Taking in Life Around Me 2022..... #Sundaystills....theme: 2021 in your rearview mirror
here and at the beginning of 2021 I made my first batch. It was so fun. It was also fun to play with taking photos of the process. I had bought a few flat lays because I've been wanting to play with food photography more (redo some of my recipes), etc. Unfortunately I didn't do this as much as I would've liked. I hope to do more this year, to be more intentional and put in the effort. Last year I had the idea of perhaps adding to my VA portfolio of offering to re-create and photographing blog recipes. Maybe I'll still do that or maybe I'll do it just for myself.
February was the month we welcomed our granddaughter Pepper. Her brother was (and still is) quite smitten with her. They had a crazy February because in Texas they got hit with some serious and had to move in with family for almost a week.
I tried to really take time to pause, rest, not feel like I had to do anything so I spent some time in the hammock reading. We had a few warm days and that was nice.
I tried to be intentional when I could about going out and taking some photos. This area of farmland in our town is called "The Bottoms" it runs along the Columbia and Lewis rivers. The wheat or whatever this is, is always so pretty! Especially as the sun starts to set.
July was celebratory and heart breaking. It would bring new perspective, and a journey of processing loss, of life and broken relationship. It would start a time of healing, of trying to process and understand (I'm not totally there yet). We celebrated my grandson turning 3 and the following week, I lost my dad somewhat unexpectedly. His health hadn't been good, but I hadn't been expecting this. While I didn't get to see him often, we talked almost daily. I will miss those times immensely.
Celebrated Indiana's 3rd birthday..All things motorcycles and Dinosaurs! I highly recommend grandchildren, they're so much fun.
We ate simply....watched movies, hiked, did some sight seeing, read. Just chilled.
In the 40ish years that I've lived in Washington, I had never (but always wanted to) visit the San Juan Islands so this was a real treat. We stayed in a cute airbnb that had a beautiful view. It did rain a bit but we still enjoyed it, and hopped over to Friday Harbor as well. I'll be back.
My dad always liked oysters and often talked about how when he was in the service, and stationed in Florida he and his buddies would go get a bucket and sit and eat them. I DO NOT like Oysters, but we happened upon an oyster farm and the food there was highly recommended so I decided in honor of him I'd order and eat some oysters. I managed 3 and they weren't entirely unpleasant but I don't think I'll eat them again anytime soon.
We also took a 4 day trip to Sunriver with friends. Another relaxing time spent reading, bike riding, playing games, spending time outside.
We continued making progress on the house. In September we finalized our granite countertops for our addition. If you're interested in that journey you can look back on my Weekend Coffee Share posts, as that's where I've shown what's happening. I've also done some IG videos.
October also meant working at the pumpkin patch my son in laws family owns on the weekends, so my month was either spent at work or at the pumpkin patch (which I love helping at). My grandson loved playing in the hay maze and was playing hide and seek with me.
We accidentally matched on Thanksgiving and he thought that was pretty "epic". One of his favorite words.
We also trekked out to a local tree farm to find our Christmas tree. It was a mellow month. Not too much happening.
We attended the Christmas Eve Service at our daughter's church and took a quick photo (missing son in law and grand daughter).
December 9th was my birthday. I worked, so I stopped at the coffee shop where my daughter and friend work and got my birthday drink and free pastry. They wrote me a sweet note.
We also had a Friendsgiving. It was so nice gathering with friends. We ate yummy food and my hubby had each person send him some photos that highlighted their year. He put them into a video and we each shared what each photo meant to us.