Let's start with January shall we. Of course, the best way to do that is through pictures.
Tony and I spent a late afternoon photographing (naturally) and above are a couple of shots from that particular day in January.
At the end of February we lost a dear friend and client - author, Barbara Bickmore. We miss her terribly, but she lives on in her books. RIP dear friend.
Tony and I spent a beautiful February day on Whidbey Island. We found this wonderful beach on the west side. Here are a couple of photos from that day.
March must have been a bit busy.
My friend Kathleen Kaska and I did a talk for the Skagit Valley Writers League. We make a pretty good team, if I say so myself.
Tony and I spent an evening looking for a field of daffodils at sunset, instead we found a field of snow geese.
To celebrate Tony's birthday and also Father's Day - our son and daughter-in-law, and my sister and her family came up and we went hiking up at Artist Point. It was a gorgeous day and special time spent with family.
An Adventure with Peter and Penny in Hudson Bay. The photos in the book are from my friend Joan Silling, who passed away from cancer in 2014. The book includes fun facts about polar bears, and the story is told from the cubs point of view. The book is great for kids between 3-11, but adults are really enjoying it. It is also on Amazon.
October was a mix of blessings and sadness.
It got a lot of news coverage, including a large front page spread in our local newspaper.
We did our behind the scenes tour on the new Samish Ferry from Anacortes to San Juan Island. We spent most of the time in the pilot house with the Captain, we also got a behind the scenes tour of the whole ship, including the engines room. All I can say was it was incredible.
It was a reminder that life can change for any of us so quickly. Today we take it one day at a time and are grateful for the time we have.
As we closed 2015 - I try to reflect on what was wonderful about the year and what to be grateful for, but to be honest, I am just so glad it is over. It seemed like the last few months of it were a mix of tragedies, violence in the world, and loss for so many. On December 29th, right before midnight, a 4.8 earthquake shook things up in our little part of the world - it was almost as if the universe needed to send out one more reminder that things change. As we move into 2016, change will happen, it's inevitable, but with change sometimes comes opportunity and growth. So here is to 2016 - may it bring you opportunities and growth.
I end 2015 with immense gratitude - for our two sons, who bring such joy into our lives, to Betty (our 91 yr old) for her support and generosity and becoming a part of our family, for my sister Mica and her family - you are all so special, and for the amazing and supportive community in which we live