This year has been a strange one for me. It started hard with my mother's announcement on Easter that she had been diagnosed with oral cancer. Her operation, treatments and recovery have taken a major role in my year.
This has also been a big year for memories. My mother and stepfather moved into a retirement home and started giving away the excess accumulation of 60 years plus. As we got things out of the closets, we'd be hit with recognition of when and where the objects had been part of our lives. Old photos were popular with all of us. Some of them, like one of my brother about 4 years old wearing a tie on his shirtless body and a coonskin cap were priceless.
My health and my finances haven't been good this year, although I'm having a good few last days. I've redeemed $30, $25 and $20 the last 3 days from online programs. If I could just do that regularly, I'd be in good shape.
Two of my brother's children were remarried this year. Here's hoping they made the right choices this time.
My daughter's company that had treated her so well went into bankruptcy this year and the company that offered her a job right away delayed her starting for a few months. She took it quite well. She found that being unemployed gave her a lot of time to shop.
Instead of spending the holidays at my mother's house, we spent both Thanksgiving and Christmas at my brother's. Since he's hoping to move into my mother's house, that may be back to usual for 2010. It will look very different with the different furniture, but the "going to" will be exactly the same.
I'd driven while it was snowing once and had lunch watching it snow once in my life. This last month I've done both twice more. My 82 year old mother and stepfather and I all had our first white Christmas Day. Of course, all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren did, too.
My yard that was so boring all green this summer sprouted new light green leaves in the fall. For some reason they never turned dark green, so my ivy looks interesting with the color variation.
All in all, it's been a year of firsts and of scares. I'm glad we experienced it, but I'm hoping for a happier 2010.