The year in review:
On Christmas Evening 2014 we returned home from my in laws to find our freezer broken and our cherished stock of cranberry sauce (being saved for next Thanksgiving) about to spoil. This required an emergency midnight run back to Keuka lake with our foodstuffs. Then I had to fix the freezer over the holiday.
We made the decision to go with a high deductible health plan so we could use some specific health care providers.
Dishwasher broke, 2 weeks later the microwave broke. I had to replace them both. (This might have happened last year..its all kind of running together)
The kitchen faucet started raining water into the basement. Delta faucet replaced the parts with defective ones from China. After hours on the phone and 5 different overnight deliveries I had a working kitchen faucet again.
About half a dozen shut off valves all started leaking and had to be replaced.
I literally replaced every valve and hose under the kitchen sink before it was dry again.
The garage roof sprung a leak and had to be replaced ($1600).
I jumped into Keuka Lake with my eye glasses on and they promptly ended up in the deep where they could not be found. Replacements cost $550. Had to wear my prescription sunglasses at work for two weeks. I was stylish.
There is a water theme here.
The riding mower blew a head gasket and turned into a bug fogging machine.
5 days before departing on our dream trip to Alaska I ruptured my Achilles tendon and had to have it surgically repaired. Alaska vacation cancelled. The decision to get the high deductible health plan now hurts worse than the Achilles injury.
and on Thanksgiving day we found out the frozen cranberry sauce had spoiled.
Now why do you say has it been a good year...
My mom graciously bought us a new riding mower, We can now mow the grass in half the time and it looks twice as good. The reduction in carbon emissions earned me citation from the G6.
My new eyeglasses are fantastic. I was struggling with my old ones in seeing the golf ball at address. I got specific HD golf lenses and it took strokes off my golf score.
The week we were supposed to be in Alaska had terrible weather and we would not have been able to do any of the activities we planned. We did got a full refund and are going next year.
I have a much quieter and cleaner dishwasher, better microwave (Although the convection oven combined feature is making the RQ yell OWTH at General Electric.)
Brad made fresh better cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving and we enjoyed it immensly.
Turning negatives into positives is what it is all about...You have two choices
1) Complain about your misfortune and be miserable.
2) Do something about it and figure out how to turn it around. In every negtive is an opportunity to be miserable or to be innovative.
...but the best part of the year is we are all healthy and happy, we acquired a new family member (Dude Ranch) and we count our blessings every day.
Here's hoping 2016 brings a healed Achilles, a thrilling Alaska adventure and no more new family members..at least until I say so.!