I have been reading reflections on the year about to pass, 2015.
Some do not mourn its passing in any way, can't wait to slam the door on that one. Others muse philosophically on the lessons learned over the past 365 days. Still others look forward, making prediction for the unfolding of 2016.
You other bloggers! You make me wish I was clever and thoughtful and smart so I could sum up 2015 in an entertaining way.
Truth is--I can barely remember 2015. Did it actually have 365 days? Because it seemed a heck of a lot shorter than that. I have some advice for 2016: Slow Down!
I spent the winter in Florida--did some volunteering, did a lot of yoga, did some writing. Five months gone in a blur. When I got back to Vermont, I noticed that my grandchildren, babies when I left, had grown. I guess I really need to update those pictures on my sidebar.
I know I spent a lot of money, starting with the installation of a new furnace. Thinking about what I needed to update and repair in order to eventually (I was thinking spring of 2016) sell my house escalated into a whirlwind of activity with a long string of contracted electricians, chimney guys, plumbers, environmental engineers, and carpenters making their way through the house and relieving me of a sizable amount of cash.
My house sold in five days and then I found a new place to live. I had to pack and downsize. It was stressful, I do remember that, but I was happy with my new town house closer to town and with no large yard to mow. I only spent six weeks there, so it is justifiable that that time seems pretty short.
I did not have the time nor the money to take my grandkids on much of a vacation, but we did make a couple small trips. We went to Ausable Chasm, Lake Champlain (many, many times), and played a lot of soccer--enough so that my grandson has dreams of going to the FIFA World Cup someday.
My grandson eventually forgave me for selling the house.
My friends continued to sustain me throughout the year. I know that I am truly grateful for family and friends, including blogger-world friends, who add so much to my life. Florida friends, new friends, are great; and some will be enduring. Long time friends are the best.
So that is the blur that was 2015. Now I will have to contemplate the start of a new year.
Be safe, everyone.