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New Year's Eve Reminiscing

December 31st, 2017 at 08:28 am

I like the yearly recaps some have been posting, and I thought I would summarize my year, too:

Good stuff:

Financial - Despite a challenging budget, I managed to end the year with my net worth not only intact, but a little higher than last year.

Vacations - I went on my first-ever cruise (using my first-ever passport) from New Orleans to Mexico. I had a total blast with my kids and grandkids and my dear friend C. Then a few months later I had a beautiful long weekend getaway with my girlfriends in Madison, Indiana, where we stayed in an adorable historic home, ate some great food and went antiquing. I went to Florida twice (in quick succession), once to visit my son's family, and again to help out my DIL, who was on crutches. I went to visit my brother in Michigan often, including family get-togethers on July 4 and Thanksgiving. And I also went to visit BFF and she came to see me, and we never failed to have a great time. I had lunch with my man friend P whenever I went to Michigan, and I hope to keep seeing him in the new year.

Work - I really retired! My work at the museum ended rather abruptly in February (no fault of mine), and though I miss the extra income, I do not miss the commute, nor the stress.

Medical - I went to a nephrologist for the first time and got good news about my chronic kidney disease -- it is progressing very slowly and I learned I did not have to follow a special diet. I also learned from my GP that I did not have to take a statin any more.

Family Triumphs - My son completed his Master's in Predictive Analytics. My grandson made first violin in his middle school orchestra and is therefore concert master -- the youngest ever! My other grandson earned his yellow belt in Tae Kwan Do.

Family History - I started transcribing my mother's diaries (and got side-tracked, but that's another story!) I researched C's lineage and updated the family tree, and I got my DNA tested! I'm very British!

Bad Stuff:

Personal - I lost my good friend C to cancer. She lived approximately a year after the original diagnosis. I was privileged to be one of her carers at the end. She had an amazing last year and I was so happy to be part of it.

Car Repair - I had to replace the master switch assembly in January, and brakes in June, along with a lot of other little things. Car repairs cost me $1889, but that was a lot better than the previous year, which figured above $7K!

Medical - I had to pay $325 out of pocket for physical therapy, and I was troubled by knee pain for about half of the year (it still isn't completely gone!)

Overall, despite the tragedy of losing C, it has been a good year.

7 Responses to “New Year's Eve Reminiscing”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    With such a terrible event, I'm glad you didn't have many other bad things happen this year. I hope you get to travel a lot again in 2018!

  2. snafu Says:

    Thanks for posting your 2017 Recap. Wishing you a year of joy and prosperity.

  3. Petunia 100 Says:

    I am so glad your retirement is full of trips and adventures with dear friends and family. That is the retirement I hope to have and I enjoy reading about your experiences.

  4. Petunia 100 Says:

    The loss of C is very sad; I'm so sorry.
    Have a wonderful 2018, CB! Smile

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'm glad you had the time to spend with C in her final year of life due to being retired. May 2018 be a good year for you, even as you have to tighten the purse strings.

  6. Dido Says:

    Lots of good stuff, and I am sorry for the loss of your friend and glad you got to be there for her at the end.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Your loss of C was sad, and you were a remarkable friend to her.

    You did have a wonderful year overall. Hope 2018 is equally terrific.

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