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Thursday, December 31, 2015

the end of 2015 means only about ten months until…..

The end of 2015 means only about ten more months before Hillary kicks everyone's ass and mops the floor with their toupees...

I just realized it is the last day of the year.  I am one third through the end of year house (and life!) cleanup.  Only the jobs most worth putting off are left…..the wife and I reward each other at the end of a day of cleaning by scratching off a lottery ticket…which is motivating :)

So, looking back at 2015, what do I see?
I am happy to say we have been very fortunate overall.
Everybody we are close to is happy and healthy, same with us.
Ditto our dog and cat.
The year started impossibly cold and snowy, but WHAT a warm fall and winter so far.
My DNA was done.  My genetic background is pretty darn interesting.  ANYBODY's is.  And who would have guessed 50 years ago that I would be sitting around one day discussing it with my mom and dad….
The only trouble spot has been I have had great trouble and anxiety over glaucoma and losing my sight.  The glaucoma has not responded to treatment and although I have not lost much vision, glaucoma is a one way street.  What you lose is gone.  SO I am pretty flippin hopeful that my intelligent and concerned and diligent eye doctor's latest treatment, or the next one at least, works.
The upside of losing your vision is being PRETTY DAMN grateful for everything you see, every day. And not to sound all "bucket list' or anything, but my new year resolution for 2016 is "treat today like it is your last chance to make something beautiful" or some variation of that phrase.  And it has been inspiring to think that way.  I don't feel like I am messing around, I know what I want to do and what I want to explore.

Continued tomorrow…have a great time today, whether you are merely celebrating by cleaning your house or something a bit less tame :)


Michèle Hastings said...

I am finally catching up with my blogger buddies!
Squirrels, ugh. We had such trouble with them at the log cabin. I really want to put up a bird feeder, but I don't want to encourage the little buggers!
...and your little cast of characters on cups are way cool.
Happy New Year to you, Maude, Penny, and Spike!

cookingwithgas said...

Happy New year!
You are an inspiration.

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

I love that stamped bowl. The glaucoma is very scary. I'm hoping for the best outcome for successful treatment for you! We need your vision around these parts!

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