Here we are at the end of 2008, marked, as every year, by Savannah’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Sugar).
As well as the usual births, deaths, marriages and haircuts, the past 12 months has seen quite major changes in the lives of some of the bloggers who frequent this place:
Pat completed her book by instalments via her blog and is now compiling and editing it into shape suitable for publication.
Mary has moved to yet another country to become a new Resident Alien, with yet another language and culture to adapt to.
Eryl has followed her passion and is doing her post-grad degree in creative writing.
Charlie is still alive, much to everyone’s amazement, including his own. However, he still hasn’t got his book ready for buying yet, which I really would like to read while there’s still a chance I can tell him what I think of it.
Hangar Queen had the final op and is now the woman she always knew she was.
Tom has taken his video business in a direction that he finds infinitely more creative and rewarding.
FLG is over 80lbs lighter than he was this time last year, and is becoming an inspiration to many.
A few bloggers have drifted away, stopped blogging or found more interesting things to do with their lives, while others now use Facebook as their primary form of Internet Socialising.
My personal achievements this past year include major leaps forward with my photography; a gradual letting go of the idea that somehow I have to personally save the universe; and probably the biggest accomplishment of all – I managed to get a Christmas Present for Maggie that a) was a surprise and b) she was delighted with (I’ve always told her she can either have one or the other, but not both).
2009 promises to be a year of great potential as Maggie continues to grow in skill and acclaim for her artwork; we are going to see if we can get to Nova Scotia, Canada, to put on an exhibition; and I have my mind slowly focusing on setting up a part time photography business.
There are fears and worries aplenty, but I’m determined to ignore them for at least a few more days.
May 2009 be more fun, more interesting and more rewarding for you than 2008.