Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Looking back, #2…

In July, Greg and I managed to make it back to Griswold, Connecticut to look at the sunflowers on the last possible day.  The next day we were leaving for our annual trip to Ohio.  We added another leg to our journey by traveling out to Fort Wayne, Indiana first to visit our friends, Misty and Jenna.  It was a wonderful visit with our old friends, who we miss a lot, and we were impressed with Fort Wayne.  Of course, Misty was a terrific tour guide.  And then we headed back to northern Ohio to celebrate our nephew A.J.’s high school graduation and then down to southern Ohio to visit my family.  Whew!  Sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation.

We weathered the dog days of summer by hanging out.  Not much went on in August but we did occasionally make it down to the beach to watch the dogs frolic in the water.

September was the beginning of a graceful slide into autumn and an interesting month for us.  We participated in our neighborhood yard sale, which is something we haven’t done in many years.  We welcomed a new minister to our church, the Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church.  I was very happy about welcoming Rev. Craig Nowak because I was on the committee put in charge of finding him.  All that work yielded happy results.  And late in the month, we went down to Bangor, Pennsylvania to visit Greg’s cousins and his Aunt Ann, who we hadn’t seen for years.

October was gorgeous here in New England.  It’s my favorite month of the year.  When we weren’t enjoying the spectacular color, we were staying up late watching the Red Sox win.  To say that we enjoyed the World Series is a supreme understatement.  We also attended the wonderful wedding of Evan’s friends Bryan and Stephanie.  It was a very good month.

November was quiet except that I got to meet my sister Susan in Mystic, Connecticut for a sleepover.  It was great seeing Susan and I had a terrific time at Mystic Seaport.

At Mystic Seaport.  My mother's clan is Thomas, but I don't think any of them were oyster men.
So here we are in December, the end of 2013.  We lost our good friend Jim Egan in December.  And while that brought us great sadness, in general, we had many more gains than losses in 2013.
  It was a pretty good year.

Have a safe and fun New Year's Eve and a Happy and Healthy 2014!


TexWisGirl said...

i love the foggy water scene. i hope your jan. trip to/thru texas will be a good one. :)

Sandra said...

love the pup pic...and the red doors on the Oyster co and that foggy Nove pic
happy new year

Debbie said...

soooo fun to look back, these are all such beautiful images!!

i really miss my sunflowers!!

Brian King said...

The sunflower and the lakes shots are spectacular! Gorgeous photos!

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The Furry Gnome said...

Happy new year Barbara! Great pictures, and thanks for all your comments on my blog.

Kerri Farley said...

What a beautiful look back!
Happy New Year!!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

A lovely look back! I love the photo of the water and fog.

I hope 2014 is peaceful and joyful for you and your family! And full of wonderful photography opps. :-)

Lydia Martin said...

Wonderful images Barb...Have a wonderful New Year!

Barbara Franceschini said...

I always need a vacation during my vacation!!! ahahah
wonderful post my dear!!
Have a wonderful 2014!!! :)

Pamela Gordon said...

Happy New Year Barbara! I so enjoyed seeing your beautiful photos and reading your events of the past year in these last two posts. All the best for 2014! Pamela

Helma said...

A very nice overview Barbara and really beautiful pictures. The pictures 1, 3 and 4, I think even grea; dig to see. Also for you a very beautiful, happy, healthy and especially photogenic 2014. We again many beautiful (natural) moments may enjoy. In this new year
Regards, Helma

Rose said...

I wish I had done a looking back post...but just not in the mood now. It would have been a good way to start blogging again.

I always enjoy reading your posts...