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Looking Back, Leaning Forward, Have a Great New Year!

I've been mulling the direction of this New Year's  post for the past week. I began with the idea of suggesting we list our goals for the coming year, looking forward with optimism to the days ahead and all that we want to accomplish. Then I considered asking for your list of all things that you are grateful for in the year gone by. One way or another, New Year's Day is a time for reflection.

Somehow though, it always feels different than other holidays we celebrate through the year. It lacks the decorative, emotional, cultural and religious  build up of Christmas or the patriotism of July 4th. Oh, I suppose there are commonalities: the glass of champagne, fireworks, the parties, the kiss at midnight, singing a familiar song, the list of resolutions. But celebrating the passage of time with family and friends, New Year's is much like a communal birthday, a time when we all take at least a moment to assess where we are and where we want to go.

So, rather than lists of g…

Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas!

Sorry, I've been out of touch for the past two weeks. A variety of circumstances have had me feeling like Kendall Aims in The Accidental Bestseller, a wonderful novel by Wendy Wax which I'm currently reading. After spending half the morning in bed alternately reading and mulling my state of affairs, I decided to get up and get going...at least with baby steps, like updating my blog to wish you all a happy holiday, and getting started on a career advice book that I brought along from Florida and which has been sitting unread next to my desk for the past three weeks.

It's snowing here in Evergreen, we may actually have 4 - 8 inches before it's all over. Just two days ago the temps were as high as 52 F and we could see brown patches of grass throughout the pasture behind our home. That's all changed now! It started snowing lightly last night and has continued non-stop throughout the day. So, I guess my wish of a white Christmas has been answered. It's perfectly lov…

23 December 09

I apologize that it has been so long since my last post. When I last left off the adventure of my move to Evergreen, Colorado, I was waiting for the delivery of my household belongings from Florida.

Before I chose the shipper for my belongings and the transport of my car, I did extensive research of companies via the Better Business Bureau and several online review sites. I eventually chose Joyce Van Lines because they had an A rating with the BBB and few negative reviews. Unfortunately, all my research did not result in a smooth move. Things started smoothly with the pick up of my boxes, furniture, and car. However, after that there were several issues all of which centered around a lack of communication, which led to feelings of frustration and a sense of being taken advantage of. All of this made me so depressed and frustrated at my inability to do anything that I stopped writing here and on my other blog. Eventually, I was unable to work out an acceptable solution with the company…

23 December 09

I apologize that it has been so long since my last post. When I last left off the adventure of my move to Evergreen, Colorado, I was waiting for the delivery of my household belongings from Florida.

Before I chose the shipper for my belongings and the transport of my car, I did extensive research of companies via the Better Business Bureau and several online review sites. I eventually chose Joyce Van Lines because they had an A rating with the BBB and few negative reviews. Unfortunately, all my research did not result in a smooth move. Things started smoothly with the pick up of my boxes, furniture, and car. However, after that there were several issues all of which centered around a lack of communication, which led to feelings of frustration and a sense of being taken advantage of. All of this made me so depressed and frustrated at my inability to do anything that I stopped writing here and on my other blog. Eventually, I was unable to work out an acceptable solution with the company…

23 December 09

I apologize that it has been so long since my last post. When I last left off the adventure of my move to Evergreen, Colorado, I was waiting for the delivery of my household belongings from Florida.

Before I chose the shipper for my belongings and the transport of my car, I did extensive research of companies via the Better Business Bureau and several online review sites. I eventually chose Joyce Van Lines because they had an A rating with the BBB and few negative reviews. Unfortunately, all my research did not result in a smooth move. Things started smoothly with the pick up of my boxes, furniture, and car. However, after that there were several issues all of which centered around a lack of communication, which led to feelings of frustration and a sense of being taken advantage of. All of this made me so depressed and frustrated at my inability to do anything that I stopped writing here and on my other blog. Eventually, I was unable to work out an acceptable solution with the company…

The Politics of Peace

Today I've been watching the coverage of President Obama's acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. I watched as he attempted to explain why a leader in wartime can simultaneously be working toward peace. I nodded my head as he acknowledged that he casts a short shadow standing next to former great recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize who received it after they'd accomplished something worthy of the prize rather than in anticipation of greatness as seems to be the case with Mr. Obama. I watched as Mr. and Mrs. Obama stood on the balcony waving to the parading crowds below and thought that they looked like royalty, a foreign concept to most Americans conception of their political leaders.

