Sunday, January 1, 2012

Looking Back at 2011

January saw snow here in Kansas


It's hard to believe that we're 
already into the new year...
is it just me or did you find the 
old year flew by?

As I look back on 
I realize that it was a busy year
Lilac Lane Cottage
here at
Kisiwa Creek Ranch

January saw lots of snow and
February I had my
One Year Give-Away!

Most of the month of March
was a mess with renovations
being made to the bathroom.
What a job
but it was worth it!

April saw the return of the Lilacs.
Unfortunately it wasn't a good year for them
but we did get enough blossoms to
enjoy that wonderful heady

The Monarchs loved them too :)

May into June we spent our days 
priming and painting the house.

Going from medium blue to 
pale yellow was a pain!

June was the month of kittens!
We found these two out in one of
our buildings but then their 
feral momma carried them
out to our burn pile
and that's where I found them.
Dora the black one found a wonderful home
and Henry is 'fixed' and living with us.

It was a terribly hot summer but we managed
to have a little tea party in the garden with 
my new tea cozy I had won :)

The end of August was the time
for the annual 
Heritage Days in Yoder Kansas
where the Amish mix with the
locals and have fun competing in all kinds
horse events.

September took me to Ozark Missouri
with my sister in law Donna
where we had a wonderful time
antique shopping

October was the month of the dust storm
here at the ranch.
This was a summer of drought for sure.

My younger (by 3 months!) Sister
came to visit from Canada!
She got to experience
2 earthquakes while she was here.

was a wonderful month
of good food good company
and ended with a 
couple of surprises.

Which I'll share with you soon ;)

I wish you and yours all the best for a



Lemon Lane Cottage said...

What a beautiful look back. Here we go again! Happy New Year. Patty

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

It is fun for everyone to look back at 2011, and for those that follow you it reminds us of past posts.
Happy New Year!

Mecky said...

Happy New Year!!

Beverly said...

So glad I got to tag along for the year's ride!!! Have a wonderful New Year, Maura!!!!


PS.....using my lovely bookmark!! :)

Shirley said...

Hi Maura, I haven't been able to leave a comment the last time I came to visit. I like your new blog look and enjoyed your look back of 2011. It seemed as though it just started yesterday. Do you think this year will go that fast? Hasn't the weather been different this winter? I remember all of the snow last year and the year before and so far we have had little. Goes from 63 one day to 40's the next. Have a great week. Happy New Year from Your Missouri Friend.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Yes, the year seems to have flew by, but since it was a mixed-bag of a year for me, I was glad to see the back of it :)
Love seeing your pictures, it's always a pleasure visiting you here at the farm !
A Happy and Healthy New Year, to you my sweet friend...

Janet said...

You should make your own calendar with those photographs-they are lovely !

Wishing you and your family a very happy ,healthy new year with lots of love and laughter xx

Lynne said...

I enjoyed looking back with you especially since I hadn't seen your first few months of 2011 with my "blog beginning" being May.

One of my first connections with you was over an ice cream maker. I ran across the photo the other day of your ICM. I still haven't found one but now the reminder is here so once again I will go on a search.

Your bath room rennovation looks charming . . .

Happy Twenty Twelve . . .

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Thanks for sharing!
So lovely!

Looking back is my favorite time for reading blogs. Then it's time to start another year!

Happy New Year!

The Goat Borrower

FlowerLady said...

What a lovely year end review Maura.

May 2012 be a wonderful year for you and yours.


The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Maura,

Happy New Year. Did you even think of doing a calendar? It would be wonderful cause you are so "beary" creative, and we would buy one.

Heaps of Hugs

Linda said...

Happy New Year Maura!
Love your new header.
Thanks for the year in review.
All the best for 2012.

traci said...

looks like it was a great year for you. i love your yellow house. very cute. happy new year. i hope it is full of nothing but the best for you and your family.

John Gray said...

happy new year my friend x

Tara Dillard said...

Happy New Year dear Maura.

Love your bathroom.

Mine was 'done' till a kitchen renovation moved most of the antique blue/white china into my clawfoot tub.

Don't ask !!!!

It seems the feral garden cat I had fixed is PREGNANT. Ugh.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Hitchhiker42 said...

Happy new year! I enjoyed your snowy January photo with the beautiful cardinals. I kinda wish it would snow here. We have just been getting cold winds and murky skies. I bought a new winter coat in Amsterdam but it is too warm to wear when the weather is above freezing!

Scufty said...

What a wonderful trip back through the year with you. It was a fantastic time foro me to come down and visit ... sure look forward to another one as soon as I can... have a wonderful new year and a very Happy Birthday today!!! Love you....Scufty xoxoxoxo

My Little Home and Garden said...

I enjoyed reviewing your year with you, Maura. Your photos are just wonderful, for example, that butterfly in the lilacs! Happy New Year!

karen - Simply Inspired said...

happy new year, maura... thank you for the wonderful shared moments. sounds like you have a birthday - happiness to you!

Neesie Natters said...

You're right Maura, where did that year go?
It's good to stop for a moment to reflect.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2012!

By the way, I love your new header ;D

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

I love your photos! Especially the one with the butterflies. What camera and lens are you using?
And I love your new banner :)

Yes, it was a good year, wasn't it?

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Except for the terrible heat of the summer, life at Lilac lLane Cottage in 2011 seemed pretty good.

Jo (Pieceful Afternoon) said...

What a lovely review of your year - may this new year be just was wonderful.

Robin said...

Happy New Year. The photos of your home are so beautiful. Looks like you've created a cozy, restful place.

Michaele said...

I remember all these wonderful posts. I think the Heritage Days was my very favorite. I have really enjoyed getting to know you Maura. Here's to another great year.

Megan said...

I've enjoyed looking through a few of your posts... you have beautiful style! I'll be back... I am also a lilac lover :) ~ Megan @ Lilac & Lavender

Anonymous said...

Since I didn't know you all year, I really enjoyed your retrospect. Thanks for sharing.


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