Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Looking back and looking forward........

Must say I am glad to see the back of 2012, it wasn't all bad but we did have our fair share of lows.

My car died in April and where we live I need a car, so along came Betsy.  She is a great small car for me, but it now means we have a car loan.  Now granted it a 0% loan but it's still a debt.  We also had to fork out for snow tires for her at a cost of $1,100, but did manage to sell my old ones for $400 (I think?).

My step-father had his heart operation but during or just after the operation he had a stroke.  It was a very worrying time for us all.  Pleased to say he is a lot better, but he will never be "the same," and does have a few lasting side effects from the stroke.  It was the luck of the draw I guess as another older more fragile lady who had the same operation to same day, walked out of hospital as fit as a fiddle.

Dh has had a number of health issues over this year and some are still not resolved, mainly his knees.  So a second opinion I think is in order in the next few months, as his left knee is starting to spasm now, which is what happened with his right knee. 

We lost our dear Molly in October which was just plain bloody awful.  I still miss her and I am so NOT ready to get another dog.  Not sure if we will ever get as good a dog as what Molly was, temperament wise.

My hands are still not right, I see the surgeon again on Thursday for my bone scan results.

On a more positive note dd and son-in-law bought their first house in August and it's a joy to see their happiness in their house.  They are working hard to get it how they want it.

Ds is back with his girlfriend and moving into an apartment tomorrow; and seems a lot happier.

We love living where we live and are very lucky in that respect.

2013 is going to bring its own challenges I am sure, but we'll embrace them head on and take the good with the bad, as we always do,

It's a big year for us personally, as we celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in June.  Not 100% sure what we are doing regarding that.......stay tuned though.

We pay off our mortgage this year, we are now down to 35 weeks, so that's exciting.

On a negative note dh's job may be experiencing some changes by the end of February.  We don't know for sure what will be happening, but as dh does not like change he is worrying himself silly about it all.  He should/will have a job, it just won't be exactly what he is doing at the moment, and he could be working less hours, which as he is hourly paid means a lot less money.

We will be welcoming a new baby in the family in the next couple of weeks, as "R's" baby is due by the middle of the month, so we're all excited about that.  Dd good friend is also expecting so I will be going to a baby shower in the next couple of months.  Dd and I are holding the cookie swap party at our house in December, already making plans for that.

We are going to make more of the garden this year, if dh will help me.  My back can't handle all the gardening on my own.

Overall I am looking forward to 2013 and what it will bring.  I hope you will follow along with me as I blog about it?

I want to wish you all the best of luck and love for 2013.  I appreciate you all for taking the time out of your busy days to pop by and see what I'm up too.



Fran said...

You have a lot to look forward to this year. Happy New Year xxx

j udy said...

Wishing you luck, happiness, good health and joy. I am so glad that I found your blog this year. You are truly a asset to my day!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Gill!
I have everything crossed that everything is okay with dh's job and you achieve freedom from your mortgage.

Thank you for all you support in 2012 and all my very best for this New Year :)

stitchersanon said...

Happy new year xxx I was a bit of a lightweight last night, and went to bed at 9 pm so missed the greetings. I too am looking forwards. I don't want to look back at all lol. 2012 was a bloody nuisance: 2013 has a chance to make things better: it has a year and if not then I am dumping 2013 too rofl xxx

Tari Nyach said...

Happy New Year Gill! May 2013 bring lost of happiness to you and your wonderful family. I always look forward to reading your blog. Keep the posts coming. Sending you lots of love.

DeniseinVA said...

Here's wishing you all A Very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Caroline said...

Happy New Year Gill, hope it bring much health & happiness to us all.
Caroline xo

Cath said...

Happy New Year Gill, hope it's a good one for you and your family .XXX

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh Gill I have so enjoyed getting to know you this past year. 30 years and a paid off mortgage, and a new baby that is wonderful Yeah 2013 is going to be incredible. Happy New Year. B

Jane and Chris said...

I notice that "I met the most wonderful friend in 2012" got missed off the list...but I'll let you off!
Jane xxx

Dc said...

Re your garden, could you think about building some high raised beds. That is what I have had to do and although I can't grow everything I like due to lack of room, don't think that will be your problem. So much easier on the back as well (once they are built that is!).

The Witch said...

How exciting to be paying off your mortgage and celebrating a 30 year anniversary. So many good thing to look forward too. Hopefully all will work out with hubby's job and his worrying will be for nothing.
Wishing you all the happiness this year and I'll be staying tuned for all your up-dates.

Boyett-Brinkley said...

I look forward to going through 2013 with you -- ups, downs, challenges and all. After all, what are friends, even bloggy friends, for? Hopefully, there will be fewer challenges in 2013 so start out by having a wonderful day today!

Piece by Piece said...

Happy New Year Gill, hope 2013 brings you and yours health, wealth and happiness.
2012-- UP's--- I was healthy, a good thing to be able to say at 71 yrs, and my family were also all well throughout the year.
A new great grandbaby arrived in April. Paid off my car loan, went on three vacations, each one as different from each other as they could be.
DOWNS-- Sold my late OH's pride and joy--classic car.
Looking forwad to 2013 and hoping my 95 year old Mum is still healthy and with us.

Scrappy quilter said...

Happy New year friend. Wishing you all the best 2013 has to offer. Hugs

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

Happy New Year Gill with lots of well wishes of Happiness and Health for you and your family in the New 2013 Year.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I guess the only one can do is embrace what is given to us sound like you handle everything with a kind heart and level head...Best to you in the new year (2013) and the coffee is on.

Karine said...

I was glad to see 2012 wind down as well. I'm always impressed by how organized you are, already thinking about the cookie exchange party that is nearly a year away! lol Here's hoping that 2013 will bring a lot of good things to you and your family :)

Rose said...

I will at least be reading your blog...I will get back to blogging one of these days...probably next week. But right now I have been doing other stuff.

Meant to say in earlier comment on other post, sorry your laptop died. These things...I would be lost without computer but sure can be pains.

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