My last blog was pretty depressing. I was feeling down in the dumps, and needed to get it out of my system.
Thank you to all for the wonderfully supportive comments.
The past year has been so busy. A year ago this week, Mike and I moved into the house his parents built and where they raised their family. He inherited the house in February 2016 and we spent 10 months renovating nearly everything. Nothing had been updated since the 1970s, so carpets, tiling, cabinets, paneling, sinks, toilets, light fixtures, etc. needed to be removed and replaced. There is still much to do – mainly in the basement and outbuildings. Mike has also started gardening, and has plans for more garden areas come summer. I have been told that if your relationship can survive a renovation like ours, it can survive most anything. I have to say that he and I are closer than ever, and as far as relationships, I am the happiest I have ever been.
My sons are doing well. The oldest, Tyler, has been working as a GIS technician for a tree service. The company moves from state to state every year or two; and crews are often times sent to other states for shorter jobs or to aid in emergencies such as hurricanes. He likes what he does but would like to work closer to home and require less travel. He recently applied for a position 80 miles from home so hoping he gets it. Because of all the travel, we have inherited his dog, Jameson – a 50-50 lab/retriever mix. I have become quite attached to the dog. The youngest, Troy, is in his second year of college working toward degrees in forestry and firefighting. He has been able to live at home but will have to move for his sophomore and senior years. No matter which college he chooses, he will be at least 150 miles from home. He is now applying for seasonal positions with the local forest service and DNR.
Work is going well overall. I really like what I do, but like with most careers, there are a few drawbacks. I know that I am fortunate to have a good job with good benefits, and one I enjoy at least 90% of the time. I know many who hate their jobs and have to keep going day after day because they have no other options.
My goals for 2018 are to get back on a healthy lifestyle routine, live as though my glass is not half empty or have full but refillable, and that there are so many options available to refill the glass.
I wish all of you the Merriest of Christmases and an amazing New Year.