Today is the first day of the rest of your life

Welcome to 2015:) I don’t put too much stock in New Years Day… January 1st is just another day… except…

It gives us a chance to reflect on the past and plan ahead.

2014 wasn’t a great year for me. My dad passed away in January (hard to believe it’s been almost a year) and I still miss him. My mom, who seemingly handled it well at first, seems to be… well I don’t want to say she’s losing her mind, but in some ways…

My 9 year old continues to be rebellious (9 going on 19, I swear…), I have gout or some other crap going on in my left leg, and try as I might I’m having a hard time trying to re-forge family ties with my sister. I mean… does politics have to be injected into EVERY thing???

On the plus side, our front yard no longer looks like a disaster zone. We have 3 raised beds in the back yard planted with garlic and all (well most) of┬áthe brush has been cleaned up. My mom got a new house a lot closer to ours. I visited with my sister 3 times in 2014 – more than in the previous 10 years – and when she shuts up about her politics she’s actually a nice person.

Looking forward to 2015, I’m going to build a rabbit hutch and get 2 bucks and 4 does. Also want to get a ringneck pheasant rooster (have a friend of a friend who breeds them in Bishop) and maybe a few chickens. We already have garlic planted, in the spring we’ll be getting 6 more raised beds (one for Salsify) and maybe plant a grape vine.

Last but not least I’m pretty sure we’ll find a way that my wife can quit her day job, and also get my dad’s (now mine) old truck to Sparks so I can get it running.

Hope everyone reading this has a blessed year in 2015…

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