2018 – And, that’s a wrap!
I have no intention of doing a year’s review but one for the last quarter of 2018; October, November, and December. Ready?
October was a good month – always is because it’s my birthday month and my favorite color is OCTOBER!!! The month was definitely different than mountain October’s but it was oh, so, good.
It was a month of preparation and completion.
My sister traveled north and stayed with me for a week. We finished our book of memoir: Family Secrets and Sacraments. The book is now available and has been read by some of our children, grands, cousins, and aunts – so far no bad reviews! One of the more fun things we did that week was to fix a meal replicating our mom’s Pa’s cooking skills. We made a beef stew with a crust. And, we made double chocolate brownies for dessert because our mom made the best!
Preparation for our big, exciting road trip was on hubs’ to-do list. New tires for the truck. Many purchases on Amazon for the camper. Our mailman and UPS person thought it was Christmas!
On October 11th, Hurricane Michael surprised us with fury. Winds and a deluge of rain.
The hurricane blew out and by Saturday the 13th, it was absolutely perfect weather. I walked downtown and bought a new outfit and Chinese takeout — after all the 14th is my birthday and we celebrated.
October also held Statesville’s Hot Air Balloon Festival, which was fun, beautiful, and well worth the hour long line to get in. My husband’s cousin annual cousin reunion was the next day and that is always a fun family occasion.
The rest of the tenth month we early voted, celebrated our Mom’s sixth heavenly anniversary, and on the 27th we left for Rice, Texas to pick up our little house on wheels, our Casita!
November was fabulous. Our two-week road trip was extraordinary. After picking up our travel trailer we headed west for the southern rim of the Grand Canyon. On our way we visited two blogger friends: Andrew in New Mexico and Anita in Arizona. In Real Life visits are the best. Our trip has been documented in a book, On the Road With Gracee.
Took a week to decompress from traveling and began to prepare for Thanksgiving, which was a special family time.
Son, Michael, and Hannah made us a huge Christmas wreath for the lobby!
December was Christmas all month long!
At the start of the month I decided I wanted to do all possible things, Christmas-related, that we could walk to from our downtown flat. The first of those being a concert at the college – we walked over on a Monday night and thoroughly enjoyed it. One Friday night we walked downtown, had supper, and then walked through the festive streets and took a horse and buggy ride! Then, on December 9th, we experienced our first Statesville blizzard!
The month included some not-so-great moments but we weathered them. Our life is not a Hallmark movie! Our grandson Simon spent several nights with us and we marathon-watched the Left Behind movies. Lots of questions and lots of fun! Granddaughter Hannah finished her exams and came home from college for Christmas holidays, with her name on the Dean’s List…again!
We managed a quick trip to Maryland to visit hubs’ brother and delivered the porch swing (built 28 years ago by this brother) to niece Kelly and family. On our way home we stopped in Lynchburg to pick up some furniture from Hannah’s first semester home; Hannah will be interning the winter semester in Washington D.C. at the International Justice Mission! Ta-da!
I accepted a challenge to write a letter a day in December and I’m pleased to say I completed that challenge! I have received some very nice long notes in return!
I believe after our blizzard it rained for three weeks straight so I didn’t get many walks in. But, Gramps and I took our two grands to the movies one afternoon and saw the remake of the Grinch – that was fun, (they actually took us – we let Hannah pick us up). And, we loved the movie – a story of redemption! (I can find spiritual in most all movies we see!) Remember the Croods?
Christmas Eve Gpa made everyone his famous crepes for breakfast and Hannah proceeded to make 150 Buckeye’s! The day was so warm and humid we had to crank up the A/C and open windows for the cool breeze to keep them firm! We went to a Christmas Eve service at The Cove and then spent the night one block from our flat at our daughter’s home for Christmas morning. Our neighbor Secret Santa bags were a huge hit among the residents here!
Christmas 2018 was different but lovely – I’m not even sure “how” it was different but it felt like that to me. I missed our fur friend, Sam, who loved giving his doggy cousins treats – I guess you can tell we’re still grieving our loss.
It continues to be rainy here but fortunately we are having a few days of partly sunny and warmish. New Years Eve hubs and I went to the movies and came straight home, it was rainy and ick! Looking forward to a year of God’s favor and kindness.
The year ended on a very sad note. Our friend and founder of Life Letter Cafe, David “JB” Miller, passed away on December 31st. His lovely wife, Cheri, asked me to write a tribute at the Cafe and you can read that here, if interested.
Thanks to all of you for reading and caring!
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