Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Year of Hearts ... 2011 Remembered

2011 started out cold; the first heart I found was this frosty one I called "First Heart".

Here in Oregon we had the coldest and wettest winter/spring/summer ever.

But there was still beauty to be found - especially when the flowers began to bloom in spite of the cold and wet!

The world recoiled in shock at the tragedy of March 11, 2011 - when a gigantic earthquake and tsunami hit Japan ... we all cried together at the images of destruction ...

Our hearts are still hurting for Japan ...

On a personal note, I lost one of my favorite people in the world in 2011 ...
Howard. I still miss everything about you. My world is a little dimmer with your absence; heaven is a little brighter with your presence.

In May I found out that one of my favorite bloggers, Yolanda, had passed away from the cancer that she had been fighting for so long.
Heaven is a little brighter with her presence too.

In July, a large portion of my beloved woods was stripped away ... unnecessarily.
I hated it ... and did something about it! You can see what I did here.

The year wasn't all gloomy ... family played a huge roll in 2011 ... one of the highlights for me was our annual 4th of July pilgrimage to Independence (Oregon) to share the festivities with my sisters and families!!! My darling niece shared the heart worn into the nose of her favorite stuffed bunny. Sweet!

As the summer wound down, and fall started to sneak into the air, I found myself in the Emergency Room - with a heart attack. It didn't seem right ... I'm only 50 years old! After the placement of a stent in my heart, I rapidly recovered, and was able to enjoy Autumn in a special haze of thankfulness - filled with a new joy in life!

I found more hearts than ever ... and my sense of humor returned.
As you can see by my Halloween post "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night".

Now Thanksgiving has come and gone, as has Christmas ...
Already, a NEW YEAR is upon us ...

I welcome 2012 - with a heart full of JOY!
I can't wait to see what this year brings ...
I can't wait to see the hearts I find ...
I can't wait to see the hearts YOU find!!!

Yee haw, and LOOK OUT WORLD, HERE WE COME!!!




9 comments:

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Emille said...

Am so happy for you that you went through with the Guest heart post!

Wishing you all the best for the New Year, Clytie -and that the desires of your heart may come to pass:)

Sandra said...

I wish you many more "found hearts" in the coming new year.

Debbie said...

i am like a kid in a candy shop when i stop here, these are all amazing!!

thanks so much for the wonderful, kind comments about scott's video. it was so special and i am so extremely proud to share it!!

happy new year clytie, i am so happy to know you!!

Boki said...

happy new year clytie! may 2012 bring joy and healing to all the hearts in the world :) <3

Grannie Annie said...

You are amazing Cea they are all wonderful but the top one is one of my all time favorites.
I wanted to wish you a very Happy HEALTHY New Year...I hope you and your family will be blessed in everyway. Thank you for being my sister friend You and Bea are the best...take care...love you.

kavita said...

Oh ,i was not aware of your heart attack .Glad to know that you are enjoying good health now.Loved your 'first heart'.I wish you a happy, healthy,prosperous and peaceful new year .Hugs and regards.

JunkinJane said...

Happy N♥w Year! Wish I could find hearts like you and your other followers. I did find one on Christmas eve but was too busy to grab the camera. I was inside the lime sherbert container when I first opened it! I'll keep looking! ♥♥♥

Beth Niquette said...

I loved this gathering of hearts, Sissy. I felt a great big bit of nostalgia. I really really want to see you.