Here’s to you 2022

Looking back, I’d say 2022 was not a bad year. But it wasn’t a GREAT year either. It was a pretty mixed bag.

There wasn’t enough time to do the things I really loved, but there were no real hardships either.

Of course, the toughest part oof 2022 was the loss of Dave’s Grandma. But she was 93 (almost 94), and her passing, though emotional, relieved Dave of a very large burden, which had been made more difficult by the distance of the move. It’s been a big adjustment for him, but he’s done very well. He knows she was proud of him.

But 2022 also brought the reunion of Big Red and the Great White Whale.

A lot of work went into Red this year, and hopefully 2023 will afford him plenty of time to enjoy her out on the roads.

We didn’t tackle any huge house projects this year – just a lot of little, somewhat invisible things that add up to a much nicer space. Two of the most visible projects were revamping the shed, and the sun porch.

It’s truly amazing what a lick of paint can do!

The big accomplishment of this year was the kick off of the gardens.

Spring was small, but we still had many blooms to bring a smile and get us revved up.

Early summer brought more excitement as plants I’d brought from the townhouse really started to take off and thrive in their new home.

And of course, the catio got a proper makeover

And was transformed from a barren mudhole to a lush, beautiful playground for felines and humans alike.

I’m absolutely thrilled with how much I was able to get out of the gardens in just one year.

Next year will see those gardens get more established, and hopefully the addition of a woodland garden under the maple, and the addition of veg beds in the back yard.

Of course, all that time in the garden meant making lots of new friends…

And we couldn’t let 2022 end without the best part….

Our newest family members…

Newt Scamander

And…

Lemmy Purrmister! I certainly didn’t enter 2022 expecting either of these little blessings!

I’m excited to see what 2023 has in store for us!

10 thoughts on “Here’s to you 2022

  1. I’m sure Lemmy counts this year as one of his best. He could not be any cuter.

    Wishing you all a very happy new year with plenty of happy things to blog about.

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  2. Araignee

    You achieved so much this year! It was nice to see all the progression of improvements your new home. Sometimes I feel like we are never getting anything done until Google sends me photos to remind me how far with come with this home improvement thing. It wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t even have a kitchen…..for almost two years.

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  3. Turtle Lover

    I have enjoyed reading your posts this year and look forward to more. Very interesting look back …. thank you for all you do so someone like me can be entertained. You ARE appreciated! I love to see your quilts and your fun thrift store finds …. all the kitty photos … house projects …. flowers …. all that! It makes me happy! 😊

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  4. Shirley Elliott

    I think you had a very productive year! I have loved seeing your home improvements (and those two shown above made a big impact). The gardens were pretty spectacular and will be even prettier this year as they grow. Your plans for expansion sound great and I am sure it will be beautiful. Lemmy was the best addition though!

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  5. It’s just amazing how much you and Dave have done with that beautiful house. The paint certainly did make a huge difference and the flower beds are gorgeous. Your hands are gifted with growing plants and flowers.
    But, that last photo of Lemmy has stolen my heart. What a huge blessing he must be to you. He is the cutest kitty ever.
    Blessings and love,
    Betsy

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  6. jatshaw

    Happy New Year! I love reading your blog and seeing all the things you do. Enjoy that sweet little kitty and keep on showing us your pretty flowers!

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