Buh-bye 2008

A year in review…

January saw the death of someone dear to me, but I also learned to crochet more than a chain.  My back hurt far more than I let on, but there was baby Sissy to keep the mood light, no matter what life threw my way.


February’s high point was Sissy’s first trip to the beach, and our retreat to recharge.  Little did we know that the hits were going to keep on coming. 


March was a good month.  Rosanne and I took our spinning class.  Lots of you began winking and smiling when I stated I wouldn’t be buying a wheel.  Blogging and the pursuit of a great Ravatar produced what is likely to go down in history as my favorite photo of me and the royal fur-kids.

April brought Michelle.   The River City Knitters retreat was also that month, and that was great fun, cementing my involvement in a great group of knitters.  We didn’t know it was Mugsy’s last trip to his beloved beach at the time.  I also gave drop spindles a chance, and threw them and my hands up in disgust.

May was unremarkable, which is to say I got a lot of knitting done. 

There were many lovely swap packages and much knitterly goodness recieved throughout the year.  That’s not to be overlooked, because truly my friends sustained me this year, through all the ups and downs.  Thank you.  Ever last comment helped, more than you know.  I should be ashamed to admit how much I enjoy presents, but there you go…

June was frankly, awful.  The Page failed to acknowledge Father’s Day, which seemed terrible at the time, but we didn’t know that was our last Sunday with Pop.  Again, the support from my blogging friends and those here locally, held us together.  We’re still grieving; as you know, that first year is filled with “first ___ without him” holidays and painful moments. 

July was the bearer of bad news – Auntie’s terminal diagnosis.  Still, my friends showered me with birthday packages and cards, and I discovered Namaste, and fell in bag love, even though that first bag didn’t stay at my house long at all.

August broke my heart.  I still can’t even stand to look back through the rest of the month to see what else happened.  Mugsy didn’t leave me until the 23rd, but so much of the month was spent caring – carrying – for him that I don’t remember much else, and everything else pales in comparison anyway.   Once more, y’all were there for us in our time of need.

September could represent the whole dang year.   We buried our friend the former fire chief and Auntie.  Chief Pissy and the Knight took over the reins at the firehouse.  My girlfirends kept me sane.  Anita drove up, and we journeyed to Knitters Day Out with Michelle and Amanda.   Gals, you’ll never know how much I needed that trip!   We also made our first trip to the beach without Mugsy, and realized how desperately Sissy needed a friend. 

October was the upswing.   After almost a whole month of just putting one foot in front of the other, we celebrated our anniversary and Sissy’s birthday by welcoming wee Gretchen into our lives.  A little bundle of happiness trumps all sorts of sadness.   Can’t imagine life without you, Gretchie Greer!

November was Stitches East and a “virtual” baby shower.  I missed a few birthdays and couldn’t get it together for Christmas preparations, but looking back at this year I’ve had, so what?!  There were enough small celebrations to keep on keeping on.

December brought more birthdays and more deaths, a birth and an engagement, reminding me that there is a life cycle and it goes on whether I’m ready or not.  But the big theme I see when I look back is not how wrought with loss our year was, but how blessed we are to have friends like you. 

Nichole and I came up with a concept that kinda’ sums it all up, because so many of my friends have had trying years too.   “You lean left, and I’ll lean right. ”  With friends, you don’t have to have a strong ONE.  Even if you’re both weak, you can still lean on each other and muddle through.

Any big plans for the evening?  We’ll be dining with the Chief and his wife, and some other friends, as has become our tradition.  That’s it; no fancy parties for us.  Tomorrow will be a quiet day at home, unless I venture to town for the big sales.  There will be a Dogs on Thursday post though! 

Wishing you a safe New Years Eve and a Happy 2009!

16 comments on “Buh-bye 2008

  1. grace says:

    its nice to know comforting actually that we shared the year together via blog world. You share your heart so well and I enjoy every moment I spend with you and your blog!! hugs Grace

  2. Dawn says:

    So glad I’m getting to know you through our blog world! My heart goes out to you…hugs

  3. CathyT says:

    So which way shall I lean, left or right?! Thank you for your support this year too, new friend. Does that mean I can call you an old friend in 2009? I hope so. I am looking forward to the [shhh, whisper] retreat in January – woo hoo!!!

  4. Sue says:

    2008 was a year I will not look back on fondly. We’re hoping for a much better one in 2009. We did Doggy Christmas this morning, complete bedlam. Here’s wishing you a much brighter new year.

  5. Robin in VA says:

    Happy New Year…here’s hoping 2009 will be a “Sad Free” year!

  6. Bridget says:

    Like the Stephen Sondheim song goes, “I got through all of last year, and I’m here!”

    It’s still better than the alternative.

    I hope 2009 will be good to you and yours.

  7. Thank GOD He kept you strong this year!
    Wishing you nothing but JOY in the New Year Chan!!

  8. Anita says:

    Awwww…. you’re the best Chan! I hope that 2009 is much better for you & yours, you truly deserve it!
    And thank you for being there for me too even though you were going through such rough times.

    No big party plans here… pizza & some cold medicine, probably never make it to midnight! SNOL

  9. AlisonH says:

    Best wishes for a peaceful New Year.

  10. Darcy says:

    We have enjoyed all the girls pictures and adventures and we enjoy your posts filled with beautiful knitting and your walk threw this life:)Hugs And Happy New Year Darcy

  11. nichole says:

    Keep leaning……. WTP! 🙂

    Here’s to 2009….

  12. Nancy says:

    I am glad I’ve gotten to know you this year via the blog world, and to meet you in person too, however briefly. This was some year, huh? I wish you the best for 2009, and hope it brings more joy than not!

  13. Bubblesknits says:

    Happy New Year to you, too. Here’s hoping it’s a good one for you! ((hugs))

  14. insanknitty says:

    I love the year in review.. I’ll do one too.. tomorrow 🙂 hugs!

  15. Dianne says:

    Very touching “year in review”. Here’s hoping for a better 2009.


  16. Natalie says:

    What a touching wrap up of the year. My heart goes out to all your tough times….and the saying you and Nichole came up with is great! I may need to use that one too.

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