A Quick Review of 2016

In some senses, 2016 has been a slow moving year but in retrospect it’s been a year of healing, not just for me but also for my family. My spinal surgery was back in May of 2015 and by September I’d recovered well enough to join a burlesque class!!

2016 saw certain goals fall by the way side due to circumstances we had no control over. Our joint goal was to start hiking together. We have two beautiful German Sheppard Dogs who love nothing more than taking off in the car and getting muddied up or wet!! (Don’t you just hate the smell of wet dog in the car?). We took ourselves to Ladybower Reservoir and fell in love with being outdoors! We talked about coming back to that location and watching as winter turned into spring and summer!!

In April our daughter’s birthday turned into a disaster when my husband was knocked down by a car and broke his leg. He was very lucky as he bulls-eyed the windshield and was thrown over the car, other than a broken bone in his hand and cuts and bruises he was fine, just the six weeks off work and gaining the strength back in his leg.  I should add that he has made a full recovery from the ordeal.

The decision to change the date of my next book release had already happened by this point and now we knew it was the right thing to do. It was nowhere near ready! Finding out my eldest daughter (who is my editor, if you hadn’t already figured that one out) has fibromyalgia was hard! We sought second opinions and doubted the outcome, we didn’t want to believe at first.  Yet knowing the reason for some of her health problems helped us understand her much more. To make matters worse my daughter has mental health illnesses that she has struggled with for many years, this mixed with the fibro gives her a lot of down time. As a parent, it’s heartbreaking to see how it effects her life. She is such a talented woman! Which brings me to one of the highlights for this year, Debi Michelle’s Debut novella – Debi’s Naughty Nibbles – Rachel & Danny book one.

Another highlight was getting to meet friends from Israel. I’ve known this lady online for some years now. She is a fellow Indie author and editor for Nicky Charles. We have become good friends over the year and I cant wait to see her again! We spent a lovely, cold, day at Chatsworth house and enjoyed every minute of it. That evening Jan and her lovely hubby took Andy and I out for a meal. The food was great but the company was amazing. Andy and Jan hit it off and now he’s always asking about her. I’d love to save up and go see them in Jerusalem.

One of my daughters moved closer to home this year. She finally figured out that her boyfriend was an abusive idiot!! I now get to see her whenever I like as she lives about a ten minute walk away from us. It’s great seeing our grandson too. Watching the difference in him now he’s away from that relationship has been a joy. He’s a thriving 4 year old boy who is interested in everything he sees and loves Paw Patrol!

Things haven’t been too good for our other middle daughter, her youngest (our second to youngest grandchild) has been diagnosed with Global Delay. He is 3 years old but has the development level of an 18 month old. It’s been a stressful time for my daughter and us as we are learning to live with the problems this is causing. He is non verbal so we are learning Makaton sign language.  We have had, what some may see as, small developments – I entered her living room and he was sat on the floor and as clear as day said ‘Hello Nanna’ I could have cried at hearing his sweet little voice. There is light at the end of the tunnel but the journey there will be a long one.

So there’s a quick glance of 2016. I don’t make new years resolutions, however, I do make goals. I have a few set up already, a lot of them are to do with organising my time better and trying new juggling techniques  between work, home and writing.   I can gladly say the hiking goal is back on for 2017 and we are looking forward to our first hike within the next week!!

So on that note. Happy New Year to you all and may 2017 bring good health to you all.

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