Time is so fleeting, and perhaps the most significant gift blogging gives us is a frame of reference and a way to look back on our year, and even our life, and see it as it unfolded in ways that otherwise might have been forgotten.
Yes, there were projects and crafts and recipes and everything else a lifestyle blogger like myself tends to post about. But that’s not what set 2015 apart from the rest.
In January, many of you, my most thoughtful and caring readers, helped Beau. A sweet golden retriever that was unjustly kept in a shelter for many months and destined to be put to sleep for no reason other than he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But thousands of people, tens of thousands actually, rallied together and today he lives happily with his beloved owner.
We were in Florida for January and February, and when we returned we wasted no time and purchased ‘BAM‘, our RV, and by the time this post is published, it will be where we’re hanging our hats while in Florida.
In April, I paused long enough to write a long overdue ‘Life Lessons For My Daughter’ post. It’s still hard to believe she will be 30 in March. Yes, time is indeed fleeting and so very precious, and judging from the comments I received on that post, many of you agree.
In May, once again many of you helped Brenda get through a rough patch. You gave generously to her GoFundMe account, and truly made a difference in her life.
No round-up post would be complete without at least one or two projects highlighted, would it? Twenty fifteen was our first full year at the cabin, and there was much to do, not the least of which was the yard. Although it’s far from finished, we made some progress (and I got killer biceps) when we completed our flagstone wall and our fire pit.
In September, I took part in my very first ‘Fall Home Tour‘, an endeavor that forced me to step out of my comfort zone, not to mention do more (pssst…a LOT more) seasonal decorating than usual.
We’re fortunate to live in a beautiful area, most notably in the Fall. We took a short drive in October to Vermont during peak foliage, and I captured it in all its glory in this post.
In November, I was honored to be Spotlighted on Kris’s blog. I received so many lovely comments, both from old and new friends. And speaking of old and new friends, I got to meet one of each in November on the same day! That’s me top left with Amy, and Cindy, a blogger I’ve followed for quite some time, is seated bottom right next to her good friend.
There’s no denying it’s fun to post about projects, get feedback and suggestions, but it doesn’t hold a candle to getting to know each and every one of you. This past year has brought me closer to so many of you, and I hope you feel the same. Reading your thoughtful comments lights up my day, so here’s a HUGE thank you all of you who take the time out of your busy lives to stop by.
In other news…
I’ve got some fun posts scheduled for January and February, mostly organizing, small space decorating and inspiration. I wrote them before leaving for Florida so I could enjoy our time there as much as possible, but I hope to be posting about our adventures as well. I will also be sharing some news soon that is long overdue, so stay tuned!