A year in photos.

2013 was an eventful year in our lives.  A series of both good, sad and ugly moments befell us.  We lost two of our beloved, long-time pets, Lucy, our German Wire-Haired Pointer, and Mom Cat, our Calico, well, cat.  The causes were beyond our control and without getting into detail included tragic, upsetting events. There were also a number of serious health scares and realities, for us as well as close members of our families, and incredibly trying times professionally. I have come to find that life is all about balance, where there are demonstrably bad times, inversely there are wonderfully good times.  During the past year I was fortunate to have travelled with one of my sisters, Wendy, to Jamaica.  I also travelled to New York City with my close friend and her daughter, Stephanie and Addison respectively. My husband and I travelled to London and the UK with my parents.  My Dad celebrated his 60th birthday and my parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.  I was lucky to have spent time with close friends and family.  We rescued a dog, Max, from a local fostering network.  All in all, when I look back over the past year, yes, I do recall the bad times, but what stands out most in my mind are those blessed moments in time.  Here are some of the photos that showcase the happy memories.  I am looking forward to seeing what 2014 has in store for us…..

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Market in Jamaica.  The bright colours were mesmerizing, much to the delight of the vendors.

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My sister, Wendy, and I on a Jamaican ocean cruise.

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Beach view of a local fishing boat at Jamaica.

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Lucy.

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Winter fun with goods friends; ice fishing on Lake of the Woods.

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Times Square, Midtown, New York City.

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A view from the top of the Empire State Building; looking at lower Manhattan.

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The Brooklyn Bridge with my great friend, Stephanie, and her daughter, Addison.

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On a spring (though, it does look a lot more like winter) hiking and photo-taking adventure with a friend, Tanis.

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Larry’s birthday!

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My family at my Dad’s 60th surprise birthday party.

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At a successful trade show event with my loving husband, Larry (seated).

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Furniture that my talented and generous husband crafted and donated to a local dog fostering network for a charity event; incidentally from where we later this year adopted our dog, Max.  It is hard to tell from these photos, but he also carved paw prints into each piece.

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A day at the [spa] beach with my niece, Avery, and nephew, Aiden.  Fun with mud!

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Mom Cat.

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Hanging out with my friend Stephanie on a warm, sunny, Fall day.  This is the silhouette of her daughter, Addison, with Lake of the Woods in the background.

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One of the beautiful foggy fall views on my drive to work.

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Mom and Dad in an English Pub, London, October 6th, 2013; their 40th Wedding Anniversary.

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Larry on the Westminster Bridge, London.

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Light leak; Stonehenge, UK.

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A view of St. Paul’s Cathedral from Millennium Bridge, London (Mom and Dad, right).

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Viewscape from the top of Tower Bridge, London.

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A London pub, of course.

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Max and Kitten.  Incidentally, Kitten is five years old.  We aren’t terribly creative with names.

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Holiday themed cocktail party with good friends.  Oh, and photo props.

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Looking forward to new memories in 2014!  Happy New Year!

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