Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Yr--

--seems everyone agrees 2011 was less than stellar--the economy of the world went down the tubes, we all had to adjust the way we live, well all except that 1%, no problems for them -Geeze-but it wasnt all bad---come to think of it:

here's some of my HighLights:
  • I got a great (for me) job just when I was about to go belly up...that was a life saver..

  •  there was no wedding, :o( but my first grandchild was born on Sept 4th Tyler-this is the precious bundle:

  • My mother celebrated her 87th birthday--yea Mom

  • My sister retired from the postal service and bought a bigger home (now there's plenty of room for moi')
                                  SORRY NO PHOTOS YET
  • I became a Find A Grave Photo contributor, and have enjoyed all the local trips, history, and searching thats involved in that, its kinda like Geocaching. 

  • I bought the Dixxeland Express in expectation of great spring and summer travel opps-(when the job allows of course)

  • Had the time to take 8 great waterfall hikes, and saw more than 8 waterfalls in the process...since some have 2, 3, or 4, sections to was a banner yr for that. here's 4 of the really awesome ones..
  •  I saw some really incredible birds this yr...nothing new on my life list but you can beat seeing a gorgeous bird in the wilds...

  • Everyone in my family is happy and healthy....
  • AND marked another 365 days off my countdown till retirement---and then there will be no holds barred!!  Really looking forward to this yr, lots of great stuff is coming for all of us!!!



  1. Sounds like a great year to me Sondra.

    I hope this new one is even better for you.

  2. Great positive post! Congrats on all your accomplishments, I hope you are able to take out the dixxeland express this spring! Happy new year!

  3. Hi Sondra...Things do work out ...not always the way we would like, but all in all your year had some very positive points, may 2012 bring you great days and memories my friend!!
    All the best to you in 2012..
    Happy New Year!!

  4. Looks like you had a great year Sondra. Hope 2012 is even better. Happy new year!

  5. Sondra, You DID have a great year!
    Congrats on becoming a Grandmother. What a cutie.:)

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

    PS...Your Mom looks great for 87!

  6. Looks like you had a great year. Wishing you an even better 2012. Happy New Year.

  7. I love your positive attitude! Congrats on the new job and great year. As for your countdown to retirement, I can promise you retirement ROCKS!

  8. Overall, it sounds like a good year for you. May 2012 be even better!

  9. Great idea for a post - you've had some great plusses this year - congrats!

  10. It WAS a good year. You didn't really have to look very far to find the good stuff and I am glad. Thank you for sharing (today and all year -- I love following your journey). Was going to say that you seem too young to be a gramms, but then I remembered that I was working working working all the time when ours were born. Happy New Year!!

  11. A wonderful recap for your 2011 year. Congrats on your new job and your grandchild is adorable. Happy Belated Birthday to your Mom, she looks great hugging that tree. I would love to have one of those Dixieland Expresses, I have to check them out. I loved your photos, the waterfalls and birds are gorgeous. Have a great day!

  12. Good idea to count blessings instead of moaning about what is wrong. After reading yours, I counted mine, and realize that your right - it wasn't that bad a year. Thank you for the reality check!


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