Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reflecting on the Past Decade!

Out with the old! In with the new! That's true with not just the new year! Several of my Christmas presents will replace the old! And now I must take my yearly trip to the Goodwill! (That sounded funny, as I practically LIVE at the Goodwill!) Ha!

It's been over a week since my last post and I have enjoyed it...doing absolutely NOTHING! Oh, I DID do a little after-Christmas shopping. My daughter dragged me out the day after THE MALL! (I still haven't forgiven her!) I don't really look for the after Christmas deals as I have more than I need NOW! I'm trying to DE-clutter here! I DO look for the wrapping paper and such, and I like to hit the craft stores for those things I might use in my Christmas crafts! But I'm having a most difficult time trying to get motivated and back to my sewing. After a grueling five months of nonstop sewing, this little break has felt wonderful!

Wow...where DID this year go? Where did this DECADE go!?!? So as I sit here at this computer...realizing I spend WAY too much time here...I reflect on the changes this past decade has brought for me and I'd like to share them with you.

This past decade...

...I've seen the move to a new home in a new state...still far, far away from my roots!

...I've seen the FIRST day of school for my youngest and the LAST day of school for my two oldest!

...I've lived through my first major earthquake and thus can say I've lived through hurricanes, a major tornado, the worst ice storm in Alabama's history and now, a major earthquake! What is there left?

...I have traveled cross country numerous times...visiting state after state, parks, memorials, monuments. Seeing mountains and lakes, waterfalls and dams, oceans and streams...and realizing the beauty of this great country!

...I met my very best friend, Shelley and her dear mom, Donna. What would I do without the two of you!

...I have seen the passing of both my husband's brother, Andy and my own dear brother, Jim. I miss you both very much!

...after a four year hiatus from crafting, I have returned to my sewing machine and now have not one, but two websites to sell my creations!

...I have discovered the wonderful world of blogging and through IT and my various groups have met some of the most beautiful ladies out there. What a wonderful connection this little machine has brought!

...I have learned that ten years is such a short time and is gone in the blink of an eye. And now I'm left to wonder what the next ten years will bring!

And now...I would LOVE to read your own reflections of this past decade!

The photo above is the Space Needle at New Years! It's a beautiful sight! This year we will spend our new year's eve for the kids, and hubby and I will go out to dinner. Then we will all enjoy New Year's at the Needle...from the comfort of our home! There's rain in the forecast, no crowds to fight, no worries about finding a place to park and it's SO much warmer!

Hope you all have a fun and SAFE new year's eve! And
Hugs to you all! ~~Annie


  1. A very Happy New Year to you too Annie....May it be filled with times spent and memories made with those you hold close to your heart!

  2. Happy New Year to you too, Annie!
    May it be chock fulla happy blessings! :)

  3. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2010 full of blessings!!

    warm hugs, Linda

  4. Happy New Year Annie! May all your wishes come true!

  5. Happy New Year Annie! wishing you continued success in the years to come.

  6. Happy New Year Annie. How fast the last 10 years have been. Hope the next 10 bring nothing but love and happiness, Dawn

  7. Happy New Year, Annie! I hope
    2010 brings us lots of joy,
    good health and laughter! I
    want to paint, sew and create!
    This year I want to have more
    money (so I will sell) and less waist! By less waist,
    I mean to be smaller around! LOL...So, I am going to lose a bunch of weight this year, I hope!

    Bear Hugs~Karen

  8. Happy New Year Annie! Blessings to you and yours!!!

  9. Happy New Year Annie..I can't wait to go to your side of the water for some fun shopping..see you next year.:)

  10. Annie loved reading your reflections.....May the New Year bring you many blessings,happy moments,prosperity and lotsa love!
    Prim Huggs n Blessins

  11. Wow, You had a really busy decade,lol! Happy New Year to you and your family!!!

  12. Ah, dearie, I almost never look back. What was it Satchel Paige said? Don't look back; something might be gaining on reading your memories of the past decade, tho!!! What an exciting and full life!!!

  13. well,let's see. I survived 911,I've seen both of my kids graduate high school,my first grandbaby and a new one in 2010. I've also seen the loss of both of my in-laws, a very sweet young friend and the decline of adear old friend. i still have both of my parents. One is in a nursing home and the other is battling cancer. buit htey are both tough old coots. i have also seen my SIL return from 1 tour in Afghanistan.'s been a decade.HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

  14. Wishing you and your loved ones many blessings through out 2010. HAPPY NEW YEAR ANNIE!!!

  15. Annie,
    Happy New Year!! I'm so glad that you returned to using your sewing machine as your work is awesome!! I wish you the best in 2010.

  16. Awe reading your post gave me chills and made me misty eyed. May you have a blessed and wonderful New Year. I just know that 2010 is full of good and great things to come. I can just feel it. God Bless you and your family.



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