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Janie BS: Best wishes - the usual suspects:-) (82* d) RE: BS: Best wishes - the usual suspects:-) 30 Dec 16

I semi-retired the first of December. Left the full time paid job at a non-profit clinic but at the same time doubled my private practice. Haven't quite figured out a sane routine that allows me to feel semi-retired. However, did get to spend several days at Christmas with my mom, sister, nephews and grandnieces which was very lovely. The grandnieces put the excitement back into Christmas for this otherwise shrinking and aging family. Was also the first Christmas in several years when I was actually able to stay several days instead of rushing up Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, and then having to rush home again to return to work. Sorely missed my son and his lovely partner, but it was her family's year, and I know he was surrounded by people of good cheer who hold him in high regard.

Having several people, including my son and a couple of Mudcatters over for supper New Year's Day. Has become a bit of a tradition. Corned beef and cabbage is my family's tradition.

Weather, spine and finger joints permitting, will resume a former tradition I had to abandon for several years of spending New Year's Eve and/or New Year's Day planting tulip bulbs and daffodils. Haven't been able to garden much to speak of since I moved in 2008 so see this as a promise to myself to make time to do so again. I know I can not manage gardening on the scale I once did, but eager to add it back into my life and routine again.

Looking forward to having the time to become more a part of the immediate community to which I moved 8 years ago but which has only been the place where I sleep at night for the most part, and already getting to know a little better some local folks who are also folkies. Excited that Amos and his lovely 'better half' will soon be local denizens.

So, hoping the New Year will herald new beginnings of some old traditions, bring new friends into my life and offer the opportunity for me to volunteer and contribute to the life of the town where I have been 'camping out' for the past 8 years.

Immediately, looking forward to beginning the new year in the company of old friends and family I hold very dear.

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