1. Share a favorite memory/moment from the week of Christmas.
My favorite moments, this Christmas, took place early Christmas morning, when Ed and I visited the houses of each one of our grandchildren to see what they got for Christmas. It was the first time we’ve ever been able to visit all four of them on Christmas morning, and it was fun sharing their excitement! It brought back some good memories of our own children when they were little.
2. If someone wrote a book about your life based on the past year, what genre would it fall under? What would the title be?
Because so many unbelievable things happened to us in 2015, a book based on my life would have to fall under “fiction”. Ha! A good title might be You’re Not Going To Believe This, But…
3. What made you feel patriotic this year?
I feel proud and patriotic every time I look at this:
The hat belonged to my late father-in-law, who was a WWII veteran, and the flag draped his coffin, after his death, and was presented to his wife at the end of his funeral, in 2002. I still remember his war stories, and I know the great sacrifice he made for our country. Ed’s mom was a veteran, too, and we have a similar display, for her, as well. Both flags/hats sit on top of our entertainment center.
4. What experience from this past year would you like to do all over again?
I think I’d like to go back to October 14, and relive the day we bought our new Trans Connect. It was the first brand new vehicle we’ve bought in quite a few years, so the anticipation was high! Ed and I had to drive 100 miles to an unfamiliar dealership to buy it, but the scenery along the way was beautiful, and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Add to that, the fact that “the price was right” on the van we wanted, and the folks at the dealership were super friendly and helpful. To me, it was the easiest and best car deal we’ve ever made, and the happiest day of the entire year! We love our new ride!
5. What song lyric sums up or is a reflection of your 2015?
The old Hee Haw song, entitled Gloom, Despair, and Agony is the first song that comes to mind, because I’ve felt that way many times throughout 2015. See clip for lyrics.
6. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate 2015? (10=stellar) Why?
My husband, Ed, says he’d rate the year 2015 a 5/6, because he says “We had some hard times, but we lived through them.” I’m going to rate the year a 2/3 because it’s been the most difficult year of my life, so far, but Ed’s right, praise the Lord, we lived through it! I’m keenly aware, as bad as it was, it could always have been worse.
A brief recap of our 2015: (1) January-Ed lost his job, (2) February & March-we dealt with all kinds of government officials and paperwork related to unemployment, health insurance, social security, plus we had to get used to living on 1/2 of the income we had been accustomed to. (3) April-we discovered we had termites and mold under our house and had to spend $4,000 to treat the problem. (4) April thru August my back “went out”, I discovered I have two bad discs in it, and I suffered through 5 1/2 months of very painful sciatica. (5) September-I had back surgery. (6) October-Ed suffered a heart attack. (7) November-I found out I had basal cell carcinoma. (8) December-I had Moh’s surgery to remove the cancer from my face, followed by plastic surgery to repair the hole. It’s been a year to remember, for sure!
7. What part of the upcoming year are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about getting a ‘fresh start’, and putting 2015 in the past!
Here’s the picture of our grandson, Evan, with Santa, taken on Christmas Eve. Poor Evan! I think it’s safe to say, he didn’t care much for Santa! Meanwhile, jolly old Santa didn’t seem to mind at all. (This ‘mall Santa’ is one of the best I’ve ever encountered, by the way.) I’m sure this picture will be a family conversation piece for many years to come, and I’m going to display it proudly each Christmas:).