Out with 2016 and in with 2017

This has been an incredibly fast year to me.  We’ve traveled to Arizona, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Maine and back home to Missouri – twice.  I had a birthday party, during a heat wave of all things,  that was attended by family and friends; some I haven’t seen in years.  I went hiking in Arcadia, had really really fresh lobster and Maine blueberries (they really are smaller than the ones I usually get at the grocery store), was slightly terrified driving along the Apache Trail, went up in a pink elephant hot air balloon at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and I got to meet three blogging buddies in real time.  I also discovered that I like green chile sauce – didn’t see that one coming at all.  I’ve also gotten wrapped very tightly around the little sweet finger of the new grandson.

While this year has been wonderful in many ways it has also been stressful and sad in others.  I won’t get into politics because if you know me you know how I feel about things and that is none too chipper.  This year has seen many entertainers that I have enjoyed for so long leave us far too early – Prince, Bowie, Rickman, Reynolds and Princess Leia (yes I know her name is Carrie Fisher but she will always be Leia Organa to this nerdy girl) to name a few.  I have prayed for friends that were very sick and fighting serious illnesses and I cried with a dear friend of mine who lost her husband of 35 years.  It finally reached a point where I couldn’t and wouldn’t turn on the news because I just was tired of seeing all of the vitriol, violence and senseless killing that was going on across the globe and here in the states.  Peace on earth and goodwill towards human kind? It does occasionally happen… occasionally.

There are no immediate plans on the horizon for us for 2017 other than we will be back in Arizona sometime in January.  I do have my eye on photographing my way through parts of the parks in Utah and DH has even suggested we rent an RV for that.  That will be a first but I have friends who can help me get over my hesitation about that.  Other than Utah we still have St. Lucia, Hawaii and Scotland on our wish list and DH’s Aunt and Uncle have invited us to visit them in Devon, England again.

I hope to meet some of you in person this year if at all possible but even if we don’t I hope we continue to “see” one another here in the land of blog in the new year.  May 2017 be a blessed year for all of us.  See you next year 🙂

Happy New Year!







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Fine art photographer who loves to see and capture the amazing things in this world. Owner of Images by TDashfield photography. www.imagesbytdashfield.com
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22 Responses to Out with 2016 and in with 2017

  1. Like all years, 2016 had its ups and downs. One of the ups was getting to meet you, in person. Have a wonderful 2017y. RV, huh? Cool

  2. A. Blake says:

    Happy New Year Sis – wishing you a safe and prosperous 2017

  3. Timothy Price says:

    2016 was a rough year for a lot of people. Here’s to a fabulous 2017.

  4. Pete Hillman says:

    Happy 2017 to you, Teri! It has been a joy to see your work here, and I will look forward to seeing more in the coming New Year!

  5. Ingrid says:

    I know someone who would love to introduce you to the adventurous life of rolling in an RV 😉 Here’s to fun excursions filled with an abundance of photo-ops in 2017. Warm wishes always!

  6. All the best to you and the family in the coming year…

  7. Dina says:

    What a wonderful retrospective, teri!
    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
    Sad to say, somehow 2016 is a year to remember for all the wrong reasons. x

  8. ChgoJohn says:

    What a year! Never did I see most of “that” coming. Even so, I do look forward to seeing what 2017 brings. I hope nothing but the very best comes your way in 2017, Teri.

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