This is not an official review of world events in 2013. Not even an account of celebrity marriages, divorces or babies. This is a quick review of my year. As witnessed by the birds. Who’ve kept me company over the year (as my regular readers know). I trust they’ll keep me honest.
January: Pleasant holiday season. With granddaughter time. New Year fireworks. Followed by January 2nd fireworks. Kick start of a big project. In Africa. Skype heating up. Emails splashing. A family visit at the end of the month. Well deserved R & R.
February : Lots of work. Tons of reading. Mid-winter on the Gulf Coast. A short visit to Rome. A trip to Africa. Stuck in a snow storm. In Germany. Long days. Longer nights. Too many hotel points. Life’s getting foggy.
March: Sunny and cool (everything’s relative)! Lots of research. Picking seeds in the sand. Running with the projects. Interesting stuff to explore. Too much of it. Drive to visit family. Old SUV soon to be retired. Unpleasant conclusion. But hey, everything has its time.
April: Spring! Gorgeous weather. Outside my office window. A quick visit to Paris. Rainy and cool. Another trip to Africa late in the month. Sand storm. Strong coffee. Busy, busy. Will need a secretary(bird)!
May: Cold plunge. Nose dive. Hubby to hospital. Drama. Pause. Heart surgery. All goes well. Convalescence. Family time. Finally up for air at end month. Thank God!
June: Good news! Son’s leg finally healed. After bone graft surgery nine months earlier. Running, or at least walking. Another thank you note sent. Son also visits. New SUV helps get up to speed. Wallet much lighter. Less to carry. More reliably.
July: Work-filled month! Tightly at home base now. Good overview of deadlines. No reason to worry. Just watch and fly. Food is abundant.
August: Relatively smooth sailing! Hot. Sweaty. Also on work front. Frequent trips to the ocean. Hubby’s birthday. Reason to be thankful. Turning towards fall. Very slowly.
September: The month of family gatherings! Dad’s 90th birthday celebration in northern Europe. A privileged occasion. Seeing “everybody and his uncle”. Hugs. Sauna baths. Wonderful time. Own birthday late in the month. Multi-day observance. Family. Friends. Lobsters and roses.
October: Biggest project complete! Contemplating. Planning. Deciding to take a break. Do NaNoWriMo. For the first time. Not one of the usual professional publications. A novel. That’s fresh. And scary.
November: Writing. Flying high. Flying low. Flap, flap. Feeling humble. Quitting. Restarting. Getting to 50K words before the end of the month. Phew! A manuscript on the table. “Only” editing remains. Lots more flaps. Necessary. Whenever.
December: Editing, working, preparing. A new project. A tree. Baking! Traditional foods. Granddaughter time. Eating much. Moving little. Praying more. Looking back. Reflecting. Was each day lived to its full potential? Probably not. But that’s the best I could do. So be it. Still learning. Optimistic. Thankful.
28 thoughts on “My Year in Review – A Bird’s Eye View”
Wonderful review of 2013 !!! Truly
Thank you Paolo!
This is a lovely recap. I especially liked the sentences “Less to carry. More reliably.” Very succinct and accurate characterization. Congrats on your NaNoWriMo success! Have a wonderful, lofty new year!
Thanks Michelle! The Nano was an interesting experience, but as you know, the hard part begins after one has a manuscript…I hope to get to it “properly” early in the year. Wishing you a all the best in the new year!
Now that was a nice look back at your year. And the photos were wonderful! Next year will be full of more highs than lows my friend, I just know it, for both of us! Hope your Christmas was bright with laughter and fun and good baking. haha! Big post holiday hugs and looking forward to friendship during the new year! 🙂
Thanks Jackie! I trust you…you know things 🙂 Seriously, yes it will be a wonderful year for both of us! My first bake in many, many years was quite successful. This time I actually followed the 1919 recipe for Finnish Xmas Stars, didn’t dare to improvise! They are almost gone 🙂 Thanks for you wonderful friendship this year & likewise, I look forward to the next!
I do know things my friend! A voodo woman told me so. Another long story. haha! Have faith and you shall see. One thing I found with baking, always follow the recipe closely especially the old ones. I am not much of a baker so I never stray from that. haha!
I knew it too! One day you have to tell that story !
This was a beautiful recap. I wish you and yours the very best of the holiday season.
Thanks Nancy! I wish I could have said I had a great exercise regime, but the birds kept me honest 🙂 I did try though…Have a wonderful holiday season!
Wonderful way to take a look at your year. Maybe I can borrow your birds and take a look at mine???
Thanks Susan! You’re welcome to borrow the birds! They keep one honest 🙂
As I am reading over your delightful year….the moment that hit me the most…is your gratefulness!!!! Blessings in the new year to YOU☺
Thanks Laurie! I find that when I try to see things from the bright side, they actually tend to get brighter. But I’m not even close to where I’d like to be in terms of remembering to give thanks. Something to work on in the new year. I wish you a blessed one too!
Splendid and creative year in review! Happy New Year, tiny!
Thank you Kat! Happy New Year to you as well!
It seems as though you have done wonders with your year. Work, travel, family, photographs and a beautiful blog too; time to preen your feathers and feel very good 🙂
Thank you! I quite don’t know how to preen my feathers, but I suppose I can ask the birds 🙂 once I get home again (enjoying granddaughter time now)
Wonderful! Photos of the nature are my passion.
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What a marvelous collection of views! Amazing beauty! Blessings dear~ Debbie
Thank you dear Debbie. May the new year bring you many blessings!
A very wonderful and creative recap of your year. I especially love the bird photos along with each look back. Best wishes to you and yours in the new year ahead~
Thanks Lizabeth! Happy New Year to you too!
You’ve seen some awesome birds over the course of the year!
Yes I have! I hope to capture even better evidence next year 🙂
Great review photos. I love the first one very much.
Thanks Matti! Trying to get better in capturing them “in action”.