A Fresh Start

Hello.  Happy 2012 to you!  I hope your year is going well.  So far, so good here.  I always love the beginning of a new year.  It’s a season of possibilities…not knowing what will unfold in the next twelve months and feeling like it’s a fresh start.
I didn’t chose any special words to reflect on or guide me throughout the year, nor am I making any resolutions…the list would be far too long.  I just want to focus on being happy and having God take control of my life instead of trying to map out the future myself.
It’s been so wonderful here weather-wise, that I’ve kind of tricked myself into thinking that Spring is right around the corner.  I’m sure mother nature has other plans though.  I thought I’d bring a little of that Springtime feeling into the house by planting some paperwhite, grape hyacinth and crocus bulbs.  I’ve forced paperwhites before, but have never tried the others so hopefully they’ll be as easy…I’ll keep you posted.

Now that the holidays are over and a new season is upon us, I’ve decided it’s time to focus my attention on something that’s really starting to annoy me…the tightness of my pants.  Oh my, it’s scary people.  I can hardly get my fattest pants on and it’s getting to the point where I’m going to have to wear my sweatpants out in public…or some maternity pants.  Just kidding about that last one there.  That definitely won’t be happening, it’s bad enough wearing them when you’re actually pregnant.  Ugh…I couldn’t stand those things.
Anyway, I’ve been eating much better this week…lots of salads and such.  It feels nice to be back to normal.  I cut up all my pomegranates yesterday and put the seeds in the freezer for smoothies.  What a mess that was!  Anyway, maybe I’ll have some healthy recipes to share next time.
Hope you have a great weekend!
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  • Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle)

    I know what you mean about the pants!! Two days in Baton Rouge and I am eating the most delectable food, but very bad for the waistline. I decided that today is the day to change that. Plus, I feel bloated and awful. My taste buds will be mad, but oh, well! lol Something has to give!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    January 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm Reply
  • Deanna

    Oh do I hear you about the shrinking pants…lovely post, lovely images. I think I will try some bulbs this year. Thank you for the inspiration.

    January 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • Urban Farmgirl

    Glad to hear I am not the only one that is suffering from "the incredible shrinking pants" syndrome. Haha!

    And your photos are so gorgeous! I could just stare at them all day! ;o)


    January 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm Reply
  • Polly

    gorgeous photos……we are in the middle of a seemingly spring thaw here too! it is nice outside! kind of weird!

    my mother-in-law brought sooooo many cookies. i have been living in sweat pants. uggggg!!!



    January 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm Reply
  • High Street Cottage

    Amen! hehe
    I have eating my "skinny salads" all week, and cooking healthy. It's back to basics and for the very same reason as you, Tricia…those darned pants! πŸ˜‰ Gorgeous photos, and can't wait to read your recipes.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm Reply
  • Poca Luna

    You are my blog hero! Your photos speak so much beauty to me! I always look forward to your posts.

    January 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm Reply
  • Ms. Redo

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures, makes me want to just bask in them. Hope you can get the pants situation fixed πŸ™‚ I feel your pain. Hugs ~ Mary

    January 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm Reply
  • Sher...

    The pants are a bit tighter after the Holidays for me. I always gain at least 15 pounds with all the sweets I eat. I have a new bike, and have made a commitment to ride at least 1 hour a day. It helps. Also, cut out the sugar!! I am following Jorge Cruise – it's a lifestyle change, not a diet. It's awsome – I've lost 5 pounds in 1 week. Sugar goes directly to our belly – and I eat a generous portion of that just in my Coffee, but switched to Truvia. So – I love your idea of no resolutions, just living day to day and figuring it out and being happy as we go along. Sounds like a good plan!

    Your photos are are just gorgeous – the bulbs are beautiful! The promise of growth for 2012. I love it. It's nice here today – about 60-65 degrees, and the man mowed yesterday so you can just smell the fresh grass….It makes me want to plant an Herb garden. Just a little one.

    You take care this week Tricia! xoxo

    January 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm Reply
  • Robin

    LOL! Glad to hear I'm not the only one with "shrinking pants". I actually made it to the gym yesterday(first time in almost three months) and now I hurt all over. I may have jumped back in a little over my head but I'm bound and determined that my pants will fit away by the end of the month.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm Reply
  • Tiffany

    I so love visiting your corner of the blogosphere. The weather is balmy here to today…almost 50. I know that Winter will still hit us but I love this weather today. Have to laugh..I thought I was the only one to have "fat" pants…HA HA! I keep a few sizes just in case:)


    PS: Photos lovely as always!

