Kicking Off 2014

Happy New Year!  Here is wishing all of you a wonderful 2014.

J and I spent New Year’s Day in the big city.  Due to J’s folks having the flu and our nephew being under the weather we didn’t get together on Christmas.  We had a really fun afternoon at J’s Sister’s house.  We may have done some eating and gift opening too.

January 2

Sunday night I was in the basement and found water.  Not a lot of water, but I knew something was wrong.  After a short investigation, J determined the water heater had quit us.  Monday the local serviceman was down with a new one.  Written in permanent marker on the old water heater was “installed December 1, 1970.”  The serviceman told us not to expect the new water heater to last 43 years.

January 2

I have a fondness for office supplies.  I could spend hours looking at pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, organizing supplies and calendars.  I love starting a new year with a fresh calendar.  Yesterday, I treated myself to new pens.

January 2

Many bloggers have been talking about a word to focus on for the new year.  I wasn’t going to pick a word, but a word found me … strength.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines strength as:

~The ability to resist being moved or broken by a force.

~The quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way.

~A strong attribute or inherent asset.

~One regarded as embodying or affording force or firmness.

As I was putting together my 2013 … Oh What a Year post I remembered what Winnie The Pooh (A.A. Milne) says “… There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  I am a continual works in progress that grew a lot over the course of 2013.  In 2014 I am going to dig a little deeper to realized the true strength I have, to be more courageous and be confident in my skills and knowledge.

Did you pick a word to focus on for 2014?  If so, what is your word and why did you picked it?

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20 Responses to Kicking Off 2014

  1. Darcy says:

    Happy 2014! I do love a good pen too! (My favorites are Sharpies – all of them, fine point, extra fine & the no bleed pens – and G2 pens for at work.) My word is Rejoice – “This is the day that the Lord has made, and we will REJOICE in it!” I am going to strive to be happy with whatever is thrown at me, and rejoice – even during the hard times.

  2. Jona says:

    What a great day! “Don’t expect the new water heater to last 43 years.” Hysterical!!
    I think my word for the new year will be Savor. There will never be another moment/time/place just like this one – things change SO fast. From the brilliant light in my new kitchen to the way my husband makes me laugh so easily to those precious messages from friends saying they appreciate me for something… I want to be conscious of loving every second and be grateful for each and every blessing.

  3. J. Rhoades says:

    Love your word. I’ve been struggling with a few days of not feeling so great since Christmas is over and now I have nothing to look forward to, and also was really hoping to get the last job I interviewed for but haven’t heard anything back…. Also love the office supplies! They had tons of cute paper pads and pens and stuff in the Target dollar spot the other day – I may or may not have bought way too much stuff!

  4. Jan Gossman says:

    Happy New Year Robyn, A hot water heater that lasted 43 years is pretty awesome! Just don’t make ’em like that anymore. Right now, as I look out our front window and the white snow on the pines is so pretty, I can think of a word…God. He made the earth and everything in it for us to take of and we are so blessed to live out here in this country to take care of our blessings.

  5. Buttons says:

    Oh Robyn that is the best word I already believe you have the strength of many in all you do and face, yes indeed a very strong woman indeed. Great word. I have no word too many to choose from I would like to honestly have the word calm as my word. that is one very old water heater they don’t make them like they used too:) All the best in 2014 my friend. Hug B

  6. cheri says:

    They sure don’t build them like they used too! We just replaced the fan in our furnace and it was from 1960 when the house was built! Rosie is getting big! Such a sweet face.

  7. Kim says:

    No, I don’t pick a word. That was a suggested topic for the blog post I do on the devotional site once a month. But I didn’t come up with one. (Was I rebelling against picking a word? I hope not.) On appliances, I always say they now have planned obsolescence. I have gone through more washing machines and dishwashers than you’d think in our 32 years of marriage.

  8. tanya breese says:

    how funny, i love office supplies too, and cleaning products haha…wow, you sure got some use from that water heater….yeah, they just don’t make things like they used to. we had a new one installed a few years ago. happy 2014!!

  9. Love your pup picture! 🙂

    I have always liked office supplies as well…and they go with a new year…does that hark back to us having new supplies when school started, I wonder…

  10. It’s interesting to me how everyone is picking focus words this year. Glad you had a good holiday. LOL over the new water heater lasting 43 years. I wish stuff now would last that long!

  11. Linda R says:

    What a great word. I am loving all your photos. They have me smiling…


  12. Linda W says:

    You certainly got your money’s worth out of that hot water heater! Cute photo of your puppy. My word(s) for 2014 are: “Just go!” So often I bag out of a workout, hike or ski trip at the last moment for various reasons. This year I resolve to be the year I don’t make excuses and “just go.” In the end, I’m always glad I did.

  13. 43 years on your water heater – that’s awesome!

    I really love your thoughts shared about strength, and that you chose it as your “word.”

    And I totally share your love of office supplies! New pens are joy. I can’t believe that I have not gotten a 2014 calendar yet! I’m getting by on the half-page January tacked onto the end of 2013.

    Happy New Year, Robyn!

  14. What a great word, but my sweet, you are stronger than you know. Just reading what you do daily shows what strength you have…!! And your photography has grown so much in this past year. And about that water-heater….yeah, don’t expect that new one to even come close to your former one. We have lived in this house for 35 years and I am on my 3rd one. So 1 every 10 years is about as good as it gets. Stay safe, stay warm!!

  15. Snap says:

    Oh! I love office supply stores … any store where I can find paper, pens. Wonder why that is? I’ve been that way for as long as I can remember. Probably why I could open my own store with all the *supplies* I have stored away! 😉 No, your new water heater isn’t going to last 43 years — trust me. They don’t build them the way they used to. Love all your photos … the puppy! And the cows — I think it’s their eyes that get me. Happy New Year!

  16. Oh my, that’s one good water heater! Wish mine would last that long. But, I know it won’t. Things like that don’t happen to me.

  17. What a nice start to the New Year, spending time with family. Love the picture of your dog.
    Wow that is a long time for a Water Heater to last. It’s true they don’t make things like they use to (which is to bad).
    I sort of picked a word…Love (Life, Others, God, etc…) something that one could certainly embrace all year long.

  18. Sarah says:

    Love that Pooh quote. We just replaced our water heater recently, thankfully before any leaking though.

  19. My mom’s washer finally gave out after 30+ years, but the matching dryer is still going strong! 🙂

  20. Teresa says:

    I didn’t realize the word for the year was going around the blogging community. Guess I’ll just keep on going. Hope you and the animals are all staying safe in this cold.

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