Looking Back

Why is it that magazines, many unread, stack up and you end up wondering why you kept them?  Just to be sure I hadn’t missed anything, today I went through many of them , saving a recipe here and there but mainly putting the publications in the recycling bag.

Reviewing them made me think about the year just ended.  Other than the fact that it passed way too quickly, it was a year dotted with memories far more lasting than the magazines.

High on the list were welcoming a new grandson and watching a granddaughter (watch here) confidentially perform solo, O Holy Night no less, on Christmas Eve, a night filled with sadness as well as joy.

I enjoyed few things more than Chef Michael’s Foodie Adventure in Tuscany

and spending time with a fake daughter in Venice.

Maine, where I am fortunate to spend half the year, provided many wonderful boat outings

and time with friends who find many ways to enjoy being together.

I challenged myself to post blogs on a regular basis and was rewarded with several awards and by a growing number of loyal readers whose comments are so much appreciated and give me the impetus to keep going.  Thank you!

While there are so many positives to remember, there are also  bumps in the road that are a little harder to digest, but they, too, have value,  contribute to  growth and reside in the memory bank.  Is all this what is called life?

Now that I have looked back, I’m ready to move forward.  How about you?

i love your thoughts, so jump right in and share yours

15 thoughts on “Looking Back

  1. Overall, the past year was very good. It started very bad but thank God, the year kept getting better and better for my husband and I. I hope yours will be wonderful, my friend.

    1. How grateful we must be for the good times in our life and, I suppose, for the not so good that challenge us to find out what we are made of.

  2. Glad to see you came over to visit my blog- condolences on the loss of your Mom- here’s hoping 2012 is a good year for all. Was in Belfast for Christmas and Lake Placid for the New Year! If you are still in Rockport and want to venture up to Belfast- a new restaurant has opened on Main Street – The Lost Kitchen- it has a facebook page- check it out – very good !!!

    1. I’m going to Belfast Monday and will check it out. I’m optimistic about 2012 being a good year.

  3. Glad you had some wonderful moments in 2011. I did, too. For 2012, I’m looking forward to engaging projects at work, finishing novel #2, and travel (of course). 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    1. And I want you to finish that novel. I’m anxious to read it.

  4. I call my “fake” daughters “rentals” or “other daughters.” There is nothing fake about our affection for each other.

    I once heard that the only sin was wanting time to pass, and in that sense I am not sad to see 2011 in the rearview mirror, but I am excited to see what wonders await in 2012.


    1. How right you are about the affection being real and, I might add, much appreciated!

  5. I am so glad that I found your blog last fall and started reading. It’s been great watching your journey and reading your “musings.” Like you said, each year has a ton of rewards but also a few downfalls. That is what makes this life we live so beautiful.

  6. A lovely post Lulu, and life is full of positives, and a few bumps. They say that without the bumps you don’t appreciate the positives……..Here’s to a happy new year

    1. You’re right, Claire, all of life’s pieces make it what it is. I toast to the new year.

  7. Always nice to have somebody cooking for ya. If I could underline always, I would. Congrats on welcoming a new grandbaby into the world. I think he should run for president, seeing what choices we have now.

    As for the new year, I plan to do more writing and reading. I’ll learn how to knit and maybe some new software. I learned a couple of new programs last year. Other than that, I’m pretty much just glad to be here.

    1. You know, I hadn’t thought about Evan running for president, but he just might have what it takes, at least in the light of current choices.

  8. I, for one, am glad to see 2011 come to a close. While I didn’t close it with near the heartache that you have had to endure, it was still one of the toughest years on record. I am thankful to God for so many blessings in the year that was, but nonetheless glad to see it behind us. I’m looking forward to a better 2012. I’ll do my part to make it so and humbly ask God to kick in, too. 😉

    1. The good news, sweet girl, is that we survive the bad times, maybe even learn from them, and cherish the good times which most of the time dominate. We are lucky.

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