The Year in Review

My air plant container.
My air plant container. Two of the four plants still survive!

2017 has gone really fast.  My Aunt E always said, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper…it goes faster at the end.”  She lived to be 92 years old, so I can’t imagine how fast the years went by for her!

This year I really wanted to get healthy.  Call it a goal or a priority, it was my reality. I had written posts of healthy goals that would take us through the year. I posted two or three, but they never had a large reader response.  I ended up foregoing the remainder of the posts.

I did keep two of the new habits I blogged about:  drinking more water and eating oatmeal for breakfast.  Due to the step competition through Mike’s company, I ended up with a regular exercise routine that I have continued.

For the first time in several years, my cholesterol was a bit lower.  I will take it!

So here is my pictorial year in review.  I am not sure I accomplished anything, but I sure had some fun along the way!

I sincerely appreciate your readership!
I sincerely appreciate your readership and used my little homemade message board to tell you!
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An oatmeal comparison, with a couple of updates, helped me find my favorite oats.
My Mom's answer to most needs: Grab a Walmart bag!
My Mom’s answer to most needs: Grab a Walmart bag!
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We compared chocolates and almond bark.
Asian Pasta
Asian Pasta was just one of the recipes I blogged about.
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2017 was a good year for sewing! This is a white nightgown being made, but there were also tic, tac, toe boards, alterations, and lots of tablecloths!
Beets ready to have some fat and flavoring added before going into the oven.
Beets ready to have some fat and flavoring added before going into the oven.
Paula let me have my photo made with her, but she seemed a little stiff.
Paula let me have my photo made with her, but she seemed a little stiff.
Flutes vs. coupes.
Flutes vs. coupes…and lots of uses for both!
The Square 1907
The most beautiful courthouse in Texas dominates the equally lovely and vibrant square in Sulphur Springs. Here it is in 1907.
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Archie.
Napkins ready for Easter dinner.
An Easter craft…napkins ready for Easter dinner.
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We tried Hotel St. Germain and loved it! We even went back for a Bastille Day dinner.
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It started as a blog post and ended as an actual garage sale.
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Linda and I attended a bee keeping class. I have yet to actually become a beekeeper.
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My parents’ wedding china.
AuntE and I made this plate in 1972. I did the drawing and she did the writing.
A fun craft for young people, which can create nice keepsakes. AuntE and I made this plate in 1972. I did the drawing and she did the writing.
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Caprese chicken was a take off from the classic salad.
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Little cloth bags are so useful and easy to make.
Frank Price, Private 1st Class
This is a photo of my grandfather, Frank Price, Private 1st Class. He was a POW and received a Silver Star.
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My favorite soap scent.
A variety of succulents and the proper potting soil for succulents.
A variety of succulents and the proper potting soil for succulents. I added lots of succulents to my garden after an inspiring trip to Malibu.
A properly set place setting for a simple meal.
A properly set place setting for a simple meal.
This is a fun little bartender's apron. Notice the "tips for the bartender."
This is a fun little bartender’s apron. Notice the “tips for the bartender.”
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Tea at Into My Garden Tea Room.
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A Malibu sunset.
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Herbed butter livens up any dish.

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A youth size apron is a great gift for a young chef.
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I reviewed two meal delivery services: Sun Basket and Hello Fresh. Many more to come in 2018.

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The twentieth anniversary of the death of a Princess Diana was marked with several exhibits around the world including this one at the Queen Mary in California.
The gold color showing on this ice bucket is the base metal, most likely brass.
Beware of using old silver plated items for food or beverages. The gold color showing on this ice bucket is the base metal, most likely brass.
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Did you buy a fouta?
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A homemade floral arrangement.
A properly labeled pair of pants.
A properly labeled pair of pants makes it easy to find the color you need.
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An important documents notebook is a must for keeping you and your family organized.
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Small plates make great souvenirs and have all sorts of uses around the house.
A chilly morning required Archie to put on a shirt!
A chilly morning required Archie to put on a shirt!
A beautiful September sunrise.
A beautiful September sunrise at Coleman Park.
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There are some fantastic new yogurts on the market.
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A freshly bathed Archie was very fluffy.
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One way to keep mice at bay.
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A beautiful hike near Mirror Lake in Utah.
We got out early Saturday morning and went hiking at Tyler State Park. It was a nice park with good hiking trails. The gift shop was amazing!
We got out early Saturday morning and went hiking at Tyler State Park. It was a nice park with good hiking trails. The gift shop was amazing!
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I enjoyed this display of Diana’s clothes held at Kensington Palace.
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I walked a lot this year.
Blarney Castle in Blarney, Ireland.
Blarney Castle in Blarney, Ireland.
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One of the little pine trees we planted in the yard.
Items we have gathered through the years while on vacation.
Our vacation bowl filled with items we have gathered through the years while on vacation.
The amaryllis is starting to bud. Isn't the snowman adorable?!? He was made by my colleague, Linda.
The amaryllis is starting to bud. Isn’t the snowman adorable?!? He was made by my colleague, Linda.

4 thoughts on “The Year in Review

  1. You made this year interesting for yourself and I have enjoyed reading about it. I hope 2018 is a blessed year for you. Have fun because life does speed up toward the end.

    1. Thank you for joining me on this journey! I have recently realized that I have a long list of things I want to accomplish in life, and the clock is ticking! Have a happy new year!

  2. I have so enjoyed all the blogs that i saw. They all did not pop up on my feed 😢
    You are a gifted lady — thanks for sharing.

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