Old Spice

As old as the hills.


As fresh as the dew.

As sure as the sun rises and sets, light and darkness engage in an eternal struggle. 

 This time of the year, when its seems nighttime might last forever, we find ways to beat back the darkness. 

Always have.  Always will.

 Just outside our door.

In our homes.

…and in our hearts.

With music…

…friends and family…



…and more stories.

Parties help.

So does chocolate.

Sweetness of any kind, really.

And a sense of adventure, even if it’s just in your own mind.

When in doubt, add an extra pinch of spice.

May the New Year bring you fun and adventure, sweetness and spice.

All words and images ©2015 Naomi Baltuck.

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  1. niasunset says:

    Happy New Year dear Naomi, Thank you, Love, nia

    1. Thank you, Nia! Happy New Year to you too! Love, Naomi

  2. Have a happy & safe holiday, Naomi

    1. Thanks so much. You too, Dallas!

  3. Meg says:

    Lovely time of year. Have a great get together! All the Best for 2016 when it comes. Love Meg

    1. Thanks, Meg! Wishing you all the best for 2016–a year filled with love and fun and friendship and lots of sugar and spice and story and song!

  4. Happy & Healthy 2016 to you and yours.

    1. Thank you, Lisa. Wishing you and yours all the best for 2016!

  5. Carol says:

    How fun to visit your world again, as it always is. Looking forward to more visits in the new year, and wishing you another wonderful year.

    1. Dear Carol,
      It is always SO good to hear from you. I’ve been intermittent in my posting, as I’ve had back-to-back company, travel, and deadlines since last August, but I keep coming back because I really want to keep up with my dear friends like you. Wishing you and your wonderful family all the very best for the New Year!

  6. scillagrace says:

    Oh, joyous post! Love especially the one of Eli & Bea cuddle diving on the couch and the Star Trek cookies. The warmth and light of your world is always a treasure to behold, Naomi. Thanks so much for sharing it abroad….with this broad. 🙂

    1. Priscilla!!!
      Happy New Year, dear friend! Thank you for the visit. You always inspire either deep thought or smiles. Today, I am smiling from ear to ear with every word you write. I never heard of “cuddle-diving”, but I LOVE it, and am adding it to my vocabulary. You are one of my favorite broads, and I wish you all the very best in the coming year.

  7. Quirky and quite lovable! ❤

    1. Dear lovable Mary,
      Thanks so much for the visit. It is always so good to hear from you. I wish you all the very best for the coming year.

      1. All the best to you and yours.

  8. Judith says:

    And happy new year to you, too. Thanks for the images and sharing your holidays, Judith

    1. Dear Judith,
      Thanks so much for the visit, and for your very kind words. Wishing you a very happy New Year!

  9. Love your joyous family photos!

    1. Hi Margie,
      Thanks so much for the visit. I hope you had a wonderful time with the kids on Guemes. Best wishes for the New Year!

  10. Kathy says:

    Fun post, Naomi! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and best wishes for the new year. Thank you for spreading so much light and love!

    1. Hi Kathy,
      So good to hear from you! I hope you had a good holiday too, that everyone is well and happy, and that your writing is coming along. Best wishes to the whole family for a Happy and Productive New Year!

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