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!

Count Down to Bali!

So, on Sunday I leave for an incredible adventure to Bali.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this trip!  And as an added bonus I was able to visit my daughter in San Antonio and now I’m with my daughter in southern CA.  Talk about lucky!

I flew in to San Diego and my daughter took me to the ocean (isn’t that wonderful?)!  So while I enjoyed the ocean:

And everyone else blew bubbles!

What fun we had!  And now we are in El Centro, CA which isn’t nearly as pleasant.  At noon the temp is 98 on its way to our high of 105, humidity is 46%.

We are sailing….

Actually we will be tomorrow – on a cruise to the Caribbean.  7 days of stress free living.  It’s a family thing, my Mom & Dad (their first cruise), one of my sisters, my brother-in-law and my eldest daughter are all going.  We’ve been looking forward to this for several months.  Tonight we are in Houston near the airport where my daughter will fly in tomorrow and join us.  Then a short drive to Galveston to Princess Cruise Lines.

And where are we heading to?  The Island of Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize and finally the Island of Cozumel, Mexico.

Although strictly speaking I won’t be sailing, here’s my favorite sailing song for the occasion! (A very young Rod Stewart!!)

Stillness

It has been an amazing 5+ weeks — first my youngest was home for 4 weeks (with boyfriend) and then 3 days after she left my middle daughter and her 2 kids came!  Today is the first day in my house alone for oh so long!  It seems very quiet and still.

I had an amazing times with both visits!  Museums, restaurants, shopping, sitting around talking.  Life doesn’t get much better.

But this past Wednesday we went out on a whale watching boat.  Right now the grey whales are migrating to/from Alaska and are all along the California coast.  I was able to get some amazing photos!

Today I am resting, getting re-acquainted with the alone-ness (but not loneliness) and preparing for a very hectic work week ahed!