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Thursday, December 31

happy new year!

This morning we woke up to find the windows frosted, snow drifted against the barns, and the wind whistling as if it's celebrating and welcoming in the New Year. Although brisk, it was a great way to begin the day. Bailey was bouncing through the snow, goats were anxious for their morning treats, and chickens seemed ready to explore outside the coop, only to come back quickly and have a little breakfast before committing to the snowy morning. 


We were blessed with a beautiful white Christmas...almost as if by magic, snow began falling Christmas Eve and continued giving us 4 inches. It felt like the perfect Christmas for this unforgettable year...we were all together, sneaking off to finish wrapping secret surprises, a fire was crackling, Christmas music in the background, and Bailey was curled up...all was well.

Today, as always, our New Year's Eve is filled with traditions...there will be a movie marathon during the day and everyone's favorite snacks to munch on. At midnight, we'll grab pots, pans, & spoons, step outside and bang loudly as we greet the new year. (it's a good thing our nearest neighbors aren't too close!)

As we launch into a new year, dinner is always pork and sauerkraut, two foods said to assure good fortune in the coming year, we'll be determined and make resolutions, and be sure to take quiet time and think about this past year...how fortunate we are to be healthy and to be together. In a world that seems to sometimes spin faster than we can keep up with, I'm grateful for a quiet life in the country and it's steady pace. 

As we jump into 2021, the unknown is ahead of us, just waiting to be filled with whatever we dream of...may we all have a new year filled with blessings, good health, and love.

Ending 2020 with a few snapshots of our winter on the farm...

looking out the front doors at the Christmas Eve snow...

someone asked me how Mae was doing 
(our 1950 Hotpoint stove), 
she's doing great and baking all our favorites!

The kids couldn't resist building mini snowmen on the car hood!

This made me laugh...a local ag store had "Rudolph" pulling a spreader.

A new delivery of hay...always a good feeling going into winter,

along with cozy fires,

glowing candles,

and curling up for a long winter's nap. 

And me? Well, I'm dreaming!


Staci said...

What a beautifully written post and such lovely photos. The image of you all outside banging pots and pans at midnight cracks me up. :) Happy New Year!!!!

Prims By The Water said...

We had snow this Christmas too! It was a bright spot to a trying year. Happy New Year and have fun banging your pots and pans. I will probably be in bed before midnight. Janice

Windy Meadows Farm said...

Happy New Year ladies....thanks for taking time to comment tonight! Our kids are 17 and 20 and we still have as much fun banging those pots as we did when they were little. I've never asked our neighbors...I wonder what they think of all the noise? Oh well...we need to enjoy every moment, especially this year! Thanks for your blogs...such fun to read and get inspiration from. Mary

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