Thursday, December 31, 2015

What a wonderful life.....

Ahhh Christmas. This year was a good one. I would prefer to just have it pass by unnoticed. Maybe if it could only be less rushed, less hectic, less exhausting.  But it is what it is. I accepted it's coming and made the best of it. Having Wesley come home from California and having Gerry off the week before made it way more tolerable and we had a great time together. Good food, good conversation, cozy movie watching, family visits. It was all wonderful. We didn't see many friends. This year was more about savoring every moment we had with Wes and enjoying time with her. Seeing family was important for Wesley. We only saw one friend over the holiday. She is there, thick and thin for me.

Tonight on New Year's Eve, Gerry is shooting a hockey game, Wesley is with her California family and I am alone in a very quiet house with the endless rain falling. A hot shower, a glass of wine and a movie are waiting for me to finish this post. I like this.

I listened at work today of everyone's plans for tonight and I was glad for my quiet evening. I have never enjoyed New Year's celebrations.

I got this sweet camera for Christmas. It has rained forty days and forty nights, so I haven't shot much outdoors. If the sun ever comes back to North Carolina, I'll get out there in it. Meanwhile I just practice shooting inside. It's nice to have a real camera again. My iPhone is adequate but not as much fun. Except for instagram.

I made Wesley and Gerry a book through If you want to make a photo book, its a great website, user friendly and fairly priced. The book was mostly photos of times that Gerry and Wesley have spent shooting photos and having fun together. Just a reminder of what an important relationship fathers and daughters have. In turn, Wesley gave us a book she made, hers was handmade and more precious, with photos of her road trip to California. I have carried it with me and shown it to anyone who will sit for a moment and look at it. What a beautiful handmade treasure.

We got up yesterday at 3am and what a hateful thing that is to have to do. Get up that early and take your child to an airplane that is going to propel her 30,000 feet in the air then take her 3000 miles away. It sucked. We were very sad to see her go. There were promises of her coming back soon, and I will hold her to that.

I know a child has to get out there and live their own life, find their way in this world, but mom and dad sure suffer for it. I only wish my daughter happiness and health and a fulfilling life. Just wish it was down the road and not across the country :)

I really do have a wonderful life. No doubt about it. My family is great, my health has always been pretty good (except for this stupid arm thing), our house is warm and cozy, I love my job. My friends are kind. What more can you ask for.

I have thought about the obligatory list for new years resolutions. Can't decide what should be on it and why to really bother anyway.  I was thinking I might like to shoot one instagram every day, or one photo every day for one year. I'l skip the exercise resolution and better eating one, that never works out for me, maybe I will try to be more tolerant, I have been cranky with a few folks at the store, maybe I will try to be more inventive cooking this year. I want to get back to making. Get my loom back in action. I found a great workshop at Arrowmont I might sign up for. Who knows. Lots of maybes and might ought to here. Maybe..... my year will be about uncertainty, haha!

Here's wishing all of you an amazing 2016. May it be all you want it to be and more!!!
Happiness and best of health to all of you!

Peace ya'll


Dennis Allen said...

Happy New Year to you all.

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks Dennis, to you as well!!

Vicki said...

Much love, peace and happiness to you too Tracey.
May the year be sprinkled with many visits from your lovely girl.

I read a quote the other day - "Be patient. The best things happen unexpectedly".
I like that.
No resolutions. No expectations.
Just letting things be, as we go about our days, and hopefully, wonderful things happen - because we let them :)

Learning to let go, will be one of my challenges this year...
To let go, in order to let things come.
For a control freak like me, that will be very interesting.
And hopefully, freeing :)

*Thanks for the Blurb link - what a great website!

Tracey Broome said...

Hi Vicki, wishing you the very best 2016. Thank you for your thoughtful comments on my blog and your friendship from afar!
I like that quote, I agree, unexpected is always best.
I make an effort every day to let go and not be controlling, otherwise I drive everyone nuts :)
Happy 2016

cookingwithgas said...

Happy,happy,happy New year.
My resolution is to see you before spring.

jffollies said...

Sounds like a lovely Holiday season and happy for you.

smartcat said...

Joy, Peace and Happiness in 2016!

Trish said...

I hear you re: having Wesley home for a short but wonderful time. Our daughter was away again yesterday too. New adventures await us all. Cheers to 2016! T.

Tracey Broome said...

Hey everyone,and yes a happy new year to you!
MH, we better be having some coffee soon!