Farmland snow_Staats 12034A new year — new ideas, new hopes, new resolutions.  Or maybe not.  As I look back on last year I realize that sometimes the most memorable times were the ones that were unplanned.  They came about, perhaps with a seed of thought, but they developed into something wonderful.  One grandson, then a second grandson, a marriage proposal, friends near and far, and family that came to visit.  This year I have many things to look forward to: two family weddings (one which is my own!), a honeymoon, a nephew’s college graduation, followed by his brother’s high school graduation.  Yesterday we took a drive through the Wisconsin countryside.  We had a general idea where we were headed, but the route developed as we wandered.  We found undulating hills and valleys in dairy country, fields of fresh snow, a creek where the hoarfrost was still evident in the late morning,  and a military veteran who was brought to tears when we thanked him for his service in World War II.  All these adventures came about because we were present in the day and 0pen to the discoveries that developed.  My wish for the new year is to be open to all that each day offers, and embrace it fully – life, friends, family, adventures, and memories.

Although I’m not a big fan of new year’s resolutions, I’ve made two resolutions for 2011.  The first is to continue to post to this blog every week, so you can all stay tuned for new photographs throughout the year.  My second resolution is to have more fun in 2011.  It’s way too easy to get bogged down with the details and worries of daily life, and it’s not good and/or healthy to stress over them.  So my answer to that is to enjoy and appreciate each day, and with that to have more fun.  And what better way to begin the year than with the mascot of the University of Minnesota, Goldy Gopher!  We attended the Gopher hockey match on New Year’s Eve, and had a grand time.  A good game, with lots of great puck handling and passes, but unfortunately our Gophers lost in overtime.  But I made sure to have my picture taken with Goldy.  Who can resist a golden gopher with a great big smile, and a Happy New Year tiara to boot!