Happy New Year!

In spite of the losses we endured most recently, it’s been a great holiday week… lots of family, lots of food, lots of love.  There was even lots of running done by one of us… okay, spoiler alert, it wasn’t me doing the running.

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The 12yo child is now taller than me… that ain’t right.

Christmas Eve brought tragedy at work.  We got quite a bit of snow the day before, too much for one of the trees to handle, and it collapsed onto one of the yurts that housed a little Northern Saw-whet owl with vision problems.  She escaped.  She is fully flighted and knows how to hunt, so there is a good chance of survival for her.  Maybe the accident was, in reality, divine intervention.  Maybe her stay with us was done and it was time for her to fly and be free. (To every negative, it’s important to search for the positive. #selfpreservation)

20150220_135857.jpgChristmas Eve brought tragedy to the Seattle Seahawks as well.  They lost to Arizona.  The positive?  I was right there in the stadium to watch!  My very first ‘Hawks game! Okay… maybe not so much a positive for the team, but a huge selfish positive on my part!  🙂

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This weekend has been great fun, celebrating the end of 2016.  AJ went to Leavenworth with his friend to play in the snow, and James and I brought in the New Year karaoking most of the night until it was time to watch the fireworks at the Space Needle (from the warmth of our own home, of course… far away from any craziness).

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Got snow?

We have a fresh layer of snow and ice, and this coming week promises to be the coldest we’ve seen in a long time.  I don’t do snow, and it will definitely be a week of treadmill running, assuming I even run, :D.  But c’est la vie.  There is always plenty of good in life to offset the bad. That’s just the way it goes.

…Don’t you know, when you’re down

There’s just one way to go

And that’s singing

C’est la vie! C’est la vie!

That’s just the way it goes!…

Wishing you much love and happiness in 2017, no matter what life throws at you!

52 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Susan Leighton

    I hope this year is great for you and the family, Paula! You are right about the little owl. Maybe it was the time to go. So glad she is able to fend for herself. It looks like you are having a wonderful time with James and AJ. That Robbie Nevil song brought back some memories, lol. Looking forward to 2017 and more running adventures!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thanks Susan!! It’s been fun indeed! And that Robbie Nevil song was one of the songs that helped me learn to “not sweat the small stuff.” I just love it! And people hate when I start singing it, lol!!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Actually, 2016 wasn’t all bad… it was just marred by a couple of bad moments. Overall, it was actually pretty good… LOTS of traveling, which is always fun!! 😀 Happy New Year Sharon! 2017 is going to be great!!

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  2. Lucy

    Happy New Year! I firmly believe that Mother Nature is much smarter than us mere humans, so one way or another, I’m sure that owl is where it’s supposed to be. How does treadmill running go for you? If you have any tips, I’d be interested to read about them!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Happy New Year!!

      Oh, I wish I had some tips for treadmill running, but sadly no. I can only stand about 30 minutes of it, but I tend to try to challenge myself in some way just to keep it somewhat interesting, like intervals, or ladders. I cannot run at one speed for 30 minutes straight… that just sucks! 😀

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  3. spearfruit

    Hi Paula, so glad you had a good ending to last year – well some negative, but as you indicate some good to offset it. Happy 2017 to you and your family – I look forward to our continued friendship. 🙂

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thank you Terry! Happy New Year! I look forward to our continued friendship and your adventures as well!! Maybe someday soon, after your recovery, you and Gary will actually be able to start your travel adventures, wouldn’t that be awesome!! 😀 Oh, the places you’ll go… makes me smile just thinking about it!!

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  4. Chocolaterunsjudy

    Happy New Year, Paula! You have to take the bad with the good, although it really sounds like more good than bad (were YOU really that upset at the Seahawks losing to AZ? :). We’re used to snow . . . there actually hasn’t been too much — yet. Winter’s just getting started.

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Hahahaha, yes, I really was disappointed… 😀 I agree… I believe there is always more good than bad, you just have to be open to it. Happy New Year Judy!! You can keep your snow and ice, I’m so ready for summer! 19 degrees here right now… bleh! 😀

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      1. Chocolaterunsjudy

        Nope, I don’t want the snow & ice either. Actually, so far, it’s not too bad, right now we have rain washing away a lot of it — but it won’t stay that way for long. You guys are just weather wimps. 🙂

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  5. Lady G

    Sorry to be late but I’m here now! I have been having trouble with my comments going to spam so I pray this goes through:
    1st: That sweet owl is priceless. I agree that there may have been divine order there too because, like you, I would have had a hard time letting her go by choice! She is gorgeous. Lady J is in love and we send prayers that she is well.
    2nd: I love the way you have highlighted the positive for every negative; it’s a must!
    3rd: Keep posting pics of you and your lovely family!
    It brightens the days of so many 🙂

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      You are such a beautiful person! Thanks Lady G!! Yes, I believe we must always find the positive in every negative, otherwise we lose sight of the greater good, and I know you know what I mean!! (You totally get me) ;D

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