Dec 31, 2017

Mood When 2017 is Done

Hoping 2018 is full of love, peace, and good health for all of you and those you love.

Looking back on 2017, I thought I'd share my favorite (not in any order) cards that I made in 2017.

This hobby is such a gift and it always puts me in a good mood (except when I waste time getting frustrated...).

Also sharing some of my favorite moments from 2017:
  • Going to San Diego to celebrate my niece get her master's degree.
  • Nurse Patty at Mayo not leaving my side for 6 hours while I went through a medical crisis.
  • Being on the receiving end of enormous kindnesses -- from friends and family who offered to go to Mayo with me when it looked like Mike might not be able to go, to cards and calls and flowers and food and visits. In addition, 9 complete strangers with the same heart disease let me talk with them on the phone about their experience with the surgery at Tufts or Mayo (yes, I do my research.) 
  • Having my SIL travel from California to visit after my surgery. Loved watching her enjoy the little bit of snow we had while she was here.
  • Going to Toronto with Mike for a few days in August.
  • Seeing our son 3 times this year.
  • Having lunch with a friend from high school who I had not seen in about 20 years.
  • Celebrating my MIL's 85th birthday in Texas with family.
  • Standing my ground on some medical issues.
  • Hosting my niece and her 3 friends who came to DC for the Women's March.  
  • Meeting a young doctor from Turkey who is at Mayo who just started his electrophysiology (heart rhythm) cardiology fellowship. I could tell he was really nervous. When I told his supervisor what a great job he had done, he mouthed "thank you." Sweet. 
  • Playing arts and crafts with the adorable 3 year old girl on our block. (She loves sequins!).
  • Reading every single comment on my blog, FB, and Instagram. ((((You guys))))
  • Hosting a family friend and her friend for a few days while they visited DC. It was her friend's first time on a plane and first time in DC and he was so excited to see the city.
  • Talking to Susan Raihala on the phone. 
  • Meeting Liz Rydwin and her husband Ken for lunch. 
I hope I haven't left out anyone or thing, but it was a long year, so cut me some slack!

MOOD WHEN 2017 is DONE = Grateful for every moment of life, and hopeful that 2018 will be calmer. Happy New Year!

11 comments:

  1. I’m so honored we are on your list. It was such a joy to meet you in person after all these years. May 2018 bring you much love and good health!

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  2. Such a beautiful group of cards...love your style Joan.

    Love reading your favorite 2017 moments!

    Happy NEW Year!

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  3. Joan, you certainly have a lot to be thankful for and I pray 2018 will be all you want it to be and then some, you deserve it!
    Your cards are amazing. Happy New Year

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  4. I love every single one of your cards - they're all pieces of art! I wish for you happiness and much creativity in 2018! You deserve all good things in life and most of all good health!

    big big hugs from me always

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  5. Beautiful post, gorgeous cards, and kind and inspiring words. I look forward to seeing where you go in 2019. Thank you for sharing your journey. I appreciate you. XOXO

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  6. Such a treat to see some favorite cards for 2017, & even more to read some favorite moments. I love that you share your "mood when done", but also some hopes & fears. I was born in Arlington,VA, & grew up there. Coming full circle, my granddaughter is there, studying at American U. & will receive her masters degree in May. She loves the East Coast & plans to stay there, at least for now. I smile every time you mention something that brings back a memory for me. Take care, Joan & wishing you the best of life & health in this new year.
    Hugs Pat

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  7. I see many of my favorites there, too! You do some very creative stamping. Your watermelon card certainly stands out at the top of my list. I like that you listed favorite moments, as well. There is so much to appreciate in life, and the little things rank right up there. Keep looking forward, Joan, and make lots of new happy moments in 2018.

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  8. Lots of pretty cards this year, Joan! I especially love your Altenew ones and the deer also. Thanks for sharing so generously this year, both your art and your stories. Hugs to you.

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