When I look back and try to gauge what kind of year it was it helps to take it month by month. It also helps me to realize that through the hardship (which I left out of this post, by the way) mostly my life is pretty sweet. I’m glad I took the time to do this.
In January I wrote my most popular post to date when a friend opened a bakery in town; New in Town: Tippy’s Bakery . A year later she has signed a new lease and continues to impress me with her passion and her compassion. She’s begun hosting some painting parties and I hope to make it to one. If I do, I’ll let you know.
In February I made a solo trip to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley that spawned six week’s of daily posts about Hubcap Art.
My friend Kathy and I took a driving tour of the county one sunny February afternoon and she showed me some of the places she grew up. We were searching for coffee beans but found hops.
For Valentine’s Day weekend I was with Carole and Vonnie again and we found love at Ducard Vineyard in the form of a Virginia is for Lovers art work sign.
I also saw the Shenandoah University production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with my friends Carole and Vonnie. It was a rousing good time!
March came in like a lamb but went out like a lion. The first few weeks were slow but the last two were jammed packed! I met up with my friend Linda and we went to Culpeper for the day. Wine, shopping, chocolate, and seafood; a yummy good time!
The following week I headed for the eastern shore. I checked into my motel in Annapolis then spent the day with Linda again. It was a grey windy day so we spent most of it indoors, first trying some gelato then later sipping a cocktail. That’s what I call good girlfriend time!
The next morning I headed to my step mother’s house to celebrate our Annual Easter Get Together. It was Eggscellent!
The first weekend in April I took my grandson to The Discovery Museum in Winchester. He’s big for his age and on the cusp of being too old for this so he looked a little out-of-place, but he never complained and he was always generous and helpful with the other children; letting them cut in front of him and helping them. A few of the parents commented about his manners. We had a nice time.
The following weekend I went with Kathy to see (or hear?) The Vagina Monologues. I’d heard of this playlet before but I had never been. It was very good and she was the perfect person for me to see this with. We connect on so many levels!
One of my goals for 2015 was to take a class, any class. I took a glass mosaic class at the Old Town Stained Glass Studio in April. Not exactly what I had in mind when I set the goal but hey, I got to cross it off my list so…
May started on a wonderful note when I gathered with most of my siblings and many of our offspring for a three-day weekend near a camp-sight we went to as children. It was a memorable and very successful weekend. Shortly after I was challenged to do five stories in five days. I used the antics of this weekend as the subject of my stories. You can read them here.
The following weekend I joined a bus trip with three of my closest friends to New York City. We went to the Statue of Liberty. It was wonderful and exhausting. I can’t wait to do it again!
It was in May that I tapped out my most popular 100 words of fiction. A Peaceful Drive in the Country has the most hits for 2015 in the creative writing category. I’ve learned so much from this weekly exercise. 100 word stories every Wednesday; right here.
In July my grandson Nathan and I got to hang out several times. He spent the fourth of July with me running errands but a few weeks later we visited New Market Battlefield in the hopes of learning a little more about the Civil War and this summer’s burning topic, the confederate flag.
The month ended on a high note when my friend Kathy scored some discount tickets to see one of my favorite musicals. The Music Man at the Shenandoah University Summer Theater did not disappoint.
My brother came to visit me one Saturday in August a rare treat. I just adore him!
The following weekend I decided to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather we were having and planned a day trip to Afton Mountain. It was Inspirational.
My best friend stays pretty busy in the summer traveling and visiting family so I was ecstatic when she found time for me the weekend after her daughter got engaged at their family reunion. She text me, of course, and I saw the pictures on facebook, of course, but nothing beats hearing the details in person over a glass of wine (or two).
At the end of August I found myself with a couple of extra days off so I headed to Pennsylvania to spend some time with my siblings. My sister and I toured Harrisburg, had a lovely dinner in the hotel and went back to our room to sort out the problems of the world with a bottle of wine. It was a very productive evening.
In September I enjoyed a brief but long overdue visit from my oldest son and his family. For two days I was in heaven!
Soon after my visit I headed to Roanoke to hang out with my friend Debbie. This is my second visit to this southern Virginia city and there is still so much to see. This year Debbie wasn’t feeling as well and it rained the whole time I was there but we made the most of it and I was able to capture another piece of LOVEWORK.
October was about wineries and leaf peeping. What October should be about, in my opinion.
In November I spent a day with my best friend and we made the trek up Afton Mountain. It was nine hours of wine, food, sights, and conversation. It went by quickly.
My friend Kathy planned a wonderful day trip to Hagerstown where we discovered history at the C&O Canal and art at The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
After several attempts my good friend Carole finally got me to the Library of Congress in December. Thank you Carole!
The following weekend Carole and I attended A Christmas Carol at Theatre Shenandoah, where our friend the talented actress/musician Amanda Wilkins was starring as Mrs. Cratchit. We love Amanda but truth be known we were eager to catch the performance of her young daughter, just recently turned 11 years old. She was wonderful and I look forward to seeing her perform again soon.
Christmas was kind of quiet around here but that’s okay, I’ve still got my JoY!
I hope 2016 is just as sweet, for each and every one of us!