In July, there were memories to preserve:
- David & his roommate Paul spent the July 4th holiday with us. We cooked special meals for them and they cooked a special meal for us. We all enjoyed Sierra Vista’s annual Fireworks Display.
- Bill and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary, eating out at our favorite local restaurant, The Mesquite Tree.
- We enjoyed a fun Saturday afternoon/evening Canasta playing marathon with friends.
- We took a Sunday trip to Chiricahua National Monument, which is always a fun jaunt.
In July, there were things that deserved editing:
- More scorpions, one inside the house, two caught on the sticky pads at the door/house threshold.
In July, there were the moments that hold our lives together:
- Two visits to the doctor for Karen – nothing serious, just little annoying things that needed treating with antibiotics.
- We have had some wonderful Monsoon rains, which meant more frequent lawn mowing for me.
- I picked two tomatoes from my three tomato plants (they are going to be giving me a lot of tomatoes in August, though) and we have been having fresh green beans about every four days for most of the month of July. Delicious!
In July, there were mountains climbed:
- I have continued to keep Quicken up to date.
- Bill passed another Citrix certification, one more in the ever on-going quest to stay employable.
- I overcame my negative thinking about sewing and successfully created a pattern from an existing skirt, thus sewing a new skirt for myself. I am most excited about the possibilities this has opened up, both for my own wardrobe and for gift giving.
- I began making updates to my LeapingFromTheBox.com website, updating many church schools. It felt good to get back to working on the site daily.
In July, there were pitfalls to overcome:
- No jobs applied to this entire month. I think we narrowed our search parameters too much! I really don’t want to be here another winter!
- I missed another Hayes Reunion in New York. I had really planned on attending this one, before all the job issues started again. Next year. I say again.
In January, there were memories to preserve:
- Daytrips with our son to some scenic southeastern Arizona locales.
- Bill and I enjoying a square dance weekend getaway.
- Munchkin and I enjoying several days of Skypeing, with tea parties and card games.
- A coffee date with new friends.
- Taking David to Joe’s Crab Shack to celebrate his latest certification achievement.
In January, there were things that deserved editing:
- Bill’s stress about work.
- I experienced some nice relief from my hypothyroidism symptoms shortly after beginning some medication, but by the end of the month the symptoms had all returned.
- Our aggravating television. Some days there’s no signal, other days it forgets to record what is scheduled, and then some times it just decides to initialize the hard drive on its own, formatting everything and losing all I have recorded. I need to have it reliable by the time Daytona Week begins later this month!
In January, there were the moments that hold our lives together:
- Son David attending a fruitful Job Fair.
- More dental work for me, with more to come in February and March. I’m hopeful I can get it all done this spring and then look forward to many months before I have to visit the dentist again.
- Clogging began again. The first few lessons were encouraging; hopefully clogging will actually become a fun way to exercise.
- I completed several “Pay It Forward” crochet projects and began a second poncho for Munchkin, as the first one did not fit properly.
In January, there were mountains climbed:
- Thanks to joining the Mommytography 365 Project, I added 36 posts to my personal blog.
- The momentum from my personal blog spilled over to my LeapingFromTheBox blog, where I posted 6 times.
- A clean desk (mine)! And a week later it is still clean.
- We rented our property in Alabama, resulting in more positive cash flow.
In January, there were pitfalls to overcome:
- As much fun as the Mommytography 365 Project is, I want to begin developing a schedule that will limit the amount of time I spend on editing pictures. It is too easy to spend the whole morning on pictures and thereby accomplishing little in the other areas I want to focus on.
- Guitar practice – I did well the first half of the month and making encouraging progress with my finger exercises. But then I forgot to practice during much of the last half of the month. I figured out that I moved the guitar about that time to a place that was not so visible. Out of sight, out of mind! It is time to begin again.
- Ditto with the intention of not playing solitaire. The puzzle idea helped a lot until I hit the sky area of the puzzle and progress slowed practically to a halt. Then I fell back into the routine of playing solitaire. However, I still did not play it as much as I did in December, so progress was achieved and the puzzle idea did work.
- Quicken updates – These were finally begun during the last week of January. This will be my main focus for February so we can get our taxes done early.
- The LeapingFromTheBox website saw only a few updated entries. Again, another area that I desire to focus more of my time on. As much fun as the pictures are, it is the Leaping website that is actually earning an income.
In December, there were memories to preserve:
- Sorting through and scanning my Grammy’s drawings and paintings.
- A surprise 75th birthday party for my dad in Alabama.
- Spending several days in Alabama with family, including our son & daughter-in-law whom we had not seen in a year and a half.
- Exchanging Christmas gifts with our granddaughter, Miss Munchkin.
- Eating stuffed B-B-Q potatoes at Big Bob Gibson’s in Decatur, Alabama, with our children.
- Celebrating son David’s 23rd birthday with cashew chicken, chocolate trifle and presents.
- Receiving Christmas jewelry from Bill, the first since our wedding rings over thirty-one years ago.
- • Being able to include current family pictures in this year’s Christmas card
In December, there were things that deserved editing:
- Sorting through belongings at our home in Alabama that had been trashed by vandals.
- Bill catching a nasty cold while on vacation that has lasted the whole last half of the month.
- Learning I have a thyroid issue that will require medication for the rest of my life.
In December, there were the moments that hold our lives together:
- Holiday shopping, decorating and succeeding in mailing most of the Christmas cards before Christmas.
- Paying the bills and trying to find the top of my desk, again!
- Stocking up on groceries after emptying the refrigerator in preparation for our week away.
In December, there were mountains climbed:
- 12 Musings blog posts.
- I started practicing the guitar daily, although it may be too soon to post since it has only been the last few days of the month.
- One personal growth exercise actually put to paper, resulting in some very noticeable trends that warrant future contemplation.
- One decision made concerning the Leaping website that had been long put off.
In December, there were pitfalls to overcome:
- Only 1 Leaping blog post and 0 Racing Blog posts.
- I played mindless games online too often.