After a quiet Christmas, we've been enjoying a calm week at home. We've been out most days for quick errands - trips to the library or the grocery store, a little drive down to the Bosque, hitting up the feed store for Layena and black-oil sunflower seeds, dinner out one night when the ham leftovers just got to be too much. Mostly, we're staying home, filling our days with books, crafts, games and movies, sleeping in, making fires in the evenings. It's one of the best things in our year, actually, these two weeks around the holidays when the schools are closed and the Bear's employer shuts down. Sure, we all get a little antsy with the free time, and I can't keep up with the eating or the dishes, but it's nice to have a break from real life for a while.
Among all the very sad celebrity deaths this year, I have to tell you that I am most upset about George Michael. Gutted, actually. He was my first and longest celebrity crush, since I was a little girl. I loved him even more when I got older. So good-looking! Just two days before his death, I was demonstrating his dance moves from "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" to my skeptical children. I'll always love you, George.
My Christmas presents this year included a new laptop, so we've been busy getting it up and running, moving all my bookmarks, photos and files from the old laptop, which finally churned and wheezed itself nearly to a halt over the past few weeks. It was only a couple of years old and not meant to be a long-term solution for my computing needs (which are admittedly few), but it was a real pain in the neck, especially at the end. I like my new laptop much better so far. I am sure it will enhance my life as a consumer of
Today marks my fourth blogging anniversary. I want to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my blog. I'm not very good at responding to comments but I appreciate them very much. I am consistently surprised, and honored, by how much people care about me and my family.
As I've often said, blogging has helped me become so much more appreciative of my own life. Like most people, there are parts of my life I'd rather not share on my blog, some of which played a major role in my decision to blog positively in the first place. I've sometimes wondered if that's disingenuous - I'm deliberately avoiding shining a light on the lousier things. I'm sure there are people who view it that way and I get it - it's sort of a highlight reel. But I also know what I've dealt with and how it brought me down and prevented me from enjoying the bounty of good things in the life I've created for myself. Taking the time to acknowledge and appreciate them through photography and writing has helped me heal and grow. I am stronger for having reached out. I am better for having found a community filled with people who understand. Thank you again for being just plain good.
Happy New Year! I hope 2017 brings all the best things to you and yours.