Saturday, December 31, 2016

Reflections of 2016

1. What did you do in 2016 that you have never done before?

I am sure I did plenty of things I have never done before. I am still adjusting to this role of being a widow (single lady). The big thing for me in 2016 was having to deal with my car when the oil pressure gauge broke and I was spilling oil by the tankards. That might be a bit of an exaggeration! But it was a lot of oil. I had to find a mechanic, get a tow truck, and deal with no car. Thanks to my little brother and my son I made it through this crisis!!

2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions? Will you make more for 2017?

I'll just say I worked on my goals this past year. Some were successful and some were not. I am going to look at things differently this year. This year I am just going to FIGHT!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

There is no one close to me who gave birth. I think I need to add "Thank God" here. 

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No one close to me died! Another 'Thank God' here. 

5. What countries or cities did you visit?

I did not travel at all in 2016. That might have to change this next year. I am sure I will not ever travel out of the country again. But there are people across the USA I would like to visit. Maybe!

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

A couple of things enter my mind as I ponder this question. I would like to have more peace of mind. I would like to have less clutter. I am going to really put an effort into down-sizing this next year!!

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

The biggest achievement was seeing Darian graduate from high school. It was a battle the past two years getting him to see how important keeping his grades up and walking across that stage! He made me proud!

8. What was your biggest failure?

My biggest failure was in the de-cluttering process. And in dropping a few pounds. I may have picked up a few pounds. I don't own a scale so I don't know for sure!! And to tell the truth I don't really want to know. I am not even going to make 'losing weight' a goal anymore. I am over it!!

9. Did you suffer any illness or injury?
I had a really, bad cold that hung on and on this past year. But no major injuries or illnesses. And for that I am grateful!

10. What was the best thing you bought?

I can't think of a single item that I bought which would fall into this category. But I am using the ClickList service from Kroger (Dillons, in my neck of the woods) and it is the best thing that has happened to me this year. I love shopping on-line and just picking up the groceries! Believe you me it is WONDERFUL!

11. Where did most of your money go?

Most of my money went where it always the grocery store. Hopefully, we will decrease that amount in 2017!

12. What did you get really, really, really excited about in 2016?

I got really, really, really excited when my son gave me a Mitsubishi Endeavor for Christmas. Are you kidding me? It was such a surprise and has relieved me of a tremendous amount of stress. I can't wait to get out and do some road trips in my SUV! 

13. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a)happier or sadder b)thinner or fatter c)richer or poorer?

I am happier, fatter, and richer! Maybe not money-wise but richer nevertheless. 

14. What do you wish you had done more of?

I wish I had done more cleaning and de-cluttering. I am going to change that this next year! You just watch me go!!

15. What do you wish you had done less of?

I wish I had done less sleeping and less bitching. I am going to 'fight' this year to change those things about myself.

16. What is the best book you read?

I have two favorites for 2016! I finally read Gone with the Wind. I loved it! Scarlett is quite a woman. Now I am looking forward to seeing it on TV sometime. I also loved A Prayer for Owen Meany.

17. What did you want and you got?

A different car, of course. But I never, ever thought I would get it in 2016!

18. What did you want and not get?

Peace in the family! We will continue to work on that. Who knows what will happen in 2017!

19. What kept you sane?

Things that kept me sane were: coloring, reading, new TV shows, my grandchildren (although they are also what made me crazy, but no one asked that question).

20. Who did you miss?

I missed Richard. I will always miss Richard. He was my husband, my best friend, my soul-mate! There will never be another. I will miss him until the day I join him!


  1. Now, that's a great set of questions for the end of the year. The perfect reflection post.

  2. I enjoyed this -made me think of my own answers.

    1. Feel free to use it. I copied it from somewhere years ago!

  3. It's good to reflect and you seem to have a very sensible outlook on it all. Happy 2017.

  4. These are great, Paula! It's fun to read your responses and mentally compose my own.

    I would be SO thrilled to see you pull up in my driveway some day that slick little SUV! :))) Meanwhile, I need to get busy on that 'less sleeping and less bitching' part myself!

  5. I enjoyed reading your responses. Its been a "heck of a year here" but I did tell hubby tonight "at least no one died" for that we are indeed grateful. So onward to 2017 and what it will bring!


    1. That is something to be thankful for isn't it Betty!

  6. I thought about it and I agree, most of my money goes to groceries too. I really never considered that before and think I need to work on that one. Of course groceries also include things like paper towels and tissues, soap etc. For one person it's a amazing that what I spend used to feed a family of nine. Ha. Happy New Year !

    1. I agree about the grocery spending. I need to get that under control!

  7. I enjoyed your answers. My answer to #20 would be that I miss my husband Henry and my babydog Patches. I'm praying it gets easier over time, for both of us.

    1. Thank you Vicki! My prayer is the same for you!!

  8. I keep getting emails from Kroger telling me to try the Clicklist. But then I would actually have to think about what I need instead of wandering the aisles.

    1. I always menu plan and then shop. If I didn't I would spend a fortune!!

  9. Great first post of the New Year, Paula....I pray 2017 is good for you and yours.

    1. Thank you Wendy! I pray the same for you and yours!

  10. Great reflections! I enjoyed reading them. One way I have found to save $ on groceries is to be mindful of left overs, eat them or freeze them but never throw food away. Sometimes the meals get a bit crazy. The other thing we do is I have a Cash Back American Express Card...3% on groceries really adds up. I have a weird system...I allot so much for groceries and transfer that amount out of my checkbook onto a piece of paper...then I keep track as I use the the money is always there when the statement comes due. It confuses my husband but it works for me...this year we have saved about two weeks of grocery money. The card also gets 2% rebate on gasoline purchases. I buy stuff we use when it is on sale that helps too. :)

    1. I have started freezing leftovers. The kids really don't like leftovers but I can eat them for lunches. Sounds like you have a good plan for saving money on groceries!

  11. Glad you loved "Gone With The Wind"!
    Loved your answers here.
    Happy New Year!

  12. Great reflections. Gone with the wind is such an awesome classic! Happy New Year!

    1. Yes it was. Can't believe I waited so long to read it!


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