Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sundays In My City #59 - Year 2011


New Year's day-- Did you enjoy yours?

Here in Southern California, the weather gods cut us a break, dried up the record breaking rains, blew around a bunch of wildly strong winds, coaxed the sun to shine, and presented us with one of these days....

The view from our back yard.

....Saturday was a day that screamed "Gorgeous!" with clear skies as far as the eye could see-- An ideal day for the televised Pasadena Rose Parade to be seen cross country by snowbirds freezing in the Midwest and East Coast-- A picture perfect day so inviting that the Chamber of Commerce was proud and real estate agents started rolling out the red carpet for everyone who saw our snow-capped mountains and lush greenery on TV and longed to enjoy its beauty in person. Yep, we had one of those New Year's days and it was glorious.

Happy New Year and a million thanks to all my blog friends far and wide. You continuously inspire me.

May your 2011 be glorious too!

Welcome to www.TheFiftyFactor.com - Joanna Jenkins

66 comments:

Ami said...

Happy New Year! As long as we lived in Southern California I never saw the skies that clear. Wow.

You inspired tomorrow's post.
:)

jane said...

wishing you a wonderful 2011 dear joanna! p.s. can i move in for a while?... ;)
xxx

Adoption of Jane said...

Happy New Year!!! That is really clear for L.A.! Jeez its been really cold! I think I caught something celebrating Downtown at Midnight... hope your staying warm!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Wow! Is that really Southern California??? It is the perfect weather for a new year!

Happy New Year, my friend. I've loved hearing about all of the wonderful things happening in your life. May you have many more!

RNSANE said...

Really, that is an unbelievable scene..not a bit of haze or smog. A perfect L. A. day and you are lucky to have that view from you home.

Happy New Year!!

Ocean Girl said...

Thank YOU, Joanna.

And wow what a wonderful glorious first day to welcome the year.

slommler said...

I watched the Rose Parade and the day was glorious!!! Your are so right...I was wishing I was there!! I was so cold...brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!
Happy New Year dear one
Hugs
SueAnn

newmami_rgv said...

I would love to see that from our backyard! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!
CJR @ The Mommy Blog

Shrinky said...

Wow, what a gorgeous backdrop! So glad the sun decided to join in on the party (smile). Happy New Year, bonny lass, may the sun continue to shine on you and yours for many more days to come. ((x))

Friko said...

Hi Joanna,

How dare you show a glorious day like that when I look out of the window at what I call a 'dirty underpants day',i.e. gloomy and dismal and damp.

Thank you for coming over to my blog and commenting,
I really like what I found here too.

btw. I do hope you have got over the fiftyphobia, just wait for the sixtysorrow!

Friko said...

I forgot to say Happy New Year, forgetfulness comes with old age. Something else to look forward to!

Anne H said...

Happy New Year!
What a gorgeous view for sure.
That is how I see California.
Pure and clean and bright.
Especially LA!
Can't wait to see it again!

Mari said...

That is a gorgeous view! Happy New Year to you!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Wow what an amazing view to wake up to! I love chamber of commerce days! We had 3 days of rain and 50 degrees no snow left in our yard, today bitter ass cold and snow this afternoon! Crazy Mother nature! Have a wonderful Sunday!

As Cape Cod Turns said...

Beautiful Joanna! And yes, I did watch the Rose Bowl Parade and think about how I wanted to go to it some year.
Happy New Year!

Eva Gallant said...

I'm so jealous everytime you post a picture of the view from your back yard! And especially now that I'm looking out at snow!

Christine said...

oh i wish i was in the land of sun & fun, someday

happy new year to you too :)

deb said...

gorgeous gorgeous view.
sigh.

Happy New Year to you as well, Joanna.

Looking forward to staying connected with you here in blogland.

Mike Smith said...

Happy New Year, Joanna. All the best to you and yours.

Tara R. said...

What a gorgeous view of the mountains. Thank you for sharing this beautiful vista.

Willoughby said...

We had unusually warm weather over the past few days, but it wasn't anywhere near as gorgeous as what you had! The pictures from your yard always make me want to pack up and move to California.

sheila said...

Happy new year to you too! What a beautiful shot of the city! Too bad those two big buildings are in there, lol. LOVE those mountains!

Jeanie said...

We also had a beautiful, sunny, blue sky day with wonderful views of the mountains......with snow on the ground and temps in the teens. Not a good day for a parade here, but a beautiful day anyway.

Joyce said...

With a view like this- I would spring out of bed every morning-beautiful. Enjoy your golden day. xo

Joyce said...

Wishing you a brighter and all the best of 2011 too! xo

TechnoBabe said...

What an awesome view from you back yard, Joanna. So glad the weather cleared for your New Year celebrations. Each day is different here and we enjoy the varied weather conditions thank goodness. Our New Years day was ice storm. Today is sunny. Go figure. Hugs to you and best wishes for a wonderful 2011.

Tammy said...

What a gorgeous view and beautiful weather. I love days like that!!

Kristina P. said...

