Well, if there are any things I really wanted/needed to do before the end of the year, I'd better get moving! To be honest, I can't think of anything that falls into this category (other than paying some bills this evening), but it is still almost the end of the year.
A lot of people do end-of-the-year posts about their most popular posts, their accomplishments, or even the worst about the year that is nearly at an end. I have been giving it some thought, and decided I was going to list 13 Things in 2013, so here you go.
1. In August, The Tim's oldest sister died unexpectedly. It was sad, not just because of what it was, but because of how it happened. And in the end, it seemed that after her husband died last year, she gave up on everything, and kinda died of a broken heart. They were both sweet people, and were my favorites in his family. I can only hope now that they are together and in peace.
2. Shingles. Enough said about that.
3. I started going to a new internist this past summer, and so far it has been a real improvement. My old doctor was someone I'd gone to for years, and though he was very nice, and very responsive, the past couple of times I'd had respiratory issues, I really feel that his hesitancy to give me strong drugs led to having pneumonia twice in two years. I had a really bad cold a few weeks ago, which was taking the route that had led to pneumonia before, and the new doctor really decided to kick it at the beginning. It cleared up and even my cough didn't last as long!
4. I failed to complete two reading challenges I'd signed up to do. But on the other hand, I read two more books than the goal I had set for myself on Goodreads!
5. My knitting output was pitiful, but fortunately, I was pleased with what I did complete.
6. My niece Julie and her husband Keith, who live in Brooklyn, are expecting a baby girl in May, so another great-niece will join the family!
7. It snowed a couple of times this fall, and even though we didn't have a white Christmas, it was a cold and sunny Christmas day, which meant it felt the way it should, and that we could have a fire in our fireplace.
8. I didn't manage to clean out/clear out as much stuff around here. But on the plus side, I have been managing to slowly take the clothes that don't fit me any more but are still in decent shape, and donate them. I hope they have made someone happy.
9. Early in the year, I had the chance to meet a friend that I "met" on Facebook through two other real-life friends who knew her. She was as much fun in person as she is online. And it was a kick to be around a stranger that I felt like I already knew.
10. Even though I wasn't as active and didn't exercise as much as I had planned to, I did manage to keep my weight about the same.
11. In October, The Tim and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary, which counts for saving power if nothing else.
12. Over the summer, I went with a group of friends to Stitch 'n Pitch. Cole Hamels pitched, the Phillies won (a real treat this past season!), and it was one of the most fun times ever.
13. We didn't have the chance for a big vacation, but we had a great trip to Rehoboth Beach in September, staying with my niece Amanda and her husband Pat, who have a house there that is shared in his family. It was a wonderful weekend. Dug went with us, and I think he had the best time of all.
So overall, except for the true sadness of losing Sheila, it was a year of more good than bad. Death is a huge "bad" of course, but the important thing is for the rest of us to go on living our lives since we are still here. We are all relatively healthy, pretty content, and ready for 2014.
Here's hoping it will be a good year for all of us who have made it through 2013!