Anyway, Happy New Year to all! I hope that you take time to celebrate today with friends or loved ones, say goodbye to 2009, and raise a glass of bubbly to the hope that a new year always brings.
My family is fortunate that 2009 did not bring us the economic hardships that many endured and continue to endure. No one lost their job or their house, thankfully. The 30-somethings still have time for their 401Ks to grow, the 50-somethings may have to rethink retirement age, and the 60-somethings (that would be us) are grateful for the conservative approach we've always taken on investing.
No one is directly involved with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Everyone is healthy - even me! Yup, that blessed pain seems to have disappeared for no apparent reason. A little like the way it showed up for no apparent reason! My doc refers to me as the "mystery woman." Friends encouraged me to go through with the physical therapy that the doc ordered, which I will do. I'll just have to explain where it "used to hurt" instead of where it hurts!
We celebrated the election of the first Afro-American as President of the United States. Regardless of your political leanings, this was certainly something to celebrate. Now, if we could only get around to electing a woman .... not just any woman, either. A woman who is strong, decisive, confident, as well as qualified, experienced, and competent. I think that pretty much rules out Ms. Palin. Sorry, I just couldn't resist!
By far the best part of our year was the birth of our third grandchild, Natasha Jade. She is turning out to be quite a beauty with striking blue eyes and ash blond hair that can't be matched by the salons of Beverly Hills. She has the cutest way of furrowing her eyebrows from time to time. My guess is that she's trying to figure out how the heck she's going to deal with all these grownups.
2009 also brought me:
- new friends in The Oasis Quilt Guild
- into the world of blogging
- a trip through the Panama Canal
- hiking in 5 National Parks
- attempts to expand my sewing and quilting skills
Since this blog actually started out as a quilting blog, Resolution #1 is to practice free motion quilting every day until I either learn how to do it or give up!