My 2012 in Pictures
2012 was not a year I would remember fondly.
Being unemployed for 6 months of it, constantly worried about my house and the utility bills does not make for fond memories. Trying something to make some cash, and have people negate it off hand, also not a good thing to remember. Having to rely on the kindness and largesse of your family for your daily living, not a good thing.
There were not only bad things, this I know.
I will place pictures of them. I hardly ever take pics, and when I do, I tend to forget I took them 😉
But here goes.
My remembrance of the times when life was somewhat worth the effort of getting up in the morning!
My son’s graduation day. A proud moment in any mom’s life. Means that, even if you have screwed up a lot, you did not screw up everything. That, even in the face of adversity, your kids can still shine like the bright stars they were meant to be.
My 2 celebratory birthday drinks. One solitary, one with company. Both quite enjoyable, if under different circumstances. Suppose there comes a time in everybody’s life that you have to realise and deal with the fact that your birthdays will become increasingly solitary endeavours, and that it’s up to you to celebrate yourself, even if no one else is willing or able to help you celebrate.
My lovely breakfast toy run. A day I will not soon forget, and it all came about with me taking the bull by the horns and accepting an invite from a relative stranger. Had I not done that, I would have missed out on an opportunity of a lifetime!!
A few of my more successful instagram efforts. I’m having loads of fun with this program – the minute I can use my credit card again, I will be downloading more filters so I can really start playing. It’s a good way of making something extra-ordinary out of a perfectly ordinary photo. Even my son has commented favourably on a few of my attempts – and that is high praise indeed 😉
How hot it’s been lately…
My usually, solitary braai. Or BBQ if you don’t know what braai means. This is what I sometimes do, money and means permitting. Get a few pieces of meat, light a fire, prepare a shandy, and then I sit under my huge tree in my back garden, the strains of Solid gold permeating the afternoon air, mixing with the lovely flavours wafting from the grill. Just enjoying my solitude – because I can!!
A picture I took one afternoon, after work, trying to describe tranquility. When the day is done, you’re home, and take a sip of a fresh cup of coffee, all peaceful in the spot that soothes your soul, the place where the world’s issues can be kept at bay, as long as you don’t listen to the news 😉
A good Christmas was had this year. No fighting, although that was probably because I bit my tongue more than once. Not that I’m a fighter of any sort, my mouth just sometimes runs away from me on the odd occasion. Goes to show that silence is mostly best 😉
And last, but not least, the most perfect sunset clouds I saw yesterday afternoon.
Hope you enjoyed spending time with me and my less than memorable year.
I am at least working now, and will continue doing so until at least the end of June – then we will see what happens next.
Life has a way of turning out unexpectedly strange or good within a matter of weeks…