Birthdays were celebrated, another anniversary with my hubbykins was had, crafts were made, adoptions failed, hearts mended, relationships nurtured. There was weeding out of toxic relationships & oodles upon oodles of hours spent canning & preserving. We went raspberry picking for the 1st time at a farm, witnessed numerous sunsets, swam in the lake, ran with the pups, camped in the sticks, read I don't know how many books, my gorgeous niece Hayley was born, we paid off the tv & den furniture. We saw the mountains & trucked 100,000 miles & didn't take a single moment of it for granted.
Every year I have a list of hopeful accomplishments for the coming year. I was surprised to see a real crafty gal Holli over at http://feedingthebigguy.blogspot.com/ posted a partial of her aspirations for the New Year. Below is a smidgen of my hopes for the upcoming year.
- Grow what fruits & veggies I can in the limited space we have
- Visit the Farmer's Market religiously
- Can & preserve as much as humanly possible. This not only provides fresh produce but saves on the pocket book in the winter months when the produce is out of season
- Further my knitting skills. There's so many neato ideas to make but yeah, I don't have the knitting mojo in my bones apparently.
- Crochet at least 6 afghans
- Continue being a Chemo Angel & up my letter/card sending
- Learn a new sport even if it's through a DVD. Such a Yoga, Kickboxing
- Read at least 28 books.
- Better balance my diet to help control my Meniere's
- Only purchase yarn when needed for a project. I have a tendency of purchasing yarn for funzies
- Be more frugal. Ex: shutting off lights, hanging clothes on the line (which I luv to do by the way) Keeping the finances in order & better myself at saving
- Laugh every day. I'm a firm believer in positive thinking will make a much happier person
- Keep a journal of daily thoughts of my wonderous hubby & give it to him next Christmas or our anniversary
- continue working on my strong headed-ness. I know I'm no walk in the park sometimes
- stay connected with friends. This is such a struggle sometimes with being on the road
- Visit Nana in Massachusetts
- drink more water
- go out with friends. yes, I typed that right. We rarely, if ever go out with friends anymore. Whether it be for dinner, movies, bowling or gatherings.
- Visit our babies Memorial carvings at least twice
- Go camping & watch the sunsets
- become more familiar & less afraid of our canoe
- Use my crockpot at least 50 times
- go on a closet cleaning bonanza
- Make meals for neighbors
- make pillows out of Gpa W's old shirts & Mom's old dress
- un-rustify my ASL so when we see Gwen & Shash we will be able to converse
- which leads me to...going to NY to meet Shashica, Darren, Logan & Dasha
And to live live to it's fullest, not take life, or my loved ones for granted. I know I can't save the World but I will do what I can to hopefully make a difference.
The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all. - Leo Rosten, American teacher and humorist
Be the change you want to see in the world -Gandhi
Happy New Year!!