Yesterday, in the First Read newsletter, Chuck Todd of MSNBC compiled a revealing list of the other candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. Included among the group was a familiar name: Greg Mortenson founder of the Central Asia Institute, whose book Three Cups of Tea int…

10 December 09

The stunning sub-zero weather that greeted us when we arrived and then stayed on like an uninvited guest for the first week, freezing pipes not once but twice, obliterating my attempts at snowblowing, slipping through the leaky window panes, fighting our attempts to stay warm...that bad old Mr. Frost has left, for now.

In fact, his exit was rather dramatic, through the night a howling wind blew through the trees and banged against our wooden house. As I lay snuggled in bed I thought of the snow drifts it was creating and contemplated how nice it would be if those strong winds blew the driveway clear of the snow that had newly fallen after my first snowblowing adventure.

What a nice surprise it was then this morning when I walked outside and found that the wind had in fact done just that. The driveway was clear of snow of all but the tire tracks of the plumber that had come twice to thaw the frozen pipes. There was only the drifts of snow around my rented SUV to clear with the snowblo…

10 December 09

The stunning sub-zero weather that greeted us when we arrived and then stayed on like an uninvited guest for the first week, freezing pipes not once but twice, obliterating my attempts at snowblowing, slipping through the leaky window panes, fighting our attempts to stay warm...that bad old Mr. Frost has left, for now.

In fact, his exit was rather dramatic, through the night a howling wind blew through the trees and banged against our wooden house. As I lay snuggled in bed I thought of the snow drifts it was creating and contemplated how nice it would be if those strong winds blew the driveway clear of the snow that had newly fallen after my first snowblowing adventure.

What a nice surprise it was then this morning when I walked outside and found that the wind had in fact done just that. The driveway was clear of snow of all but the tire tracks of the plumber that had come twice to thaw the frozen pipes. There was only the drifts of snow around my rented SUV to clear with the snowblo…

10 December 09

The stunning sub-zero weather that greeted us when we arrived and then stayed on like an uninvited guest for the first week, freezing pipes not once but twice, obliterating my attempts at snowblowing, slipping through the leaky window panes, fighting our attempts to stay warm...that bad old Mr. Frost has left, for now.

In fact, his exit was rather dramatic, through the night a howling wind blew through the trees and banged against our wooden house. As I lay snuggled in bed I thought of the snow drifts it was creating and contemplated how nice it would be if those strong winds blew the driveway clear of the snow that had newly fallen after my first snowblowing adventure.

What a nice surprise it was then this morning when I walked outside and found that the wind had in fact done just that. The driveway was clear of snow of all but the tire tracks of the plumber that had come twice to thaw the frozen pipes. There was only the drifts of snow around my rented SUV to clear with the snowblo…

7 December 09

Today was a housekeeping day, not cleaning but other equally mundane tasks such as ordering a PO Box online from the local post office since we cannot get mail delivery at the house. I also learned a new skill today: how to operate a snowblower to clear the snow from the driveway. No, I don't have an actual photo of the miraculous event, you'll just have to take my word for it and use the accompanying photo and your imagination to picture me in the act. And finally for dinner tonight, I made meatloaf and kale with bacon and onions. I know, it doesn't sound glamorous but it was in fact very delicious.

