Thursday, January 5, 2017

Beginning 2017 Slowly...

To begin 2017 I realize I have to review 2016.  I do this to get a sense of what I hope for 2017.  I also audition words that I feel will suit my needs in this new year.  Many words come to mind and each one seems like it would fit and serve me well.  I thought to discuss my word choice with Mr. C and he really grilled me on each one and why I wanted to select it.  After all was said and done he accidently chose my perfect word for 2017.

We thought about how this word fit.  I looked it up in the old fashioned Miriam Webster Dictionary...I still love actual dictionary books.  Here is the online Google link.  For me the word Discover will also lend itself to learn, determine, ascertain, unearth and to see, find, or become aware of.  Well, for those of you who follow my blog you know Mr. C and I have considered selling our home and moving out of California.  We are both California Natives and I have always been very proud of that fact.  However, the California we have grown up with is no longer the California we are living in.  To summarize, taxes and politics are the biggest changes.  Now that we are in our Sunset years we want to enjoy our lives and all that we have worked so hard to attain. 
The photo above is one we took while at Tuachan theater in St. George, Utah.  This Snow Canyon (there is no snow) area is where we would like to relocate to.  St. George and surrounding area has everything we are looking for.  The infrastructure and amenities along with medium population and a University and excellent medical are things we want and need.  So...
Discover will be what we are doing in 2017.  I will also be trying to Discover what it is that I truly want to do with my remaining inches.  Oh let me remind you what I mean by inches.  Mr. C (my beloved engineer husband) took his "Man" ruler...the kind they wear on their belts and use to measure long distances...and he measured out to 80 inches.  Then he said to me, "See where you are? (65 then, 68 now) Look how many inches you have used up and how few you have left."  Well, after I yelled at him to never show me that again!!...the visual really put my life time into perspective.  None of us truly know how long we have on this earth, however we can hope to have the average years of a healthy person.  I am seriously going to Discover what I really want to do in my few remaining inches of life.  What do I want to do or be or whatever when I grow up!  So far I have aimlessly wandered through my life and never really found my calling.  I seem to have zero adventure in me.  My passion is yet to be Discovered.  I enjoy lots of things but are they what really make me happy?  So with this weighing on me I am beginning 2017 slowly. 
We have had lots of rain and considerable snow already this year.  Mr. C has been shoveling the driveway and decks for two days.  Now we are in for at least eight (8) days of rain.  Flood watches are predicted all over our area.  Thankfully we are uphill so we shall see what happens.  Our five year drought will be grateful for rain.  The ski resorts will be thankful for snow. 
I did sign up for an ATC swap.
I really enjoy Kim's swaps and was sorry to miss the 2016 Christmas swap.  I shall have to get my Pink Bliss happening.  I do hope my muse hasn't abandoned me.  She just might come out to play for Pretty in Pink. 
I do hope each of you are beginning your New Year with Wonderful Discoveries that bring you Happiness and JOY.


  1. Remarkable! My Rooster has that same man tape. :/ And we are out and about to discover our future nesting place. But first we need to get our snow blower move some major snow. I doubt our place of discovery will be as interesting as yours. It'll be good to shake it up a bit, Sherry. I bet we'll be tickled pink by what we disvover!!! :)

  2. That is a perfect word for you! As for the belt...interesting and a good way to look at our life in inches. However, tell Mr. C. I'm okay if he never shows that to me! LOL

  3. Discover is such an amazing word filled with so many possibilities!! I love the St. George area...what a wonderful place to live!! As I get older, having lived in land-locked states for all my life, I have "discovered" that I need to be near the ocean. I feel like I can truly breathe there...must be the mermaid in me ;) My goal is to move there sometime in the near future!! I hope 2017 is an amazing year for you my friend and I look forward to following along with your new discoveries!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Sherry, I wish you a wonderful year of discovery! And more inches of life than Mr. C has on that tape measure!

  5. What a great word. Mine is explore. Hope you have lots of things to discover in 2017. Hugs to you my friend.

  6. good to see a photo of where you plan to move to, fingers crossed a buyer appears soon for your home.
    Discover is a great word and like you I feel I have aimlessly wandered and have little to show for my 69 years but toolazy o do anything about it even if I knew what I could do, nver mind

  7. Discover... a wonderful word! It will be great fun to see what you discover in the new year!

  8. Sherry I hope that you discover a lot this year. I still feel the way you do...what do I want to do or be when I grow up, lol!!! I do know I enjoy creating with fiber, so I suppose I could say I am a fiber artist. We git our first snow last night. Will be melted probably by the end of the day. I might look into the ATC to see what's required. Happy 2017 discoveries!

  9. Discover I see the perfect word! I, too, prefer a real dictionary! Your relocation choice? Also perfect! XO

  10. Good luck with your discoveries! We are the same - after a severe drought, it has been raining for three days and now the whole area is awash. We don't expect snow though, it's Summer here and even in Winter it seldom snows. Keep warm and dry!!

  11. Dear friend,
    discover would be the perfect word for you, this year, with all that is going to happen, in your life.
    I don`t know if I`m unhappy, being just like you, with no very big passions in my life, as I believe we live a more peaceful, and unstressfull life, like that. Passions seems to take over a lot of time, money, and sometimes even makes people feel sad, when not achieving what they want, because of lack of time, or again money !! So I stay confident that my life as it is, is a good life, a quiet and peaceful life,-my nerve system would not find it good ,dealing with an all engrossing passion, lol.

    I wish for you, you will be able to come to live where you wish, in Utah, it sounds a great place, Sherry.
    Hugs from Dorthe

  12. Such a lovely word for you for this year - time to discover all sorts of places, people, and things you enjoy doing! I'm thinking about signing up for the ATC swap too, but need to get through some big projects this weekend first. I sort of like that "inches" concept, but I'd better get busy very quickly if 80 is the end of the tape!

  13. Oh goodness me I'm still reeling from the realisation of how far I have come and how few inches I have left. Using a tape measure will never be the same again. I'll just go by eye and guess work methinks. Lol. Hope you do discover your next dream home in the coming months and discover buyers for your present one. Hugs Mrs A.

  14. Reading about your measuring tape made me remember the story about the jar ...(
    (hope the link works for you...if not, google 'marble jar story'). I truly hope that part of your 'discovery' over the next year is that you discover a buyer for your home so you can make your move soon.


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