2015: One of a Kind
I'm definitely feeling a year older as 2015 comes to an end. After months of living here & there, I closed the year with three weeks of travel to the northeast to celebrate the holidays and connect with familiar faces. While Mother Nature was good to me at the start, with two weeks of what felt like spring; the journey didn't end on a high note!
While in Maryland, I enjoyed cycling Talbot County again though I was sad to find my favorite bike shop is gone. Best of all, I spent time with dear friends who were happy to see me, and made time for conversation and laughs amidst their busy holiday schedule. I'll admit I drove past my last house a few times (trim the hydrangea!), but it was a relief that it was no longer mine.
Onward to New England for Christmas which was a lovely day with too much food and too many folks ignoring my rant of "no gifting!". It wasn't until the 27th that the temperature dropped, and the 28th when the snow started to fall, that I realized that I had stayed a little too long. Suffice to say that I spent my last three days of this glorious year in my new pajamas, locked indoors peering at the cold, gray sky. Winter in the northeast beats me up in oh-so-many ways.
Before I close on the year of roads-greatly-traveled, I'm compelled to share one more thought. I visited 4 locations this year that I've called home -- Delray Beach (7 years), Portland (9 years), Easton (9 years), and Fall River (18 years). While I didn't feel any pull to return to life in any of these places, they all felt like home because family & friends welcomed me back with open arms. It's been a great year.
1/9/2016 11:23:29 pm
Hi Judy --- just thinking about your 2015 year end note and hoping you found your way back into the light... also thinking about life in the big FR. Here's hoping 2016 brings in peace and good cheer. I am little worried about about 357 more days of living in an even numbered year. Still, maybe we can meet up before 2017 arrives.
1/11/2016 10:14:16 am
Barb! Thanks for the check-in and yes, I have your note among the 30+ emails in my box at the moment. I'm still finding my way into the New Year on Day 11 though I love turning an even number in an even year! Will drop you a line this week. j.
1/15/2016 02:11:45 pm
It was great to see you at Christmas and glad you spent a couple of nights with me. Also happy that you had safe travels.
1/18/2016 08:12:11 pm
Hellllloooo hike and bike Judy!!!!!!! Happy New Year!!!!!
1/19/2016 09:11:56 am
Connie & John!
3/1/2016 10:33:26 pm
What a nice note to close out the year. You sound nostalgic and ready to get moving - maybe just away from the cold and on to the warm you love. Miss you!
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