Weekly Writing Challenge: Wrap it Up 12 Months of Happenings

I know this challenge is two weeks old but I have been working on it! January was my stumbling block and since I can’t seem to remember anything from that month I will have to surmise that I was mostly hovering. My father passed away in early February from an 18 month battle with kidney cancer. I think that event probably encapsulated most of January, February and maybe even part of March.

One of the last times my dad was up and coherent. My sister Lynn came over and cooked him oysters.

One of the last times my dad was up and coherent. My sister Lynn came over and cooked him oysters.

In March we visited my step sister’s in-laws in West Virginia and later in the month got lucky on a DC trip. We had booked rooms on the last weekend in March before The Cherry Blossom Festival and before the rates went up. Due to a little global warming, perhaps, the cherry blossoms came early but not the festival. So we were in DC enjoying off-season rates and spectacular views. There were still plenty of crowds as the metropolitan area learned of this windfall treat but no parades or the congestion nightmares associated with a full-blown festival.

Early Cherry Blossoms

Early Cherry Blossoms

In April Lingering Visions was born and I spent the next several months learning about creating a website.
http://www.lingeringvisions.com/

In May my fiancé’s daughter got married and the culmination of two years of wedding talk finally came to an end.

A peek down the hall at the beautiful bride

A peek down the hall at the beautiful bride

The Day After father’s day my blog was born; hence the name.
It’s all explained here: https://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/my-first-fathers-day-without-my-father/

June is also my birthday month and for my birthday I wanted to go to Florida. I got an awesome plane ride: http://www.lingeringvisions.com/apps/blog/birthday-clouds-1 and fulfilled a wish I have had for many years to visit my aunt/godmother. http://www.lingeringvisions.com/apps/blog/aunt

So as you can see July was spent writing writing and writing! http://www.lingeringvisions.com/apps/blog/once-upon-a-time
My sister came for a visit in July, just an overnighter. We went to a local museum the next day, which I enjoyed much more than she did. (Note to self if she ever visits again find another activity)

The gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

The gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

For the last few years I have participated in the photography competitions for my county fair and a neighboring county fair, both of which take place in August. So in July when I wasn’t writing I was preparing for these competitions. They pay paltry sums and cost me more than I could ever recoup in winnings and yet I take them very seriously. (Don’t ask me why!)
Shenandoah County Fair

We just go to the fair to hear the children laugh.

We just go to the fair to hear the children laugh.

At the end of August most of us were able to get together to celebrate my nephews graduation.

Five out of 7 of us; that ain't bad.

Five out of 7 of us; that ain’t bad.

In September two of my favorite people; my nephew, from my second marriage and his longtime fiancée were wedded.
Chad and Sara's Wedding (137)_resize_wm

Over the Labor Day holiday we took a trip to Virginia Beach and I bragged blogged about it here: http://www.lingeringvisions.com/apps/blog/september

At the end of the month we saw the Washington DC Nationals play the Brewers, which for me was very emotional. I wrote about it in the beginning of October for dad’s first birthday in heaven.
http://www.lingeringvisions.com/apps/blog/happy-birthday-dad

I have a small group on facebook of photographer friends. My cousin Cyndi from California is in that group and through that we have gotten to know each other. She came to the east coast the early part of October and spent Columbus Day here in Virginia with me. It was a trip to remember. http://www.lingeringvisions.com/apps/blog/the-shenandoah-valley-itinerary-1

At the end of October my fiancé’s son got married (that’s right TWO weddings in one year!) They had their reception at a beautiful vineyard and winery near Natural Bridge Virginia. If you are ever in the area, stop in : http://www.lingeringvisions.com/apps/blog/barren-ridge-a-winery-and-vineyard-that

I was so inspired by my time with my California cousins and some genealogy we have all been “studying” that I suggested a trip with another cousin on Veterans Day to Harpers Ferry West Virginia. I have yet to blog about this trip, it’s in my draft folder but I will share a few pictures of one my very favorite places with some of my very favorite people.

My cousin Janet and I in Harpers Ferry, November 2012

My cousin Janet and I in Harpers Ferry, November 2012

And here we are in December and I am looking back on this year with mixed emotions. I’m proud of all we have accomplished and excited for the future. It was a very busy year and I doubt 2013 will be as adventurous. But I left out a lot of the little day trips and often they are the most fun because I spend them with my chosen family, my friends.

I plan on spending a lot more time with these ladies (as well as others) in 2013!

I plan on spending a lot more time with these ladies (as well as others) in 2013!

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