Sunday, January 3, 2016

Looking Back at 2015

2015 is now behind us and, like most years, it had its ups and down.

The best thing to happen all year was the birth of my Granddaughter, Alyssa, a sister for Braydon (5) and Makayla (now 3), born on October 15th.  She is a sweet baby, very content and now starting to smile.  I had my fingers crossed that she would be born on October 8th, which would have been my Mom's birthday, but babies have their own agenda, and she obviously wanted a day all to herself!

Alyssa Jane Freeman
The other highlights were my trips - to Denver, to Reno and Lake Tahoe for a knitting retreat where I took a class with Martin Storey and to Scotland for a couple of weeks.  I loved Scotland and was especially enamoured with Shetland.  What a great place for a knitter to visit. I was happy to be travelling again with my good friend, Pam, and met so many nice people on the tour, and in Scotland.  It was an amazing journey.

Scottish thistle
Of course, no year gets by without some downsides.  For me they were mostly health-related:  still no answers as to why I'm having trouble walking, a small bit of cancer (now resolved I'm hoping) and a disappointment.  I went to Denver in October and splurged on a great seat at a Colorado Avalanche hockey game.  Since this was the only time I was going to be able to see the team in person this year, I wanted to treat myself.  However, for me, the game was cut short.  A puck was shot over the glass and hit me squarely in the forehead.  It's hard to describe the shock and pain.  Fortunately, there was a doctor a couple of seats behind me who helped initially and then I was taken to the medical office at the rink.  To make matters worse, it was only about halfway into the first period.  The medical staff   said that I should go to the hospital.  I tried to go back to the game first, but just couldn't do it was off to Littleton Hospital where they treated me very well.  To top it off, the Avalanche lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets.


I got this picture from a recording of the game.  This is the exact second that I was hit and those around me haven't yet noticed.  I was asked if I got anything from the Avs, as often happens with other teams in other venues.  Well, yes I did.... I got a bandage and a Tylenol.  Fortunately, someone a couple of rows behind me caught the puck and gave it to me as a souvenir.  Who would have guessed that going to a hockey game would be a low point in the year?  

Here's hoping that 2016 will be full of fun and adventure for me and my friends and family.  I'm hoping for lots of good knitting, travel and live music.


Ann Kruchek said...

Here's hoping that 2016 will be a better year for both of us!

kristieinbc said...

We seem to have a lot in common. I have dual citizenship too, and the highlight of 2015 was the birth of my second granddaughter. The other high point was my trip to Ireland. Thankful though I was not hit in the head with a puck. What an awful experience. I hope you had out-of-country medical insurance.