Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Year End Summary

2016 Family and Friend Events

January -  Our Pal, 16 year old Rat Terrier died.
February -Family man, and longtime friend, my first husband died after long illness.
March -  Neighbor’s husband and friend died after long illness.
May - Longtime beach friend’s husband died. Shortly thereafter their Boston Terrier Samson, suddenly died.
June - Attended beautiful outdoor wedding and were considered honorary grandparents for dear family friends.
July - Daughter’s Boxer Lexi, age 12 died.
July - Daughter got new dog, a Yorkie mix, Sadie May.
August - Sister, 74, died after struggles with bladder cancer.
September - Another daughter’s aged Boston Terrier, Pasquale died.
September - Birth of 8th Great Grandchild, Sophia. 
October - Significant Other of son (age 58) diagnosed with colon cancer a year ago is now cancer free!
November - Neighbor’s wife unexpectedly died at age 60.
December - Grandson diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia and is still being treated after diagnosis a year ago and getting through it.
December - Old friend who fell, broke wrist, arm, ribs, spleen removed, and suffered concussion one year ago is recovering with amazing grit.
December - Longtime friend and babysitter of my two youngest offspring died.  We shared many good times with her and her husband as couples for many get-togethers in the past.   
ME-Turned 80. Had MRI (for back pain)and ultrasounds for both venus and artery bilats. Using canes. Really ill with upper respiratory issue for over a month.Good now.
HE-Turned 81. Still lots of stamina with multiple health issues - treatments going well. Does many tasks and chores.
Next Year - Anticipating birth of 2nd Great Great Grandchild.

New Stuff
•Husqvarna Snow Thrower
•Weber Grill, cart and hose
•Frigidaire AC
•Toilet Seat

Repairs (Professionally Accomplished)
•Log home maintenance and restoration.
Power washed, minor repairs, stained entire cabin outer logs.
•Rocks and small trees removed from ditch and bank behind cabin.
•Removal of large limb that fell into rock garden.
•Removal of pine tree limbs blocking view. 
•Replacement of propane heater fan.
Replacement of clothesline - by us!

By the way, I baked a lot in 2016 and over exceeded my skills in that department. It was a goal!

Baked Stuffed Pasta Shells
Split Pea Kettle Soup
Lemon Jumbos Cookies
Applesauce Muffins
Apple Pie
Vanilla Bundt Cake
Louisiana Bar-B-Que sauce
Corn Casserole
Peanut Butter Bars
Meatloaf (large)
Chocolate Chip/Peanut Butter Cookies
Lemon Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chicken Spiedies
NOTHING! Yard and flowers ruled.
Lemon Coconut Pie
Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Chicken Spiedies
Strawberry Shortcakes
Lemon Jumbo Cookies
Peach Cobbler
Peach Crisp
Lemon Jumbo Cookies
Peach Pie
Peach Cobbler(s)
Peach Freezer Jam
Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
Apple Pie(s)
Apple Cake(s)
Peanut Butter Cookies
Peach Crescent Rolls
Peach Biscuits
Key Lime Pie
Meringue Cookies
Baked Spaghetti
Apple Pie(s)
Oatmeal Cranberry & Walnut Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies (traditional)
Peanut Butter Cookies (via cake mix)
Bran Raisin Muffins
Meatloaf (large)
One Bowl Apple Cake
Apple Pie
Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pies
Applesauce Cake
Applesauce Muffins
Corn Casserole
Chocolate Chip Cookies (x 2)
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Candied Cereal
Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates
Split Pea Soup from Hambone

Old Family Photo Albums Repairs & Restorations
Note Cards with Photos
Note Letter and Handmade Envelopes
Nail Polish Paintings
Papercraft Rosettes, Leaves, Butterflies
Contemplation Tower
Suncatchers from Pony Beads
Applehead Agnes

So now all of my various directories and calendars have been updated for the year 2017 and I start all over.

By the way, death is part of living in my mind. It is just another path. We leave the old and anticipate the new every year, don't we? It doesn't mean that we don't remember but we do move onward.

“Count your blessings instead of your crosses.

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes.

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears.

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full times instead of your lean.

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth.

Love your neighbor as much as yourself.”

Happy New Year!


  1. Happy New Year to you and Ed. 2016 does sound like a horrible year for you except for some wonderful births and lots of baked goodies. Sending love and hugs!

  2. What a year in review!! Too many deaths sad.
    I do like to read the one in October, being cancer free.

    Happy New Year to you, my friend!!