Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Project 365 – Week Fifty-two

As promised, here are the links to Dr. M’s further posts from our vacation: Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Thomas & home.

This was one of the weirdest Christmases in recent memory – death, illness, sticky heat… We made it through with a little help from our friends & family.

This is my last Project 365 post – and it’s a long one because I’m going through the end of the year. After 6 years the joy has worn off & this post has become a chore to do each week. Never fear! I plan to continue to blog & will definitely post interesting pictures as they happen.
Sunday, December 20th    
The moon!

And our neighbor’s house.

Monday, December 21st          
I went to Walmart to find Christmas cards. When I got back in the car I realized that I was just a tad windblown. Made me laugh.

Tuesday, December 22nd                         
My daily walk – the Tiny Little Dog/Hippie Van/Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer edition.

Wednesday, December 23rd                 
Today we headed to NC for Christmas. Before we left town we saw these great cars.

Scenery from the road…

My step-mother Amy has not been doing well, so we stayed in a hotel.

Thursday, December 24th  
Today we found out that Dr. M’s aunt Helen died. He headed out to be with his dad, & I spent the day with Daddy & Amy & shopping with my sister-in-law B (thanks B!). We exchanged gifts with my brother’s family and Daddy & Amy that evening, but this is the only picture I took – from my dreadmill walk at the hotel.

Friday, December 25th     
Today Dr. M & I went to spend the day with his dad. Here are some things we saw:

That evening Dr. M fell asleep while I crocheted & watched Harry Potter (yes, I was still working on one of those blasted blankets – ha!).

Saturday, December 26th       
Today Dr. M spent some more time with his dad while I stayed with mine & went shopping (again) with B. You may have noticed that the country-side between my dad’s house & Dr. M’s dad’s house is just as critter-ful as our Ohio :)

The moon! It was warm, rainy, & cloudy practically the whole time we were in NC, so this is as close as we got to seeing the full moon.

Sunday, December 27th    
Today I was going to meet Daddy at the nursing home to sing with him, but he called to let me know that he was taking Amy back to the emergency room. She’s been having trouble with fluid buildup hampering her ability to breathe. She’d been in the hospital for a couple of days the week before, but the fluid had built up again. I met them at the hospital and sat with them until they took her back. I used one of my new handy Swiss Army crochet hooks to work on a project. (Thanks B – these will come in handy!).       

I left the hospital to go pick up Dr. M so that we could go to his aunt’s funeral. We got to see some family at the funeral that we otherwise would have missed on this trip, so it was a mixed blessing. That evening, I took my daily walk by going up & down the hallways & stairwells of our hotel. They’re obviously doing some renovations. Ha!

Monday, December 28th           
Monday morning we met our friends for our annual breakfast & then we headed home to Ohio. We’ve been doing this since 1984 - I missed one gathering because I was in Zambia. I gave these ladies the blankets I’d been making for them.

I never did get a good picture of any of the blankets, so I asked them to take pictures for me. Two of them posted pictures on Facebook. The third one doesn’t do Facebook – she needs to get with the program!

Tuesday, December 29th                         
Neither of us took a picture today! So you get my screen shot of my daily walk.

Wednesday, December 30th                  
My friend J made our gifts this year – I love the snow couple. Maybe we’ll even have some snow for them eventually!

Dr. M saw a couple of chickadees out back. They’re so cute.

Thursday, December 31st
I figured out a workaround for my discontinued yarn issue for the blanket I’m making for Dr. M and me. I finished the last square & got them all labeled so that I can piece them together. Better get with it – the 2016 crochet along is starting soon & I’m making two more blankets!

I’ve really enjoyed doing this project for 6 years. Who knows, maybe I’ll do it again sometime. Hope everyone has a great week!


  1. I'm sorry that your Christmas was so full of mixed emotions. Sometimes, what should be the most joyous time of the year becomes the most challenging time of the year.

    I love your annual "meeting friends for breakfast" tradition. I'm a little sad that you're discontinuing Project 365, but I do understand that sometimes it's a chore. I thought about it, too, and decided that if I don't have something that sorta obligates me, I'd fall into a total rut and funk of nothingness....heh.

    Happy New Year to you and your family. I hope your stepmother is getting better!

  2. Hope Amy's recovery is speedy and soon. What a jam-packed post! And love those Belted Galloways. Happy New Year.

  3. Well, I for one, love your weekly recaps but I certainly understand why you've had enough. Glad that's the only thing you are quitting.

  4. I took 2014 off P365 and it was a much needed break. I returned to it in 2015, mainly because I'd blogged so little and realized we had no photo journal to remember what had happened in 2014. I found it a little hard to get back into the swing of things, and sometimes went a whole month without posting, but I did stick with it :) I hope you'll be back in a year, too, but if not, I'll look forward to reading whatever you post!

  5. That first moon is very mysterious in appearance. And Dr. M is correct: cows (and sheep) DO stare at him.

  6. For what it's worth, I look forward to seeing you blog photos as things happen.

    I love the shots of the neighbor's house and the bumper-sticker-covered car!

  7. I always love your week in review, but I can understand that when it gets to be a chore it's time to quit. Life is way too valuable and short to spend time doing something you really don't want to do. What a circus your life has been since you returned from the cruise. Hope you and Dr. M can finally relax for a while.

  8. LOVE those blankets. What nice gifts! So you finally stopped feeling the joy of the 365 posts. I hear ya. Happened to me years ago. I get a nudge once in a while to start back up but haven't been able to pull it off. I do want to blog again though. I just don't know about what, ha.

  9. Lovely blankets and clever crochet tool!
    I will look forward to whatever you write and post.
    Like Kim, I need this means to have a record of our lives. The blog2print books replace the old annual photo albums. And it has become part of the rhythm of life.
    Your six years are an amazing collection of photos. I've said before you could publish/print some very beautiful photo books.
    Blessings in 2016!~


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