    January 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • Sandi

    Shrinking pants you say? :)Here all this time I thought it was tiny creatures {called calories} that live in my closet and sew my clothes a little bit tighter every night. LOL Glad the holidays are over and I can focus on health once again! πŸ™‚

    January 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm Reply
  • Sarah @ Modern Country Style

    Hi lovely,

    I'm glad your Christmas was lovely!

    And aren't pomegranate seeds completely gorgeous? I love 'em!!

    Happy New Year hugs to you,

    January 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm Reply
  • Cassie

    One thing is for sure about the new year–it definitely inspires to cut out all the naughty habits in food! Fresh starts are great.

    You've got me thinking of planting and springtime. I can't wait!

    January 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • hootnonny

    I feel your pain (in the rear!) Am hoping this will be the year that I follow through on a lighter me!

    You images are so gorgeous…always love stopping by.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm Reply
  • Okio B Designs

    Sigh! If only it were spring. Not quite yet but your photos definitely make me feel happy and spring-y!


    January 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm Reply
  • Nely

    Lovely post and images..so beutiful!
    kiss Nely!

    January 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm Reply
  • Pam

    I don't think I've ever forced bulbs before, but that sounds like a fun way to get a little spring in to the house. Good luck on the tight pant issue. I've been trying to get out and walk a little more, but I'm sure winter will rear it's head at some point this year.

    January 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm Reply
  • Evelyn S.

    I know one of the reasons I get lost in your blog posts….you have color and light and textures I don't have! πŸ˜‰ Your images are all so wonderful, Tricia. I'll be interested in seeing the results of the forced bulbs. My elderly mother has 4 huge amaryllis plants blooming their heads off right now; they were bulbs given to her in past years.

    January 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm Reply
  • Angie

    Oh I hear you on the pants!

    Such lovely photographs and writing. I want to go plant something now. LOL! I do. πŸ™‚

    January 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm Reply
  • Donna

    I could stand to loose about 15lbs as well!
    Love the photos!
    Have a great weekend!!

    January 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm Reply
  • Susan

    Another one that hears you on the pants! I lost some weight last summer, and was debating throwing out (or donating) my big girl pants. I'm glad that I didn't, because I'm finding that I need them right now! Good luck with your weight loss!

    Your pictures (as always) are gorgeous. Good luck with forcing the bulbs – I've never attempted that before!

    January 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm Reply
  • Posy and Co.

    I, too, posted about the extra 'girth' I need to shed this year. My, oh, my! Where did it come from? Oh, yes…lattes, pound cake and chocolate covered pretzels. Reality check time! Much love, Lisa

    January 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm Reply
  • Faded Charm

    Beautiful photos! I tried forcing white hyacinths this year and they were actually easier than the paperwhites, so hopefully your other bulbs will be also.

    I know what you mean about the tight pants….I need to get an excersice routine going SOON!!!


    January 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm Reply
  • Blueberry

    Beautiful pictures with a taste of spring!:)
    many hugs,

    January 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm Reply
  • A Cozy Cottage in the City

    Hello dear Tricia! I can SOOO relate to the "tightness of the pants" issue! I currently have only ONE pair of pants that fit properly…and they are the fattest of the fat pants! lol So I'm with you on eating much healthier! I love to drink green smoothies too!!! Just organic greens and fruit. πŸ™‚ Anyway, Happy New Year to you – love those gorgeous images!!!


    January 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm Reply
  • einfallsReich

    what a lovely blog!!!
    your 941. new follower πŸ˜‰

    January 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm Reply
  • Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale

    Well, it looks like we are all in the same boat with the tight pants! Just this morning I noticed some extra love on my "love handles", and I told myself no more sweets for awhile! It's those darn xmas cookies…every year I tell ya! Loving your gorgeous photos as always!

    January 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm Reply
  • Andrea

    Even my regular maternity pants aren't fitting…I'm onto my 'big' girl mat pants lol (I'm 30 wks prego, which is my only good excuse =)

    January 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm Reply
  • kelly

    Know the feeling of the tight pants! Happy New Year.


    January 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm Reply
  • Shannon

    oh gosh so happy just about everyone is agreeing with the tight pants. mine are way too small over here too! our weather has been so nice as well, it's making me want to shop for backyard decor but I know as soon as I get it all pretty back there it will be raining again πŸ™‚
    Love your pictures as always Tricia, hop you have an amazing 2012!

    January 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm Reply
  • Privet and Holly

    I'm so wishing that I'd
    bought more bulbs for
    "reserves" when my others
    were done blooming. Maybe
    I still can…..

    Maybe next year I will have
    a resolution like yours. This
    year is about moving some
    dreams along to reality : )

    As to your fitness goal, be
    sure to stop by on Monday.
    I think you'll be inspired.

