It’s the last day of 2014! I don’t know if that deserves a WOO HOO or a “damn”.   This year really flew. Everyone else is reviewing so I think I will too:

January –

  • Had a boyfriend.
  • Rented a storage space in the Southside. Why is this mentioned you say? Well it was a step to getting my independence back from storing stuff in Beaver. I didn’t think this relationship would last. Plus for some reason it was kind of fun wandering around that huge building. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Jimmy helped me move stuff into storage and was sure it was a place where dead bodies were/are kept. He’s probably right. Hundreds of locker spaces, small enough for 2 boxes, large enough for cars. It was an “experience” for me.
  • Working and living downtown Pittsburgh. LOVING my two block commute. Loved living in the city. Learned that CVS charges 17 times as much for a broom than say anywhere else. Learned how to navigate the city, where to shop.
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February –

  • didn’t have a boyfriend, had to figure out what to do with all my belongings in Beaver
  • Continuing fun in the city. I believe I had my 6 person Bunko that month with girls over for dinner in the apartment. Loved that. Where was the camera?
  • February 2014

    More Brrrrrrrrr

March –

  • Trip to California to visit brother – sister-in-law  and sister. Great trip.  Didn’t have a boyfriend at the time
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    In Malibu – restaurant on the Pier – this restaurant was in Food and Wine Magazine this month

    March 2014-2

    Big Bro, Little Sis at beach in San Clementi

    March 2014

    Dinner with the west coast fam

  • End of March and back with the boyfriend who is now moving to Tampa.  Will I or won’t I go?  Was there ever a question?


  • Housing search in Florida has begun
  • Still living in Pittsburgh keeping the move on the downlow…somewhat..waiting for the other shoe to drop or housing in Florida – what will it be?
  • April Camille

    Last day working with Camille 🙁

    April Bree

    Last work day with Bree – 🙁

    May - morning walk

    a BEAUTIFUL walk in the morning, in my neighborhood, downtown Pittsburgh. Am I sure I want to leave this?

    April-May morning walk

    Spring in Pittsburgh – you just can’t beat it

    april-May PPG

    PPGB (my nephew used to call it the PPGB building)


  • Still waiting for my life to change.
  • In the meantime –   aJimbo graduation
    May Jimbo Graduate

    love this boy – yay for Jimmy!

    May Jim and John

    A boy and his dad at Graduation. Thank you John!

  • And then I got the call – soon to be my home sweet home:
  • May 26 home sweet home
  • and the frenzy began.  Goodbyes, packing and moving.  While some of my friends were in shock that I was actually making the move, others weren’t surprised at all
  • May 2014

    Those things on the plate are desserts. Looks a little like poop – but I assure you it was delicious.

    May - my peeps

    my peeps. Goodbye dinner at Ruth Chris. Thank you Karen! PS – I see you Judy.

    May Bon voyage

    Cake from the girls (Kerry, Jerry, Diane and Janice)

    and the final goodbyes:

last night with boy - May

Dinner with Zach – downtown

May in park - last day

My brother in for a visit the very weekend I moved. We both stayed at my sister’s house for the weekend. Him and Jim in the sun. This was my last day/afternoon – waiting for Phil to pack the truck

  • And then we were off
  • 2 long long days later:
  • Welcome to Florida May

and the rest is History…well it’s all history isn’t it?

June –

  • The Blog is born – June 2, 2014
  • Then getting to know my new family and my new hometown
June 2014

Weekend with Zenah – taking her to Honeymoon Island, a mere 5 miles away

  • June also had a quick trip home to Pittsburgh:
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Pool Bunko at the Besongs

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Birthday (belated) with the Boys


Love those boys


July 2014

Jorden at the beach – a mere 3 months ago it was Jorden in the woods.

July 2014 - 2

Sunset at Pass-a-Grille. We LIVE here! Well, not “here” but you know, “here”

August –

  • It was HOT
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    my new beach lifestyle


    New geographical location – still Steeler fan at heart.

  • and another visit home to Pittsburgh
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    Adorable babies…not so baby anymore


    A trip to the fountain. Jimbo’s there somewhere


    Happy Birthday Mya – 2 years old. Sing it Greer Sing it!


    A trip to Virginia, a peaceful retreat

    September –

  • New Schools for the kids
  • New Schools for the guardian (that’s me)
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    New piano!!!

    license plate

    New license plate


    New box for Sam

    October –

  • Visit to Miami
  • Reconnect with old friends
  • October 2014

    It’s Doug!


  • Fall in Florida
  • November -2014

    A Florida style marshmallow roast

    November 2014-2

    More old friend reconnecting – from Edinboro days, Mary Pat and Mary Cute!

  • And another trip to Pittsburgh/Columbus/Virginia/Pittsburgh



the firemaker strikes again


Beautiful drive thru Virginia mountains

November Kai - 2014

Welcome baby Kai!

December –

  • Christmas with the Bakers
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    Christmas day – sleepy family


    Santa came!

  • And now it’s New Year’s Eve – I should be getting dressed but I am trying to knock this blog out first.  So forgive any typos I’ll catch up later.

Now that you’ve gotten thru all those pictures, here’s the answer to the question:  The New Year is a time for self-reflection and improvement. Write about the future self you’re going to develop over the next year, or years.

The reason I posted the boyfriend breakup and uncertainty in the beginning of the year is because we really never know what is going to happen.  I thought it was going to go one way and sort of planned for that and then we just decided to go for it.  Ya know?  I could have chosen to stay in the city, work the new job, live in the apartment and been happy seeing my boys more, seeing the babies more, but in the end I chose a NEW adventure.  I just went for it and well here I am, in Florida, with the strangers who are now my family.  I’m not going to even guess what the new year will bring or the new me will be. I’m just going to watch it unfold.  Apparently you are all going to watch it unfold with me!!

Love you all, Happy New Year,


3 Thoughts on “My year in review – a pictorial

  1. Ellen morton on December 31, 2014 at 5:24 pm said:

    So that’s how you ended up in Florida. Thanks for the recap!

  2. Scott monahan on December 31, 2014 at 7:10 pm said:

    Nice adventures, fun pics too. Happy new year and go stillers!

  3. Debbie Monahan on January 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm said:

    Very interesting recap. So happy to be a part of your life. Happy New Year to you and the family. Here’s to more adventures to come!

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