Oh my, have I been neglectful of this blog, wow. No updates since October. It looks like I fell off the blogger wagon, which I did but with the New Year 2016, I hope to do much better. I'll admit I don't seem to take as many photos as I used to, no reason, just lazy I think.
Last week in church, our Pastor asked us to reflect on this past year, reflect on the good as well as the bad and that is what I have been contemplating all week. Little snippets of the year have drifted in and out of my brain for most of the week. I should have written them down, since the operative word in that last sentence is "out". Images and thoughts have wound their way thru my brain like snow, landing but either whisk away by the wind or buried by others falling from the sky.
This past year what has not disappeared is....
I have found delight in my travels, Paris being the highlight. And a close 2nd is Arizona. What a nice getaway each year.
I have become lazier, spending way too much time on my I-Phone, checking emails, facebook and instagram or playing some benign game. Time I should have been making pictures or writing a blog post.
I am beyond blessed with finding a church that has totally embraced me.
I am distraught over the violence in the world, one that I alone cannot overcome.
I am buried in books to read, only wish my eyes wouldn't tire so easily. To help resolve this I have begun to download audibles when affordable. Read for awhile, then listen until the eyes regain clarity. (falling asleep while listening has also become a slight issue, it's nice that you can set a timer with audible)
I found this Christmas holiday a little sadder than usual. My calendar was quite full of lunches, breakfasts, celebrations, holiday musicals, church events, but in the midst of it all I felt a sadness that my sweetie isn't here with me, more so this year than in the past. No wonder they title this disease as "The Long Goodbye".
I am delighted that there is a toddler in our midst. Matilda Mae is just pure delight. So inquisitive, so focused, pure joy.
I am not happy about the increasing expansion of the waistline (probably due to the laziness issue, see above), the addition of more wrinkles (don't let anyone convince you that there is a product that removes wrinkles
This year our Fall was beyond beautiful. Colors so deep and lush, with some leaves hanging on until our first snowfall. And the light was tailor made for photographing those lovely shades of yellows and golds.
I was introduced to Netflix last year which probably added to the "laziness" issue. In defense, there are some darn good series on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Right now I am watching "The Man in the High Castle" on Amazon Prime. The premise is what the USA would be like if the Axis powers, Japan and Germany had won the war. Something to think about.
I presented my first book review last year and if I do say so myself, I think I did an admirable job. I belong to 3 book clubs. Two of them we read a book a month and then discuss it, the 3rd book club is a luncheon along with one of the members reviewing a book. I call it "the story-time book club." I kept the delivery quite animated which in turn kept everyone awake. Giggle if you will, but after a nice lunch and a comfy chair it's quite easy to nod off. The book I reviewed was "The Red Notebook", a charming story with Paris as the location and a main character a bookstore owner.
I participated in my 3rd Open House in November where I sell greeting cards and calendars created from my photography. The profits of $576. went to the Alzheimer's Organization. Going to put my thinking cap on this year to come up with more ways to expand.
Family time is certainly the best time. Thanksgiving brought my whole family together around our table to eat and give thanks for our many blessings.
I hope this new year of 2016 is good to us all. No resolutions, no word for the year, I tend to fail miserably at both, so I am just going to focus on appreciating life and the goodness and love that surrounds me. I wish new hopes will always be a part of your life. Happy New Year.
Until next time.....