As the sun sets on this year, we always reflect and generalize what those 365 days were; great, good, uneventful, bad. Many people say to 2018, ‘Don’t let the door hit you on the way out’, but it wasn’t that kind of year for me. There was sadness for sure; losing my Mom, and others who lost their loved ones (including two dogs close to my heart), saying goodbye to longtime friends who moved away (Kelly to the west and Stephen to the east), the trials and horrors in the USA, the world and even here in Ontario. But there was also joy; inheriting a wonderful dog, great summer trips to friend’s cottages, and a year of firsts; a week away on my own to a cottage, having a photograph in an exhibition, becoming part of a special and spiritual book club, learning how to play Bridge, seeing a double rainbow, road-tripping for the first time with my lifelong best gal pal to fabulous Newfoundland, and driving Miss Daisy (aka Suzy Gregory), a woman I was a companion and later friend to for most of this year. I’m sure we’ve all experienced the good, the bad and the ugly this past year, but we do with every year that comes and goes. It’s part of living. If we look back there’s usually more of the ‘good’. Here’s a few snapshots of my 2018 and tonight I will raise a glass to one and all for a positive and exciting year ahead!
*featured photo: last night’s glorious sunset along Lakeshore Ave near Leslie St.