Hello, 2017

Hi friends and family:  I’m here and wishing you a happy New Year from the Kolar house.  I wanted to skim over 2016, and make a fresh start,  since I’ve been a terrible blogger for a very long time.

One photo for each month…

January, this might be my favorite selfie ever.  Solid as a rock.

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February, my art projects often had a different focus:

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March, enjoyed a vacation with my honey.

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May:  I lost my dad, he suffered a long debilitating decline.   Of course, we miss our strong, loving man…but with each day, week and month we watched his body crumple and fail. 20160513_140048

June:  These daughters of mine took me to New York City for my birthday!

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July:  There is so much about summer to enjoy.

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August:  Crazy, great time at our annual Kolar gathering at the cabin.

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September:  Always, always, trying to find the time to mosaic, paint and stitch.

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October:  A trip to Mackinaw Island to celebrate 40 years of us together!

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November:  My Little Peoples, have I mentioned what a big joyful part they have in my life?

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December:  It is the most wonderful time of the year!

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2017 promises to be a year of changes.  Jeff is retiring from his job of 30 years.  But no sitting in a recliner for him…he has plans.  But we both hope to have a little more time to enjoy each other, our families and go on a few adventures together.  I look forward to this new chapter in our life!

Joy of Moving

A video of a “little” who is discovering the fun of movement:

I’m so glad that my word of the year, MOVE, resonated with a few of you!

Moving, getting outside, is quite hard this time of year here in the Mitten.  I was driving home today, it was quite lovely out, with just a dusting of snow and a bit of sunshine.  I thought a walk was in order, but as I walked from the car to the house my mind changed itself.

The elliptical machine is where I get my steps in these days.  Reading (a little challenging) or listening to a book, or doing a Sudoku puzzle (writing while bouncing up and down is a little challenging too)  is how I distract my mind while in the basement stepping my fake walk about.  I’ve also gone to the mall to step, but I am easily distracted there.  Also, I found I must sprint inside without a coat, or drip sweat by the end of circuit.  It pays to leave your wallet home, too.

I’ve used my phone as a pedometer for a long time.  But I’ve found out that it was not so accurate, it was UNDERSTATING my steps.  Well, maybe my new Fit-bit isn’t accurate, but I like its numbers much more.

You guard against decay, in general, and stagnation, by moving, by continuing to move. (Mary Daly)

What are you doing to MOVE in 2015?

Today

 

Who:  I spent most of the day by myself, later I went to my parents and completed some chores for them.

What:  I worked on a large spreadsheet today, at least I was making something!

Where:  My mother and I went to our local hardware store.  She said the outside of her condo was so “blah”, wanted to make it more festive.  We did:

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When:  When am I going to add some ornaments to our Christmas tree?  I  like it with the colorful lights, maybe it will stay that way.

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Why:  Hmmm….answering that would make my brain hurt.