Happy New Year!
Well, this is going to be a pretty unusual
year in review.
I didn't work for much of the year -- I was laid off
from my awesome job of 10+ years in March and I decided to
take a temporary retirement! So I got to do a lot more of
all of my favorite activities!!
Walking in 2019
A serious car accident at the end of January sidelined me at the beginning of the year. I was bed-bound and then house-bound with pain for a month, and a broken foot kept me down for a while after that and then tight tendons made walking painful for many months.
The places I've walked are pretty limited (because of mild problems with driving): my neighborhood and out to the community garden, the Ruth Bascom Riverbank trail, and the Ridgeline at Hendrick's Park. But I really upped my game. I walk 4 miles most every day and walk 5+ miles once a week!
in 2018... 11,570 pics, avg 964/month
in 2019... 15,124 pics, avg 1,260/month
Walking is Photography! Since I walk every day now, I take a lot more photos! Going thru all those photos has been a problem, tho. It takes time to pull up each photo and pick out the best for printing, and the interesting for the blog.
Mailing and Postcards
I sent 915 bits of mail in 2019, averaging 76 per month... a significant step down from the 104 per month I sent out in 2018.
The GoodReads group I host had gotten overwhelming in 2018, and I redesigned the way we exchanged postcards there. I lost a lot of regular members, which makes me sad. But it made my life so much easier, and I rediscovered joy in sending out my postcards!
I've been sending more cards and letters. I took on a new postcard project. and I revived my poor lonely PostCrossing account and sent 44 postcards there.
I hosted 62 swaps at Swap-Bot and participated in 131 swaps all together!
My good but temperamental and expensive printer finally gave up the ghost in April. I bought an Epson SuperTank to replace it. It was spendy, but I hope it won't be an ongoing expense like the Canon was (buying new printheads all the time). The new Epson prints fine, but has recently developed major issues with ink smearing. Probably because it doesn't like the heavier photo paper I use for my postcards. damn thing.
Community Garden 2019
The garden was a major disappointment this past year, ironic since I had extra time to spend working there! A cold spring and a cool summer messed things up, and no plants were productive. but probably I'm just a terrible gardener! ha. Experimented with Fennel, me and the Guinea Pigs like the leaves as salad, but I don't like the bulb part at all. Also planted a cover crop for the winter for the first time. That's going well, at least!
Writing and Drawing
I took a couple HTML and CSS classes over the summer, and started typing here on a mostly daily basis in October. I am really happy about that and want to continue. There's some major back-end stuff that I need to work on, and I hope to get to that soon.
I'm also thrilled that I started drawing most every day in August, and then re-starting mid-Sept.
Intentions for the New Year will be a separate post, since this one got so long!