2014 in review: I Would Be Sitting in a Corner Talking to Myself Without YOU!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Many thanks to all who visited, liked and commented on posts. You mean the world to me. It is a virtual world, but your company is very precious and real. Have the Happiest of New Years!!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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In A Nutshell

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This is my first New Year’s Day as a blogger.  I have spent the last two days reading posts on last year’s highlights and this year’s goals.

It all seems so formal.

I was just chatting with a blogger about how I make a list every day.  I put five things on there that I hope to accomplish by day’s end.  If there is anything left at the end of the day, I roll it over.

Never put on more than five things, so I don’t feel overwhelmed. Never allow the rollovers to make me feel unaccomplished. It is progress.

I have been doing this since the age of 31 and I am 53.  My therapist started this practice, and it stuck.  It works for me. I do this every single day.

I guess that’s about as formal as I ever get with goals and resolutions.  I only have one major goal for 2014:

  1. To put my fingers to the keyboard and write!

That’s all!

  If that is accomplished the rest will come in due time.

Looking back on 2013 I have learned a few things:

  1. I love my Swiffer.
  2. I can cook anything in a cast iron skillet.
  3. Kirby’s are REALLY worth their weight in gold.
  4. WordPress is the greatest place in the world to connect with awesome and inspiring people.
  5. Humans are weird.
  6. Books are books.

No great revelations here. A few observations.  Life is a blast and can be boring all at the very same time.

Happy New Year!

Celebrating Winter Solstice

The season officially changes today to wintertime with the Winter Solstice celebration. This marks the beginning winter_solstice_party_invitation-r33d79c2e5cb047998505147846a191f0_imtet_8byvr_512of our snowbird season. Tonight our friends meet at a home and gather around the fire pit. We draw a card from a deck. The host has a different deck and he draws out a card from his deck.  Whoever has the matching card picks a gift and then the next person can choose to take a gift from someone else or pick a new gift. The gifts are sometimes very nice ones, but most of the time they are gag gifts or something really unusual.  Sometimes you end up going home with what you brought. There is laughter and a whole year of stories to tell.

The party has all of the usual party favorites, food and drinks. There is soft music and dance music, but mostly it is a celebration of the season.  We have a mild seasonal change here in Florida at wintertime with cooler temperatures in the daytime and at night. It can get quite cold here in Central FL in January and February. It is often a wet and windy cold.

For us, the Winter Solstice is not so much about winter spirits, frost, snow, sleet, ice and frigid temperatures. It is more about the return of folk from up north. The snowbird friends are back for the season and there is a sense of joy and happiness in meeting these people again. The streets are busier and the community has a temporary growth. Reuniting and spiritually reconnecting with old friends and knowing that they are safe and healthy brings us a sense of peace and pleasure.  The return of the snowbirds, who stay from winter till spring, is the primary cause for our celebration.  We are glad to see them return, year after year.

However you celebrate the coming of the winter season in your community, I wish you joy!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Have a Happy Holiday season !

We will be celebrating Christmas with my daughter and her family and my stepson on Sunday.  Then, we are off to Naples to visit more family and play on the boat while a friend house sits for us and tends to the dogs, cat, and bird.

I will not be posting next week, but may be checking your posts and making some comments via the iPad.