Thursday, January 2, 2020

Looking Back

I'm Looking Back today, mainly so I can refresh my own memory. Right now I'm remembering some not-so-nice things that happened in 2019, like my pulmonary embolism and Ryan's accident. But surely there were plenty of good things, and you're welcome to come along as I remind myself of all that happened in 2019, the good, bad, and lots of things in between.


My mother-in-law passed away peacefully yesterday. This is the amaryllis that I got for her so she could have one that actually bloomed. I'm sorry she won't get a chance to see it, but I'll think of her when the blossoms emerge.


Target shooting with my bow is fun, but stump hunting with Justin is even better.


Guess where I'm heading? Colorado! I'll be back later (when I'm done eating Thai and Ethiopian food, tacos, and Creole breakfast, going to The Loopy Ewe, and most importantly, visiting with Ryan.)


The lawn here in MD is mostly grass and clover, but it's also got thousands of violets. John considers them weeds, but I think they are just beautiful.


My sister-in-law has her grandmother's bougainvillea, and I've always been envious. Now I've got one of my own.

Casting your line is a perpetual series of opportunities for hope, but fishing is good no matter how the catch is.
I did block my John Deere Hitchhiker and happily got ready to take some pictures. I had cleverly (or so I thought) left the tails on so I could tie it to the ivy and get some full-length photos. I took a few, but then it happened ... the yellow tail on the cast-on end broke, right next to the two beginning stitches.
There will be more sunflowers!
Her excited yelling signaled that the monarch was emerging.
I hope you have some glorious fall weather in your neck of the woods and you get to spend some time enjoying it!
The third Wollmeise John Deere Hitchhiker also reached the finish line. I think it might be my favorite, or it will be when it's dry and I can wear it.
We had sleet and freezing rain at the beginning. It was a bit treacherous but we were left with beautiful blue skies and sparkling ice on everything once it cleared.
It was a pretty good year, and now I'm looking ahead to a wonderful 2020 (for all of us)!


  1. Attitude is everything, or so they say. I'm glad your evaluation is that it was a pretty good year. It was certainly a year of challenges, but aren't they all? I hope we both have a good year this year, but whatever happens, I hope we meet all our challenges successfully and find grace and contentment during the process. Happy 2020!

  2. This is a beautiful look back on the best of 2019 on your blog!

  3. I love this look back! Beautiful images! Here is to a very happy 2020 for you!

  4. Happy New Year, Bonny!! All the best in 2020!

  5. What a beautiful look-back at 2019, Bonny! For me, one of the most valuable elements of an annual "review" is remembering all those good moments -- the beauty and the happy and those extraordinary ordinary days. Thanks for sharing your year! XO

  6. Oh how I like this look-back Bonny. So many flowers!!! And Monarchs! And the Buck! All of the images are so nice. Onward to 2020 - may it bring all of us contentment, please, joy and let's have some laughter too. Happy New year!

  7. Bonny these photos are beautiful. I should try to do better with mine ! The buck is amazing. hope your mother in laws anniversary goes ok for you all

    1. Thanks, Kathy! It was fun to look back at the past year, view all the things I had forgotten, and choose some of my better photos.

  8. There are so many lovely images here -- nature and Hitchhikers! I know this past year came with its share of trials and tribulations, but I'm glad it was a good one for you.

  9. I hope that 2020 is filled with joy, good health and kids that are safe.

  10. what a beautiful year you had and I love the photos that capture your month by month living.

  11. what a year, Bonny! I hope compiling these year-in-review posts gave you some peace about all the bad stuff, because truly, there was a LOT OF GOOD stuff, too. (and not just three John Deere hitchhikers finished ;-) thank you for sharing ALL of it with us!

  12. What a beautiful recap of your 2019, in spite of two frightening incidents. As my grandmother used to say, "all's well that ends well." Wonderful photos.

  13. Thank you for showing us the positive side of the last year. I rely on nature to give me strength and to bring me joy. She never fails me. Your photos show the positive effects nature has on you, too. She sustains. Knitting is the other continuous positive, but the energetic green of your Hitchhikers just can't be beat!


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