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A remake

Do blogs have remakes? You know, like old movies made again? If so, this post is a remake. I posted these words four years ago, as another year was about to get started, and they resonate with me again this year.

Maybe I set my expectations too high.

I expect people to show up when they say they will, do the hard work that is necessary, and be kind to those around them.

I expect stores to be open, well stocked, and offer great customer service.

I expect roadways to be well paved, without obstructions, and to keep traffic flowing smoothly.

I expect cities and municipalities to honestly take care of their citizens with the money paid to them to do so.

I expect neighbors to take care of their property, be friendly and available, if necessary, to help other neighbors.

I expect my church to offer a place of refuge and comfort to sin-sick souls and to teach the word of God to all who enter.

I’m sure I have other expectations, but those are the ones on my heart and mind this morning after reading a post that said I should raise my expectations. I think mine are pretty high, as is. These are also the expectations I have of myself.

These are still my expectations, except the roadways. After a year of constant detours and roadwork, I expect roads to be closed and traffic to come to a standstill. Have your expectations changed over the past few years?


It’s been a good year

Now let’s bring on 2015. I’ve gotten my new calendars ready to hang.


I have a desk calendar that has 3 years in one book. My yearbook representative keeps me in stock for those. I will be disappointed when he retires and no longer offers that perk. I like looking back at what was going on the previous year when making new plans. Told you I’m calendar obsessive.

The second calendar hangs on the wall in the office, above my computer. I can sit and stare at it when I’m at a loss for what to write or do next.

I’ve had a Georgia O’Keeffe calendar in that spot each year for over 10 years, but was unable to find one this year so will use the one sent to me by Child Evangelism Fellowship, the parent organization for Good News Clubs. Each month will show a child’s face from somewhere in the world and will be a good reminder to me to pray for children everywhere, not only those with whom I work.

The third calendar hangs by the back door, in the kitchen. I ponder it as I’m cooking, or have visitors who want to make plans, or when I call for my hair appointment. This is the fourth year I’ve purchased the calendar from Whole Foods. It is a fund raiser for their international work with micro funding of small entrepreneurs. Each month highlights a small business. Again, makes me think beyond my own neighborhood.

I’m definitely looking forward to 2015. Wishing all of my dear Readers a very good year, wherever you may be in the world.


Goodbye 2011, good riddance

I am thrilled to say goodbye to 2011. It was a sad year filled with loss, illness, death of friends and pets. The bright shining spot came in October when our grandson, Judah, was born. Also, in the second half of the year, I made two new friends with whom I hope to spend more time in 2012 and get to know better. My old friends are even more dear to me after this past year of severe losses, and I am making it a goal in 2012 to see them more often. I just hope they have a similar goal.

In taking stock of the last two months, trying to see where my life went off the rail, causing me to become so ill, Terry and I realized that we had only one fun spot in those weeks leading up to the end of the year. Even my doctor said that was not a wise way to live. We are looking at places on the calendar to plug in some fun events, together. We will be celebrating our 37th anniversary in February, and even after all these years, we still love to have fun with one another. My advice to young people:  marry someone with whom you can laugh and have lots of fun.

Goodbye 2011; don’t let the door hit you on the way out, just get out. Welcome 2012. I am hopeful you are bringing great joy. It is the year of the dragon, which is my sign. Maybe that’s a sign of good things to come. 

Visions of the new year

The Scholastic Scribe, a phenom of a journalism and English teacher, spent her holidays on the Outer Banks but has returned with some Oprah wisdom for the new year:

“Cheers to a new year, and another chance for us to get it right.”

This made me ponder, as I got 2010 so right. It was an amazing, almost magical year. So, is 2011 another year to get so right? I want it to be just as amazing and even more magical.

I want to continue to be near to my kids and be able to babysit for my fantastic granddaughter and join her in all of the adventures we can plan.

I want to land a most amazing job doing good work with good people.

I want to take more pictures and tell more stories.

I want to see my old friends and make lots of new friends.

I want to continue to revel in the joy that overflows my life .

Thank You, Lord, for the most amazing 2010; and I pray You will bless  2011.

So bring it on, 2011


I’m sure everyone out there in blogging land is commenting about the end of the year in some way or other. I’m not usually one to celebrate the end or beginning of the year,it just happens and I keep going. When I was teaching, the beginning of a new year started in August, on the first day of school. I never did think much of the January 1 thing as it was usually close to my return for the next round of teaching. Now that I’m not in the classroom, the start of a new year seems to be more relevant.

2010 was a very good year. I had many “lasts,” but also some firsts. I certainly had lots of joy in the second half of the year and would like that to continue into 2011. I would like to have a job, a new purpose, a mission, a reason to get up in the morning and get out the door. I’m hoping 2011 will bring that. I know I would make someone an excellent employee with my skills, my smarts, and my great enthusiasm. So, 2011, let’s get started.