2008 Year in Review

Annie is too clever for my own good. She found this fabulous idea for reviewing our year. "You simply write the first line of the first post of each month. Include a picture if you like and, voila, you have your year in review." Visit There is no place like home. You can also share it at My Romantic Home, which Annie found as well.

My 2008

Every now and then I stop to read the news
(picture: snow granules on leaves at the VAMC)

Tonight was “Mambo Italiano”, a sampling of Italian wines at our favorite Friday night haunt.

(picture: snow covered fern pot on our front porch)

Pesky Lawn Care Man ~ Outside window clearing snow ~ I ask you, “How much?” (~ A Pomku ~)

(picture: the pom who wrote the ku)

Fridays should never be “hurry up and wait” days; they should be sampled at leisure, savored like a fine wine.

(picture: our tree behind the house)

Cork dropped a bundle of humor into my mailbox today in the form of some untitled cartoons.

(picture: newly painted stairwell leading to our basement.)

This might be Mattie’s last day.

(picture: our Mattie. This was actually taken in May, but I choose to remember her like this, strong and curious.)

July 1st – a relaxing day.

(picture: sunset the day before my birthday)

Do you ever get the feeling that today is just not your day?

(picture: our 'fridge, with two shelves of tomatoes from our garden. They became sauce the next day. It's an Italian thing.)

This fellow was clinging to our window screen today.

(picture: the bug)

The interview that left O'Reilly speechless.

(Picture: the toad that lived in our garden.)

I have a blog.

(picture: old barn at the Christmas Festival)

Gennaker passed away on December 11.

(picture: Gennaker)

I look back on this year and say, "I need to approach life with more vigor." My writing is not due to the normal "mental blocks" or a hectic schedule. We endured many painful things this year, including the death of two animals who have been my shadows ever since Better Half and I were married. The year's events have taken a toll on me, emotionally and physically.

I take refuge in my husband's love. I throw the ball for our other shepherd, daydream about my garden for next spring, and remind myself that mental ward food tastes terrible.
Besides that, they are going to put in a brand new gas main line and connection lines from it to the houses: 2.2 million dollar project and I simply MUST oversee my lavender. Besides, construction workers are HOT. They should be: this entire area is populated by Italian stallions and corn-fed bulls. Really, Better Half, I just moved here for the moo, I mean, view.

Now I fee cheerful. The thought of Better Half scowling at me in that special "haha you so funny, NOT" way always does that to me.

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Roadchick said...

I like this idea and I intend to steal it. I hope that I have at least one post for every month!

Decor To Adore said...

Beautifully warm and wonderful images. Have a blessed 2009!

Cindy said...

I hope your 2009 will be better! It's so hard to lose pets...I feel your pain! Thanks for joining in on my Year in Review party! Happy New Year!

Annie Jeffries said...

I'm such an imp. I KNEW if I dangled the carrot, you would not be able to resist. Happy New Year dear friend. Annie

Rebecca said...

Love the month by month that you did!
Sorry about your doggy:(

Blessings for the new year!

Sandy said...

Wonderful year in review. I am so sorry to hear of your losses. May you be greatly blessed in the New Year.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about your dogs-seeing their photos really touched my heart.
Hey-being a long time gardener-never put uncut tomatoes in the frig-they get grainy. You got a nice haul of toms-ours were sad. Time to embellish the garden dirt.
Nice entry and photos!
Happy New Year!

Marja Rijnsburger said...

Great your month to month review of 2008.
Happy New Year


Autrice, you have a beautiful name and beautiful photography and writing skills. I am so sorry to hear of your losses; I can't imagine how it would feel to lose one of my fur-boys. Wishing you a very happy, very serene new year. :o)