1) We settled into our newly remodeled house nicely and have frequent visitors--friends, family, grandchildren. It is wonderful to have room for everyone without having the kids sleep on couches in living room and den. It is also wonderful to have my art room where I have had a place to work on whatever project I am involved in at the moment. My art table has been a sewing table, a painting table, a writing table, a Christmas gift wrapping table, and a place where grandchildren can explore various arts and crafts when they come. Below are a couple of pictures that I painted and gave for Christmas presents.
2) I got a new computer! #$%&%$!! I thoroughly DISLIKE changing computers! My brain balks at shifting from old ways of doing things to new ways. And, not only did I get a new computer, but I changed from using a Dell PC to (Gasp!!) a Mac! Let me tell you--IT HAS BEEN A REAL LEARNING CURVE! If I hear one more time, "It's very intuitive..." to describe Apple products, I think I will scream! Somehow my "intuitive" instincts are missing! The redeeming factor is that there is an Apple Store just ten minutes from where I live and I have become very familiar with their Genius Bar and have taken all the classes that they offer. However, I am STILL learning.
3) We had a brutally hot and dry summer. We had put in all new landscaping the year before and we spent a good deal of time outside hand-watering to keep things alive. As the temperatures rose and persisted, we seemed to wilt while we tried to stay cool and hydrated. Fortunately, we have had some lovely rains the past couple of months but not nearly enough to fill up our lovely lakes. The picture below was taken when Son #2 and family came at Christmas and we explored a part of a nearby lake that is usually 40 feet below water.
4) I also facilitate two writing groups. These groups are designed to help women write their memoirs. One group has been meeting for almost ten years and the other group has been meeting in a retirement center for about five years. These women LOVE to write their stories and I never grow tired of hearing their stories and sharing mine with them.
Happy New Year to anyone who has not given up on me and is still reading my blog.