Its been a wonderful year and as we say goodbye to 2014 I can’t help but be grateful for all the fun I have had this year. After two years of surgeries and learning to walk again I think I felt I had to make up for lost time. From gardening to teaching and welcoming new family I was busy.
We were beyond ecstatic when our grandson Blake was born. He is the light of my life with his precocious smile. He is now seven months old and we can’t wait to be with him at his first Christmas. I am sure we will have lots of fun in the garden making mud pies and chasing squirrels. Luckily he will have a half-acre to run around in and dig holes with his trucks.
In April of 2014 I was surprised when my daughter called to say she had eloped and the wedding celebration party was at 5pm that day. Laurie married the love of her life, Lindsay, in Stanley Park surrounded by spring flowers. I am proud to have a new daughter in the family. This family is really growing!
In the spring I started planting seeds in the greenhouse. I got a bit carried away and hubby would often peek his head in and say that I had planted more than enough. It’s just so addicting. One thing I do well is grow plants from seed. I held my first plant sale in May with 500 tomato plants and other vegetables being offered. It was so successful that I am expanding my sales in 2015.
I had some wonderful opportunities in 2014. I was asked to teach some sustainable garden classes with the Corporation of Delta. I designed ten classes and every class was full. It was lots of fun helping people learn about gardening. I hope to be able to teach again in 2015. I ventured back into giving presentations at garden clubs now that I was able. It’s amazing how much we take walking for granted until we can’t.
In September we had more wonderful news. My newly married daughter, Laurie, was expecting our second grandchild in March of 2015. That rosy glow on her face suits her. She and Lindsay are so happy to be new parents soon. Yes, lots of baby bumps around here.
In November we began to renovate out home. Not sure what I was thinking but I signed up for the National Novel Writing Month challenge. I would have thirty days to write a novel. So while the guys were hammering away upstairs I moved my office to the dining room and began to write 1700 words per day. I had started a book a couple of years ago and not finished it so I figured I would give it another try. I loved having a deadline. I made it to my official 50,000 word count by November 22 and was sent the winners badge above. I am itching to get to the task of editing but knew that was a crazy thought to take on in December. January will be my editing month.
So hubby and I have been discussing our goals for 2015. We have plenty of projects we want to build. Hubby thinks I need a second greenhouse and new raised beds for propagation. I won’t say no to that idea. I want to get this garden book published so I will work on it soon. Now I know better than to take on too much but we need to make this parcel of land work for us. Our goals are to make it less work. Does that really happen?
From our house to yours, we wish all of you a Merry Christmas!