I have had better years, but then again, I have experienced far worse.
In 2008, there were weddings, divorces, and whispers of new additions. There were family members who endured operations, tests and pain. There were deaths and funerals to attend, but thankfully, none were in my immediate family realm.
Financial woe flapped it's filthy wings around my head and lit on my shoulder just when the economy began spiraling downward.
Politically, there is much change acoming and I am just happy that the mudslinging and drudgery of the campaign is finally over. I don't think I could have stood much more of the press and the political advertisements/slander.
The music of 2008 left a lot to be desired in my book, but again so did the movies. However, I personally had a great year with the book publishing companies considering Dean's two newest releases and the "Twilight" (Stephenie Meyer) & "Dead" (Charlaine Harris) series.
Work is work, but I am ever so thankful to have a great job. I am truly blessed.
I am still very much in love with my husband as we celebrated our 5th anniversary in early December.
We had a bountiful spring harvest of fruits and veggies. God has blessed Eddie with a mighty green thumb.
My pets (dogs and chickens) are doing well and thriving, as well as the chipmunks, lizards, and snakes down here in the swamp.
The animosity with our neighbors (although they are not considered neighborly) appears to have tapered off some and I pray for peace and stability here in my neck of the woods.
I miss my parents everyday and wish I still had them here with me, but they are far better off where they are and I would be much better off to wish myself there with them than wish them back here.
The weight-loss surgery worked and I currently have lost 115 pounds, as I now weigh 163. I only have 8 more pounds to go to reach my goal. I no longer have diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or hypothyroidism. My latest blood sugar testing was 3.5. Outstanding!
It was strange for me to see my young niece bring a boyfriend to the holiday gathering this Christmas and at the same time watch my daughter sauntering around the house doing the pregnancy waddle right before my very eyes, expecting my soon to be grandson, Shawn.
I told you I tend to ramble and my thoughts are all a jumble and randomly scattered about.
What will 2009 have in store for me? I can't wait to see.