Thursday, December 31, 2009

Buh bye 2009.....


Well, this is it, 2009! Its been……interesting. However, I would not like to have to do it over again. There have been some good times, times that made me laugh; and there have been some bad times, times that made me cry with frustration and anger. But we have weathered them all. As a family, we have pulled together and forged through the bad times and come out the other side stronger for the experience. We have learned many things…..friendships have been tested, as well as family ties. We have grown.
My daughter has been through an awful lot this year but in the end she won her disability case which had been pending for nearly three years. That, in itself, is a giant hurdle and hopefully both our lives will now be a lot easier. I’ve made some new friends online this year and hope that they will be lasting friendships. I’ve gotten closer to older online friends and truly cherish being part of their cyber family as much as they are continuing in mine.
I've seen some good movies this year (Taken, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, UP) and some stinkers (Sideways, Identity) and some in between (Twilight, New in Town, Four Christmases). UP we watched on Christmas Day and it was so good I watched it again the next day. Its a great movie.....I just love the bird! I've made a purchase that I'm in love with and proclaim it on a daily basis.....my Keurig one-cup coffeemaker. If you are a coffee lover, you simply have to own one of these. I figured out that it costs approximately 34 cents a 16 oz. mug, so its not an expensive brew. There are a couple places that sell the K-cups (used to brew the coffee) online and the shipping is free. Look into it if you love coffee!

The first day of the new year is really just another day but we all look at it as either a new chapter in a big book or else a new book entirely. I tend to view it as a new chapter. We all hope that this chapter or book will be better than the last one…..that’s human nature. But the unforeseen bad things that happen as well as the good things are all part of what makes up our lives and our personal recipe for what makes us tick.
I know the economy has hurt so many people and their lives have deteriorated noticeably from the way things were a couple years ago. The rest of us feel like we are teetering on a cliff, just hanging on by our fingertips. Maybe we haven’t lost our homes but we don’t have anything extra…we just have enough to pay our debts and guy groceries. We are at the mercy of the credit card companies and their penchant for raising interest rates. Hopefully that will end in a couple months. For people like me who feel joy and a deep sense of …..completeness when I can do for others, be it two-legged or four-legged….it hurts when I don’t have enough to share. So my prayers are not so much for me personally…..they are for things to improve so that I may have extra so I'm able to help others as well as myself and my family. For the time being my little part-time job has survived the budget cut-backs at work….my position is needed there; it is not frivolous. A review will be done quarterly and more cuts will be made then if need be. They also removed the hiring freeze, so the 4 police officers who retired can be replaced. Much to the relief of the township residents.
So, my wish for all of you, my dear friends and readers….is that you may have health, happiness and inner peace…..peace that comes with being comfortable in your own skin….that comes with following your heart and being able to fulfill some of your wishes. And because I believe in God….I will say God Bless you all. If you believe in a different higher power, then please realize that I mean for you to be blessed by how your beliefs may encompass you. Thank you for visiting me and stay safe out there. Hugs and love.

12 comments:

Coffeypot said...

Hugs and love backattcha, Val. I have a Keurig one cupper, and love it.

Cheryl said...

I loved this. I guess I'm going to have to finally check out the Keurig coffeemaker. 34 cents a cup puts it in a much more favorable light :))

I always say health, wealth and happiness. I'm gonna copy you now and say health, happiness and inner peace. That's MUCH better.

Wishing you all that in 2010.

JY said...

Wishing you and your family a SPLENDID 2010 as well! I really hope that it is a better year for all of us!

gayle said...

Going to check this coffee maker out. Glad your daughter won!! Have a wonderful 2010!!

Gypsy said...

I know it hasn't always been easy for you Val but your good heart always shines through. You are one of the kindest and most unselfish people I have ever known and I feel prvileged that you are my friend.

I hope you will always know peace in your heart Val and I send you much love all the way from Oz xxxx

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Hi, I just found your blog today. I'm not a coffee drinker, but my colleagues at the office LOVE the Keurig. I saw in your profile that you listed Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.... Somehow I had never seen it, so guess what we watched on New Year's Eve? I loved the story about your granddaughter and Santa, too! Will be back to read more.

Mama Llama said...

Many blessings and much love to you in this New Decade! Looking forward to going through it (virtually) together!

Be well, Val.

Boxer said...

Happy New Year Val - I'm glad to know you're a good place as we enter the next year/decade. Peace comes with work and wisdom and you should revel in your hard work.

God Bless you too.

Joy Des Jardins said...

Happy New Year Val....

I think we're all glad to see 2009 go...you and I included. I pray 2010 is very good to all of us...and may it bring you only good things Val. You certainly deserve it. You are such a wonderful person with a heart of gold and the most beautiful soul. I feel blessed to have found you in this community and certainly feel fortunate to have you as my friend. I look forward to seeing what 2010 has ahead for us and what you have to say here on your blog. Much love, Joy

dana said...

I've started EVERY BLASTED YEAR with the hopes that the next one would be better. So far, they've just been DIFFERENT. Different year, different tragedies. We're so old now that the next tragedy "could be".....uh.......nevermind.

BUT we have to be grateful that we ARE old, because during our work-life, Joe and I were Fire Department and secure with our jobs.

I'd love to BE younger, but the "teetering on the edge" feelings would be horrendous.

As it is, we lost half in the stock plunge. Now, we're OUT of the stock ratrace and just keeping the rest buried where we can visit it.

SOUL: said...

awwwww-- well said my friend--
big hugs to you and many happy days to come your way in the new year!
love you charlotte-

Happyone :-) said...

A Happy New Year to you!!
I'm glad this year has come to an end. It's been a rough one for me but things are back on track. :-) It has just made me enjoy each new day even more.
I saw Avatar yesterday in 3D. It was fantastic!