Monday, January 5, 2015

Looking Back on 2014

Looking back, 2014 was a rather successful year.
  • Each month, I changed out my mantle and put up a seasonal/holiday theme.  I didn't take photos to show most months, so I can't share them.  Generally, I was pleased with each month and look forward to continuing it this year.
  • I listened to 118 audio books (no exaggeration, I keep a list) and read 40 books.
    My favorite of this year was The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrelle Zevin.  I highly recommend it to everyone.  After that my other favorites were (in no particular order):  The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery; Chasing the Rose by Andrea di Robilant; The Magicians by Lev Grossman; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (a reread); Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell; Portobello by Ruth Rendell; A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (a reread); Child of Storm by H. Rider Haggard;    I also reread the entire Anne of Green Gables series, and plan to do the same this year.
  • I cooked regularly, and from scratch and didn't have any major kitchen catastrophes.  I think my bean soup was my favorite.  It's so easy, too.  Saute garlic and onions in olive oil.  Add one can of petite diced tomatoes, two small bouillon cubes, two cans of white beans (I use one can of Navy and one of Great Northern), one tablespoon of parsley, one tablespoon of Italian herb blend, and one cup of dry pasta.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat; simmer for about twenty minutes.  It is delish!
    edit: I forgot to mention the two cans of water it needs so it can actually be soup. . . 
  • I didn't make my goal of one photo a day, but I nearly did.  I just had a couple of months where I wasn't motivated for every day.  This year, I'm backing down my goal to at least one photo per week. I need a more practical, attainable goal.

Favorite photos from the year:
Happy Kitties


In the Moonlight


Lady Beetle

A Raptor Has the Doctor!

The Doctor and his TARDIS

Lego Legolas

A Mad Man with a Box

Kokeshi and Fuji-san

Chimenea Flames

Washi Tapec

Chocolate Ice Cream


Happy Thanksgiving

Merry Christmas!

Dragon's Hoard


  1. Love it
    You are a great photographer
    I will re-try Portobello - somehow I was not able to get through it
    I am on a Ruth Rendell kick for sure - my fave book recently has been juvenile fiction - The fate of our stars

    1. Thank you K! =)

      I started the Fault in Our Stars last year, but where I am in my life, found it too sad. I'd like to read it someday, though.

      Rendell's non-Wexford novels are slower and more about the bad choices that people make. If you go into it expecting a mystery, it will disappoint. But, if you go into it expecting real people making real life bad decisions, then it will not. I find her Wexford novels fantastic, but her other novels are fascinating to me. She is such a good observer of people.

  2. It looks like you had a nice year! Yay for 118 audiobooks! I love audiobooks so much.

    1. I am so glad I kept trying audio books until I was able to learn how to listen. I can't imagine life without them, now!