Instead of doing my normal Pushing Forward Back post where I look back at the previous month and ahead to the next month, I thought I’d look back at my best moments in photos from 2019. Not only does it make a good wrap-up post for the year for me, but also it serves to remind me of the good in my life.
January: In celebration of my dad’s 75th birthday, my dad and I go out for breakfast in a restaurant in a town between where we both live. February: I begin a new tradition of getting out of town once a month where I go to a restaurant in a nearby town. March: We put up framed prints I bought from a coworker on our once (and too long) empty wall in our living room. April: My parents, sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew and I surprise my wife for her 49th birthday at a local restaurant. May: I go to our town’s parade for Memorial Day with neighbors. A veteran there tosses a copy of an article about his service to our country to me. June: My wife and I go on a wine trip weekend for my 50th birthday.
July: Seamus kicks back in the heat. August: My niece and nephew wave goodbye at the end of a picnic where we all got together for my mother’s 75th birthday. September: Just after Labor Day, my wife and I go on a day wine trip to Seneca Lake, specifically to Three Brothers Wineries which gave the both of us a passport for five samples at each of their three wineries and brewery for my 50th birthday. October: I have a successful arthroscopic knee surgery, where the doctor and his surgical team remove a mass of torn meniscus from my left knee injured earlier in the year. November: My wife makes a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner, including a “tofurkey” ham for her since she became vegan earlier in the year for health and ethical reasons. December: I get out of town again, this time just barely to visit a lake on the outskirts of town.
Conclusion: Yes, I am a homebody, but I also like to venture out of town too.
A few notes on what was not pictured but still was significant:
- My wife and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary this year in November, but as we were both recovering from health issues, we didn’t go anywhere.
- My wife was in the hospital one weekend after needing a blood transfusion, but the issue that caused that has been addressed and all is good. We both are getting better, little by little.
- We have another cat Alexandra. I have photos of her too, but the one I used of Seamus captured July.
- We since have put up other photos on other walls in our living room, making it look a lot more lived in than it has been since we moved into the house almost 15 years ago.
All in all, considering, it didn’t end up a bad year. Now on to 2020, which hopefully will be a better one.
What were some of your best moments this year? Share in the comments or with your own photos.
Earlier today, I also posted My Top 20 Favorite Books of the 2010s, if you care to check out what I picked.