{Friday Foto Friends} Happy New Year!

I'm joining Deb at Breathing in Grace to share what happened this past week using pictures. 
CH & I spent last week at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach, Florida. It wasn't as warm as The Keys, but it didn't take nearly as long to get there. It was a good week of relaxation and strolling down memory lane.
Thomas' Donuts are a must!
We had some nice walks on the beach:

Since sunset was around 5:00, most days we were busy doing things, but we managed to get to where we could witness a pretty decent sunset:

1 morning I woke early enough to catch a glimpse of a sunrise:
I'm always on the lookout for "different" Christmas Trees. A few years ago, we went to the "Lighting of the Barrels" in Lynchburg, Tn. (home of Jack Daniels), and Marathon, Fl. has a tree made out of lobster traps. We happened to find a tree made out of crabtraps. The ornaments were made out of fishing floats.
 New Year's Eve, we went to Mass at St. Bernadette's. As we were leaving, CH noticed a grotto on the side of the building, so we took a peek and found Our Lady of Lourdes. 
 We got back from Mass and had dinner: veggies, rice, salad, and grilled shrimp. I think that was the nicest New Year's Eve I've ever had. After dinner, we sat around a fire for a bit, then watched "New Year's Eve" (the movie). 
 It's still Christmas according to the Catholic Calendar, so I'm continuing to enjoy my tree for just a couple more days.
I had a nice Christmas break, and am trying to slide back into my routine.  I hope you had a very nice New Year's Eve and Day!


  1. Enjoyed all your photos Mary especially the sunset ones. Here in my neighbor it's snowing outside. Love the grotto too. Have a lovely day and weekend and Happy New Year.

  2. A wonderful way to start the new year! Enjoyed all your photos.

  3. Loving all the beach pictures. Glad you were able to get away for awhile.

  4. Sounds like a great week! Love the photos.

  5. Looks like you had a wonderful CHRISTmas and New Year's. Ours was very low key this year. I love that unusual tree! Glad you got to get away and rest. That's something I long for....rest!!! ;-) HOPE you have a great weekend.

  6. So happy you had a wonderful time in Florida...loved the sunsets and sunrises. My favorite thing to watch and photograph! May your new year be filled with joy and laughter and many wonderful blessings!

  7. Lovely photos. Yes, Orthodox Christmas Eve tonight for Russian Orthodox.
    Happy New year to you.

  8. Lovely photos. I'm glad you enjoyed our beautiful state. Sure wish the panhandle wasn't so far away from Lakeland!

  9. Great post! I love photos of the ocean no matter what part of the world!

  10. I love all you photos. The sun and the sea I love above all :-) Thanks for sharing them.

  11. Looks like you had a wonderful season! So happy I could "share" in it!

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    Hope your New Year is off to a good start,
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