Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hi friends...Happy New Year! I hope 2009 will be filled with inspiration, creativity, good health, peace, and the love of family and friends for us all!

I've missed making a few posts that I would have liked to have made because I have been sick since Christmas day. What I thought was a sinus, sore throat, coughing-thing for a sinus infection and bronchitis. I am finally beginning to feel better, think clearly and have some energy again! It has been a whole month of sickness in this house. My oldest got it first, then my husband and finally me.

I wanted to share some photos of our snow and freezing rain event that we had for two weeks and through Christmas day. We had more snow than anyone's seen here (Portland) in forty years. When it does snow, it usually only lasts for a day or two and we may get 2-6". Mother nature certainly put on a show that was truly amazing and beautiful too. However, with that beauty came the other events. We lost electricity twice, have lots of broken branches and plenty of trimming to do in our yard, and many trees fell in our neighborhood. I really felt bad for all those trying to get somewhere for Christmas though. So many plans were changed for so many people. A lot of the highways were closed, trains and buses were not running, and hundreds were stranded at the airport and other terminals for days. It was just as bad in Washington and I know we in the Northwest were not alone in being snowed in. It was quite the event for us in Portland. It has since thawed and we've had a lot of rain. Now the rivers are cresting and flooding and landslides have begun.

Black bamboo is not happy with ice and snow!

Digging out and getting some weight off the deck. See the aqua line in the is the ice layer from the freezing rain.

Friends out and about. . .

On our way to the store we pulled over and took a picture of Johnson Creek flooding. It was roaring! I feel so sorry for all the people who are being flooded by our rivers and creeks.

This last picture is tracks of a visitor we had in our yard when we woke up this weekend. And, yes, it's still been snowing on and off per the temperature. There were actually two sets of prints. The two sets of prints meet up and then disappear at the fence. Mark thinks they are raccoon prints.

Well, I'm off to make tracks of my own! I'm catching up with you and finishing up a few pieces that I have been working on. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments over the past year, they are so appreciated. The wonderful friendships I have made in ten months...mean so much! ~Lisa


Clevelandgirlie said...

Happy New Year Missy! What a beautiful post. I do love all your wintery, snowy photographs. You and Tammy have the market cornered on gorgeous winter photography.

The picture of the birdie on the heavy snow branch - oh I see an art quilt in that one or a bead journal page. That is a great picture.

So glad you are on the mend. I've been sick, Sabrina is going to the doctor tomorrow with strep and my son is also home with a terrible flu. And we NEVER get sick in this house. I guess it's payback!

Take care of yourself and your family. Hope everyone is on the mend.

beadbabe49 said...

Oh my dear, I had no idea! I'm so sorry you had all that sickness to deal with on top of the weather shenanigans!
Hope you're all feeling better and not in too much danger of flooding in your area!
Our little backyard runoff creek is roaring but still no where near flooding...and when it does it never (so far) has gotten anywhere near the house.

The Lone Beader said...

Happy New Year! Sounds like you had quite a holiday season! I hope you are feeling better! :o

*~tabby~* crooked heart art said...

hey girl!!!
i didn't know you were sick! yuck-i had the same thing at the same time last year-it seems like it took forever to really feel better!
hope you are doing much better now
amazing snow pics-i can't beleive i am seeing hummers in the snow!!!
wow such neat little birds-yes i double clicked the pics :)
i tried to get some cardinal pics for you yesterday but the darn things just would not pose for me
we are covered in a blanket of snow and ice wow you really got dumped on i hope the flooding isn;t too bad
take care my friend
x's & o's
tammy :)

GraceBeading said...

Hi Lisa... love the photos, especially the one where you can see the water line from the freeze - so cool! Sorry to hear you (and the family) have been sick. Seems we've been dealing with that over here since we went to my grandson's Christmas program at his school (think of the germs!). I am still battling a cough, sheesh!

I hope you're feeling better - I look forward to seeing what wonderful creations you put forth for the year, you consistently inspire!

KV said...

Wow, Lisa! Sure hope you are doing lots better by now.

Thanks for the lovely thoughts you left on my blog. We are all fine here, just incredibly busy getting my novel ready for publication. Hopefully by early March it will be ready for distribution.

We got a taste of real wintry weather when we travelled back East during mid-December. All of it reminded me just why I moved to southern New Mexico!

Kathy V in NM

Dot said...

Belated Happy New Year Lisa! I am so sorry to hear you had been ill since Christmas.

Hope you are feeling much better now.

Your pictures in this post are *stunning* my dear! You really have an eye for photography.

And I adore the photo of the bird (I do love birdies).

Sending much love to you and some of this hot weather we are having here in Australia!

Dot xx

P.S Thankyou so much for continuing to visit my blog and for leaving such long and wonderful comments - I really appreciate it.

The Lone Beader said...

Thanks for your comments, Lisa! I really appreciate it! Also, I'm happy to know that your hubby likes my project! :) And, I do believe there is a package on its way to you! :)

Jennifer said...

It's been a tough winter in the PNW. I feel for everyone troubled by the winter. I hope you have survived, dry and warm!

*~tabby~* crooked heart art said...

hey girl
come on i know you have pics to share :)
x's & o's