Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Welcome, welcome 2014
The Juncos are here in good numbers, and winter is in full swing. No snow yet this season, but the image above from a couple of years ago makes me smile. I can't even believe another year has come and gone. It literally seems like only yesterday that we watched the ball drop in Times Square on 2013. We have a superstition in this house that our best years are "even years." Not that odd years are really bad, but for some reason, really good things happen in even years. I love the number 14. Such a happy and rounded number. I'm quickly headed towards the anniversary of my 52nd year, and have been giving though to what I'd like to accomplish this coming year. Each year slips by, and we tell ourselves we need to "live more" and "worry less" and yet, do we?
This will be a big year of transition for Sam as he will "age out" of the public school system and can no longer attend the program he's been in for the past three years post high school. I will need to see that we get on the "short term list" for the Medicaid NOW Waiver we were approved for this past year, so that he'll have access to other services for adults with disabilities. I'd like to hope that we can find regular employment of some sort for him by mid-year and I will work hard to that end to see that he has something to do which engages him and gives him a sense of pride and purpose. Don't we all want that?
As for me, there are two things I'd really like to accomplish this year. I'm attempting to enroll in a Master Gardener class (the deadline for enrollment was Dec 21...oops) and hope that I'll hear from the person in charge within a day or so that there is an opening for me in a Tuesday morning class starting January 7th. It's 15 weeks of meeting weekly on Tuesday mornings from 9-12, and covers a plethora of all things in nature and gardening. There is so much I don't know and I think I'd really love to be with a group of people who share my passion for growing and nature.
Secondly, I finally want to learn to play an instrument. I've been enamored with the Mountain Dulcimer for some time, and think it would be an easier instrument to learn. I've found an instructor who seems to be a kind, gentle soul, and who teaches for the love of the music. He charges $15/hr session, and prefers beginners. I will be honest enough to say that this intimidates me mightily as I don't have faith many times in my own abilities, but hey, it *is* 2014 and all good things happen in even numbered years. Wish me luck. Who knows... with enough diligence I may be able to share some music here and there on this blog.
Best wishes to all of you as you contemplate what you want this new year to be for you. Embrace each day, breathe in the beauty, and take steps to really feel alive. Now, enjoy Auld Lang Syne on this beautiful mountain dulcimer...