Where did the year go?

After working outside, collecting green waste, I sat at my computer to take a break.  I ended up with a cat asleep on my lap in no time, which is quite common at my house.  I don’t mind that my lap ends up being a kitty bed.  It gives me an excuse to sit.

I checked my blogs and noticed on this one that it was over a year ago that I wrote anything.  I remember the last post as if it was yesterday.  I had been watching the ceremonies for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  Now I sit here and reflect on the fact that more than a year has gone by since I wrote that post.

When my life was going well, I was continually amazed at the amount of energy I had.  I always had a trip planned to somewhere.  The trip I took to France in April 2013 was a huge source of life energy for me.  Shortly after my move to Washington State fell through in December 2013, my marriage took a turn for the worse.  It never did completely recover and I don’t think it ever will.  With everything that has gone on over the past 18 months, I feel like I have aged 20 years.

There are 2 things that are sustaining me right now; the short trips I’ve been taking and the 2 cats, mine and my wife’s.  So far this year, I’ve been back to Washington State twice, to Phoenix for baseball spring training, and I spent 5 days on the big island of Hawaii.  If airfare wasn’t so expensive to Hawaii, I’d probably be going there more often.

I have 3 more trips to Washington State planned for July, September and October.  I have replaced my requirement of always having a trip planned to some far away destination with a requirement that I always have a trip planned to Western Washington.  Even though I didn’t move there, it still feels like visiting home when I travel there.  I’m hoping to plan a trip to some far off destination for 2016, that is if I can find the energy.

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