Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 Wrapup...

2018 Family, Friends and Miscellaneous

January - First temperatures below 0. (- 8°) Nine-ten ice fishermen on lake most of the month. Middle of month deep snow. Huge restaurant fire in town. Burned out completely. Favorite and long-time veterinarian, Doctor Joe C. died. Long time friend and neighbor, Nancy B. lost her battle with cancer and died.
February -  More ice fishers and more snow. Nearby neighbor farmer, Floyd W. died. 
March - Two more snow events. Lots of long icicles. A really good visit with a longtime friend who lives in HI. A very wonderful friend and neighbor farmer, Harold E. died.
April - Dear and wonderful beach friend, Joe B. died.
May - Spring perennial flowers up and yard flowers purchased. Fresh asparagus time. Cabin cleaning of high things and beams done by grandkids.  Daughter’s dog, “Sadie” died. 
June - Daughter got new dog, “Zoey.” Two lake hatchings of goslings, five and three. Airboat spread weed killer on lake twice. Nephew had wonderful trip with friend pilot to Alaska in small airplane. Severe dry eye erosion in my left eye. Healed well. Left hand tenosynovitis, wearing brace. 
July -  Grandson (29) won Lake Community Assn. annual fishing derby AGAIN. Sold Yamaha ATV to neighbor. Long time beach friend, Lloyd B. died. Sweet and long time beach friend, Betty Jo M. died. A lovely distant relative and local woman, Jean L. died after losing her battle with cancer.
August - Leaky dock barrel replaced. Really heavy rain caused washout here and floods throughout the area. Beach friend had knee replacements. Last December she had shoulder replacement.  Nearby friend and neighbor, Sam P. died. Friend and wonderful 4-H leader, George H. died. Several doctor visits for another of my dry eye erosions and an infection.
September - Another washout from heavy rains. Dried and stored tomato seeds for next year. Sweet young beach friend, Janet H. lost her battle with cancer and died. A local nurse and longtime friend, Susie K. died due to glioblastoma.  
October - The Mister cut his hand and had stitches. Brother had small problem after surgery. OK now. Jacki A., a wonderful and sweet beach friend died.  
November - First snow - 10 inches on the 15th. Temperatures +2° Lake completely frozen on 23rd. Didn’t last. Young neighbor friend became engaged. A beach friend, Barbara F. from TN had her right foot amputated. Longtime friend, Willie A. died.
December - Not much snow and too rainy and wet.

ME-Turned 82. Still slowing down while moving forward. Taking pictures mostly from golf car riding around home area. Some of my photos being shown on local TV slide shows. Shoulder and hip receiving injections every 8 weeks. Eye still giving me grief. 
HE-Turned 83. Forgetful but able to complete general tasks and chores except for yard work. Using cane sporadically for stability. Hearing very poor. Good dishwasher and vacuum cleaner operator and very helpful. Does all of the driving.
WE-Are living within our means and don't have a single debt. We are comfortable and still capable of being fully independent and self sufficient. 

New Stuff
• Air frier gift from granddaughters
• Crystal window sun catcher prism gift from granddaughter
• Crocheted blanket gift from friend who made it
• Candy corn beach glass “Prism” necklace by Meg - from me to me
• Crystal Swarovski suncatchers, two on porch - from me to me
• Electric blanket gift from daughter

Repairs (Professionally Accomplished)
• Lawn and Yard cleanup after two damaging washouts.
• Car - complete exhaust system repairs in June

Chewy Brownies
Chili Bean Soup
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cole Slaw
Chicken Noodle Soup with Vegetables
Mac Cheese Big Pan
Mince Pie
Pea Soup
Pickled Red Beets and Eggs
Sunshine Pineapple Pan Cake
Bar-B-Que Pan Chicken
Bread Pudding with Raisins
Cherry Bran Muffins
Peanut Butter Cookies
Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Loaves
Chocolate Bundt Cake
Lemon Bundt Cake
Mac Cheese Big Pan
Potato Salad
Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Three Loaves White Bread
White pickled eggs
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Strawberry Shortcake
Sunshine Pineapple Pan Cake
Zucchini Supreme
Banana Bread
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Peach Cobbler
Pickled Beets and Eggs
Spinach Quiche
Strawberry EVERYTHING!
Cheese Broccoli Soup
Peach Cobbler
Peach Crisp
Zucchini Supreme
Tomatoes, red and green peppers, corn, cantaloupe processed
Tomato Juice
Peach Cobbler
Mac Cheese Big Pan
Peach Cobbler
Sunshine Pineapple Cake
Apple Pie
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ham Salad
Kielbasa Vegetable Stew
One Bowl Applecake
Processed and packed smoked ham
Apple Pie
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mac Cheese Big Pan
Processed and packed smoked turkey breast
Spinach Cheese Quiche
Sugar Cookies (2)
Turkey Salad
Blueberry Muffins
Chewy Ginger-Molasses Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pea Soup (2)
Pumpkin Pie

Spider and web mobile
Goose feather headpiece for James
Conks wood burned (2) 
Wind ribbon mobile
Jute and beaded small Christmas tree
Photomanipulations (282)

All of my various directories and calendars are updated for the year 2019 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....


  1. Happy New Year. You have had a busy year with cooking. It’s sad when so
    Many good friends have left us. My big loss this year was Joe B, Molly, and Shelby.

  2. Happy New Year! We are fortunate to be as active and mentally apt (😏) as we are! Taking an "attitude of gratitude into the New Year! ❤

  3. You always give so much to my day when I visit! I was going to say the past year you lost many friends, yet you reminded me that death is part of life. All your baking, cleaning, repairs, gifts and updates of lake & property kept you two going strong...just keep up doing what you two do & 2019 will be wondrous!