All things bright …

So here we are, embarking (almost) on a new year. I am sure every one of us is looking on the brightest side we can.


For me, the holidays are wonderful, no matter what else is going on.  By the way, to those of you who have been with me these last few years as I toss my thoughts into the wild blue universe, thank you so much. I am grateful for and to you.


Those new people who are following me and just helped me pass another milestone, welcome and thank you too. I hope I don’t disappoint you.


By the way, to those readers who left because I speak my mind: thank you for being with me when you were. I cannot worry about some being offended by what I see as the truth — after much research, analysis and thought given to the topics on which I expound, LOL — and I am confident I have been quite restrained and diplomatic, if not downright generous to everyone I meet.


Goodbye and Good Luck, as Keith Olbermann and Edward R. Murrow used to say.


This past few weeks has been frenzied. I wrapped up a large project, then had to run down to the new house to meet some contractors. Now back up in the Valley, I am furiously cleaning, buying, wrapping and more cleaning. While all this was going on, I had to produce the family holiday video.  Errrrr….


I thought this would be an easy Christmas and that we would just be spending one day with Geoffrey’s family and then heading down to SD to be with my family. So, I made every woman in the family a lacy shawl complete with shawl pins that I picked for each individual — over a dozen people.


But at the last minute they switched and told me everyone is coming to our house in LA. That means buying more gifts to put out here,  new slippers for everyone (we don’t wear shoes in our homes), and making stockings for newcomers, like the baby. Madness – Yikes!


So, you will have to forgive me if I am only here sporadically for awhile. I will be visiting you, however.


Here are some new photos of our second neighborhood.  Next up will be more captures from the lake nearby us up here.


If I don’t find another way to say it: Happy Holidays and of course Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah everyone.


No matter who you are or where, nor whether you come here and agree or disagree, I love you!


Images: Chez BeBe assets: San Diego, California

8 Comments on “All things bright …

  1. Thank you for enriching the blogosphere Beth! I wish you, Geoffrey and your families a joyful Christmas – have fun, enjoy each other, and count your blessings! May 2017 bring you many good things, in your home, your work, your life! Love and blessings from Vera 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Vera. I appreciate how patient and kind you are and have been all these years that we both have been blogging here. I wish you and your family the same joy and peace and happiness this holiday and a healthy, prosperous 2017.

      ❤ ❤


    • Well, I don’t know about that Linda, lol. Mine comes in bunches and then long periods of laziness. You seem steadily busy, so it may even out!

      Merry Christmas!! Wish I could celebrate it in Europe. 🙂


  2. This is such a great, colorful, as always magnificent post, Beth!
    Some of your photographic artistic techniques are extraordinary. The houses, especially warm, sunny yellow one were special.
    I am impressed with how you managed to complete a project, find a new house and make twelve shawls for guests with pretty shawl pins to match! Hope you found slippers, various gifts plus remembered to pull out those stocking stuffers from your summer trip out East (I think you found little gift shops there, as well as the nice ones close to Oakland.) I try to remember but probably missed details.
    Hugs and best wishes for an amazing new year with enduring, loving connections. ❤ Your mid-west friend, Robin

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    • You are always so generous to me, Robin. One reason I was able to pull all this off this year was starting early. My last guests left yesterday and now I have so much to do, I am a bit overwhelmed.

      I only managed stockings for the little ones this year and even that was a challenge. Anna is at the age when she is very candid as to her likes and dislikes. She is a bit spoiled now too and even though she received literally dozens and dozens of gifts, was disappointed when they weren’t exactly what she had imagined. I think she makes her list and then the one I get has been heavily edited, LOL!

      I need to catch up with you on your blog. I have been so busy lately I have fallen behind with everyone. I will try to address that this week.

      Much love to you and your family Robin. How I wish we lived closer to one another!


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