Monday, December 27, 2010


I glanced at the calendar and realized that this is our final week of 2010. Wow! Where has this year gone? How could this year be over already?

Every year seems to get shorter. It goes by so fast. Maybe it’s just me!

The year 2010 had some rough spots for us. But those rough spots have given us additional strength and we managed to pull ourselves right through it. This year has also been a productive year for us. We have come a long way in our preparations for fulltiming.

February; my mother finished her chemo treatments and in May she finished her radiation. It has all paid off because she is now CANCER FREE!

She is feeling great with the exception of dealing with occasional lymphedema symptoms. She walks a few miles a couple times of week and has started taking a pilates class.

March; Dawn celebrated fifty-two years. We had a great time celebrating her birthday. Our Jesse passed away. She was the oldest of our four legged kids. We miss her dearly.

April; I had a return of Bell’s palsy. It reoccurs every time I have a severe sinus infection. I took a week off to recover. This is like the fifth time I’ve had it.

May; Mom completed her radiation. We had a lot of garage sales and hauled a lot of STUFF off.

June; Dawn had another bout with cluster headaches. We are NOT falling apart. We are only suffering slight setbacks.

July; my only living uncle was diagnosed with cancer. He has since undergone chemo treatments and is now in REMISSION.

August; my oldest niece got married. It was a beautiful wedding. This newly- wed couple has already had an addition to their family. Yes, they are the proud parents of a new puppy.

September; our neighbor’s donkey, Blessing had a baby girl this summer. Her name is Pumpkin. She is the cutest little donkey kid on the block.

October; we suffered a huge lose that we shared with our blogging friends when Bruce and Margie’s lives were cut short. They were ran over and killed by a reckless driver while they were enjoying a daily walk. Margie was great about leaving helpful and funny comments on our post. They are missed by many.

November; I celebrated fifty years. It doesn’t seem possible that either of us could be in our fifties. Physically that might be so, but mentally we are somewhere in our thirties. Love the thirties, old enough to know better, but crazy enough to do it anyway!

December, Abbey visited the groomers. She wasn’t happy about going but she seems to feel better since she went.

Throughout the year we made a lot of progress such as; selling the hot tub, selling the piano and some odd and in furniture.

We cleaned out the RV garage. We’ve made many trips to the dumpster and got rid of six mattresses and box springs.

We bought a new sofa and electric heater. Installed bedside shelves and a new kitchen sink faucet. We’re now officially finished redecorating the interior of our fifth wheel.

Our truck got a new airflow tailgate and new tires.

This year also gave us the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make some new friends.

Our spare time has been spent boxing up and throwing out.

We’re NOT going to make any New Year’s Resolutions!

2011 is going to be full of changes as it is. That’s right; there will be plenty of changes this year without the additional burden of making New Year’s resolutions.

Travel Safe Dawn and Denise


  1. Putting the whole year in review can give you a new perspective. That way you can appreciate the good and the bad parts of it. Nice job! :)

  2. A busy year with challenges for sure. Glad to hear the serious medical problems are in the past. Here's to a much better 2011.

  3. Take the good things with you and remember that today is the first day of the rest of your life...
    Happy Holidays

  4. This is such a great blog. God bless your Dear Mother and Uncle. Stay safe and you two have a very Happy New Year.

  5. May 2011 be a happy and healthy year for the two of you.

  6. How fast a year goes by, when it is condensed to the things that matter. Wishing you both a Great New Year.

  7. Hope 2011 has a lot more great days than poor days!!

  8. I can relate to the age thing. We're in our latter 40's and we feel like we're in our mid 30's. That was a good age.
    2011 should be an interesting year. We're planning our launch in the Fall. Maybe we'll meet up with ya down the road.

  9. It's hard to believe 2010 is almost over but it sounds like it was quite the year for you. You accomplished a lot, even with dealing with a few setbacks. Here's hoping that 2011 brings lots of good health and happiness!

  10. What a good recap of your 2010. Love the idea of no New Year's Resolutions. Hope 2011 brings you lots of happiness.

  11. Great Blog....and yes, the only thing you can be sure of in life is change...embrace it, don't fight it...A very reflective blog...Blessed holidays you two....keep on keepin' on!!!

  12. Wow, it has been a busy year! Here's to another year of new experiences an more progress toward you dream! :)