Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wishing You A Happy New Year



IMG_9362 Squirrel 2

I didn’t go shopping on Boxing Day, but I did find a few Boxing Day Specials.



I got up early and went out with my camera and took a few shots. It has been awhile and it felt good to be out in the fresh morning air with camera in hand. I went to a friends house to check out her bird feeders. The birds slept in , but the squirrels were out and about, hustling, and bustling, gathering up some nuts for breakfast. They were fun to watch and photograph, as I swept the dust off my camera so to speak , and starting clicking away.




IMG_1620_Scampering Squirrel 

There were Black, and Grey Squirrels, and some in between. They never cease to amaze me, as I watched them running across this fence with barbwire on top, and it didn’t seem to hinder them at all. They are so sure footed as they run on almost anything, and jump from tree to tree, up and down and all around. I had so much fun watching them. Soon after a few birds flew in to see what was on the bird feeder menu. I will save them for another day, or maybe until next year. Ha! Which isn’t too far away. :)







I want to thank you all for your friendship, and all that you have added to my life through your wonderful and unique Blogs, this past year. Thank you for visiting my blog also, and leaving your comments, and kind words. Thank you for your love and support, and encouragement, and sharing.

I am not sure where this new year will take us or the world. We live in a fast moving world where things can change very quickly for the good, or the not so good. I am an Optimist at heart and I do look for God's Beauty in His Creation that surrounds me each and every day. I see the good, and I see the bad in this world, but I try to live my life by Faith, Hope and Love, and that is what I pray for each one of you, as we continue this journey of life. May we all embrace it, for life is precious and each one of you are Precious!

Have a wonderful and safe time as you celebrate the birth of the New Year. In closing I leave you with this little story called, "The Optimist".


The Optimist

The optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimists, the hole.

                                           Quote by: McLandburgh Wilson


Their is a story of identical twins. One was a hope-filled optimist." Everything is coming up roses!" he would say. The other twin was a sad and hopeless pessimist. He thought that Murphy, as in Murphy's Law, was an optimist. The worried parents of the boys brought them to the local psychologist.

He suggested to the parents a plan to balance the twins' personalities. "On their next birthday, put them in separate rooms to open their gifts. Give the pessimist the best toys you can afford, and give the optimist a box of manure." The parents followed these instructions and carefully observed the results.

When they peeked in on the pessimist, they heard him audibly complaining, " I don't like the color of this computer... I'll bet this calculator will break... I don't like the game... I know someone who's got a bigger toy car than this..."

Tiptoeing across the corridor, the parents peeked in and saw their little optimist gleefully throwing the manure up in the air. He was giggling, "You can't fool me! Where there is this much manure, there's got to be a pony!"

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I Hope this New Year is kind to you all!  May you have a Happy, and Healthy New Year, filled with many Blessings.

xx’s Dianne :) 


  1. Hi Dianne, I hope you have a good New Year in 2011 too!

  2. Hi Dianne,
    Great post, I love the squirrel pictures and also like your header picture, beautiful. I always enjoy your posts and pictures Dianne, thank you for your fellowship on here and your prayers and concern. Wishing you a peaceful new year, my friend and many blessings along the paths you take, old or new. Love and Hugs - Nita

  3. Oh love it - adore that little black squirrel!!!! Happy New Year!

  4. Gosh, Dianne, I loved every bit of this post tonight. It started with your side bar titled "A New Year" and I was hooked. Then I saw the black squirrel and I've never seen a BLACK squirrel in my life! How gorgeous was that! And then I came to the story of the optimist. Perfect and so wonderful. I know a number of those pessimists, but thank goodness I know a few of those optimists, too. I guess you know which way my vote would go. Just recently, someone said in print that I was "so sunny" that they had to ck their sugar levels. It was not meant to be complimentary. At first when I saw that, it was like a knife, but then I thought about it and realized that in the long run I felt sorry for a person that felt the need to bring down someone/or the rest of the world by negative comments. Very sad for them. I mean, everyone has bad, bad days and could cuss up a blue streak, myself included, but I'd far rather think of the good and spread that instead. My mother once told me that old adage, "if you can't say something nice, say nothing at all". For the most part that is SO true. I wonder what benefit that other writer got when he said what he said.
    So, before I write an entire blog here (surprised?), let me say Happy New Year to you, Dianne, and I am SO glad we are friends. You bring warmth and joy into my life every time you write. XOXOXO

  5. Dear Dianne, May this New Year bring many opportunities your way, to explore every joy of life and may your resolutions for the days ahead stay firm, turning all your dreams into reality and all your efforts into great achievements. Wishing you a great year ahead, with a double dose of health and happiness topped with God’s loving care!!! God bless. With love and care from Kerrie and Jaiden. xOx

  6. OH! Those pictures are top always, Dianne!! xoxox Happy New Year my good friend.

  7. Hello Diane. Happy New Year! I loved the post,especially about the little boys.I'm glad we are blogging buddies!

  8. Dianne, found you over at Jackie's, the Bayou Lady. I soo enjoyed looking at your pictures. You do a wonderful job!
    Happy New Year!

