Friday, December 27, 2019

My Favorite Posts of the Year!

As for so many others, the end of the year finds me looking back. I've met so many new blog friends here on Marmelade Gypsy this year and I'm delighted we've found each other. I've also been looking back at some of my favorite posts from 2019. Some might be before you joined me, others you may recall. In no particular order, I share them here.

So many things for which to give thanks.
Road Trip: Fashioning Art from Paper -- The Ballets Russes

Part Two of the best art exhibition I've seen in a long while!

First Southern Exposure Visit of the Season
The first autumn visit to my Happy Place means the gardens are still in bloom -- and we have a great project!

Road Trip: Isabelle deBorchgrave -- Fashioning Art from Paper, Part One

The first part of my birthday excursion to a fabulous art exhibit -- gowns made completely of paper!

Postcards from the Lake: Turning One

Our Littlest Guy turns one!

Rising Waters

The basement flood that launched pneumonia and a world of trash!

Southern Exposure: Beauty and a Hanging Basket

Another of my favorite Southern Exposure projects with two of my favorite people!

Monday Mural: Greg Oberle's Look at Lansing's Transportation Heritage

When our artist Greg comes to touch up a project, we're thrilled to see him -- and share is work!

Thinking of Notre Dame

The Notre Dame fire shocked us all and brought back memories as well.

Road Trip to Massachusetts    

One of the "up" times from our Massachusetts visit -- sightseeing, a great bookstore and dinner at historic Longfellow Inn.

Birds of the Berkshires

Our Berkshire visit had its ups and downs! The "up" part included family time and some knock out birds!

Thoughts on Caregiving and Taking Care

The "downs" of the Berkshire visit was when Rick fell on ice and broke his leg.

Cooking with Sour
Cooking classes with Chef Geoff are great. When he makes the best grilled cheese ever, they're even better!

Gloomy. White. Cold.

During a bitter cold February, my former colleagues and I said farewell to our friend Steve.

Seeing in 2019

Is there a better way to see in the new year than with friends? I don't think so! (Note the photo-bomber!)

The Annual Book Wrap Up

Every year my book look-back is a favorite of mine!

Life is So Good

A little cooking, a lot of yum!

England: More from the Cotswolds

Most of my England 2018 posts came in 2019. This was one of my favorites.

Postcards from the Lake: The Beach, the Cherries, the Books, the Storm

Being at the cottage all summer is a gift. This was just one of my favorite posts from this summer.
Coping with the Grief Monster During the Holidays

Feel like walking on thin ice during the holidays? This post offered a 
few strategies for any time of year.
Big Birds, Part Two

It was hard to choose between Harry flying or fishing (or Ellie Egret flying). But here's my Big Bird.

Fifty Years

A Fifty Year reunion -- and reflections on why finally deciding to attend was a good idea.

Here's to a new year of sharing memories and life on Marmelade Gypsy. I started my 13th year on this blog in late December and what a joy it has been to make new "friends" from all over the world. While many seem to be slacking off on blogging, I'm finding it more rewarding and meeting more of you than ever before. For this, I end as I began. Grateful. Happy New Year!

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R's Rue said...


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I vividly remember many of these posts! One of my favorites was the exhibit of paper dresses. Thanks for sharing those with us as they were so beautiful and something I like won't ever see in person!

Happy New Year to you and yours!!

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

If I had to pick one of my favorite posts of yours it would be between the paper show and one of your corker parties. The first one awes me and the parties always make me feel happy reading about the fun and friendship you guys share.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

And it has been a pleasure to get know you and Rick, Jeanie. i am sure that I speak for many when I say that. I agree that blogging has become more fun than ever and I certainly have no intention of stopping. All the best for 2020.

La Table De Nana said...

Here's to another "A Good Year" As Peter Mayle wrote;)
So happy Rick got well..seeing your pics of you.
Your regained health..
The cottage..Nothern Exposure..
Always happy happy.

Iris Flavia said...

Yes, we had a good year, oh, maybe I really pick up that idea of looking back.
We had bad times, too, I remember your place running full of water. (This is what happened to Ingo and hence he came to my place for good back then).
13 years here, too, and yes! So many stopped blogging and went to Facebook only, kinda sad.
Both brought good things, Blogger and Facebook.
Can you even remember the times when we lived without the internet? It all took so long, it was so complicated and finding new friends, haaa, how?

A very nice review, to another Happy News Year, Jeanie!

bobbie said...

I believe it was one of your Cotswolds post that first drew me to your blog... and I definitely remember those paper dresses!!
I'm so glad we met!

Louca por porcelana said...

Such fun and happiness! Happy New Year!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I remember every one of these posts, Jeanie. Great review. Here's looking forward to 2020, and to letting go of all the bad memories, yet cherishing the good from 2019. Happy New Year, dear.

Jenny Woolf said...

I remember many of these posts first time round, but missed the lovely "Grateful" post and really liked reading it for the first time. You've done some wonderful posts.

Valerie-Jael said...

Thanks for sharing your review of the year. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie🤗

Sandra Cox said...

I remember most of these. Good ones.
Here's to 2020.

Marilyn Miller said...

What a lovely review and memories. 13 years!!! Congratulations! You are 6 months ahead of me, as I will celebrate 13 years in June. I love seeing your memories, they are extra special. Fun to see that stack of books too.

