Holy cow it’s New Year’s Eve! I can’t believe it, can you? This year, as awful as it was, has just flown by. I guess it wasn’t totally awful, but there were some not so great things going on.

The Scary

I think one of the most memorable things for this year for me was my husband’s 4-wheeler accident. That and some health related problems he encountered just the month before. Thankfully, after a latest scan this past week, his health is still headed in the right direction.

Some of the good things would be I was invited to set up at Christmas at the Cabin and I sold quite a few paintings and lots of prints this year. The art business is slowly growing, though not as fast as I’d like. Covid has had more than a little to do with it I believe. While I’ve been in lots of exhibits, I haven’t done any outdoor art festivals this past year. I’m thinking that may change for 2022. My first being Funk in the City in May. We’ll see how things are closer to then.

Another thing that’s been new this year is my son Asher who is 15 has started driving! He’s had his learner’s permit since March or April. I lose track. It’s weird though, he’s been in no hurry to finish the driver’s course and get his practice hours clocked in. I don’t know what’s the matter with him. I couldn’t wait to drive when I was his age. Things have changed I guess. Below I managed to get a photo with the timer of us. Doesn’t he have great hair?!

Happy New Year's Eve!

The Ugly

December has been a very warm month for our area. It’s been very strange. With those warm temps come the storms. Sadly, just 15 miles away from my mother in-laws home were the deadly tornado outbreaks in Mayfield, KY. The devastation is astonishing. It got national news coverage. We were so thankful that Daryl’s mom and her husband were spared. You never know how a tornado is going to go. It skips one area and hits the one right next to it. My late uncles lake cabin was in an area hit by tornadoes (Dawson Springs, KY). I wonder if the cabin is still there. It’s no longer in the family so I don’t know.

We were lucky in that those storms were supposed to hit us as well. They split and went north and south of us. Those poor people still need help though, many lost everything and right before Christmas. And now tonight, the warnings are coming in again for that area. Heavy storms and possible tornadoes are predicted for tonight and tomorrow as a cold front comes swooping in. It’s 65 degrees right now with 87% humidity as I write this. Definitely not normal. Southwestern Indiana, where I’m at is in the tip of the warning areas.

So if you’re in my area or in the path of the storms, keep and eye to the sky and your storm radio with fresh batteries. You never know. Be safe, not sorry.

Better

2021 brought the most art exhibitions too for me this year and that’s a great thing. I love the chance to exhibit my work just about anywhere. That gives me the chance to share my art with people who might not see it otherwise. Most likely not see it I’d say. I exhibited at various places, like coffee shops, pizza joints, bars, libraries and there might’ve been more that are escaping me at the moment.

2022 has already showing it’s going to be a busy year for me. I’ve got several exhibitions lined up starting with January! Of course I haven’t even started with the new paintings yet that I had hoped to display. I do have until the last of next week and I do tend to work better under pressure. But that’s cutting it close, even for me.

We’re in that weird time of the year. The time in-between Christmas and New Year’s. My son is out of school and my husband is off work. We didn’t plan for any vacations this year during this time, mainly due to we’re still paying medical bills, *sigh*. But regardless, we’re together. Almost too much, ha ha! Well not really, but it does put a kink in my usual schedule.

Not to complain about all the sleeping in, but this not having anything planned and just sitting around eating the junk leftover from Christmas and watching TV has grown tiring. I’m ready for my schedule to return. I’ve found I’m much more productive that way. Of course my husband wouldn’t agree. He has to get up at like 4 am to get go into work. I guess I can see his point. I’m not a morning person for sure and he isn’t either.

What’s next?

Next on my immediate list is to make a side dish of baked beans. This evening we’re going to our long time friends’ house and celebrating New Year’s Eve together like we do most years. There will be delicious smoked BBQ ribs and large baked potatoes among a few other yummies. But it’s the company that’s the best. We always play cards, Euchre to be exact. This year may be a little different as another set of friends are joining us and we’ll need to figure out what to play with 6 instead of 4. I’m sure it’ll be a great time no matter what we play.

Life is good.

Happy New Year’s Eve my friend!

Christmas at the Cabin ⬅︎

paintings by Jaime Haney of New Harmony, Indiana

Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page under the additional links menu. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery and telling mystical stories.

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