Saturday, December 31, 2016

Gearing up for 2017

Looking Back - Looking Ahead

At this time last year I was in a bit of a funk, lamenting the fact that my mother-in-law (a/k/a the Queen Mother) had taken to her bed for the final time, we had called in Hospice, and were anticipating the end to come within a couple of months.

Fast forward 12 months.  The Queen Mother is still with us, having not left her bed in a year, breathing with the aid of oxygen, peeing with the aid of a catheter, and barely able to recognize us.  Obviously God has a plan for her; I just wish he/she would reveal it to me.

In the last 12 months we sold a property in East Tennessee, came close to purchasing two others, and are now looking at houses to be our retirement home in the Johnson City area.

Husband recently "officially" retired and so far is not driving me crazy. I've heard stories from friends about how much their lives changed -- not necessarily for the good -- once their husbands retired.  Since mine has worked from home for the last two decades, there's hardly been a blip in our routines.  Nevertheless, I look forward to spending more time with him, my all-time best friend, when he no longer has the pressure of caring for his mother.

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to 2017, trying to settle on a plan that equitably shares my love of quilting with my love of travel and my love of spending time with my beloved.

Happy New Year


  1. My husband retired several years ago, before me, so I think he was looking forward to my retiring as much as I was! There is still the dreaded question, however (my mom warned me about this and she was right!). "What's for lunch?" Wishing you lots of enjoyment with your hubby in 2017 and peace for you with your MIL.

  2. Wishing you all the best for 2017 - all the fabric, travel, and companionship with your hubby you could want. Happy New Year!

  3. Happy 2017! Wishing you a very fun filled year, hope all your plans work out well.

  4. "Retirement is twice as much husband, half as much money," my mother used to say. Hope you make the adjustment satisfactorily for you both.

  5. Wishing you all the best for 2017 as well!


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