I was remembering tonight the many wonderful New Year's Eves that I spent with my wonderful cousins. We usually went to Durant's (or as my mom called it, Duranti's) for dinner and then back to Yaya's. I would always spend the night there. It was so fun with Tony and Yaya, Pat and Phil, Cecilia and Jay, and others through the years. I miss those times as they were the best. I am so grateful for my cousins and I miss both Tony and Phil. New Year's Eve will never be the same for me!!
This has been an eventful year. I have posted so many times about my wonderful Aunt Teresa and the decisions we have had to make for her in these past few months. I went to visit her today at the group home. She is in wonderful place, but when I got there today, she said she was almost ready for me to take her home. She hasn't really asked that much since she has been at the home, but it still gets to me when she asked. The last month she was here at my house, she asked every day that I take her home. I have said this over and over again, but at the end of 2016, I still believe it. I HATE Alzheimers!! It is such a sad way to to spend the end of your life's journey robbed of the dignity of your brain. But she is happy and in a good place. I love Kathy and Joel, the caregivers. They are so good to her. Although I wish that this had not happened, I know that this was the best we could do for her at this point in her life.
Tomorrow, January 1, 2017, I will officially be a Governing Board Member for Gilbert Public Schools. Although I was sworn in earlier this month, the term doesn't start until tomorrow. I am excited and a bit nervous about this new experience in my life. I just know I will do the very best that I can always.
Yesterday I had lunch with one of my former Gilbert El kiddos. She is amazing and is doing a lot politically in Arizona. I am so proud of her and so glad to have reconnected with her. That is the best part of this journey for me--to see so many of my former students doing so well. I have such hope for our future because of these wonderful young adults.
It is a quiet evening for me. I am "home alone" and it is certainly not anything to make a movie over. I have relaxed and watched some football and a couple of shows that I had not seen before. It is so weird to just sit and relax. Haven't done that for awhile and it has taken me a bit of time to get used to this new phase of my life.
The good thing is that I can fix anything I want for dinner. I had thought about ordering out, but decided to make cauliflower and cheese soup. I have experimented with this recipe for quite sometime, and tonight's came out delicious.
There are a lot of fireworks going on. The pugs have been okay, but Maya keeps barking. I know I won't make it until midnight, but will put the doggie door down when I go to bed in hopes to keep them from barking and running outside!!
I am hopeful for 2017, but am still worried about the climate in our country right now. I hope that what is going on leads to some dialog so that we can get past some of the awful "stuff" that has happened over the last year. We need to be accepting and kind for all. It is sad that having differences of opinion has lead to so much contention. My hope is that we can come together and figure this out before it is too late. I HATE HATRED!!!
It is almost the New Year in New York. I will be awake for that, but hope to be asleep before it happens here in Arizona. My sleep patterns have been so off for the last several months. And that takes its toll.
I am so thankful for the wonderful family that we have and the incredible circle of friends that I have. It is what is most important!!
So HAPPY NEW YEAR and hope that 2017 will bring peace, understanding and acceptance for all of us!