And on to 2013

Happy New Year 2013

Well, today is the last day of yet another year that seemed to simply flash before my eyes and is gone! Where does the time go? They say that the older you get, the faster the years fly by. Does that seem fair to you? You finally get to a stage in your life when you can really enjoy it and it starts moving at the speed of light – don’t blink, you’ll miss something important! I barely put a dent in my wish list of stuff to do in 2012 and I’ve run out of time! Oh, well, I had a great year, anyway, and if I missed something really special last year, it will just roll over to my to-do list for 2013! How’s that?

Yes, 2012 was a great year. My first full calendar year back home in Albion – YAY! I reconnected with old friends, ventured out to explore old favorite spots and found some new ones, made some new friends, finished some major renovation projects on my house, got to know some of my amazing neighbors, rejoined the church I attended with my family as a child, and – most importantly – spent a ton of wonderful time with my family! Only down side was Mom being sick – she was very ill all year (still is, but we’re hoping she’s on the road to recovery). We weren’t able to get out together much, but we still spent a lot of time together. What you do together isn’t the important thing…..the important part is that you’re together! I am so happy I’ve been here to be with her and help her as much as I could.

Doesn’t sound like I missed much as the year raced by, does it? I sure was busy all year! I often wonder, where is this “retirement” that I’ve read and heard about? The one where people sit in rocking chairs and get bored? I definitely wouldn’t enjoy that kind of retirement for very long, but short periods of it from time to time would be nice! 🙂 I had lots of plans to help ward off the boredom I was sure would set in after I got settled. I downloaded a bunch of books onto my Kindle……I did make time to set out on the patio or up in the lovely sitting area in my bedroom dormer to read a few books, but still haven’t finished the last one I started a few months ago. I started a list of places I wanted to go visit near by……I got through several of them, but still have a bunch to shoot for this coming year. I (with Mom’s help) re-taught myself how to knit and crochet so that I could join the Prayer Shawl group at church……..I crocheted one beautiful shawl for the group and started to knit another one, but the holidays have slowed progress on that one down. I promised myself I would write on here more often, too……..I have written more than in the past few years and I also started a new blog devoted to church news, but still haven’t written as much as I would like to. I enjoy all these things and deliberately make or find time to do them as I can, but since they were meant to ward off boredom and boredom never came, I haven’t devoted as much time to them as I would like.

I found a great new veterinarian for the girls – Dr. Mary Neilans! We LOVE her! I also found a dentist I really like in nearby Batavia – Dr. Krough at Genesee Dental – and he got me set up with Invisalign teeth aligners (invisible braces) to solve some concerns I have with my teeth. It took just about 11 months, but my house in NC finally sold!!!! I spent quite a bit of time enjoying beautiful Lake Ontario – mostly at Point Breeze with a couple of days at Olcott Beach and Charlotte. And, something I never thought I’d hear myself say, I bought and learned how to use a snow blower!

WOW – I sure packed a lot into a year that seemed to only last a split second!

Reflecting on some of the simple JOYS 2012 brought:

  • Watching the girls learn to love playing in the snow – leaping around through snow that was nearly shoulder deep on them, trying to catch snowballs I would throw at them, wrestling and rolling around in the fluffy cold stuff!
  • Riding my lawn mower around the yard with my iTunes blaring classic rock and singing along at the top of my lungs!
  • Joining the choir at church – I’ve found (to my great surprise) that when I’m not singing rock and roll along with the radio or dancing through the house singing Broadway show tunes to entertain the girls and let my “smile” shine, that I actually don’t have a half bad singing voice – if I concentrate on singing properly! 🙂
  • Sitting on my patio or in my dormer looking out over the lovely neighborhood I live in!
  • Meeting so many great new people!
  • Welcoming a new member of our family – my beautiful Great Niece, Taryn!

So, now on to 2013! Life is pretty darned good and I’m blessed with family, friends, a great house, and three amazing dogs – the girls – my sweet companions! So, I don’t have much that I would resolve to improve or change. But, I guess there are a few things I could work on this coming year, so here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2013:

  • I really need to get hooked up with a good doctor and start taking better care of my health! I have one in the works – hope I like her – if not, I’ll keep looking!
  • Yeah, OK – along with that, I will work on losing some weight!
  • I will continue to work hard at being the person my dogs think I am…….loving, caring, supportive, and kind to others!

Some of the highlights on my “2013 To Do” list:

  • I will plan a trip to AZ to see Ronald and Lisa this spring – and, yes, Bonnie, I’ll be sure to spend some time with you, too!
  • Day or overnight trips to: Baseball Hall of Fame, Corning Glass Museum, and a few other points of interest!
  • New countertops in the kitchen!
  • Find more time for creative outlets for myself — knitting, crocheting, writing, etc.

So, there you have it! My past year in a nutshell and my predictions for the year to come. I wish everyone a happy, healthy, joyous, and prosperous New Year!

“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today!”

~ James Dean

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