I keep meaning to write a year end or holiday letter or recap â€” but dang it; 2015 just had a bit too much of everything.
Here is a quick bullet list of our year. I may or may not expand this with more detail.
â€¢ Best news – Ken and I stayed healthy this year.
â€¢ Worse news â€” at last count, seven important people, in my life died this year.
â€¢ They were, my life long friend, Kim Wardrip, my brother Bill, Mr. Chan, dear sweet Peet, my dad, Carpet Jan, and Jeff Potter all died this year.
â€¢ After 19 years on Bowen Island, we moved to Sechelt.
â€¢ We bought a wonderful house with a pretty nice view.
â€¢ I did my best to put myself in the way of beauty.
â€¢ A lot of friends came to visit, we hope more come as well.
â€¢ Ken and I took several road trips in the van.
â€¢ We are living without a pet. (This both sucks and is good.)
â€¢ My brother Art and I grew closer.
â€¢ My brother Ty and I are getting to know each other.
â€¢ I walked a lot, including the Suncoaster Trail. (My Fitbit reported Iâ€™ve walked over 2,000 miles this year!)
â€¢ I read and listened to a lot of books. (According to my records, 47!) Best read was either When the Birds Rained Down or The Miniaturist. Worse book – The Woman Who Stole My Life.
â€¢ I wrote a little.
â€¢ I cut a lot of fabric into small pieces and sewed them back together.
â€¢ I spent more time in the kitchen.
â€¢ I turned 60 and now get CPP!
â€¢ We joined a hiking group, and volunteered at the Botanical Gardens.
â€¢ We grew a garden and ate a lot of kale, squash, carrots, and Ken ate a zillion tomatoes.
â€¢ Sechelt had a horrible forest fire only 5 km from our house and we stood on evacuation notice for several weeks.
â€¢ We had serious water restrictions in this rain forest community.
â€¢ Canada finally got rid of Harper.
â€¢ I really miss our friends on Bowen.
â€¢ We made some new friends, deepen others, and are happy that we have good neighbours.
â€¢ My motto of â€œsit at the tableâ€ didnâ€™t go over too well. Iâ€™m just not a sit at the table girl.
â€¢ I have high hopes for my 2016 motto thoughâ€¦
Simply the Best!
Like I said, one day, I may expand on this list with a bit more detail, but for now – Iâ€™ve got a ham to cook. Today we are celebrating the holiday season, and Marian, Moser, Peter and Tamsin are on their way over!
Happy ___________ fill in the blank.