Thanks to all who have been following my blog, commenting on it and actually enjoying it. I really appreciate your comments. I mean I really, really do. I have enjoyed and have been inspired my many of your posts as well. Thanks again to all who have stopped by and even nominated me for special awards. In honor of the end of an old year and the beginning of a new year I am going to highlight the past year with some of my favorite, favorite photos from 2013.
I left Venezuela in December of 2012 and from Venezuela went and visited my children in Washington State, from Washington, I took a train with my youngest daughter and her son to Chicago and then went on to New York. After a few weeks in New York I traveled down to DC and on to North Carolina for a week. After North Carolina I went back to DC and began an 8 month Nepali language course. During the course I had several old friends visit me in DC. Some friends were from the military and some were from high school. I took trips to New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Richmond, VA. I went to wine tastings and food festivals. Finally I passed my Nepali test and WOW.. ended up in Kathmandu, Nepal. Those are the nuts and bolts.
What happened emotionally for me was some beautiful births from family and long-time friends. My sister got married and the wedding was such a touching and emotional event for me. I can’t adequately describe to you now nor to my sister at the time at how proud of her I was and glad I was to be her sister. I had emotional break downs with my older sister who got me to laughing and re-thinking my state. Man I love that girl. I was able to meet up with family and friends I haven’t seen for so long and it was like time had never passed. There was a completely unexpected death of a very amazing young friend that shook me to the core. I’m still dealing with some of the emotions that came from that. I was able to find a very old and dear friend that meant so much to me for so long and from that I had to come to terms with some truths about life and love. Letting go and reconnecting, meeting new friends and re-affirming long time friendships. I have spent a lot of time this year coming to terms with who I am and what I’m willing to accept and realizing that there are some serious changes in me that need to take place. There was awe, joy and great satisfaction at people, places and things and personal accomplishments. There was shock, horror and extreme emotional despair at people, places and things and a new-found understanding of life in general. I put up way too many photos here but there were tons more that could have been used. No photo can clearly express how I am feeling at this moment of remembering all of these things and right now there are no more words to say.
To all, have a prosperous and happy (focus on happy) New Year. Stay safe.
I hope you enjoy.
A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen. ~Edward de Bono
A random hill with random kids yelling random happy Nepali phrases at us.
Hanging on to love in Philly
Beer flight arranged quite nicely
Windsor Wineries in Virginia
smoke and candles
Get out of my way, I’m on a mission
Sun glistening off of the wheat
Beautiful colors to paint on face
Peacefully stay out
Can’t really say her feet smell.. but someone’s did
At least it was made in the USA.
candles and decorations both inside and outside of houses
sailboats on a beautifully lit waterway
Bridge with sunset
Loved this picture of man taking his child to the festival
a photo my daughter drew
Bubbles in the aquarium
angled friend for dinner
before the tasting
Adult size game pieces
Have a safe and happy new year.
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