Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Thursday Thoughts #17 for the New Year

Looking back is not something I enjoy doing as the road back is longer than it used to be and the scenery starts to blur as I squint to that far horizon.
  1. 2008 was a big year for me as I retired in so many ways...not just from the daily grind. I began to let go.
  2. 2008 was the year I got better at being a grandma. Instead of staring at how fast they were growing I started to participate in the event.
  3. In 2008 I lost 10 more and no less...but there is yet 2009.
  4. In 2008 I evolved into a much better cook with the time to be creative and invented new dishes with all the herbs from my garden and ideas I gleaned and modified from my many cookbooks. I learned that you can teach an old dog (cook) new tricks.
  5. In 2008, speaking of gourmet cooking, I made S'mores with the grandson and I haven't made S'mores in decades!
  6. I have pretty much taken 2008 as a laid back vacation doing only what I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it. I am so thankful for such luxury.
  7. In 2008 I lost 100's of thousands of dollars (I have lived pretty frugally most of my life) in the stock market and I don't care because I realize I don't need much in this new life I am living.
  8. I do need $1.99 persimmons and I splurged and bought 4 of these beauties yesterday.
  9. In 2008 I did not beat myself up for wanting alone time anymore and accept the fact that this is one of the ways I charge my batteries and restore my soul.
  10. In 2008 I also accepted the fact that just looking at a flower or interesting plant this year can restore my soul for the rest of the day.
  11. In 2008 I also learned how high energy my husband is and I am trying to meet his needs as we walk together into these days ahead.
  12. 2008 was the year my youngest turned 30. That was harder on me in many ways then when I turned 60!
  13. My resolution this year will be to get back on a schedule and try to give more of this precious time I have to others.
I made it to 13 and that must bode well for the New Year, doncha think?


  1. Happy New Year to you and yours.

    Bear((( )))

  2. #13 is a goal of mine for 2009, also. I hope we both reach it, Tabor. Happy New Year to you all.

  3. Oh, Lord, you put it so well....congratulations on what you've discovered, and will continue to discover.

  4. Many of your goals are mine also.
    Some differance I am further down the road of life then you and live solo. So my dream is to continue to simplify and downscale. Hey, that pheasant I am giving away. No longer get pleasure from looking at it and do not like the memories that surface. Best wishes to you in 2009.

  5. I like this emphasis on reflection rather than resolution for the New Year. I also like that the entries are so short, listable, which I don't think I would be capable of. But wish I were (that I could articulate reflections and growth more economically). Thanks for this idea/format for new year's thoughts.

  6. Anonymous9:23 PM

    Josh will turn 30 this year. Gulp. If I lost that much money I'd be gulping again.


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