2018 in a Nutshell, Brought to You By a Nut

The year of the Lord 2018 went by in the blink of an eye, as they all seem to do as we get older. It was fun to go back and look at my blog for the past year, as I had forgotten all about a lot of the fun things we did. That’s one of the few good things about getting old: every day is a new day!

Shortly after our annual January 1 gathering at Bec’s, she, Bill and I headed off to Sin City: Las Vegas. The highlight of the trip was watching Bec’s daughter Kate (Jojo Diggs) perform as one of the Jabbawockeez dance troop…..


This month is always highlighted by Bec’s annual Mardis Gras party…..

Since food is often part of our winter activities, I was very excited to learn how to make summer sausage in February from our AZ neighbors, the Harpers…..

Unfortunately, my March highlight (or lowlight) was a trip to the hospital for a bowel obstruction. Don’t I know how to have fun? Bill and I also took a ride out to Saguaro Lake to look for the wild horses. This was as close as we came to spotting them…..

We entertained some of our family for Easter…..

We came home from AZ to spend the summer and fall in Denver. Our first activity was the celebration of Cole’s birthday…..

Maggie Faith celebrated her birthday shortly after. It wasn’t too long before the McLains boarded their RV and left for their three-month trip to the western part of the United States.

Jen and I put on our cowgirl boots and headed off to Pawhuska, OK, where we visited All Things Pioneer Woman…..

July was a busy month. Bill and I took the train from Denver to San Francisco, where we met up with the McLains on the Road…..

Jen and Bill and I spent an evening listening to Keith Urban in what was an incredible concert at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater in Denver…..

A night at the Bear Creek Distillery — a local Denver distillery owned by the son-in-law of friends helped nurture my growing love for whiskey…..

Our month concluded with a visit from some of our Vermont family — Heather and our 6-year-old grandson Micah…..

Construction continued on our Denver house with the installation of new windows…..

Bec and I took a driving trip to Nebraska to visit places from our youth, and spend time with some of our favorite people — a few of our cousins…..

Bill’s participation in the research study for Parkinson’s began in September. After a bit of a rough start, it is working very well to date…..

Bill and I went to the theater downtown, where we watched the musical Beautiful, featuring the story and songs of Carole King. September brought us some wonderful news when our son Allen announced that he and his girlfriend had gotten married…..

We celebrated with a reception shortly after that. The family gathered, including another visit from the Vermont McLains….

The upside was a visit to Estes Park to listen to the elk bugle. The downside was a second trip to the hospital for yet another bowel obstruction. Enough said about that.

We made a quick trip to our AZ home to check on the house. We finally got rid of Bill’s old Ford Escape which had died earlier in the year….

Thanksgiving was at Dave and Jll’s house, with a much smaller group than last year’s.

We prepared for Christmas with some baking…..

Our construction was finally complete, ending with the installation of new carpeting in our bedrooms…..

And we celebrated Christmas, the highlight being the gathering of ALL OF OUR GRANDKIDS…..

Just reading back about my past year makes me tired. And that’s just a snapshot!

Best wishes to all of my readers for the year ahead. Let’s pray for peace, kindness, and good health.

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