Something about another year coming to a close – a new one looming – makes me start cleaning up old messes…
That – and Lightroom sending me warnings that I’ve used most of my available space – which apparently happens when you let years worth of photos pile up, leaving them to accumulate.

Whatever the reason, I’ve been going through my old catalogs and deleting, deleting, deleting – occasionally finding an old favorite – photos from forgotten rambles.

They take me back to our early years in Vermont – 2012-2013 –

my early days of blogging – and my old tagline, Downtime Rambles
those hectic days of working in the city and escaping to Vermont for the weekend –

the beginning of my photography journey – exploring with my trusty Rebel (without a cause) –

and the joy of taking my camera on adventures.

Aimless meandering…

It’s almost time to bid adieu to 2021 and welcome 2022, which has me reflecting on where I’ve been, where I am, and where I hope to go in the new year. Annndddd… I have no answers – yet 🙂 It’s a twisty, bumpy road – for sure, but finding these old photos reminds me that it’s not always about the destination – meeting goals – but the rambles along the way.

Starting the new year with a big o’ pile of reading

December reading was all about keeping it light – holiday cozies and rom coms to greet Christmas with a smile. I’m finishing the year by stepping waaayyy outside my comfort zone, intrigued by the story of Ariadne, a retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, told from the Princess of Crete’s point of view. I’m only half way through, but – wow! – I am already thinking it may be my favorite 2021 read – I’ll let you know.

For January I’ve queued up the 2021 Book of the Month club favorites that I have yet to read –

adding Damnation Springs to the pile (because Stephen King tweeted that it was his favorite – and well… Stephen King said so). In the unlikely event that I finish this pile – I’ll add Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart, which made several of the many, many ‘Best of 2021’ lists – a story of an eclectic group of friends riding out the pandemic in a country house – what could possibly go wrong? And… I don’t know… I’m sick to death of this pandemic and am ready for something humorous to come out of it.

I hope your holidays were wonderful and I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Stay well.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Sarah

    Beautiful scenery. I liked The Four Winds, but I think The Great Alone is my favorite all time of hers.

    1. Karen

      I liked the Great Alone, too, and have been hearing mixed things about The Four Winds. It won as favorite read for Book of the Month, but I’m not sure that means anything. It’s been sitting in my tbr pile for a few months, now, and I’m looking forward to finally reading it. Have a nice new years! Talk to you in 2022!

  2. seabluelee

    Such beautiful photos, Karen. I especially love the one with the chickens! And that white barn…gorgeous.

    1. Karen

      Thanks, Leon! That one may be my favorite of the bunch, as well. I still remember taking the photos on that gray, misty day – practically lying on the ground for the low view of the chickens. Sometimes the worst weather makes for the best skies and really brings out the colors of the photo. Have a wonderful new year – Happy 2022!

  3. Barb

    These photos bring me good memories of my time spent in VT. Finally, we’re getting snow here in Breckenridge. We’ve had several storms move through but still the ski mountain isn’t completely open. I always enjoy seeing what you’re reading. I have a couple of those books on my Kindle samples. Enjoy winter Karen. Happy 2022!

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