Happy 2017, everyone. Last year was challenging, at best. We lost friends and family members and dealt with physical difficulties. At the end, we survived to tell about it and are hopeful that 2017 will be a much better year for all of us.
Not sure about what the winter will bring—not even a week into the year and we’ve already “enjoyed” our first snow day. On the happy side, being retired and working part-time meant that I didn’t have to go outside, except to take the pooches out.
I have a short list of goals for 2017 and have begun working on them already. One of my goals is to get back on top of my website: I started by moving to WordPress and updating the site a bit. I now need to cull through hundreds of photos to see which ones I will post. Looking at recipes and selecting books to read. I’m even floating the idea of starting a “virtual” book club. If anyone is interested in joining, let me know and suggest a book or two to start with. I will continue to update as time permits but I have decided that I will make time to do this.
We are both wishing our friends and family a happy, healthy, and blessed 2017 and beyond.
So happy to see 2017 is finally here. Watched the Rose Bowl Parade and will watch Western Michigan University play against Wisconsin while working on this update. I’ve made a pretty long list of goals, some of which I will be able to reach. I think that means this really is a life in progress.
Since May, there has been much that has happened! I will not mourn when this year passes into 2017. We have lost family members and close friends. Gary and I celebrated our own 50th wedding anniversary October 8 with family.
I continue to enjoy my work at MTSU, even though I am also enjoying this two-week furlough. After much research and frustration, I finally decided to give WordPress another try and this will be my second attempt to use the WordPress platform to create my website. I’ll be happy to see what people thing about it.
I cannot believe it is already May. Since I last posted, we spent a long weekend in mid-April helping my sister and brother-in-law in Florida celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. I celebrated yet another birthday (May 1), and the day after my birthday our foster daughter, who became a member of our family more than 40 years ago, passed away. She would have been 56 June 9th. She left two grown sons, the eldest of which has three babies of his own, and a 15-year-old daughter. Fortunately, her daughter will be in the good and caring hands of Jane’s (twice) ex-husband. They loved each other but could not live together. She will be missed.
Spring has sprung! The weather is beautiful and I’m still inside watching NCAA Tournament Basketball!
Super Bowl 50 is in the record books and I was so happy that the Broncos won. I hope that Peyton will now retire and do something less hazardous.
It’s been pretty cold and a bit snowy here in Middle Tennessee the last couple weeks. Middle Tennessee State University even closed twice. The one inch of snow here is more crippling than the one to two feet of snow that falls in the Denver area. I can deal with the one inch better than I could the one to two feet!
Well, it’s official. The second snow day at MTSU this week. It’s nasty outside and I’m glad I don’t have to go out. Maybe I can make a little headway on “projects” during this off time.
It’s hard to believe that we’ve already celebrated the holiday season and are well into 2016. Middle Tennessee has enjoyed a milder than usual winter up until this week. Now it’s officially winter! Maybe now I will find time to get working on photos and do a better job of keeping up with this website. We can always hope!
This month marks Gary and I being settled again. In July, we moved back to Tennessee. Our wonderful grandson is now almost four and ready to start preschool. In June, our daughter left her job and is now staying at home with Connor and working on building her jewelry business while doing some contract work for a friend. That meant we are no longer needed to take care of Connor.
MTSU welcomed me back to a nice on-campus job. I only work about 15 hours a week for Creative and Visual Services, although my desk is in the Printing Services building. I do a little quality control for Printing Services and some editing for C&VS. I get to do work I enjoy while hanging out with really nice people.
We found a cute little apartment here in Murfreesboro that is easy to keep up and there is no yard work, maintenance, or upkeep. When Gary has a yen for mowing lawn, he just goes to our son’s house and cuts that grass.
Last week we celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary. All in all, life is good. These days, when I’m not working, I’m going through 50+ years of photographs and documents. What I don’t throw away or give away, I am scanning to digital files. I also have photographs that were my mother’s and my grandmother’s. It is a BIG job but now I have the time to do it. Another project I’m working on is converting about 500 vinyl albums to digital. When done, I will sell the viny. This last move has convinced me to continue to “lighten the load” and dispose of things in a disciplined and thoughtful manner. Maybe now I will do a better job of getting photos posted!