I can feel the warm sunshine from here!

Pastor Sharon said...

WOW! I never knew how captivating the backdrop in California could be in the winter!

Thanks for all your posts! I love this spot!

Happy New Year, Joanna!

Christine said...

glad the weather cooperated for the Rose parade! Lovely photograph.

Big Pissy said...

What a gorgeous view!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Rebecca said...

Wow. Can I come vacation at your place during January and February? Looks so amazingly serene.

gayle said...

Southern California! Oh how I miss it!! Love your picture! Some of my family always go to the Rose Parade every year!!

Marla said...

Beautiful JJ. Happy New Year!

Kay said...

Happy New Year to you, Joanna. It was a gorgeous day for us in Hawaii as well. I'm glad the tradewinds blew the smoke from the fireworks away.

Gran said...

What a view! It's still very cold in Seattle, but the sun is shining! I'm still amazed by your view, and can think of nothing else to say!

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous!

Lori said...

What a beautiful veiw! Since it warmed up to 8 degree's today and it was not snowing, nor was it gray and overcast but instead sunny, it has put a smile on my face too.

I hope that 2011 brings you much joy, love, peace, hope, adventure, fun and lots and lots of laughter. Bless you dear woman. XX

secret agent woman said...

It rained here on New Year's Day. But it beats all the snow we've been getting, and I can't do much right now anyway, so I didn't mind.

Unknown Mami said...

Happy New Year, my wonderful friend! Thank you for being such a great bloggy buddy.

lisleman said...

great view of snow where it belongs - on mountains

Lupus Adventurer said...

I just found your blog. Great stuff here! Our new year's day included snow on the mountains in Phoenix, AZ!

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Happy New Year, Joanna!! I have missed you sooooo much!!

Beautiful picture!! I was able to drive my car home today. We received at least 13 inches of snow last week and my car has been stuck in town but it's home now...again...

Hope this is a wonderful year for you and yours!!

Hugs and love!!

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Wow!! I just checked and I'm still in your blogroll!! I am so, very thankful and honored. You wouldn't believe how many people removed me in my absence....

Thank you!!

I love you!!

noexcuses said...

My best wishes to you and your family in 2011!

I think it has been a tradition for blue skies and sunshine on the Rose Parade. I can't think of too many that were not like that!

Gorgeous shots!

SE'LAH... said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! wishing you the best one yet.

one love.

ladyfi said...

Here's wishing that every single day is as gorgeous as your New Year's Day.

Sonya said...

That is one beautiful day :) My Dad and step Mom live in Yucaipa and have been telling me nonstop about the rain..I hope this is the end of it!

BLOGitse said...

What a beautiful scene...
Happy New Year!

Cindy La Ferle said...

Beautiful! I love Pasadena and hope that someday I can spend the holiday there and enjoy the parade up close ... Here in southeast Mich., it was balmy -- around 50 degrees on New Year's Eve, and almost as warm the next day. There was a big ball drop and rock concert in downtown Royal Oak, so we appreciated the break in the weather here. Crowds of people enjoyed it.
Happy New Year to you!

Zuzana said...

Happy New Year to you and yours, may 2011 be a very prosperous year indeed.
That image is out of this world. Having a view like this is dreamy to me, as Denmark is very flat. Being born at the foothill of high mountains, this image makes me very sentimental.;)
All I can say is "wow".;)
xoxo

Jo said...

That is one spectacular photograph!

Happy New Year to you and your family...!

Cheers,

Jo

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

What an absolutely beautiful view!!

Barbara Shallue said...

What a glorious view! I'm so glad the sun came out again for you. Happy New Year! Hope it's full of views like this one!

Jen said...

Happy New Year!

Nezzy said...

WoW, now that's what I'm talkin' about. Enjoy the beauty of the snow without trampin' through it tryin' to get the critters fed!

We had Christmas here on the Ponderosa on New Years Day and I must say we had a blast!!!

Happy New Year sweetie and may it be filled with God's best blessings!!! :o)

Hilary said...

Wishing you and yours a very beautiful 2011, Joanna.

Holly said...

And I hear that there was snow in the LA area recently! Just so you don't forget how winter is for the rest of the states....

Happy New Year, Snarky Sister...you are one of the gifts I thought about when the ball was dropping!

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Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello and Happy New Joanna! Gorgeous view! We also had beautiful weather the New Year's weekend. It was quite welcome after a couple of weeks of extremely cold weather (for Florida)!

~ Tracy

Joanie said...

Fantastic view!!

Happy New Year!

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What a view!!!! What a photo!

Happy New Year, JJ!!

Shug said...

Wow...what beauty in that picture.
We are preparing for a few 20 below days here in East Texas....
Hope you have a Blessed Week...Thanks for sharing!
Shug

Debbie said...

Now that's what I call a picture perfect view!
Happy New Year to you, my friend!

Brian Miller said...

wow. it looks gorgeous...happy new year jj!

myrelish said...

You are so fortunate to have such a picture perfect view in your own back yard, stunning.
Happy new year!