Friday, December 18, 2009

Merry Christams and Happy New Year to All

Blogging is so rewarding.  Yesterday I received a bottle of wine from a blogging friend and another delightful blogging friend and her husband took me on a photography ride to Saguaro National Monument.  It was truly a red letter day.

I will not share the wine with you, but I can share the results of my photo excursion.  Please click on the link below to see the album of my photographs.  You will also see a photo of my blogging friends, lovely Rain of Rainy Day Thoughts and her hunky husband Paul.  (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

This will be my last post until next year.   My daughter surprised me with an invitation to her home in California for the holidays.  I leave Tuesday and will return on January 3, when I hope to catch up on what has been happening in blogging land while I was gone.  


May we see peace in 2010 and the end of the health insurance debate.  The opportunity to have meaningful reform has been squandered for another generation.  Too bad that greed, nasty politics, and self-serving representatives kept our country from moving into the 21st Century.  This trip to spend the holidays with my family is the only thing that is keeping me from deep depression over the sheer stupidity of our legislators.


http://picasaweb.google.com/deejaycee6/20091218#slideshow/54166184






Betty and yours truly at the end of our wonderful day.  My hair is windblown and I do look like the Flying Nun ready for a take off.  This photo was taken by Paul.    Betty graciously forwarded it to me.


MERRY CHRISTMAS
and
HAPPY NEW YEAR

30 comments:

Granny Annie said...

Rain and Paul are a beautiful couple. All the pictures were great. Thanks for sharing them.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Years at your daughter's home. How wonderful that you can join them.

We will miss you and look forward to your tales of adventure and fun.

God Bless:)

Rain said...

Merry Christmas, Darlene. I hope you have a wonderful visit with your daughter. We very much enjoyed getting together with you. You are a neat lady

Leslie Parsley said...

Beautiful photos of beautiful country. How I miss it. Have a safe trip and a warm and wonderful Christmas.

Darlene said...

*Granny Annie - Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

*Rain - Thank you and I hope your trip home is safe and fun. You are pretty neat, yourself.

*Leslie Parsley - Thank you and a wonderful Christmas to you, too.

Joy Des Jardins said...

I am so glad you're going to your daughter's Darlene....I hope you have a really wonderful time there sweetie; and I hope you can take your mind off of some of these issues that have been bugging you...and all of us over these past months. (Even if it's only for a few short days) I hope you have great conversation, joyful laughter and loads of love Darlene.

Loved the pics of you and Betty. I'm so use to seeing the little picture of you on your blog that when I saw the one with Betty and your hair was so much longer...it surprised me....so cute of both of you. You look great in that color by the way. Merry Christmas my sweet friend. See you in the New Year....Love, Joy

Darlene said...

*Joy Des Jardins - Betty and I had just gotten back from riding in their truck and we had the windows open. My hair was very windblown. I should have looked in the mirror before allowing my photo to be taken. Oy!!!

Merry Christmas to you, too, you dear friend.

Vagabonde said...

It will be great for you to be away and have some fun time with your daughter. Try not to think about all this nonsense in Washington and enjoy yourself. Have a Merry Christmas and that 2010 be especially good to you.

kenju said...

I enjoyed the photos and I hope you have a good trip and a wonderful Christmas!

Darlene said...

*Vagabonde - Thank you. I don't think what goes on in Washington will be high on my priorities for at least ten days. Bye, bye stress !!!
Happy Holidays to you.

*Kenju - Thank you, Judy, and I hope your Christmas is wonderful, too.

Hattie said...

I think you look cute in that pix with the windblown hair!
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Darlene said...

*Hattie - Thank you, but cute is not the word I would use. ;-) A wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too, Hattie.

Kay Dennison said...

Bon voyage, Darlene!!!! How nice of your daughter!!!! However, you will be missed!!!!

The photos are fabulous -- and I sooooooooo envy you your time with our good friend Rain!!!!

And yeah, Paul is a hunk and he so loves Rain that I think it makes him even better!!!

Happy Christmas!!!!

Darlene said...

*Kay - Thank you for appreciating the photos. Yes, I was very fortunate to spend time with Betty and Paul. They are a wonderful couple and it's truly special to find a couple still very much in love after so many years.

I know Christmas is not good for you this year, but I do hope something wonderful happens and you are able to enjoy the holidays after all. I wish you happiness, and good health, Kay. May 2010 be a much better year for you.

la peregrina said...

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Darlene.

See you next year. :)

Nancy said...

Merry Christmas with your daughter.

Have a wonderful trip and come back to us safe and sound.

The pictures were beautiful and you all looked like you enjoyed visiting with each other...

joared said...

Enjoy your Calif. trip and time with your dtr. as I'm sure you will. Thanks for sharing your photos, wind blown hair and all -- they captured the moments -- nice you could make the blogger connections.

Happy holidays!

Rain said...

On the hair, mine had been blown all around too but I felt it was part of our free-flowing day and the hair suited the experience which the photograph was as much about as just us. :) It was a serendipitous day.

Ugich Konitari said...

Darlene,

Have a great Christmas and new Years at your daughter's in California ! I always enjoy reading about blogger folks meeting each other. I did read Rain's post and now yours .

I often feel how wonderful it would be if I could meet all my blogging friends across the world. While I must wait for some lottery to strike in my favour so I can afford the fares, I must say that at least I got to see you both in the photos....

Have a great holiday season...

Darlene said...

*la perigrina - Thank you and the same to you. Until next year, hugs.

*Nancy - Thank you. We did enjoy the visit.

*Joared - Happy Holidays to you, also. Too bad I will be in Northern California instead of near you or we could try to connect.

*Rain - You have the right attitude about our hair, but yours still looked so nice while mine was wild. ;-)

*Ugich Konitari - Wouldn't it be neat if we could all meet half way? Maybe in Spain or some place (other than the middle of the ocean) like that.

Rain said...

It's funny how you see yours as I thought it looked good, free and natural. I guess it's all relative. I had just had a permanent down here; so felt mine was a little on the wild side also :)

It would be fun to set up a meeting between a bunch of us somewhere someday.

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Tabor said...

MIss you already even though I have been gone until today myself. Hope that you are and you daughter have a very special time.

LadyLuz said...

Season's Greetings Darlene. I hope you are enjoying time with your daughter.

Friko said...

a very happy New Year to you, Darlene; I enjoy visiting you and hope you will continue visiting me.

And hasn't the Health Care Debate come out right now? That's what I gathered from the news in the UK.

Have a happy holiday with your family!

Sylvia K said...

So glad you had such a great trip! Loved your photos! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Look forward to reading more about your holiday!!

Sylvia

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Tabor said...

Ok, Darlene. Time to get back to blogging. Where are you?

Darlene said...

*Tabor - I'm here, but just barely. I am trying to finish unpacking, going through e-mail, laundry, etc., etc. I will get back to blogging eventually. Please don't give up on me.

20th Century Woman said...

Dear Darlene, I have been "away" as well, at home but completely occupied with children and grandchildren. I am eager to hear about your Christmas with your daughter. And eager to know what your thoughts are about the health care bill working its way through congress.

Happy new year! Anne

Darlene said...

*20th Century Woman - Now this is weird. Your comment was just posted to my Christmas blog after nearly 4 months.