“What will this year bring? I wonder…”

New Year’s Day in our house marked the end of another Christmas season. Much of the day was spent packing away the decorations, lights, garlands, linens and dinnerware. totes-1As these tasks were dealt with, we took time to reflect on the highlights and lowlights of the past year. Using  a large white cardboard and markers, we drew up  a 2016 balloon chart with various categories as a challenge to our memories.  This chart was placed on the dining room table and added to as memories came flooding back.  It’s a fun activity that brought with it moments of sadness as we recalled those who are no longer with us; lots of joy as we recalled funny things, friend and family events, and travels. The categories of weather and current events had an extraordinarily large number of memories!

Now that Christmas has been packed away, both of us are preparing to indulge in “binge reading”.

 

book_stack-1                              Hubby’s stack of books to read is 2 feet (60cm) tall!

I have been saving Patrick Taylor’s latest book “An Irish Country Love Story” just for this time when I can savour every word. If you are not familiar with the Irish Country Novel Series, I highly recommend it for a joyous escape. It is also a good teaser for my upcoming trip to Ireland!

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