It’s A Wrap!

Dec 31, 2011 | 2 comments

Goodbye to 2011

     Here it is, the last day of 2011.  All in all: Thank Goodness!  It was a hard year.  Relatives and long-time friends died.  We had health problems, car and truck troubles, and never-ending house maintenance expenses.  There were Oysterville issues to say nothing of the gloomy aspect of the world beyond the village.  Yes, a very hard year.
     At its beginning, I chose P as my Letter of the Year.  It’s what I do instead of making New Year’s resolutions.  This is what I wrote:  My Letter of the Year for 2011 is P.  P for projects, perseverance, publication, posterity, positive…
     Most of those choices worked out.  I did spend a lot of time on big projects, some of which – the Oysterville Cemetery Assessment and the memoir/biography about Willard – are spilling into next year.  I persevered (a blog entry every-day-no-matter-what).  Several things I wrote were published – the Jail series in the Observer and the issue of the Sou’wester devoted to the history of the Oysterville Church.
     As it turned out, the posterity part morphed into one of those on-going projects – readying more family and personal items for the Washington State Historical Society Research Center and for the Columbia Pacific Heritage Center.  
     I’m not sure I accomplished the positive part, though.  On balance it feels as though it was a year of more minuses than pluses.
     So much for review.  Now it’s time for the 2012 Letter of the Year.  For the first time ever I am choosing a vowel:  A for abstinence (as with regard to eating and spending), for accomplishment (as in those never-ending projects), for acceptance and adaptability (with regard to the inevitable changes coming our way) and aspirations (as in without them, what would be the point?)
     A year from now, when assessment time comes, I wonder if it will have been an A-1 sort of year.  I hope so!


  1. Stephanie Frieze

    I am not in the least sad to see the back side of 2011 for many of the same reasons as you! It is hard to be optomistic about 2012 because I know that it could be worse so your choice of “A” for acceptance and adaptability should be my watch-letter as well as we attempt to figure out the transitions and changes of our lives. Thank you for persisting in your blog. It is almost, but not quite, as good as a visit with you. Here’s to a better year!

  2. Jayne

    Abstinence in eating??? We sure will miss you at the Cafe.
    Best wishes to both of you for the New Year.


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