It has been a year to remember for weather, experiences, losses and change.
I am taking one photo from each month to highlight the year - in celebration and a chance to reminisce.
In January we had a severe ice storm and lost power for 4 days. It was a winter never to forget. We had moved here to get away from the heavy snows of the High Country - it seemed they followed us!
Another ice storm in February plus more snow than the area had ever seen in years - 38" to be exact. Normally we get 12" for the whole season!
Unlike in my native Massachusetts when the snows last forever or so it seems, here March brought flowers and blooms galore. Our daffodils were a welcome sight.
By April the dogwoods were in bloom and winter was forgotten.
In May our neighbor's goats were having kids int the pasture across from us. I witnessed two births this past spring. How cool is that?
The summer brought warmer weather - much warmer with days in the 90's. Hiking was put off until it cooled a bit but we did manage to go to Conamarra to hike the their trails to the ridge line in June.
In July we hit the streets of Asheville for the huge Belle Chere festival with art, music food and lots of fun. We hooked up with old friends from the High Country and had a great visit.
August was still quite warm and we headed to a cool spot in Brevard to hike to Moores Cove Falls.
Our organic garden gave us plenty of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, onions and lettuce this year and we have plans for a bigger garden in 2011.
Fall in the mountains is breath taking and this view from the Parkway showing Mount Mitchell is exquisite. Hard to take a bad photo of the colors.
The unusually warm temperatures carried into November as well but then it was welcome. I visited the River Arts District during their annual open house and had a wonderful time exploring all the galleries.
We chose and cut our own Christmas tree this year, driving out to Leicester on a cool crisp day. Rosa is enjoying the fragrance and secretly wishing she could play with the ornaments.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives, not looking for flaws, but for potential.