New Year – Fresh Start!

100_4179No, we don’t have any wintry weather to welcome 2017, but it’s nice to imagine a snow globe world while snuggling on a comfy couch with Mr. GearHead, a mug of Burlington hot cocoa and a soft, well-worn quilt.

DSC_0012Certainly, there are all kinds of wonderful things to do and exciting places to go and interesting people to meet … but maybe not today. Today is a great day for cooking …

Bebb Holiday Cabins2And reading …

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And napping …

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And that ultimate in list-making …2017 Resolutions! WhooWhee!

So many possibilities, so many hours in a year (8,736, actually), so much to experience, learn, share, enjoy!

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Like many of you, most of my 2017 Resolutions come straight from my Bucket List, so I’m impatient to get going! I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures both big and small with each of you here at CreatzArt, and at DiscoveringHome . It will be great fun to post the many recipes I’m sure to gather along the way at Sinclaire Monroe’s Kitchen  – and in the midst of all this activity and creativity, I hope you will choose to share your talents, compassion, and abundance on Jane’s Day of Service next month.

Please stop by – or better yet subscribe/follow so you’ll never miss a post, recipe or special event. There’s always a place for you at the table, on the porch and on snowy days – in front of the fire!

Here’s to a Kind, Healthy, Caring, Inclusive 2017!

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Z is for Z’end

As the 2016 Blogging from A to Z Challenge comes to a close, I sincerely thank everyone who looked at, liked, commented upon, and shared my posts on this and my other two blogs (DiscoveringHome.com and SinclaireMonroe.com),  with friends, family and fellow-bloggers.

I know that I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering your blogs. I have been impressed with your creativity, and inspired by your talent. Thank you.

Below are some shots that I especially like, even if many were previously posted during this month-long-blog-a-thon. I hope you enjoy these pictures – and I hope you stop by again.

Y is for Yellowstone Yearning

The following pictures were taken while en route to Yellowstone National Park . I had every intention of posting pictures from our visit to the Park itself, but as I culled shots, it became clear that the drive westward was just as wonderful and equally special in that so much was new, so much was exquisite.

Of course, looking at these pictures on the screen while seeing the same vistas and gorges and natural wonders in my mind, I am painfully aware of the disparity between reality and even the best of snapshots.

I always thought it might be a nice place to visit, but there were so many other places I wanted to see first. Thank goodness my husband was on a quest to get to Yellowstone sooner rather than later. I was not prepared for its startling beauty. I never imagined that everything friends had said about the Park was far from hyperbole. Instead it was insufficient and sorely lacking in adjectives.

Well, enough verbiage. It’s time to let those thousand-word pictures do their jobs!

Driving down the road, it felt as if the entire world was overflowing with beauty.

If we had a month to travel from our Midwest home to Yellowstone, it would still have been too rushed a trip.

At one point it was so very dark and we were exhausted, but we drove on and on and on. Finally we saw small lights in the distance. I thought we were nearing a town where we might find a late night cafe and a decent place to sleep. Instead, it was just the lights from a wind farm many miles away from us. The lights traveled across a vast distance – unencumbered by city glare or smoggy clouds.

X is for Xyloid

Being at a loss for the letter X, I turned to the tried and true friend of every writer … the dictionary. There is a surprisingly large number of words beginning with the letter X, but so very few applicable for daily use.

So, here is today’s brief post in the guise of a pop quiz.

What is the definition of the word Xyloid ?

A. Sweetener

B. Fearful of others

C. Resembling wood

For the correct answer, please scroll down.

If you chose A. Sweetener, you might have been thinking of Xylitol

If you opted for B. Suspicious, you might have been thinking of Xenophobe

If you decided upon C. Wood-like, you would be correct. BUT, if you are only claiming to have known the answer all along, then your nose would be feeling rather xyloid right now!

Thank you for your participation!