    Happy Weekend and enjoy
    this amazing weather!!!

    xx Suzanne

    January 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm Reply
  • Deborah

    I love your thoughts on the new year Tricia.
    Those flowers will be gorgeous and so fragrant!
    I hear you on the tight pants thing!!
    Love your photos so!!

    Deborah xoxoxo

    January 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm Reply
  • Blondie's Journal

    One thing you better promise us this year is that you will keep these gorgeous pictures coming!!

    I hear you on the tight pants! I just pray I don't have to go up a size. Too many sweets and carbs.

    Good luck with the bulbs…I have never forced crocus or hyacinths before indoors, they will be pretty!!


    January 6, 2012 at 11:52 pm Reply
  • Sylvia

    Tricia , you are not alone; the tightness of my pants irritates me too. I too need FRESH veggies and fruits …
    Love your dreamy photos ( as always ) . My bulbs are blooming now and I sense a promise for something new in that …
    Enjoy life and stay happy !

    January 7, 2012 at 12:44 am Reply
  • GardenChic

    Your photos are very inspiring. I love your blog and will be looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful blog.

    Love, Jody

    January 7, 2012 at 3:15 am Reply
  • La Vie Quotidienne

    Very pretty!

    January 7, 2012 at 4:07 am Reply
  • Rachel Pallas

    Im feeling the same way! lol.. LOVE your beautiful images~ xo Rachel

    January 7, 2012 at 6:20 am Reply
  • kerrie of sea cottage

    Your photos are always so lovely to look at. Our weather has been so warm too…feels like spring already. But I know the storms will come. I always eat healthy but since I hit 40 (five yrs. ago) I slowly began gaining wt. I work out, eat right, and can't fit into my favorite jeans. Ugh! I do think I may have just lost about 10 lbs…but that is because I've really watched my diet and exercised daily ever since Sept. I do what I can but most importantly try to be happy with myself just the way I am.

    January 7, 2012 at 6:58 am Reply
  • The Rosegarden in Malevik

    Oh,,,,,,I really LOVE this Post πŸ™‚
    and do not miss……




    It is FUN πŸ™‚
    HΓ₯kan ( The Roseman)

    January 7, 2012 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Bella Bliss


    I am your newest follower! You have very nice and clear photos… Great job on those!
    Why don't you hop on over to my blog sometime…

    Ciao Bella!

    Bella Bliss

    January 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm Reply
  • Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage

    Such a cheery little sprig! Your compositions are gorgeous. Makes me feel like spring!

    January 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm Reply
  • Linda R.

    Such a lovely post.. I don't make resolutions either. I put to much pressure on myself and feel bad when I don't follow through.. And I just can't think of one word to last the whole year.. Although I love the thought of it! Here is to a new year full of possibilities.. Can't wait to see what it brings..

    Hugs, Linda

    January 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm Reply
  • Sandra van Doorn

    you made me laugh about your pants! i think we all feel a bit like this after teh holiday season..
    as always i adore,adore, adore your work…
    xo sandra

    January 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm Reply
  • Fresh Vanilla For C

    Hi Tricia~~~ I just discovered your beautiful blog. I am loving it. I am your newest follower;) Looking forward to reading more in 2012. Would love for you to come visit me sometime.


    January 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm Reply
  • Farmgirl Paints

    I'm full on in love with pomegranate. I just discovered them this year. I've totally been missing out. So glad that MN has been nice to you this year. Obviously last year broke the camels back for us.

    January 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm Reply
  • Heaven's Walk

    Well….you're not alone on the pants issue, Tricia! We're all be-"hind" you 100%. lolol! I've returned to running on my treadmill and using the elliptical 4-5 days/week for 3 weeks. I put a big "X" on the calendar every day I work out as like a gold star for me. (It's all in my head, ya know.) I just read tonight that 80% of weight loss has to do with what you eat, though. THAT I've gotta work on. I love my "See Food" diet to well….

    xoxo laurie

    January 8, 2012 at 3:32 am Reply
  • jessica

    I get the tight clothing feeling!! I am thankful for tons of black clothing…and no I am not gothic…nothing against that lifestyle…I just feel the most comfortable in black πŸ™‚

    I will have to check into 'forcing' bulbs. I have heard of it, but have never done it myself!!

    Lovely pictures as always!!

    Thanks for the sweet comments πŸ™‚


    January 8, 2012 at 10:56 am Reply
  • LizlovesVintage

    No, need to worry! Once the warmer weather arrives you will be able to get out more and do extra activities to shed those minor pounds. I know how you feel. Aren't we all so critical of ourselves?
    Lovely photographs πŸ™‚
    xxx Liz

    January 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm Reply
  • Barefoot in Blue Jeans

    Pretty pictures. I hear you on the tight pants. Happy new year!

