Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Day, A New Year!...

Happy New Year, one and all!... We rolled out of bed this morning a bit later than usual as we were up late with family and friends savoring delicious delights and enjoying their company. Once awake, we were blessed with the warm rays of the sun on this first day of the year. Here in Colorado, it has been bitter cold and unusually gray, so it was a treat to have the warmth of the sun greeting us. We decided that it would be a perfect day for a walk to our neighborhood lake. It's been so long it seems since I have treated myself to a brisk nature walk! But, first a cup of JP's ritual morning cappuccino was first on the list.... This is something I doubt I will ever give up :)

New-Year's-Cappuccino

He makes the yummiest cappuccinos and sprinkles natural cane sugar and cinnamon on top! Delish! That along with a couple of slices of homemade chocolate chip banana bread, and we were set for our outdoor excursion.

New-Year's-frozen-lake

As we approached, the lake was almost completely frozen, but the sky was a rich happy blue. We brought the camera along to document our first day of 2010....

New-Year's-JP-&-the-horses

"Stop and smile!" I said to JP. Off in the distance, folks were riding their horses and also savoring the sun. I must admit, we had to walk at a quick pace at first just to warm ourselves as the temps were in the 30s.... BRRRRR.....

New-Year's-Johanna

Luckily, I wore black to attract more of those warming rays, and soon I was feeling great!....Hmmm, maybe I should do this more often.....

New-Year's-Sun-on-lake

The contrast of snow, sky and earth were pleasing to the senses, and it was a joy to soak it all in and experience the fresh air, especially after a couple of trying weeks. But we'll get to that later....

New-Year's-Johanna-bench

I stopped to rest on a park bench, and JP snapped a quick pic of my new year's smile :)

New-Year's-Goose

"Quick, Look up!"... Geese were flying overhead making that haunting swoosh-like sound with their large wings. I pondered how far they had yet to travel to reach their destination...

New-Year's-tree

A gnarled tree caught my eye, framing an icy lake landscape in the distance... You can see the front range mountains out west....

New-Year's-Ice-Shadows

We stopped at a balcony overview and caught a glimpse of our shadows on the snow- covered icy lake below. "Wave your hand," I said to JP.....

New-Year's-frozen-foot-prings

Intrigued by the various animal prints that traipsed across the lake's surface, I had to snap another photo....

New-Year's-JP-Tree-V

Before we headed home, I asked JP to stand near an old Cottonwood tree, but he had his own agenda! Silly guy!

What a wonderful way to start a new year! We were glad to breathe deep and enjoy the day. As I said earlier, the days leading up to this new year have been a bit trying to say the least. If you noticed in an earlier post, I mentioned that my dear cat Jack was recovering nicely from having 4 teeth pulled. Well, so I thought at least... On the evening of Christmas day he became ill, and all my Facebook friends who have been following along will know the story. So, I won't go into detail, but luckily, he is now officially on the mend! I am so very grateful he is back to his cheerful self, and he is eating again! Yay!! The poor guy lost close to 5 pounds in a couple of months which is substantial for such a critter. I was worried sick about him as he is such a dear. In fact, his doc proclaimed that he was the kindest, sweetest cat he had ever encountered in his 30 years of practice!.... I believe it! You've all seen how agreeable he is to my fanciful "kitty dress-up" days, right?! Anyway, I wanted to say thanks again to all who sent him positive thoughts of healing and recovery! It worked :) And now, we can enjoy a happy cheers to this new year!

New-Year's-Jack-plays

We played "feather" with him after our walk, and he played along! Spirits are high, and we are happy!....(He doesn't look too skinny here, but well, he was over 19 pounds in the recent past - maybe it's a blessing in disguise as he needed to go on a kitty diet!)

New-Year's-Johanna-kisses-Jack

.. And a big New Year's kiss for my Jack! .... Like it's the only kiss he got all day?!! Right!?! Haha!... So, we're overjoyed to have him back to his chipper self! It is amazing the impact our 4-legged friends have on our lives.....

Again, Happy New Year to all! Count your blessings and be grateful for ALL of your loved ones and the joys that bring smiles to your every day life.

~ Johanna

12 comments:

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Happy New Year, Johanna! Wow - those cappuccinos look divine. I love them so very much. My favorite breakfast treat is chocolate chip banana bread as well. :) My hubby and I also went for a winter walk today to start the New Year fresh. Haven't posted any photos yet, but we hiked up to the most beautiful wintery falls. It was breathtaking.
Hope you have an outstandingly creative year! :) Theresa

Rue said...

Happy New Year to you!

I'm so glad Jack is feeling better! My Dexter (could be Jack's twin, I might add) was ill as well, but has bounced back. It's amazing how it wounds us when they aren't their normal, happy selves!

Much health to you, JP and Jack in 2010~!

DellaRae said...

What a lovely way to start the new year...the best to you and yours in 2010.

Sycamore Moon Studios said...

Lovely photos! Glad to see your "baby" is back on his feet (and feed).

William Bezek said...

That was a lovely walk and thanks for the espresso!

MaygreenFairies said...

Happy New Year!! What beautiful photos, thanks for sharing your first day in 2010. And so pleased your kitty is now on the mend. Mandy x

Carolee said...

Happy New Year, Johanna! Your photos are just lovely, and I'm sooooo glad to hear Jack is doing better. He reminds me a lot of my Merlin (although Merlin would never in a million years let me dress him up, haha)...

~ Carolee
PS - that cappuccino looks amazing!

Johanna Parker said...

Thank you all for popping in for a kind New Year greeting!.... It's always a pleasure to read your comments and share thoughts.....

All the best for this new year!
~ Johanna

Suzie said...

A very Happy New Year to you, too!

I loved your photos of your walk. So refreshing! And the photos of you, JP, and especially a healthy Jack were wonderful!

Yes, it is amazing how our furry friends just sink tenderhooks into our hearts. They add so much to our lives! I so happy that your year is now starting out with BIG reason to smile!

Robin Armstrong Seeber said...

and to you Johanna! looking forward to a great year! hugs, robin

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Such beautiful photos!
And I'm glad Jack is feeling better too. (Our cat, Friendly, gave us a similar scare last spring, but he's okay now--and pudgier than ever!)

Happy New Year~

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Aw, I love the picture of you and Jack:) Also the one with JP and the horses (wonder why).
Here's to a Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year (with lots of cappucinos and cinnamon - yum,my fav)! -Jen