Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Year End Summary

2017 Family and Friends and Miscellaneous

January - Many doctor visits for my leg injury and complications.
February - Too much snow. Mister had to work hard.
March - Way more snow. Township snow plow dug up front yard very badly. Visited brother and watched him making maple syrup. Our good beach friend Max died.
April - Great Granddaughter #8 was baptized. My former employer and our good friend Alvin died. 
May - Flower planting time. Trips to Farm Produce Market. Nephew(44) broke foot badly. 
June - Grandson’s (28) lymphoid leukemia in remission.
July - Two Granddaughters who we haven’t seen for about 40 years visited. Son (59) visited in newly acquired red Corvette. Grandson (28) won Lake Community Assn. fishing derby.
August - Met new lake neighbor. My Monarch butterflies hatched from chrysalis and flew away. Family friends’ youngest son married in Va.
September - Three trees on beachfront cut down.
October - Daughter’s aged Bulldog “Charlie” died. Grandson (15) won $ for big bass caught. Many trips to farm orchard for apples and cider.
November - Family friends whose daughter married last June became new grandparents of baby boy. Niece (45) got married.
December - Cousin Jean (87) had stroke. Brother has new health issue. Dear friend had shoulder replacement and doing well. Another friend’s husband had pancreas surgery and recovering rather well.

ME-Turned 81. Slowing down while still moving forward. Taking pictures mostly from golf car riding around home area. Enjoying golf car. Carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger fingers in left hand very annoying. Got very excited to finally find my vintage hand garden tool after putting it away for safe keeping and couldn't find it. The mister had piled ropes on top of it. Yea!

HE-Turned 82. More forgetful but able to complete tasks and chores except for lawn mowing. Started using cane sporadically for stability. Winter rough with his COPD.

New Stuff
• EZ Go Golf Cart (July) and cover (October)
• Beautiful Snow Globe with Cardinal (gift)

Repairs (Professionally Accomplished)
• Three trees on beachfront cut down and removed.
• Interior beams washed and dusted.

Red Velvet Bundt Cake
White Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies
Buttery Almond Skillet Cake
Coconut Custard Pie
Homemade Chicken noodle Soup with Vegetables
Pickled Red Beets and Eggs
Pumpkin Pie

Pickled Red Beets and Eggs
Buttery Almond Skillet Cake
Bran Nut and Raisin Bread
Peach Freezer Jam Crescent Rolls
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Chipotle Corn Muffins
Lemon Bundt Cake with Lemon Icing
Strawberry Shortcake

Buttery Almond Skillet Cake
Lemon Pudding Cake and Lemon Icing
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Meatloaf with Stove Top Stuffing Incorporated

Strawberry Jello Cake with Strawberry Icing
Peach Cobbler
Rhubarb Pudding

Strawberry EVERYTHING!
Banana Bread
Salmon Casserole
Peanut Butter Cookies

Zucchini Supreme
Louisiana Bar-B-Que Sauce
Peach Cobbler
Peach Crisp

Peach Pie
Peach Leather Rollups
Dehydrated Garden Tomatoes
Dehydrated Peach Slices and Quarters
Peach Pie #2

Dehydrated  Apples
Apple Crisp
Apple Cobbler

Apple Blondies
Applesauce (2 batches)
One Bowl Applecake
Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie

Apple Sauce Batch 3
Acorn Squash Pie
Spinach and Chicken Quiche
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cole Slaw

Deviled Eggs (20)
Pumpkin Pie

Applehead Angie
Paper Folded Trees
Pinecone Mobile
Two Knitted Hats with Pom Poms

Now all of my various directories and calendars will be updated for the year 2018 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!
Kindness and acceptance for all.

Out with the old....

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  1. This post...poignant thoughts & wonderful memories created even tho you're both 'slowing down' - there is still much to live for in 2018!

    As for your christmas spiders I'd guess you kept the black & yellow bellied one. Am I close? LOVE your humming bird too.

  2. Nice job on this post! Well done! I wish you and your family a happy and productive new year! I thank you for your continued support