Auld Lang Syne 2017

Christmas 2017

Auld Lang Syne 2017. Although we had our ups and downs it was a relatively good year. (Perspective is everything.) Nana and her sawed-off knee was the worst of it. It was rough on us (and her) for the first six weeks, but now you can barely stop her. She’s my little engine that could. 🙂

The stock market has been great all year which means our retirement fund has nearly recovered from all the unexpected bills we’ve accumulated this year. If it keeps up, our nest egg should be back to its normal state in a couple of months. We plan on another No-Spend Month in January to get us back on track faster.

Health-wise, Greg and his bum knee has been helped a lot by Flexacil. Don’t ask me how it works but it seems to help him so we’ve put off surgery for a while yet.

Me, I’ve been the same, trudging along like the mule I am. This year was a bit of a turning point because the house is nearly the way I like it and the homestead is getting there. There will always be more things to build, repair, or replace, but for once it’s not so shabby.

We made new friends this year! I’ve been urging Greg to stop clinging to home so much and get out more and meet new people. You wouldn’t think I’d have to tell him this because between the two of us, he’s the social butterfly, but that man loves to cocoon when he can.

If it weren’t for me, he’d never leave home.

Other than my Sunday menu posts, I’ll probably be offline until January 8. Even then I expect big happenings starting in January. Three of my goats will all deliver within a week of each other in January.

Not the best time to deliver babies but we’ll do what we can to keep them warm and safe.

One of my new friends has a mini horse who’s about to deliver soon too. I might be called upon to serve as intermediary if my friend is stuck at work when it happens. Expect a lot of new animal pictures in 2018.

In short, it was a hard year, but we made it! No one died on us and that’s the greatest blessing of all. My motto is, all setbacks become null and void if you can make it through alive.

I hope 2017 finds you well, and 2018 brings you health and prosperity. What would you like to accomplish in 2018?


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  1. Glad you had a good year overall! I usually feel like I didn’t accomplish anything in the year, but I’m learning to remember not only the big things but the smaller things as well – there are a lot of those and they totally add up! 🙂

    Wishing you a wonderful 2018!

  2. Jenny Schwartz

    I’m so glad Nana bounced back – expert nursing 🙂 It has been an up and downy year, but as you say, anything you survive, is good.

    And I hope we get foal photos – so cute!

  3. Nana looks great! Glad to hear she made a full recovery! 2017 seemed like it was relatively “okay” for you and yours. My goal for 2018 is to stop escaping by watching Netflix or reading and start getting out more and doing things. I’m definitely the cocoon 🙂

    Merry Christmas!


  4. I like this, Maria: ‘My motto is, all setbacks become null and void if you can make it through alive.’
    Your observations on Greg struck home. I write about something similar in my intended blog post for after the New Year. It highlights my daughter’s accuity.
    Ref my new year intentions, I’m giving it until the end of January for agents and publishers to come to their senses, then there’ll be a slew of self publishing. I have 9 good books on my hard drive. 🙂

  5. Angela Brown

    Nana looks ready to take on the world with her beautiful grin. Iko looks ready to take on whatever that is off camera 🙂

    The last three years have gone as follows:
    2015: WTF? Are you kidding me…all year.
    2016: Um, Really? Still not done putting me through the ringer?
    2017:Taking my focus off of the storms and focusing on the blessings in front of me, the daily fist-bump moments that I took for granted.

    Not sure what 2018 has in store, however, I’m working on being the little engine that could through it all.

    May your 2018 be fully blessed and beautiful, Maria 🙂

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