2016 was a strange, busy, and very different kind of year. Pick a subject, any subject, whether public or personal, and I’ll bet you’ll find a lot of oddities and uniqueness. 2016 couldn’t have been boring, right? Right. It wasn’t in the cards.
Personally, my year blossomed into a pretty positive and profitable chapter in Life’s Book, though there were strange things here and there.
Writing. Two of my short poetry books made it to publication. My little novel is progressing. Blogging was hit-and-miss. Ugh. What was terribly lacking was me writing more letters and postcards to friends and family. Oops.
Reading. I met my Goodreads goal of twenty books read. The genres were all over the place since my interests are wide. Nice going.
Teaching. It was fun successfully teaching beadwork classes, particularly a wire and beaded spider ornament and various pieces of jewelry. I even taught several classes at a weekend bead retreat.
Relationships. I let go of being aggravated with a friend’s incessant text messages about not handling our President-elect’s win. Since we interact in more productive subjects, all is good, and I let the quirkiness roll off my back. I enjoy all my friends, and all of us — you, me — are bit quirky anyway. Probably. I’m looking forward to seeing my other long-time, out-of-town friends, too, but I don’t know exactly when.
Love and Marriage. We celebrated four years of blissful marriage. We celebrated our birthdays on a vacation this year. It’s nice, since our birthdays are close together.
Hurricanes. Speaking of vacations, twice we were on the cusp of hurricanes: Hermine and Matthew. Lots of wind, lots of rain, and lots of hype. We saw a few trees down near Apalachicola, Florida, but nothing that needed extensive cleanup.
Domesticity. I am thrilled to find the vintage copy of Francois and Antoinette Pope’s cookbook. It’s my cooking bible. Bon appetite! I’ve been on a focused mission to clean out and downsize our life and belongings. Our “unneededs” are others people’s gold.
Arts and Fun. Springtime brought us to Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Alabama, and to the Azalea Trail Maids. During the year, we attended several operas, plays, and music venues. We watched the entire runs of television’s “The Office” and “The Golden Girls” — enjoyable and funny. I’m still trying to understand “24,” though. Hmmmm……
Current Events. We have a President-elect that isn’t a politician, and that’s in line with our Our Founding Fathers’ ideas. “Everyman” can be President. It seems that so many famous people are passing away. Sure, it seems like it, but I’m thinking Baby Boom. There’s a lot in that generation, so deaths will seem more than usual. R. I. P.
What’s in store for 2017? I’m already entering activities and goals into my personal desk planner. Sure, it’ll be more of the same day-to-day things, but with a lot more new roads to explore.
Tonight is a New Year’s Eve party, and I’m looking forward to turning the calendar. Be happy you’re alive. Be happy you have today. Look forward to tomorrow.
(c) Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.