2018: A Year in the Life

As the sun sets on this year, we always reflect and generalize what those 365 days were; great, good, uneventful, bad.  Many people say to 2018, ‘Don’t let the door hit you on the way out’, but it wasn’t that kind of year for me.  There was sadness for sure; losing my Mom, and others who lost their loved ones (including two dogs close to my heart), saying goodbye to longtime friends who moved away (Kelly to the west and Stephen to the east), the trials and horrors in the USA, the world and even here in Ontario.  But there was also joy; inheriting a wonderful dog, great summer trips to friend’s cottages, and a year of firsts;  a week away on my own to a cottage, having a photograph in an exhibition, becoming part of a special and spiritual book club,  learning how to play Bridge, seeing a double rainbow, road-tripping for the first time with my lifelong best gal pal to fabulous Newfoundland, and driving Miss Daisy (aka Suzy Gregory), a woman I was a companion and later friend to for most of this year. I’m sure we’ve all experienced the good, the bad and the ugly this past year, but we do with every year that comes and goes.  It’s part of living.  If we look back there’s usually more of the ‘good’. Here’s a few snapshots of my 2018 and tonight I will raise a glass to one and all for a positive and exciting year ahead!

*featured photo: last night’s glorious sunset along Lakeshore Ave near Leslie St.

  • gypsycanine

    December 31, 2018 at 11:06 am Reply

    Beautiful pictures Diane. Happy, Happy New Year. XOXO

    • diane

      December 31, 2018 at 2:20 pm Reply

      Thanks Kelly! You too.

  • Jim Smith

    December 31, 2018 at 11:43 am Reply

    Diane, the one thing you haven’t mentioned is the joy and laughs and love you have spread in the year – thank you, from me, us, Luna, and all other beings you touched in 2018!

    • diane

      December 31, 2018 at 2:20 pm Reply

      Awww, thanks Jim! You too. And Happy New Year! Dinner at my place soooooon.

  • Gabriella M

    December 31, 2018 at 4:45 pm Reply

    Di, I found that a beautiful and thought provoking reflection on how you have balanced your life in the last year by opening yourself to new experiences.I think you have inspired me to reflect on my last year now… and I hope Melbourne and your friends in Oz. will be part of your reflections for 2019. 🙂

    • diane

      December 31, 2018 at 4:56 pm Reply

      Thanks Gub. It was a year of highs and lows. I guess the new things put some balance into it. I hope Melb and Oz is part of this coming year as well. I will centre my focus on it. Happy New Year! Have a memorable entry into 2019!

  • Trisha Grace

    January 10, 2019 at 3:52 pm Reply

    A tough year for you no doubt Di but I’m glad to have been there with you side by side for the happy and sad moments. Love you!

    • diane

      January 13, 2019 at 12:21 am Reply

      Awww. I just saw this! Glad you were there with me too. Love you too. D xox

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