    January 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm Reply
  • My Beautiful World

    Love visiting you my friend so much beauty here. Hope you have a wonderful day.

    Always Wendy

    January 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm Reply
  • PriscilaPetersDecor

    I've been feeling the same way. My pants feel a little tight on the waist line… so, Monday will go back to the gym!

    Lovely images.

    January 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm Reply
  • Lara

    my pants are getting dreadfully tight. i eat good, but my problem is helping myself to my kid's snacks & the late night bowl of cereal – my two guilty vices i need to quit. maybe i should put them in my husbands car trunk? lol.
    love your straight down shot perspectives – love the flower print fabric you have here!

    January 9, 2012 at 3:36 am Reply
  • Bohemian

    Grape Hyacinths do quite well actually. I'm Loving that Sprig in your 1st Photo, what is it called? That is a picture postcard perfect Image in fact… your Vignettes and Photography always Delight the eyes!

    Happy New Year from the Arizona Desert… Dawn… The Bohemian

    January 9, 2012 at 5:31 am Reply
  • Hartwood Roses

    I totally hear ya about the pants. One day you reach for a pair of jeans, and the laundry gnomes shrunk 'em on ya. It's a choice to either get the pants to fit or get bigger pants … I choose to get back into my pants … I wish you luck with your quest.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm Reply
  • Kaitlyn

    I hear you on being happy to be back to normal!! Goodness, i am so happy the holidays are over. I always gain like 5 pounds or more from it and it's so depressing! Happy new year dear! I love those pictures! Can't wait to see more of your beautiful work in 2012!!! <3

    In our sea of love

    January 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm Reply
  • Barb~Bella Vista

    That old exercise bike is calling out to so many of us, isn't it? πŸ™‚

    Lovely pictures.


    January 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm Reply
  • Cindy Garber Iverson

    You are going to have such a heavenly aroma in the house when the hyacinths and paperwhites bloom. I love their heady aroma. mmmm…

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

    January 10, 2012 at 2:13 am Reply
  • Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com

    I'm at my daughter's gymnastics class reading your blog and I actually giggled out loud at your tight pants dilemma. I'm laughing only because I can relate sooooo much to it. I'm down to being able to squeek into one pair of jeans and my sweats, that's it baby. It's getting pretty scary πŸ™‚

    January 10, 2012 at 3:39 am Reply
  • Marina {Yummy Mummy)

    Happy 2012. Your blog and pictures always puts a smile on my face πŸ™‚

    January 10, 2012 at 6:00 am Reply
  • Mira

    My pants are shrinking too! I started eating better and working out more and I just need to keep doing that. Your photos are just wonderful (as always). good luck with plants!

    January 10, 2012 at 7:55 am Reply
  • keity

    I planted a hyacinthine bulb, too and am looking forward to seeing its flower…
    So glad that you shared the beautiful photos with all of us.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:55 am Reply
  • Stacey

    Your pictures and layout are stunning!!

    January 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm Reply
  • Linda Trine

    I absolutely love lingering over your amazing photographs. I know what you mean about the pants situation! I got some amazon gift cards for Christmas and instead of getting that 35mm lens I've been dreaming about, I opted to get the spin bike instead *sigh*

    January 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm Reply
  • Ashley Sisk

    LOL – I was just telling someone today that I'm going to reverse the typical new year's resolution and gain weight…that'd be something different right? Beautiful post.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm Reply
  • Between You and Me

    beautiful pictures…..
    I'm with you..eating cleaner these first days of January…hopefully, it can last longer than this month!

    I'm your 65th commenter…geeeeeez louise, how awesome is THAT?

    January 12, 2012 at 1:28 am Reply
  • jacqueline

    Dearest sweet tricia, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I am so happy to know your year is off to a beautiful start! I am back from vacation and getting back to my routine slowly! You are such an inspiration and i am looking forward to more adventures with you in 2012! Have a lovely merry day and love to you!

    January 12, 2012 at 2:39 am Reply
  • Cindy@french-grey

    I just discovered your blog via pinterest and I love it!! I'm new to blogging and you (and your beautiful photos) are so inspiring! Looking forward to following you. Now excuse me while I slip into my sweatpants… heh heh

    January 12, 2012 at 5:29 am Reply
  • Lynda Naranjo

    I can't wait to see your bulbs in bloom! It seems like such a long wait until Spring … I know I'll be heading to the garden center soon to buy small pots of spring flowers! xo

    January 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm Reply
  • Svenja

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G photos! wow πŸ™‚
    thanks for this spring inspiration !!!


    love, svenja

    January 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm Reply
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