2014 was a different kind of year. My father's death at the end of 2013 meant a lot of firsts for us this year. We managed, but 2014 was a sadder, more reflective, and slower paced year. I didn't have the energy to tackle any major projects. I just puttered along.
It was a miserable winter with snowstorm after snowstorm. I have endless photos (and memories too) of piles of snow, shoveling snow, sun on snow etc. The snowstorms always seemed to hit on weekends which thankfully meant we didn't have to drive to work in the snow, but did mean we were housebound. We just kind of hibernated and licked our wounds (and shoveled snow).
In the midst of all those snowstorms our dear dog Juno passed away.
At the end of February, we embraced the crazy snow and cold temperatures and went to Niagara Falls to see some of the best ice mounds I have ever seen.
We went to the cottage lots this year - beginning in the March Break; then for Easter; often in the summer; with a friend in September to paint clouds and water; with friends and family for Thanksgiving in October; and with my mom in November. Here's a years worth of cottage photos to scroll through.
I never really gave up blogging, but I posted far less often for the first half of 2014 than ever before. By September I had regained my energy and hit my stride and rediscovered the joy of blogging which I wrote a blog post about (here) (By the way, the husband thinks it is one of my best blog posts).
I did get a few things accomplished during the year - even some things that were on my 2014 New Year's resolutions list.
I baked bread.
In the summer, I went on a fantastic trip with the husband and my mother to Newfoundland. We had perfect weather and saw such amazing beautiful sites. We all want to go back.
I painted a large painting (well large for me).
And finally, although I don't have a photo of it, I kept the stairs clear of clutter. all. year. long. (which is a complete first for me). I decided it would be part of my fitness plan to actually take the items up or down the stairs rather than putting them on a step to wait for me to take them later. I love having the stairs clear and now can't stand having anything on them. Oh and speaking of my fitness plan, I did a little self-improvement and made some changes to my diet and fitness regime and have lost 10 pounds (more about that later).
I also got my crafting on this year - well a little bit anyway.
I made little Hallowe'en treats to send to our son and daughter who were away at university.
I made personalized advent calendars for the same son and daughter (here)
I decorated our mantel in a Scandinavian style (here).
We decorated our woodland Christmas tree with owls made from toilet paper rolls (here).
And I sketched and painted some scenes from my daughter's travels as a Christmas present for her (I also did one of the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal for my son and daughter-in-law for Christmas, but forgot to get a photo of it before they went home).
The husband had a significant birthday at the beginning of December which meant a significant present was in order.
And so we end the year with a new family member - the significant present and presence of Ruggles.
I'm wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year, my friends!
Linked to Best Projects of 2014 party at Southern Hospitality