Okay, I can’t help it. I like history. I am accountable by nature. So, trying to avoid a year in review of some sort is making me crazy. I’m not going to revisit my goals; I missed some by a mile, and I’m cool with that. I know why I came up short, but I’m not going to hash it out here. I am going to flip back through Flickr and grab one photo from each month and wax poetic though, so hunker down, or scroll right on…
Not even the first time we saw this pose in 2009, I’m sure, but here we are a year later, and it still melts me every single time. These two beautiful fur-girls are very real blessings in my life.
Okay, so I had a fit of compassion and cropped all the people out of this photo, because I knew none of them would love this candid of them on a Saturday afternoon. I mean… frankly, none of us showered until that evening, for the dance… But I know it represents the hard and fast friendships that are more like a family bond. No review of any year of my adult life would be complete without some reference to the fire department.
Those ugly buggahs are very special socks, thanks much. My sock mojo might have flown the coop in 2009 (okay, flew out in 2008, made a brief attempt to reconcile in 2009, then took off again), but something quite shocking happened… I wrote a sock pattern.
Evidently, April was boring. (Remember? This look back only allows me to look at what made it into Flickr.) Probably had something to do with the Knight’s new duties as fire chief…
In May, we met Rudy and his people. My girls didn’t embarass me too much, and as I recall, it was Gretchen’s first ride of any consequence without getting sick.
Obviously, the only picture of me I really liked from 2009, because I’ve flashed it about 100 times… It also captures that fire department thing again. (I love Facebook and how easy it is to share photos.)
Photo altered by Anita on July 1
Clearly, I’m okay with being 40. Yeah, I’d like to be thinner, richer, a true lady of leisure and so much more, but all in all? Looking back is proving that 2009 was a pretty good year after all. I have great friends, a fabulous husband – with a wicked sense of humor – and those awesome fur-girls.
The wee one, Gretchen Greer, celebrated her first birthday, in style.
Anita was here. September was a memorable month, with our 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony and more, but Anita’s visit was the highlight. That’s not the best photo of us by any means (taken with her camera), but it sums it all up pretty well. Sissy kept us laughing the whole time.
This was another hard month to choose from! Gretchen’s Gotcha’ anniversary, Sissy’s second birthday, our anniversary… but meeting Kathy and Ed and splashing through the fiber festival together gets the nod, soggy heads, silly smiles and the Knight’s photographic creativity aside…
I don’t think this year in review Flickr style would be complete without some handspun. Never mind that I haven’t touched my wheel yet this year Reconnecting with my wheel in 2009 was a big deal for me, and once I hit “publish” I’m going to spin a bit tonight. Spinning centers and soothes me in a way knitting cannot. Thanks to Anita, Kathy, Jessi, Ann and Rosanne for making sure I did indeed spin again.
In case you didn’t see it on Facebook, Ravelry, here, the card, Flickr… I love that photo. Silly Sis, model Gretch, and I’m sure someone is thinking something rude about Santa and the spirit of Christmas… And yet, I think this will go down as one of the nicest Christmases ever.
It wasn’t easy to pick one photo each month. There are milestones I glossed over; some intentionally, while others have already begun to fade with time. I’m not really sure a new year is any more significant than a new day, but there you go… 2009 in the books, so to speak. Thanks to each of you for being a part of this part of my life.