7 December 09

Today was a housekeeping day, not cleaning but other equally mundane tasks such as ordering a PO Box online from the local post office since we cannot get mail delivery at the house. I also learned a new skill today: how to operate a snowblower to clear the snow from the driveway. No, I don't have an actual photo of the miraculous event, you'll just have to take my word for it and use the accompanying photo and your imagination to picture me in the act. And finally for dinner tonight, I made meatloaf and kale with bacon and onions. I know, it doesn't sound glamorous but it was in fact very delicious.

7 December 09

Today was a housekeeping day, not cleaning but other equally mundane tasks such as ordering a PO Box online from the local post office since we cannot get mail delivery at the house. I also learned a new skill today: how to operate a snowblower to clear the snow from the driveway. No, I don't have an actual photo of the miraculous event, you'll just have to take my word for it and use the accompanying photo and your imagination to picture me in the act. And finally for dinner tonight, I made meatloaf and kale with bacon and onions. I know, it doesn't sound glamorous but it was in fact very delicious.

The Adventures of Moving House and Starting Again

I've been a busy girl for the past two weeks, moving from Florida to Colorado. If you'd like an in-depth look at just what can happen in the first two days in an old (1949) home, head over to my other blog: Every Day Do One Thing to read about my adventures with frozen pipes, high altitude cooking, and the mover that just won't get there in time to save the day.

4 December 09

We are now in our second day at our Swedish farmhouse in Evergreen, Colorado. The adventure has just begun but it has already been event filled. We arrived on the evening of the 2nd Dec at 6:30pm with our two yorkies, five pieces of luggage and Mom's walker. The temperature was 10 degrees and it had snowed during the day so the roads were icy. Before we left Fort Lauderdale we were informed that our car and furniture and boxes that we'd shipped ten days prior would not arrive until Dec. 14th, instead of the expected Dec. 4th date we'd been told. This meant that we had to rent a car, in this case, given the weather and our destination of a mountain town we had to rent an SUV, not an inexpensive proposition for ten days.

We loaded up the Chevy Tahoe and started the drive up I-70 to Evergreen, slowly. I hate to drive at night, on expressways, and the last time I've driven in snowy conditions was 13 years ago when I lived in Incline Village, Nevada. This may explain why it …

4 December 09

We are now in our second day at our Swedish farmhouse in Evergreen, Colorado. The adventure has just begun but it has already been event filled. We arrived on the evening of the 2nd Dec at 6:30pm with our two yorkies, five pieces of luggage and Mom's walker. The temperature was 10 degrees and it had snowed during the day so the roads were icy. Before we left Fort Lauderdale we were informed that our car and furniture and boxes that we'd shipped ten days prior would not arrive until Dec. 14th, instead of the expected Dec. 4th date we'd been told. This meant that we had to rent a car, in this case, given the weather and our destination of a mountain town we had to rent an SUV, not an inexpensive proposition for ten days.

We loaded up the Chevy Tahoe and started the drive up I-70 to Evergreen, slowly. I hate to drive at night, on expressways, and the last time I've driven in snowy conditions was 13 years ago when I lived in Incline Village, Nevada. This may explain why it …

4 December 09

We are now in our second day at our Swedish farmhouse in Evergreen, Colorado. The adventure has just begun but it has already been event filled. We arrived on the evening of the 2nd Dec at 6:30pm with our two yorkies, five pieces of luggage and Mom's walker. The temperature was 10 degrees and it had snowed during the day so the roads were icy. Before we left Fort Lauderdale we were informed that our car and furniture and boxes that we'd shipped ten days prior would not arrive until Dec. 14th, instead of the expected Dec. 4th date we'd been told. This meant that we had to rent a car, in this case, given the weather and our destination of a mountain town we had to rent an SUV, not an inexpensive proposition for ten days.

We loaded up the Chevy Tahoe and started the drive up I-70 to Evergreen, slowly. I hate to drive at night, on expressways, and the last time I've driven in snowy conditions was 13 years ago when I lived in Incline Village, Nevada. This may explain why it …