At least it wasn’t all bad. A Positive Retrospective of 2016

My beautiful boy and me at the iconic Cadillac Ranch on famous Rt 66 in Amarillo Texas.

2016. I think with most people, when they hear the year 2016 there’s a massive rush of emotion. From mass shootings, police violence, election year scandals, to a surprisingly large number of childhood icons we’ve lost, it’s probably safe to say that we could all use a break in the next year.

While I can easily focus on the entire negative that happened, I decided it would be best for us all if I concentrated on some of the good, both personally and worldly.

Enormous first year sweet potato harvest. Some were nearly 5 pounds!
Enormous first year sweet potato harvest. Some were nearly 5 pounds!
  • I had a spectacular first garlic and sweet potato harvest.
  • I got myself a job outside my house. This is the first time in 7 years I’ve worked at a paycheck job, and I’m really excited about it.
  • My family took our annual trip to my husband’s family reunion in SE Oklahoma then on to Dallas. We visited the Perot Museum of Natural Sciences and it was fascinating.
  • I got to take an epic road trip, just my son and me, through 4 states this summer. I could not have had a better time. We even picked up a new hobby of geocaching.
  • My husband and I took a drive to Tulsa and saw Coldplay.
  • I took my kids to the Great Salt Plains where we dug for rare hourglass selenite crystals.
  • I’ve gotten back into the groove of reading novels regularly. I’m pretty proud of how many I’ve finished in the last year.
  • Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia, and Deadpool. Awesome movies.
  • Pokemon Go, while a short lived phenomenon, was fun while it lasted. I especially enjoyed playing with my husband and son.
  • Giant Pandas have been taken off the endangered species list. The numbers of manatees and some tiger and rhino species are increasing as well.
  • The survival rates of melanoma and pancreatic cancer patients have increased dramatically.

 

My beautiful boy and me at the iconic Cadillac Ranch on famous Rt 66 in Amarillo Texas.
My beautiful boy and me at the iconic Cadillac Ranch on famous Rt 66 in Amarillo Texas.

In thinking about the positive happenings from the last year, I’m inspired to start a journal just to jot down the good that surrounds me day to day. I had to think too hard to come up with examples when I know I’ve had many days of joy in 2016. I hope this inspires the rest of you to think of all of the good that surrounds you as well.

Here’s to New Beginnings. Even the Unexpected Type. A New Year and a New Blog

Have a cup of coffee and enjoy a cookie with me.
Have a cup of coffee and enjoy a cookie with me.
Have a cup of coffee and enjoy a cookie with me.

So it’s bright and early in the wee hours of 2017. We’re all fresh faced and optimistic in our resolutions and the possibilities a new year can bring us. Due to my lack of attention, I’m also getting the opportunity to start my blog from scratch, and at the moment, I’m quite excited at the prospect. We’ll just have to wait and see how far all of this New Year’s enthusiasm gets me.

I’ve been struggling to find my voice on this blogging adventure. My internal dialog that constantly yammers in my brain, trying to find its purpose, has been especially loud these past few months. I’ve been on the fence about posting regular recipes, but I can often think of some gardening situation I’ve been working through. The thought of regular menu planning also seems to be a popular topic as well. I’m usually not one to freely give out parenting advice and I’m for sure no interior designer, so no talk of that.  I’m hoping through a series of writing prompts and regular postings, my intentions in writing will become clearer to me as well as learning more of the ins and outs of working regularly on my computer more intuitive.

If this learning experience seems like it all might be an intriguing journey, please sit back with a warm cup coffee and a crumply shortbread cookie and enjoy!