Three hundred sixty-five and one-quarter times around the sun. Twelve months.
Another year has passed by and 2019 is almost finito.
I thought I would take each month of the past year and share one or two things I remembered about it (good or bad) and see what kind of picture is left.
January – Horrible winter month. I worked from home one day, toward the end of the month, because the wind chill was -50F (-45.5C). Brrrr.
February – Mom made her way to heaven on the 15th. Her funeral was the 23rd, a Saturday, when we had blowing snow that turned to icy rain and back to snow again. And cold. The weather did not improve and the next day there was a 131-car pile-up on Interstate 41, the largest in the state’s history. This was not a fun weekend.
March – I took an online creative writing course and prayed very hard for spring to come.
April – Still waiting for spring to come and I spent a total of six days in Madison, learning the ways of a supervisor and discovering new places in the city during off time.
May – Spring flowers! This is the month that I run to the local greenhouses to find the perfect patio plants. Begonias and coleus work best and they were lovely through the first week of October.
June – Nothing stands out about this month other than the weather is warmer, the days are longer, and it’s bike-riding season. All pluses.
July – I took a staycation to relax and start writing a book about my mother, her family and her influence. I made initial progress, but haven’t done much since. It’s been the way of my life, the too many other things that eat up time. For those of you who write books while working and doing the life thing, I commend you. Heck, I commend the bloggers who post three to four times a week, or daily, and hold a regular job. I don’t know how you do it.
August – I helped out with my church’s Arts Camp, attended Mile of Music and had a long-overdue lunch with two cousins. One of the cousins surprised me with a cassette tape that her brother had made with my mom and dad decades ago. He asked mom a lot of questions about growing up and her family, which will help when I get back to writing that book.
September – Best.vacation.ever. The biking buddy and I rode our bicycles for a week in southeastern Minnesota, laughing lots, eating lots, drinking a few beers, and putting 122 miles on the tires. I was in heaven and the glow of a fabulous time lasted well after I returned home.
October – Watched the leaves change color and fall to the ground, and the days become shorter. The kids, my cats, slept more and their bird friends left for warmer weather.
November – Another vacation, this time with family over the Thanksgiving holiday. I love visiting the D.C. area as there’s always something new to discover. This year, I tested the brew at the Guinness experimental brewery in Baltimore, saw the Christmas lights at the National Zoo and the decorations at the botanical garden. I had amazingly good food, a chance to visit with brother and the girlfriend, hang out with Odin the dog, and remember why flying can be good (takes less time) and bad (motion sickness and wind do not go together well) (no, I did not have to use the bag) (ginger ale always saves the day).
December – We all know this is a crazy, busy month getting ready for and celebrating Christmas. There was food and charitable donations and stockings filled with treats at work. I spent a Saturday shopping for needy families through the church. Ran here and there, buying stuff for friends. Ate too much, per the usual. But what I remember most about this month is sharing time with the people who I love. I wrote a poem about that a couple of days ago you’ll find HERE, and it even ends with the word year. How cool is that?
I wish for you peace and joy in 2020 and many blog-worthy moments. Photos in the gallery are from throughout 2019.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.
Just go with the flow.
Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “year.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!