Here we are about to welcome a new year, and I’m wondering how this one flew by so quickly.  Is the same true for you?   For the next few minutes, I want to think about 2013 and remind myself of the highlights.

I was fortunate to have some wonderful travel experiences.

Traveling SisterhoodFirst, there was Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam with the Traveling Sisterhood.  That is an adventure to hold on to for years.

Foodie Adventure
Food Adventure in the Loire Valley

Later, the hubby and I traveled to France for Chef Michael Salmon’s Foodie Adventure, an experience to be truly savored.

IcelandIcelandIcelandIcelandIn August, we went to Iceland, a journey full of fascination.

West Point
West Point

For the first time, we drove from Maine to Houston stopping at many an interesting site along the way.

FriendsWarren IslandFriendsfriendsAs much fun as travel is, what I really enjoyed about 2013 was the time spent with friends

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAfamilyFamilyFamilyand family.  It doesn’t matter whether we are in Houston

Family/MaineFamily/MaineFamily/MaineMud Hole, Maineor Maine

Franklin farmtractor/FranklinFranklinFranklinor now in Tennessee, it is always special

Familyand there are so many memories tied to those times when we are together.

Keep it looking natural
Keep it looking natural

I worked on improving my photography skills, especially those having to do with food.  May I tell you there is still work to be done!

necklaceI made necklaces galore.  Who would have thought these would take on such a life of their own!

I blogged, posting 121 musings on travel, food, tablescapes and Maine adventure.  In the process, I  met many new online friends who give me the impetus to continue writing. To each of you I am grateful. and I look forward to what we share next.

JoelExcept for losing my brother way too soon, 2013 was a very good year.  I regret that it went so fast, but I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.

Here’s to you and what 2014 holds for all of us!

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

33 thoughts on “Reflections

  1. Thank you for sharing your joyful 2013! Besh wishes for 2014.

    Go Seminoles!!! 😀

    1. Amy, did your hubby go bonkers? We were at the game and I still can’t believe what I saw!

      1. He was nervous, anxious, excited… before the game. After the first Q, I thought he was about to cry. I had to remind him it was too early to tell (repeated 10 times). He kept saying the strategy, etc… The non-stop home run was incredible!!!
        The Red Sox and Seminoles made a great year for the fans like my hubby 😀
        So happy to know you were there 🙂

      2. He was nervous, anxious, excited… before the game. After the first Q, I thought he was about to cry. I had to remind him it was too early to tell (repeated 10 times). He kept saying the strategy, etc… The non-stop home run was incredible!!!
        The Red Sox and Seminoles made a great year for the fans like my hubby 😀
        So happy to know you were there 🙂

  2. these are some pictures… I see love,happiness and joy 🙂

  3. Really enjoyed your year in review. I felt privileged to be featured in the first photo! Was great fun to see the Maine photos, especially as I missed most of the summer there. The best was the warm & wonderful photos of your beautiful family. Was touching to see the handsome photo of your brother too. The special times you shared together during the past year must console you.

    Wishing you the best in 2014. Looking forward to sharing adventures with you in the coming year…..both in person and through your blog.

  4. Loved the review of your year! That pic of the tomato was not a novice pic! You do not give yourself enough credit.

    Somehow I missed your brother’s passing. Must have been during the blogging break I took this summer and early fall. I am so sorry.

    1. Thank you, Bonnie and here’s to continuing on in the new year.

  5. Lots of wishes for the upcoming year… Life after fifty has become very interesting… Love my life..

    1. Loving life is good and I’m glad it’s true for you.

  6. What fun adventures! I used to live in Vietnam, and I really miss the place and the people. Happy New Year!

    1. Really! Where did you live? I think the experience would be interesting to say the least.

      1. I lived in Dalat, which is in the southern highlands, for three years, and in Hanoi for two. Did you travel to either place? My husband proposed to me on a trip to the coast…Lots of great food and memories there.

      2. Yes, I visited Hanoi but would like to have spent more time there. I loved the food in Vietnam. It may be the only trip where I lost weight!

  7. Glad to see a picture of your brother. What a handsome man. So sorry about these losses.

    Looking forward to fun times in 2014!

    Love, Betsy

  8. Best wishes for a wonderful 2014. I look forward to reading more blog posts from you in the upcoming year.

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. My condolences.

  9. Linda,
    Thanks for sharing your travels, family and interests! May you be blessed in the new year!

    1. Thank you, Peggy, and you know I have the same best wishes for you. You are a special and valued friend.

  10. Happy New Year Lulu!
    I am wishing you and your family a blessed New year full of happiness and joy.

  11. Wishing you very happy and prosperous New Year.May God bless you. Happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year 2104 !

  12. I have enjoyed your travels and admire your fearless sense of adventure and eclectic style! You always entertain and delight! Happy 2014!

    1. Same to you, and I do look forward to sharing with you in 2014.

  13. I so look forward to sharing your posts and photos. Inspiring. Well written. Good review of
    the YEAR makes me look at mine differently too.

    1. Cheryl, thank you. I am so glad to have you along for the ride.

  14. Beautifully said.. great looking back post Linda.. I wish you clear vision for 2014..good health, and happiness abound for 2014.. x hugs j

    1. Without you, Jean, 2013 wouldn’t have been so special. If any of my readers are thinking Vietnam, they should check with you first!

  15. You definitely had a busy year. And I’m so glad to have met you!

    Wishing you and yours much happiness, good health, and a Happy New Year!


    1. The same feelings are shared with you, Jane.

  16. I loved your blog- just beautiful. I see that you stopped at some of the places we did on our trips to and from Maine . Wasn’t West Point wonderful??

    So sorry about your brother.

    Let’s get together soon. Happy new year to you all !


    1. Surely we have adventures of Maine to share.

  17. Wishing you the very best in the year to come! What a beautiful family you have and what delightful pictures of your friends along the way. My condolences on the loss of your brother.

    1. Thank you, Emil. You are one of the brights in my blog life.

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