2014 in review and plans for 2015!

Wow – can you believe that the first month of 2015 is almost half over?  I’ve neglected this blog for far too long, often being tempted to forego posting totally in favor of FB.  But, while I enjoy FB it certainly isn’t the same as putting pen (fingers to the keyboard) to paper (monitor) and seeing what transpires.

If I could sum up 2014 in one word it would have to be “TRAVEL” – and yes, all in caps.

  • I was able to go to California 3 times to see my daughter and her family.
  • I saw my daughter in San Antonio about 8 times.
  • I went to Georgia and saw my eldest daughter & family.
  • I went to Hilton Head, SC with my eldest and her family.
  • I took my Mom to see the Dalai Lama in Atlanta where I met up with my eldest daughter & her hubby.
  • Another trip to GA and my daughter and I went to see OneRepublic.
  • I went to Indonesia via Hong Kong.

Now, no matter how you look at it, that is a LOT of travel!  2015 won’t hold as much travel, but in October my California daughter & family will meet me in Kauai for nearly 2 weeks of fun in the sun!  We’ve rented a house on the northern shore, just steps from the ocean.  I cannot wait.

My folks had a lot of health issues in 2014, which reminded me that the decision I made to move here was the correct one!  2015 and they are both doing well.

Christmas saw my eldest and youngest visit.  It was nice, really nice.  We did miss the middle daughter greatly tho.

My fibermyalgia worsened and then I was finally able to get some relief with new meds.  And joy-oh-joy — I have osteoathritus in my hips and thumb joints.  What is all of this teaching me?  I have to MOVE more!!  Tonight my Mom and I start water aerobics.

Speaking of exercise – 2015 will be the year.  My lazy bum is back on the treadmill (mainly thanks to iFit which is having a Jan challenge of walking (or running) a mile a day each day in Jan with pre-programed routes).  While I am missing some days, I do enjoy the days I do the walks.  Yoga has entered my life again (more than just thinking about it, LOL) and on Wed my oldest daughter and I do a practice together thanks to Skype.  Next month I want to add weights back into my routine as well.

I stopped the soap business (although I still make soap for myself) and started making quilts again.  I even purchased a long-arm!  My middle daughter in So Cal and I will be doing FaceTime sewing dates.  I’ve also become a volunteer seamstress for NICU Helping Hands, a non-profit out of Dallas.  We take donated wedding gowns and turn them into burial gowns for premie babies that don’t survive.  It is certainly a bitter-sweet task but one where I hope the garments I make can, to some small degree, help a grieving family.

I picked up a second consulting job.  Between the two I’m pretty busy!

2014 saw us have to put our Siamese cat to sleep.  She was 18 and went into total kidney failure.  That was hard.  My youngest daughter and her boyfriend came home to be with her (and me) at the last.  Then then thoughtfully invited me into their home so I wouldn’t have to be alone that first week.  What a comfort they were during that time.  2015 will see a new Siamese kitten entering our lives.  Hopefully in April.

In mid-March I’ll be heading out to So Cal to visit my daughter & family there and watch the grandkids while their Mom goes to a conference for Breast Feeding.  Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up the new kitten (breeder is in San Diego) and bring her back with me when I return home.

So, that’s 2014 summed up and 2015 planned out.

I am so grateful that I have such a life and that my family and friends are with me always!

Christmas Eve

Happy 24 December to everyone on this side of the International Date line – and Happy Christmas to all who are on the other side!

We celebrated our Christmas on 21 December when I was lucky enough to have all my daughters, their partners, grandkids and my parents here.  12 for Christmas Dinner – it was magnificent!  The eldest two and their families left on Sunday, so my youngest and her boyfriend are the only ones left.

Our Christmas Day was stormy but a nice warm 75.  Today it’s overcast and 29!  The weather is in a state of flux.  I’m the only one up and I’m enjoying the peace and quiet for a bit.  I will enjoy the company of my daughter when she wakes up.

Breakfast this morning is fresh raspberries and cappuccino.  Yum!

Sending you all hugs and warm wishes.  Enjoy your day, no matter what you do with it.

More family!

My youngest, Chelsea, and her boyfriend arrived last night.  Now only one of my daughters hasn’t made it home, but her son (my eldest grandson) is still in school.  We are having a great time.

Today we all went to see Cirque de Soleil’s production of Varekai.  I’ve seen them perform on TV and they were awesome, but a recorded event doesn’t hold a candle to seeing them live.  It was fantastic and we were all mesmerized by the performance.  What a great way to celebrate the holidays with loved ones!

Hope you all are having an amazing December.

Christmas Eve

Christmas is a little different for our family this year.  For most of the last several years all my girls and I were together at a Christmas hosted by my middle daughter.  But this year the oldest moved to Georgia and I relocated to Louisiana.  So it is different this year.  My youngest and her boyfriend are here with me for the holidays.

Tonight we went to my Mom & Dad’s where we celebrated Christmas Eve with a wonderful meal shared with Mom, Dad, Sister Teri, Teri’s hubby and one of her sons, my youngest (Chelsea) and her boyfriend.  The meal was wonderful with lots of goodies.  Afterwards we had a gift exchange and spent some time visiting.

Tomorrow the “traditional” Christmas meal will be here at my home.  There is really ugly weather moving in so we’ve moved up the schedule and we’ll be eating at noon.  That way my brother-in-law and nephew can be home (4 hours away) before the horrific weather hits.

And I had another early Christmas gift.  A friend of mine who is working in Korea called to with me Happy Holidays.  I was so excited to hear from him.

So to all of you, no matter where you are, what you are doing and who you are with, my deepest wish is for you all to have a wonderful Holiday Season filled with love and happiness.

Merry Christmas to you all!