By the time you read this post on Tuesday morning, I will be flying to San Jose. With Erin. And her cat. While Keith drives their car. By himself. Moving is never fun -- and cross-country moves are The Worst. But by week's end, they'll all be together and getting settled into an exciting new life -- and I'll be headed back home. In the meantime, I'm setting up a few year-in-review posts for you to check out this week.
I always like to look back at the year-that-just -was. It's great to get the whole year in perspective -- and to build a highlight reel of all the good things that happened.
There were times that 2017 was really hard for me. Grieving - while taking on new and unexpected responsibilities - is hard enough. But when there is a backdrop of unraveling democracy, well . . . it can seem downright impossible sometimes.
Let's just say that creating this highlight reel was a great exercise in Finding the Good!
My look back at 2017 . . .
JANUARY brought the Women's March -- and a flurry of activism.
FEBRUARY brought blooms -- and Erin and Keith's engagement.
MARCH brought my birthday -- and the beginnings of my garden coming to life.
APRIL brought a few days nice enough for outdoor adventures -- and a few days that looked like winter.
MAY brought surprises in the garden -- and on the trail.
JUNE brought time up north, bike rides -- and my garden exploding with blooms.
JULY brought vacations -- to Beaver Island and California.
AUGUST brought time to kick back -- and last-minute wedding preparations.
SEPTEMBER brought a wedding -- and a trip to Colorado, too.
OCTOBER brought a new retaining wall -- and a very weird fall, weather-wise.
NOVEMBER brought a dream-trip to Alabama Chanin -- and a month of gratitude.
DECEMBER brought friends, family -- and a low-key holiday.
So much GOOD in there! I'm looking forward to 2018.