January we broke ground on our garage. We had wanted a garage for a long time and we finally decided to just do it. It was to be 24x30 with a few customizations. I made homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch for the first (and probably last time). John had gotten a snow blower for Christmas and got to use it for the first time.
February DiAnna and I did a wreath class at the McCracken County Public Library. Before the end of February, the garage was built, we were just waiting on the concrete driveway.
March DiAnna and I head to StL and saw Chicago at the Fabulous Fox. This was an item on our bucket list and remains one of my favorite shows EVER. By the end of March, the concrete was poured but we could not drive on it yet. At the end of March, my work let me go to a conference in Orlando. The first day of training was a long 12 hour day, but the next day they only let us meet for a bit and then have the rest of the day free. Since our plane didn't leave until 5 am the next day, we (Valerie and I) went to Disney World and closed the place down!! By the time I got home from Florida, we could drive on the new driveway. Fabulous! On the last day of March, DiAnna and I went to TPAC and saw Wicked.
April DiAnna and I went back to the Fox to see Hamilton (it was our second time seeing the show). I had to have a tumor removed from my forehead. We were very lucky that it was a chewed gum like looking substance (a pretty pink color) and not a bad thing. My head still aches sometimes were he cut my muscle and scrapped my skull, but I no longer have a bump on my head. Hannah turned 21 on the last day of April. I took her to Tribeca for her big day. Trevor turned 16.
May Trevor got his permit. We had all the landscaping at our place ripped up and new stuff put in. New stuff that requires no work!! Prince Harry got married. It was a big day for me. I had a birthday and my friend Cassie made the cupcakes for me.
June Pepper joined the family. Olive was so happy. John and I knew we couldn't go to Hawaii for our 25th (because of what would happen in August) so we went to the Jefferson Davis monument instead....it was free and we had never been to the park except to take photos. I wanted to go to the top because it was opened that day so we did. It was very cool, not quite like the Washington Monument views, all farmland. We had a good guide that filled us in on lots of details about the park. Pepper got very sick at the end of June with a virus and I was scared she would die. She cried in pain all night and puked all over the place and after she got some antibiotics she got better.
July DiAnna and I went to see Rick Springfield at the Nashville Symphony. I finished our travel wall (for now) in the living room. My head was healing nicely by July but still ached to the touch. At the end of July we decided to take a trip that was originally going to be a week long and all over Canada. Instead, we altered it to be a weekend in Canada. Fastest trip to Canada we had seen. Not quite a quick as our 9 hour trip to Baton Rouge, see a game and come right back, but close. This trip was a dream come true for me. I had always wanted to go to Niagara Falls and do the Maid of the Mist tour. We didn't do much else there except sleep. We came home through Pittsburgh, saw a game and came home.
Bonus July entry----Instant Pot winning story---we were in the car somewhere between Dayton and Windsor Canada. I was watching In the Kitchen with David (as I often do) and QVC was having a Black Friday anniversary event. You had to enter the facebook live contest by putting up a hashtag @QVC27 It was crazy how many folks were typing it in wrong. I entered and asked John, "should I enter again, these people are getting it wrong?" He told me to go ahead. I did and told people they were entering wrong. People still were not getting it, so I kept entering. Soon my favorite host said "we have a winner" and said MY NAME (about 30:23)!!!! The whole car erupted in screams for mom!!!!
That was a great moment for me because I am a HUGE fan of David's. I was so excited to win and all of it happened in the car somewhere between Ohio and Canada
August I found a friendship rock near my parking place at work. Someone knew I needed a pick me up. August 3, John no longer worked at WPSD. 18 years, but I don't want to talk about it. At the end of August I was stressed, overworked and had no money, but I went to a painting class. My first one ever. I had so much fun. I didn't realize how much I needed that class or how much I would learn.
John McCain died. He was my favorite American. I have all but his last book autographed by him. I called Mitch McConnell and he had a flag flown over the capital for me. It is hanging next to my Ronald Reagan flag (McConnell helped me get that one too).
September Senator McCain was buried. We went to a game in StL because tickets were super cheap. Hannah flew to Las Vegas and went to the Titanic museum, she brought me home a cup (which has faded) and she touched a piece of the wreckage.. My friend, Denise gave me 2 Presidental plates for my collection. I won a bike helmet from Banks Market (local grocery). DiAnna gave me curtains she had hanging in her old office and they look amazing in my bedroom.
October Fall break I went to a training in Bowling Green. The Wall that Heals came to Paducah and we went to see it. It was cool but not as cool as the real one in DC.
November My old dishwasher died, so I bought a new one with a silverware tray.
December George Herbert Walker Bush died. Bob Dole (who after McCain's death because my favorite American alive) and no longer stands, stood up at the casket of GHWB. I went to Louisville for work and ate well. Mary Poppins Returns came out. I made macarons for the first time. I traded in my Kindle Voyage for a Kindle Oasis. I paid for it with insurance points and the trade in value on my old Kindle. John got to fulfill a dream by calling a Mayfield game.
I really needed to look bad on all the good because I have struggles. I am grateful to God for showing me the good and not letting me dwell on the bad. Here is to a wonderful 2019. I know I will see Hamilton again and also Come from Away and read a lot of books on my waterproof Oasis.
Happy New Year friends