January brought a trip to Dallas to celebrate Rick's mom's 80th birthday and connect with family -- and with it, the chance to meet bloggers Stacy, Jemma and Eilis (standing) and Laura and Carol (seated)!
The big event of February? The birth of our beautiful Baby Grand with his wonderful, tiny feet!
March brought Italian classical guitarist Giorgio Mirto to Michigan where he stayed with Rick for two weeks. We especially enjoyed getting a pasta-making lesson and fabulous Italian dinner by my neighbors Rosie and Frank who hailed from a different part of Italy. But at least Giorgio got to speak a little Italian during his visit!
Spring! That robin certainly heralded a long-awaited season. It also brought gall bladder surgery but you can't have it all good, right?
May gave us beautiful weather and long walks at the Ditch with the occasional deer sighting!
Summer! We kicked off summer with a weekend spent with friends near Lake Michigan in Ludington. The sunset on the beach was perfection, as was the company! Then time to head north to the cottage!
Lake time! I spent 55 nights at the lake between June and September (and the days, of course!).
AugustThat photo at the very top of this post, Quebec City looking over the St. Lawrence River and down into the lower town, represents one of the highlights of August.
The other was art camp at the lake -- and absolutely glorious weather!
I love September at the lake. Beautiful sunsets, a quieter space. We enjoyed several lake weekends and a visit with friends who had moved north. It was also when my lip cancer was diagnosed. I won't show pix of that!
Well, there had to be something good to come along with the radiation! For me, two big events were finding the property that my grandfather was born and grew up on in Western Michigan and the return of the Southern Exposure workshops.
Two Southern Exposure workshops, my art sale, the rainy greens workshop and wrapping up radiation topped this month! We enjoyed Thanksgiving with friends and anticipating some hall-decking!
Good news! A clean thyroid biopsy (we'll watch it), wonderful time with friends! Our Cork Poppers celebrated the holidays and I celebrated everything with anyone who wanted to celebrate something! Best of all, Christmas with the kids and this little angel. (I know I've shown this photo before but it's my very favorite!)
So kick up your heels and indulge in a sweet treat...
...or a liquid one.
Find your safe haven...
...and your happy place.
Exercise your creative streak, whatever it may be...
... go exploring!
... and visit someplace you've never been!
And don't forget to look at life through the eyes of a child. We can learn a lot from them.
Here's to a wonderful 2018. And thank you...
...for being wonderful blog friends this past year!
(Stay tuned for Reading Recap and Word of the Year!)