Monday, December 31, 2007

It's winter in New Mexico. Many of my friends in San Diego don't understand why I would go out of my way to be somewhere where it's cold and snowy.

This is the gate to my front courtyard. I love this gate, and my courtyard, and I love it when the world gets quietly etched in black and white, and all the other colors are muted. It's silent. It's peaceful. It makes my mind quiet down and rest. To me, this is the gift that winter brings.
I wish all of you a peaceful, prosperous and especially healthy New Year. Here's to the many meals ahead to be shared with friends and loved ones in 2008.

9 comments:

Vicki said...

Hi Toni - I live in San Diego, and those pictures are the reason I'm moving to New Mexico once the kids are out of school! I love the eerie quiet beauty of new snow in the morning.

Nora B. said...

Toni, you make winter look so comforting some how, and I am not a big fan of winter. I love the photos. Have a wonderful year ahead.

Nora

Toni said...

Vicki - I understand! Most people in San Diego don't understand why people would choose to live somewhere where it actually gets cold in winter, but I do. Without winter, spring loses it's power.

Nora - Well, I'm not surprised that you're not a fan of winter......Your photo makes it clear that you're very comfortable hanging out in warm weather. Glad you like the photos! I wish you the very best in this new year!

Terry B said...

Toni--My one visit to New Mexico [so far] was in the winter. I remember driving from Albuquerque up into the mountains to Jemez Springs on Christmas Eve. Way up on the side of a mountain, someone had spelled out O Holy Night in luminarias. It was magical.

Toni said...

Terry - Wow! What magic, indeed! We drove around Albuquerque's Old Town as well as the country club district, all of which had luminaria displays. It was Christmas on a level I can resonate with.

Ady said...

Hi Tony, What a wonderfull places, there is no Xmas without snow, also in Italy we had much snow in december, greetings from Iyaly

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

It looks beautiful! And so peaceful - it are those moments that makes snow bearable and unforgettable.

Happy new Year!

Deborah Dowd said...

I toytally understand your desire for a dose of cold and snow. There is something so special about a world blanketed in white!

Toni said...

ady - Thanks for stopping by my blog! Ahhhhh.....Christmas in Italy!

Jenn - Snow is a wonderful, quiet, white blanket...especially when you're indoors and cooking!

Deborah - Welcome! And thanks for stopping by my blog!