Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016 Hello 2017

2016 is almost gone. As I look back on it....what a roller coaster ride. A year of highs and lows. Among the highs were the birth of two great granddaughters, and the marriage of our son Rob to his beautiful bride Gloria.  It was a year of Port placement, chemo, biopsies, MRI's, scans, blood draws, Dr. appointments and in between we'd do chemo breaks to the beach, visiting family, camping and fishing. It was a sad day October 22, when I had to say goodbye to my beloved Joe. Before this year ended, I did what Joe and I had talked about and sold our home in Milwaukie and moved to Damascus, Oregon about a half hour away. I'm close to both my sons and my daughter and a few of my grand kids and great grand kids. If I want to go a bit further, I take Amtrak to visit family in WA.   My church is just a few minutes away and I'm just minutes away from major stores. If you don't have it already you can email me or text me for my address.  I have a few more pictures I would like to share of places my sister took me. Short rides from her house.
Yesterday we went for a ride along the old Sumner-Buckley Highway

These pictures were taken along that highway and of course I'm going to take pictures of all the old and falling down barns, sheds and houses.

Mt.Rainier in all her glory at every turn

Would you believe huge hay bales?

St. Aloysius Catholic Church of Buckley

The old Buckley school.... 

This is the end of the  Rails to Trails where my sister rides her bike from  the outskirts of Orting to South Prairie and back. Fifteen and a half miles.

It's a beautiful little park.

I wish these walls could talk. Jan doesn't know what this building was 

Our last part of the drive was through theTaheleh Development  in Bonney Lake.

On the way to pick up our New Year's Eve Pizza we took a little ride around Lake Bonney. So I saw Lake Tapps, Lake Jane and Lake Bonney during my visit this time.

Look closely. The lake is starting to freeze.

A little marsh where the ducks and geese hide sometimes.

Yes my friends, those are snow flakes on my coat!! I am praying the roads will stay clear until I can get on that train in Tacoma Monday afternoon.

The last three pictures Jan took on her very cold walk this morning. She managed to get a picture of a goose just take off in flight.  Good job Jan!!

And here if you look between the first two trees, there are swans on the water.

I've never been one to make resolutions. But tomorrow will be a life change for me.  It will be a life with out my Joe. But I do have precious memories. What is this new life going to look like? I don't have a clue but I love the words to this old Ira Stanphill Song. 

I know from these last two months, there will be days when it's living moment by moment one breath at a time. These couple of weeks I've spent with Jan I've had time to think about when I get home... I want to let the Lord be more in control of my life and me not trying to help Him, I want to try to develop a daily routine but not have to beat myself up if I don't stick to it.  I want to eat right, exercise more,  spend more time with old friends and get to know my neighbors and make new friends at church, just to name a few.
 So thus ends another year. I looking forward to the New Year no matter what it brings because I know who holds the future. 
I'll love you for ever and for always
Your Betty Girl