Most noted award goes to Mother Nature in 2011. Relentless earthquakes continue to rock Christchurch. One major quake claimed a large number of lives, while many have caused extensive damage and destruction.
In NZ we also experienced volcanic ash clouds, flooding, tornadoes and we watched in horror as tsunami killed tens of thousands in Japan. On the flip side it has been a surprisingly calm year where I live with gale force winds being much rarer than usual.
One word to describe 2011 = Draining – mentally, emotionally and physically.
Achievements of the year:
Beginning to blog again and meeting friends from other blogs. Sort of cyber pen pals.
Decluttering a junk room which is now a bedroom of sorts
Learning more about digital photography
Pursuing creative hobbies, such as knitting, sewing, family heirloom recipe books and gardening
Music award for 2011 goes to the community group we sing with. The fun, fellowship and joy of sharing our singing has helped fill our tanks.
Academic awards go to three family members this year: a Certificate, a Diploma and adjunct Certificate and a Degree were all completed.
The Courage award is shared this year by 2 family members. One who recovered from major surgery and the other who faces more surgery in 2012.
It is also awarded post-humously to our cat who had had frequent visits to the vet, tests, scans, interventions, and medication but whose life was ended with mercy and love on December 22, 2011.
The “take courage” baton is now resting with our other cat as he comes to terms with the loss of his brother and constant companion of 13 years.
Highlight of the Year has to be the 4 days of family, fun and excitement in December. Our youngest son married on Xmas eve in the most beautiful weather – hot, sunny and calm. You will note the cabbage trees in the photo taken at the Reception venue are not moving. That is the rarest of rare things!
We spent Christmas and Boxing Day with family and new family by marriage.
And in the wee small hours on December 27th our new granddaughter was born. Mum and baby well.
Works in progress for 2012:
More tidying and Decluttering
Income generation based from home for me
Keeping resolve, resilience and relationships to the fore.
Happy New Year everyone!