Thursday, January 1, 2015

Out With The Old

And In With The New
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Another year has run it's course, and we struggled rolled with the punches.  Was it a bad year?  Not entirely, but it was difficult at times.

Here are a few highlights of 2014:

Winter and Spring passed with barely a nod since hubby spent much of the first half of the year traveling for his job.  We did have a good snow storm and a bad ice storm complete with power outage.




On the home front, I continued with the routine chores and looking after the cats.  Part of those chores included yard work, which resulted with me doing a face plant into the neighbors wooden fence.  Let me tell you that smarted and left me with an awesome shiner. Amazingly, other than the bruised face, there wasn't another scratch on me.

We helped a good friend celebrate her 80th birthday.  She was certainly surprised when she was escorted to a dinner with 15 of her closest friends.



We traveled to Pennsylvania to visit Ashley and her family.  That was a week filled with fun, laughter and shared friendship.  We went to an amusement park, took a steam train ride and found a lovely small town zoo in which to meander about.



Insert more business travel.  Sigh!

In October we made our nearly-annual trek to Madeira Beach (St. Petersburg, FL).  There we ate copious amounts of seafood, went fishing at Ft. DeSoto, and took a dolphin watch cruise. My favorite non-seafood meal was DeLosa's pizza eaten on our balcony at sunset.




November brought the devastating loss of Dood at age 14.  He was always the healthiest of our cats, so his brief illness and subsequent passing a little more than a year after Rosie really rocked our world.




There are always holiday memories, whether we want to remember them or not.  I choose to remember them...even when one of them is of my feet going out from under me on the dance floor at a Christmas party.  That it was our wine club Christmas party is irrelevant, right? Sorry, no pictures or video. 

Now we have a new year before us.  May it be filled with hope and joy, laughter and friendship, love and peace!  Welcome to 2015.






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4 comments:

  1. No doubt wine helped buffer the fall, too. ;)

    Lovely pics. And it's good to look back and remember even the not so good, as long as we don't dwell there.

    I hope 2015 is bright and beautiful for you.

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    1. Maybe. ;) The year wasn't all bad, but sadly, sometimes that's what stands out. A bright, beautiful New Year to you, too, Hilary.

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  2. I am so moved by this post. I saw the ups, the downs... and Dood.... I am so sorry. We had to put our cat Olie down in 2014. It is so amazingly hard. We are blessed to have been able to tame wild cat Dusty - so we have a small furry kitty again.

    All of your pictures are GORGEOUS. The Florida... wow!

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    1. I remember your post about Olie. So many of my friends have lost cats this past year...we could form our own support group.

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