The worst – I started the year with a cat passing. Hazel wasn’t my oldest cat so it was a complete surprise and devastating.
Just when you think it can’t get worse, it does – During February my brother and sis-in-law were in a terrible car crash. With their son out of state, I became very familiar with the hospitals, rehabs, doc offices and lousy parking at all of them.
The best – During my caretaker time I found out how much I truly enjoy my brother. He stayed with us for a few days after being released from the hospital (more so I wouldn’t worry). Despite the fact that I don’t like people, it was good. He is an easy house guest. I got to watch a resilient 89-year-old guy (who doesn’t look a day over 70) bounce back in style. (Not fashion style though. He lost a bunch of weight and his clothes looked like clown clothes!)
Just weird – About the time that I retired from care taking, the weather got wonky. It was wonky all over the world. Spring appeared very late and only stayed for cocktails, flitting off somewhere else for dinner. Summer was ushered in with higher than normal heat and rain (which required buying more hot weather clothes). Lots of heat and godawful rain.
About the time I got used to the new weather normal – Fall brought some health challenges. More docs. More poking and prodding and no specific answers. Just annoyance.
And then it was done – Finally the holidays came. By this time I was exhausted (but feeling better) and just wanted them to be over and by tomorrow, they will be.
Overall it’s a year that I had to practice patience. I’m not good at it but sometimes you have no choice. I also found that silly games on Kindles or iPads serve a calming purpose. Necessity is the mother of invention. I learn that again and again.
There is something to be said about normal routine. It’s comforting like mac and cheese and ice cream. Fuzzy socks and broken in jeans. Sweatshirts and tee-shirts with no itchy tags. I enjoy the excitement of special days for a short time but I like my routine. By the end of the week, all of the decorations except the window candles will be back in storage. All furniture back in place and everything will be normal. Or as normal as it gets here! With any luck I won’t be bored until it’s time to clean the pond in April.
Have a great New Year!