Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year, new start

1-1-11. Nothing like starting (or starting over) with number one.

Heart felt apologies to those who may have noticed I have been absent. Sorry, but I can only claim the feeble excuse that life must have gotten in the way. So much has happened since my last post of over 6 months ago. There is no way I can fill in all the details and give them justice, so I'll cop out and just mention them. Probably a means of self justification.
In July, Don's father passed away at the age of 92.
Our first Grand daughter arrived 2 days later. Aurora Devin has been lighting up all of our lives and hearts since.
Aug was hot and busy. Since we dove into the business of Farmer's Marketing our extra garden produce this year, Thursdays were always full.
In Sept we packed up the van and headed west to Scottsbluff and the fiber festival. I taught a needle felting class while Don set up the booth. A full weekend of new friends and ideas.
Oct was the big adventure - travel to Idaho, cousins, canyons, mountains, plains, waterfalls, and the Trailing of the Sheep Festival. More new friends and ideas.
Nov was quickly filled with trips to Kansas and closing up the McClure farmhouse, as it has been sold. Note - it is not really recommended to leave 3-4 generations of life accumulation to be sorted through by the descendants. I've already started sorting what I can.
Dec of course was a rush of last minute orders and preparations for Christmas. First year for the little ones, so it was noteworthy. And, when family members started dropping with the 'Black Santa flu, it brought back memories of 2 years ago. Happy Anniversary to Rhett and Renee.

So - I guess thats the short list. Some of these subjects probably deserve to be brought up for pondering at a future time. One could hope for a 'slack' time when I would need a topic, but somehow I doubt that will happen.

2011 is already promising to be another year of great change in our lives. Another Grandchild. Business ventures. Classes to teach. More friends, both new and old, than we can hardly keep count of. Even living the simple shepherds life in these modern times seems to be slipping by at a faster pace. Shearing is just a few weeks away, lambs soon to follow. (And yes, I think Don is already getting excited.)

As for the blogging, I'm setting my goals just a little lower this year. I'll try to do better with keeping up, but the content may change a bit. A little more factual, and on a more regular basis would be prudent. But then, I do both enjoy and benefit from the more creative script.

So I'll see what develops. I do anticipate a good year.

Best wishes to all, on all the ' 1's.

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