good-bye twenty fourteen

two thousand fourteen, twenty fourteen, this past year…whatever you want to call yourself, i didn't hate you. not at all. in fact, i'm pretty sure i loved you. i say this gently because i'm sure you came to me guarded and not really sure what to think. after all, i kicked dirt on and then spit all over two thousand thirteen and when i was finished, i prayed that you'd be better and you were. so thank you.

to say you kept us busy this year is an understatement. we sold our house in march, moved forty five minutes away into a lovely historic home for the summer, built a condo and then moved in there just four months later. prior to our first move in may, we purged. at the time i felt like we were purging with plans to be part of the tiny house nation and only had two hundred square feet to keep our belongings in, as everything i thought we loved, cherished and couldn't live without was leaving us, but in the end, we still have more square footage than we can fill {two people don't need very much space} and we don't miss anything that we sold or got rid of.

building was quite an undertaking to say the least. having built before, we thought we were semi-professionals at construction and all the choices and frustrations that go along with it, but no. sadly, we are not professionals, it did not go smoothly, things did not happen on time, huge mistakes were made, and everyone associated with our new condo joined us in calling it the black cloud. those days are now behind us, thankfully and finally, it's starting to feel like home.

so do we ever want to build again? of course we do. we love it! call us crazy. go ahead. 

this year, we also celebrated a lot. first, i turned fifty in august. fifty years old. wow, how did that happen so quickly? {especially since i feel thirty} then we raised our glasses to one full year of retirement…oh my gosh, it's so good. you should try it if you can. {she said laughing} get it? retirement? and you only have tonight left and then you're done...you know retired…like ummm kaput  or like finished…..sorry….anyhow, i adore my hubby and for both of us, retirement has been like a honeymoon. we've gotten to really know each other again and we walk around feeling like newlyweds. i'm not sure if newlyweds could have built the black cloud condo above and stayed married, so it's probably a good thing we've known each other forever or that project could have ended in disaster. anyhow, speaking of newlyweds, the celebration we had just a few days ago was for our thirtieth wedding anniversary.  thirty years of marriage!!! holy cow, where did thirty years go to? all i know is that when you're married to your best friend, no matter what happens, it works. 

as i end this little tribute to twenty fourteen, i also say good-bye tonight to my word emerge. i had big plans for that little word and i'm not really sure i used it to the best of its ability, but i do know this. a wish i made a few times over the past two years, finally came true and there were countless happy moments, many happy tears and so many celebrations this past year that i think it's fair to say, "this year, i emerged victoriously."

{tomorrow...i'll share my new word for twenty fifteen}

be safe tonight and may your new year be filled with more blessings than you know what to do with…...


  1. Since we are staying home all night we will be safe. We just have to stay awake until midnight. The daughter will not let us go to bed. I can't wait to see what your word for 2015 is going to be.

  2. Congrats on retiring! Your "new" life sounds like a beautiful adventure. We are very much parallel in many ways, I can relate a bit. A very happy and healthy 2015 to you.

  3. 2014 was a good year for me. I love your LOVE word -- I loved it, too. You have had a year with your move and so much more. So, now it's time for you!

  4. What an incredible 2014 it was for you. So many changes and celebrations.
    I am so happy for you and transitioning into retirement.