. I think I went back to a Lang one after that because I buy one to write on that has moon phases as well as the full moon, always one by an artist who paints pictures of cities around the world. But I adore Susan's books!Delete
Stay warm and safe there!
Those calendars are gorgeous! As are you, my dear. Love your decorative blouse! I enjoy the colder months also. I wish we had more snow though. None yet, but February is still to come, so I hope! Take care and have a good evening! ❤️ReplyDelete
Thank you, Kim! And I understand how we Southerners hope for snow since we get so little of it. I just saw the beautiful needlework projects you're working on and admire them so much!Delete
Dewena, you look breathtaking. That is a beautiful picture of you and your husband!ReplyDelete
That's so kind of you Rhonda! I wish I could follow you back to visit but wasn't able to. Thank you for visiting!Delete
You look so beautiful, Dewena. What a lovely picture of you and your husband. That calendar is so pretty and you're right, the packaging is very special!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Kim! And I do think that packaging is everything, which is definitely connected to the beautiful way you transformed the notebooks we both buy with your gorgeous wallpaper DIYs!Delete
What a good looking couple you make! So glad to see a post from you today. The calendar is very pretty and to open it in tandem with your daughter is an extra bit of delight. Happy February days! (as of tomorrow)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lorrie! And it does make the first day of each month very special for my daughter and me!Delete
Your calendar for the new year is very pretty, Dewena. Love the sweet birds on the front. Like you, I feel that the Winter days are pleasant, and January is a time to de-clutter and organize for me. What a lovely picture of you and RH at the family Christmas party. You're wearing a pretty red blouse too. Such a treasured photo of your daughter on Christmas morning. Those are the pictures that warm our hearts when we see them once again.ReplyDelete
Blessings to you in February, Dewena.
Thank you, dear Sheri, I just visited your pretty blog and am happy you're another winter lover. I've been looking through Christmas pictures from when our children were little and as always turn into sentimental mush just looking at them. And now, like you, it's also those of grandchildren, and for me even great-grandchildren, that tug at my heart.Delete
It's great to see a photo of you and your dear husband -- your marriage is a gift to all of us <3ReplyDelete
That calendar is so nice! I just browsed through old calendars from ten or 15 years back, collecting notes on family events, for my records. Then I -- gasp! -- threw the beautiful calendars in the trash.
I have to keep remembering that all that's important is inside me and the other humans, so that I can make myself clean out and clear out my physical stuff. At least I have another beautiful calendar to look at this year.
Happy February, Dewena! God bless you and your man.
Thank you, Gretchen! I have to admit that I even save a couple of years of the large kitchen calendar that I write appointment reminders on, why I don't know. But our daughter's pretty ones are hard to throw away. I keep thinking someone can use them for an art project or something. And my kids someday will have the fun of throwing all that away and shaking their heads at their mama. I just read your current post this morning--got to get back there and leave a comment--where you're sorting through old family photos and discarding some, scanning others. I need to do that but it's so difficult for me!Delete
That's a lovely photo of you and your husband, Dewena. It's so nice to 'see' you here again. I'm a lover of winter, too! It's been a record cold one here this year, with snow on the ground for weeks. I find myself out for walks even more than in the nicer weather.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Karen! It's fortunate that you love winter since you do have quite a bit of it there. I admit to envying you all that beautiful snow and the walks you take in it. It must make coming home to a cozy home even more special. And I bet it makes you want to cook something yummy in the pot or on a cookie sheet!Delete
What a treat to see your post, Dewena. It's been quiet for me these past few weeks, I haven't been around much online either. What a fine looking couple you make! What a lovely calendar and to share the joy of it with your daughter must make it all the more special. Wishing you a beautiful February! xoReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Brenda! Some time life just gets in the way and we push blogging aside no matter how much we love it. I wish you a beautiful February too!Delete
Mom, what beautiful words! I, unfortunately, was not blessed with that gift! But know that I very much appreciate your innate ability to pour joy over anyone who reads your words! I love you so much! ❤️ReplyDelete
The above comment is from my darling daughter, Christy! Our one and only daughter among her three brothers. She just texted me that she read this post. Since I can no longer figure out how to get email notifications sent for new posts at my blogs my kids rarely see the posts unless I text them a link and I rarely do that because they are all so very busy in their careers. Christy and our son-in-law live in Florida now and I look forward so much to their visits--one coming up in March and I'm so excited about that and very glad they're still not living in Montana! I know of several other blog friends whose adult children live even further away so you know how much I miss mine.Delete
This joyful and heartwarming post brought such a wide smile to my face! Firstly, what a lovely tradition you share with your beautiful and talented daughter! Not that a mother or daughter needs a reminder to bring each other to mind, but, having such a pretty calendar just seems like you are both nearer to one another, and always in each other's hearts and minds. Christy's loving words towards you must have brought tears of joy and love to your eyes; they sure did to mine!ReplyDelete
You and RH look amazing!! Such sweet and happy smiles on both of you! And you, my dearest Dewena, look absolutely stunning in that sparkly scarlett blouse! You both shine!
Re: winter, I'm GLAD it's over, although it has still been too cool for my liking in these early days of spring.
Sending love and hugs,