  9. Hi Dianne great shots there's something about Squirrel's I think it's that they are so Agile quick with a flick of the tail. Lovely Story made me giggle. The beautiful white Jay what a fine bird great shot. Happy New Year to you and your Family may it be what you wish for, and good health to you all. Hugs Sheilaxx

  10. Those shots are really delightful Dianne! We have had a very cold New Year indeed but as always Gabby's birthday brings hope and promise to our hearts regardless of the frigid and bleak world we see outside. Happy New Year my friend.

  11. I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd

  12. Cool cold snow, and I love your find of nature outside. Makes me want to run thru it all, but don't want to mess it up or make myself any colder. Wonderful nature shot.

  13. Beautiful, as always, Dianne! Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous new year from me and mine!

  14. Thank you one and all, for taking the time to visit my blog, and leave your trail of kind, and wonderful comments. I hope to visit you real soon.
    I spent the day today sorting through and cleaning my den, and packing some things away in the event that we sell our house in the near future. We will be putting it on the market in a couple of weeks, and so I have alot to do to get ready. Therefore I will visit and blog when I can.
    I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead.
    xx's Dianne :)

  15. I love the critters too Dianne. Great story.
    You have blessed me greatly this past year and the year before.
    Beautiuf as always Dianne. Have the best year yet.
    I still have a bit of the flu and visiting a few here and there. Now its nap time ha.
    Love and Hugs
    and Sorry it took sometime to get here. I missed this post you put up by two days. I have no idea why it didnt show unless you put it on late at night.
    Smiles and Hugs

  16. Awesome photos Dianne, Happy New Year, & cheers to a new year full of great photos & stories!
    For most the grumpy people here, Squirrels are considered to be another pest, I think their fantastic little, smart animals! Their is one that lives near my place of employment, but he is lighting fast & by the time I get my camera he is gone!!!!

  17. Thanks for stopping Dianne. Your in my prayers and thoughts. Hope all is going well.
    Much Love and Smile also.

  18. I have the Blue Jays coming to my feeders but they see me and are gone.
    Love yours. Great shot.

  19. Thanks Lisa, I find you have to be very still, quick to shoot, and hiding behind my tripod. It takes alot of time, and patience to capture these birds. I love watching them.
    Lisa you have some amazing bird photos on your blog. Some of the best I have seen. :)

  20. Thanks Dianne for the tips and the complement and I just stopped to check on you.
    My sister in Law called and we went down memory lane tears and all with grateful hearts that my brother Andre now has a new body and is free to walk with God..How amazing is that and I miss him.
    Love and Hugs

  21. Oh you take such lovely photographs here in your blog. Thank you for sharing. :-)

    I loved that story of the twins. :-) Well, I really hope that his parents did give him a pony on his next birthday or birthdays. Lols! Something good is always right up the corner... and a pony could be one of those, who knows!!

    Comes to mind now.. that a rainbow comes after the rain. A blessing comes after a trial. In life, there are many opportunities to see how God dispenses good in our lives. Sometimes with clarity and sometimes after so much drama and even sometimes after a long dark night. But whatever way he does it, it will always be for our good -- to train us in our faith, to mold us into optimists. Lols! Manure before a pony... that kid sure has learned early what some of us learn so late or with much difficulty.

    Hahahah... I've been rambling here. But the piece so inspired me with some thoughts. Pardon me pls.

    Once more, a happy and blessed new year to you and your family. God bless!

  22. Thank you so much Ellen. I appreciate all you had to say, and I needed to hear it. You encouraged me tonight, and God used you to speak to me, concerning some things I am going through at the moment. God Bless you. :)

    Thank you Lisa for your unending encouragement, thoughts, and prayers. God Bless you.
    xx's Dianne :)

  23. God loves you, Dianne. :-)

    Jeremiah 29:11 --- "For I know what my plans for you are, plans to save you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and to give you hope."

  24. Happy New Year Dianne!
    It's nice to have a computer back! This past year I have noticed a black squirrel in our yard, but i have yet to get a photo as good as this. I think he's beautiful...his coat looks like a shiny mink! Looking forward to your pictures this year too!

  25. Thanks for stopping and leaving your footpirnts in my Guestbook. .Yes I smiled.
    I havent put the snowshoes on this year. That one is from my archives . I wanted to today.
    Bob doesnt think its a good idea . We have alot of snow and I mean alot. Its windy and very cold. Were not letting the fire go out .
    When it warms up I will put the snowshose on even if its just for a pic. haha. Not really but hope you laugh.
    Hugs and Have a fine Sunday


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