For me December brings lots of things. The flurry of holiday activity. Shopping, baking, visiting. The busyness of clearing out the gardens and prepping the yard for winter. Taking care of our island birds, making sure the suet and seed feeders are continually full. Dragging out the winter clothes and packing away the summer clothes. Adjusting the thermostat.
But it is more than that. It is about reflecting back on how the year went. For us, the year was challenging in many ways.
The sad passing
of our beloved Milo (our 14 year old sweet Golden Retriever), who we are
still missing like crazy. That seemed to pull us in a downward spiral,
and everything we did had Milo in our thoughts. Even today our walks are
sad reminders of our darling boy.
I turned 60, and we had a huge party here for 60 friends- dining in our field, which took months of 3 hours a day in the garden to prep it for the guests. It was very gratifying, but a ton of work- a labor of love if you will. The garden looked great, the guests had a great time. It truly was our party of the century (gotta say, my fingers are still stiff and sore from all the work). I wouldn't have traded that experience for anything.
It seemed like every time we turned around something broke (Mercury in retrograde?) - something that needed money to repair...ack! New computers all around, refrigerator maintenance, a leaking deck which was pretty major- the list went on and on.
It seemed most everything we did took a ton of energy to muster up. I suppose that is just the way life is sometimes. But I think it kind of wore us out. It has us really ready for the new year.
And with that, I can say we are really looking forward with fresh anticipation of what the new year will bring.
We don't usually do New Years resolutions, we prefer to set goals. Whether they are personal, or project oriented. We have been so busy planning the holidays we haven't had much of a chance to think about what that means.
One thing I know for sure- next year will be a better year- we're thinking more positively and will start with a new look at some of the projects we've considered starting in 2013. Between now and the New Year, we'll be thinking about our goals with eagerness and renewed vigor.
This most likely is the last post for me for 2012 (I would be surprised if I can eke out another post before 12/31)...so my wish for you is:
May your days be filled with joy and love and may you be surrounded by happiness and people you love.
Happy Holidays- and all the best in the new year.