January: After spending six months cleaning and fixing the country house so a couple realtors could string along a poor buyer with a USDA loan after I told them repeatedly, I did not have the money to make the repairs they requested, the realtor placed my house on the market. It sold in three days for what I was asking plus the new buyer paid all closing costs. He also requested it to close in two weeks. What a wonderful blessing to start the New Year. I paid off all the rest of the debts I had incurred five years prior when I was so sick.
February: Made reservations to take GD to Victoria BC for her graduation present. Met my sister at my niece's home in Las Vegas. Toured the countryside with my nephew who also lives there.
March: Impulsively drove to the Redwoods, California and then back up the Oregon Coastline to home with Buddy. We found the perfect dog friendly motel at Fireside Motel in Yachats.
April: I turned in my notice to retire from my weekend concierge position at Rose Valley. It was taking me too long to recoup my strength after the weekend. I wasn't able to watch my younger GD ride horses. I was taking a job that maybe a younger person really needed. May: State Recognition days at TOPS. The room below is the one I stayed in. Great fun with great friends and very inspirational.
and Victoria, BC with GD.
July: Gardening and lots of walks with Buddy
August: First a wonderful birthday party with family for youngest GS. Later in month a health scare and the car broke down.
September: Hard decisions
October: Drove to Shasta, Yosemite and Crater Lake with Buddy. I highly recommend the Railroad Hotel at Dunsmuir near Shasta. I must have pictures somewhere. Want to return to Shasta to explore the caves. Started acrylic painting classes.
November: Returned to yoga and feeling so much better because of it. Thanksgiving was nice too. I was a NaNoWriMo winner for the second time. I even have the tee shirt to show off.
December: Christmas and more family and friend activities. The best was watching younger GD do her Christmas quadrille on horseback, followed by a potluck in the barn annex. There was a heater but we all kept our coats on. Christmas morning at home with DD her SO and GD and then we all drove to the city to spend the rest of the day with DS, DIL GD and GS and DIL's relatives at my son's home. His MIL gave me a ceramic horse salt and pepper figurine. I love it.
All in all the year was good. It would have been better if we could have shut the politics and social media hype out of it. There were some losses, but I have the ability to pick myself up and move forward. I am grateful for that.
For 2017, I still hope to save enough money to take a road trip to Kansas. I want to continue to grow in spirit and in good health. I look forward to expanding my gardening skills and participating in more community and art/craft activities with my other retired friends. I want to spend more time with the younger GKs. And of course, I want to continue simplifying my lifestyle and appreciating the things around me.
Hope you all move into 2017 in good spirits and positive attitudes about your health and well being. Each day is a new opportunity.