My name is Erika. said...

I remember most of these posts. You had a great year for sure Jeanie. And hopefully 2020 will be as good if not better than 2019 was. And maybe if you and Rick go back to MArlboro we might manage a meet up? Time will tell. Happy last weekend of 2019. Hugs-Erika

Rustic Pumpkin said...

It must have been a difficult job picking a just a few for your retrospecitive look at 2019! Every one is a winner. So glad to have stumbled across you this year and looking forward to reading your words and seeing your photos in 2020.

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!
~~~Deb in Wales

Pamela said...

It's been a great year. Looking forward to the next one!

The French Hutch said...

Oh Jeanie, what a wonderful way to finish up the year than by reflecting back. I loved Peter Mayle's book "A Good Year" and I love to refer to the title. Such a great review. All the best for a wonderful 2020!

Rita C at Panoply said...

Your life is so rich and full, Jeanie! I'm so happy to know you through blogging, and always look forward to your enlightening, colorful, and informative posts! I am still sad over not making it to the de Borchgrave exhibit. I would love to get a copy of the book that includes both the period clothing and ballet costumes. If I recall, you mentioned the book was either not available other than through the exhibit venues, or it was very expensive. Could you send me the ISBN sometime, and/or the title or cover photo? I've looked online and see 3 different books.
Wishing you a healthy and happy new year! said...

It's such fun to look back and remember all the experiences we've enjoyed, time goes by so fast, it's nice to look back and savor the memories! I really enjoyed the paper art posts, something I've never seen before! You are living life to the fullest Jeanie, thanks for sharing all your incredible adventures!

Sally Wessely said...

I so admire your productivity. You remain my favorite blogger. How do you do it all? I so enjoyed looking back at these posts. Keep on blogging. Hugs.

Sandra at Maison De Jardin said...

Jeanie, such a wonderful post. I am so happy we have become blogging friends. Your posts are always so happy and full of life. I always enjoy them, especially your Southern Exposure adventures and your photography of your family(those little boys) and your friend, Harry. Oh, and love your Cork and Popper times, also.

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year.

PS - The photo of you and Rick at the Inn in Mass. is beautiful of you both. It is one for a frame.

crackercrumblife said...

Some of these I remember for sure! Others I plan on reading soon! The Berkshires has been on the top of my vacation dream list for a while now, so I am looking forward to going back and reading those.

I am so glad I "met" you this year! :)

Pam Richardson said...

Jeanie, I am happy to report that I remember each one of these posts. I might be late sometimes, but I always love visiting with you! Your blog is filled with so much of what I love. Can’t wait to see what you will share in 2020!

Polly said...

I remember most of these posts Jeanie, and like many others It's a pleasure to know you x

Carola Bartz said...

You are one of my blogging friends who really blogs a lot AND enjoys it - I can "see" that in every post you publish. It is truly beautiful. Like you I still think blogging is rewarding, even though I don't often find the time for it. I wish I could blog more, but I think that has to wait until I retire from at least one of my jobs. Happy new year to you, Jeanie! I look forward to your 2020 posts.

Pam said...

Well there sure were some good times to be had and some not so good but you have over come the bad.

Prims By The Water said...

It is so fun looking back at prior posts, and look forward to more to come in the new year! Janice

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jeanie!

What a wonderful post and look back at your year. Lovely photos of you, your family and friends. Beautiful butterfly and shot of the heron! Life is good! I wish you and your family all the best in 2020, Happy New Year! Have a happy day and new week ahead!

Nikki - Notes of Life said...

I love the butterfly shot. It's always a joy to visit and read your posts.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas1 All the best for 2020 :)

Arti said...

What a wonderful and full year you've had, Jeanie! Love that first pumpkin painting! Did you visit Concord, MA when you travelled there? Louisa May Alcott's residence? Amazing you've got so much done in just one year. Have a brave new decade ahead!

William Kendall said...

Harry flying is my favourite of these.

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely look back …
2019 seems to have past by in a flash!
Here's to a great 2020,

My good wishes.

All the best Jan

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Happy New Year Jeanie!
You most certainly do live life to the fullest and embrace it all with such grace, enthusiasm, beauty and honor. This is a neat post.
I am wishing you the best of the best in 2020. Good times, laughter, love, good health, and more wonderful experiences!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Quite a few of the photos brought back a smiling memory. Looking forward to 2020 posts!

Sami said...

Lovely yearly review Jeanie.
My favourite would have been the paper dresses exhibition.
A wonderful 2020 for you and your family.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Dear and wonderful Jeanie, thank you for coming to visit my blog; as you know, I am not blogging much these days and my school schedule just won't allow me to engage in too many social media platforms. I spend my "wad" of social media time on Instagram. However, it was fabulous to see your comment!

Look at all these memories here. From travels to home stay, you always capture what is most important: friendships. I hope that this has been a great year for you and that 2020 is an even better year for us all. Hugs to you dear and wonderful Jeanie!

Alexandria said...

What a memorable 2019! Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year filled with wonderful memories! Many thanks for your visits and comments, it is very encouraging for a new blogger.

Evi Erlinda said...

I love all of your posts, Jeanie!

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