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January 2013 Highlight Reel

In January, there were memories to preserve:

  • Munchkin has gotten so good at writing/typing/spelling that we were able to have an hour and a half Skype conversation, all in words. I see many more conversations in our future.
  • We spent a pleasant couple of hours in early January with Bill’s cousins in Tempe, having lunch and catching up on family news.
  • David spent the Christmas / New Year’s holidays with us. David and I spent an afternoon in Bisbee, eating lunch, walking the downtown and window shopping. It was great fun. I took several pictures of the snow falling – it was cold that day! We had a pleasant time together, as we always do.

In January, there were things that deserved editing:

  • Charles had a very serious bout of food poisoning in January, so severe that he was hospitalized for two days. These are the times when I most dislike living so far away. All you can do is hope and pray and wait for updates. Luckily he recovered and was able to be back to work a week later, but it was still a very scary time.
  • My Uncle Kent’s memorial service was held on January 3rd, a very sad way to begin 2013. It was held in New York, so I was not there, but I was glad that my brother Eric and my mom both were able to attend and represent the family. Having lost my father less than two years ago, I know what my cousins Roberta and Rebecca are going through and I think about them every day, holding them in my heart and sending hugs and love.

In January, there were the moments that hold our lives together:

  • I had yearly lab work done to check on my thyroid levels and a follow-up doctor’s visit. Other than cutting back on some sweets/breads and losing a little weight, his advice was to have a better year in 2013 than I had in 2012 with a lot less stress.
  • January was full of usual things like getting the car serviced, my having a cavity filled, a bathroom sink replaced, and the furnace not working one morning (nothing serious, just the new furnace is very fussy about dirty – or even slightly dirty – filters!).
  • I signed up for a weekly FarmBox of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. We received our first box the last week of January and I was quite pleased with it. I have wanted to do something like this for years, but never had the opportunity. It is a good feeling to be supporting local farmers.
  • I completed two crochet projects – a granny square Christmas stocking and a granny square lapghan. I also worked on a couple of crocheted jewelry projects, which I will be posting about here in February.

In January, there were mountains climbed:

  • My anxiety issues seem to be fading away. I’m not sure exactly what has helped – walking daily, adding more protein into my diet, the natural supplement kicking in better – but whatever it was, I have not had any symptoms since New Year’s Eve, for which I am grateful.
  • My one big goal this year was to walk daily, and while I’m not yet at 100% success, I did manage 23 walks in the 31 days of January.
  • My desk has remained (mostly) clean and neat and I have been working diligently on getting Quicken up to date (after procrastinating the first two weeks of the month).
  • I participated in a “Values” workshop at Thirty Day Focus, which was a very worthwhile experience. I discovered a few things about myself, had other things reinforced, and ended January with a much better outlook than I began the month. I highly recommend Thirty Day Focus and will likely take another of their monthly workshops later in the year.

In January, there were pitfalls to overcome:

  • We have been trying to cut back on desserts (sweets) and lower our carb intake this month. I sent a huge care box to David full of items we shouldn’t be eating. So far, mixed results. But each day is a new day to begin again.
  • It seems like every January is a stressful one on Bill’s job front and this has January has been no exception. He says it is months like these that make driving truck seem like a really good alternative.
  • I continue to have to deal with many issues concerning my dad’s estate and I will have to make another trip to Alabama soon, possibly the end of February, definitely by mid-March. His house is empty now, so there is some cleaning out of personal effects that needs to be done, along with lining up an auctioneer for a sale later in the year.

Family Time in Alabama

I returned home last week from 12 days in Alabama and I think yesterday I finally caught up on the laundry! It was an exhausting trip full of legal crap concerning my dad’s estate and maintenance issues with our mobile home. But it did provide me with fun times with two of my siblings and two children and two grandchildren!

Miss Munchkin all dressed and ready for a birthday party.

Liana giving Grandma a nice smile. I can’t believe she is six months old already!

Liana with her cow – she loves cows and I could not resist getting her that one.

Kat & Miss Munchkin (sitting on her Grandma A’s lap) at the pumpkin patch. It seems that Miss Munchkin now had a Grandma A and Grandma K, rather than her Alabama Grandma and her Arizona Grandma. Probably a good thing, as someday (I promise!) Grandma K will not be living in Arizona!

Miss Munchkin with her pumpkin.

Three generations: Liana, Charles and myself. It only took eleven pictures to get one where all three of us had our eyes open and weren’t making some sort of goofy face. We Gibson’s are so photogenic, you know!

Decluttering Progress

I am still working on the big August Project of decluttering the spare room, which turned into decluttering two spare rooms as I moved stuff from one room to another. The good news is that the smaller of the two rooms is done.

The bad news is that the overflow went to the second spare bedroom.

This is manageable, though. Much of it is pictures and family memorabilia that I just need to box properly and store. Someday I will sort and copy and deal with it all, but that is not now. Now I just need to sort out what does not get saved and rebox and store what does get saved.

While sorting through one box this morning, I came across this picture:

From left to right, Charles (with Teddy Freddy), David and Kat, perhaps about 1992 or 1993, in the front yard play area on our farm in Dundee, New York. I will have to do some comparing to other pictures to figure out how old Charles looks. Seeing this picture brought my whole sorting to a standstill, as I had to go make a copy and blog about it! That’s my dad’s old traveling truck in the background, loaded with a car to take back to Alabama.

The good ole days!

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