December 28th


Christmas 2015 is over.

Fred-Santa © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Fred The Newf with his Christmas present.

It was the most disorganized Christmas ever, but all’s well that ends well – right?

I think, after a tough several months, my entire family was just happy to be together.

Bloody Mary © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Bloody Mary made by my oldest son.  (Shrimp, bacon, olives, tomato, lime, celery.)

It isn’t something you think about usually,

But, sometimes going through tough times really strengthens family bonds.

I suppose that’s the big lesson my family can take away from 2015.

We’ve been there for each other through some pretty bad sh*t this year.

I’m looking forward to beginning a new year.

I don’t, in general, make resolutions.

I do, however, reassess at the end of each year.

I think about plans and goals for the upcoming year.

I strategize about how to get the most out of the next twelve months.

Last year, I reverted to using an old fashioned planner (in a three ring binder!) instead of relying on my digital calendar/phone.

(I also began listening to vinyl albums again and embracing other old/analogue joys I’d forsaken.)

Yesterday, I spent some time reorganizing my planner for 2016.

I found it to be a bit therapeutic … looking ahead at an entire year on paper.

I have a few more days until 2016 begins.

Days to think, to plan, to set goals ….

Of course, at the same time, I have to deal with NOW.

Two of my three kids have departed ….

But, the one who remains is recovering from strep throat.

He’s over the worst (and no longer contagious!), but I’m still taking care of him.

(As an example, I’m making homemade soup for him today.)

I’ve got a few ideas already for 2016, but I haven’t quite finalized all my goals.

I do know, getting my arm MUCH IMPROVED is number one on my list for 2016.

Are you ready for a new year?

Or was 2015 so amazing you don’t want to see it go?

2 Responses to “December 28th”

  1. Cathy B. in Toronto

    Hmm. 2015 has included the biggest upheaval & change in my life for over 20 years, which was NOT a change I wanted! Things are settling into a new ‘normal’ though not all settled yet. So I’m ready for a new year, I guess, since 2015 was definitely not what I would have preferred.
    I do like your focus of thinking, planning and setting goals. Think I’ll spend some time this New Year’s eve doing something like that. Might help reset my attitude going into 2016 🙂
    Also playing my records too, since I just got my stereo repaired and brought out my old vinyl that I’ve been missing. So nice to hear now!
    Best wishes for improvements for your arm this coming year, Suzanne.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      I hope 2016 brings much joy to your life!


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