My top ten moments for 2015

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Good afternoon everyone-2015 has been a good year in many ways. While I have had some physical struggles and unfortunate setbacks along my journey in 2015 there are many things that happened that I am so grateful for and feel incredibly blessed to have that I didn't have before. It was an exciting year for many reasons as well as one filled with adventures.  I have read a lot of these TOP TEN moments that Karen Fiddler hosted.  I finally have taken the time to write mine out.

This first one has made it possible to be able to do so many of the other ones thruout the year.

1. I finally after 5+ years of taking care of Mom full time by myself I now have help. Thank you God. That happened the end of April. I have an aide come in M-F from either 8 am-2 p.m. or 9 am-3 p.m. depending on the aide's availability. They bathe Mom, fix her meals and do light housekeeping.  In addition to the 30 hrs per week I also have 480 hrs of respite care a yr which averages out to an extra 40 hrs per month. So I have more of a life now. and what has made it possible for my trips.

2. I talked with 3 Active Rain friends that I had never spoke to on the phone before. It was so incredible and a wonderful addition to my year. First was Jon Kolsky , Next was Wanda Kubat-Nerdin and last but certainly not least and actually a new friend this year and that is Debbie Laity.  I have actually spoke to Jon a few times this year. He even called on my birthday in May which was so nice and such a wonderful surprise.

3. On my trip in September to PA and NY I got to see my childhood friend of 50 yrs Jane from New York who I haven't seen in 8 yrs. What a great reunion that was. I spent several days with her and her husband.  She will be moving to Tenn this year after her husband retires so she will be much closer and I can visit more. One of my trips this yr will be in June to help her make the move.

4. I got to see my brother Ron twice this year which was a treat because I haven't seen him much in a number of years because he lived in Fla. I first got to visit with him in June of this year on his way to NY and then again in September on my PA/NY trip because he moved back to NY in June because he was going to be a grandfather.

5. I got to go to my first big RV show in Hershey Park Pennsylvania where I got to see lots of Class C RV which is the kind I plan on getting when I am free to travel full time as well as attend many helpful seminars all included in the price of admission which was $10.

6. I got to do a lot traveling since May of this year.  I have gone every other month someplace new including the months of May, July, Sept and November. All car trips. All within about 5-6 hrs from home except NY which was 12 hrs but it was broke up by first stopping in PA.

7.  My trip in May included visiting Ocean City MD and riding the tram around the boardwalk, Virginia Beach, Chincoteague Island in Va and seeing the ponies and Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

8. July's trip included 4 different gardens. Many of you know about my love of gardening and my 1/2 acre garden. I visited Brookside Gardens in Silver Spring MD, Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton MD, Longwood Gardens in Kennett Sq PA and Lewis Ginter Gardens in Richmond Va. I think all but the topiary gardens I knew about because of Roy Kelley. Thank you for the inspiration for that trip Roy. 

9. My trip in September included the RV show in Hershey Park PA, it also included visiting Chocolate World. a zoo and another garden, then it included visiting NY which was getting to see my friend Jane and my brother Ron and a nice treat on the way back home was meeting someone from Active Rain that I have known since the early days of Active Rain and that was Susan Mangigian and also got to meet her famous 4 footed blonde haired boy JJ. We went out to lunch and then back to her house to meet JJ and the kitties. She has a beautiful home and was a wonderful hostess.

10. Now my last trip was filled with many firsts including the place itself which was Pigeon Forge Tenn. It was 8 fun filled days much of which I haven't even had a chance to blog about yet. One of my firsts was a carriage ride, as well as feeding a camel and Rudolph at the same zoo. Saw lots of Christmas lights as they had Winterfest going on. The list goes on in that place.

All in all it was an exciting year which helped tremendously to offset the physical challenges and setbacks as well as the sadness at losing my 28 yr old nephew in June. He died of a heart attack. He was my brother Ron's only son. 

Now I am looking forward to my first trip for 2016 in a week to sunny Fla. My first flight for the year. I am planning on meeting 3 AR friends if all goes well. Toni Weidman , Christine OShea and last but not least our very own Kathy Streib .  I also will be attending another big RV show in Tampa and visiting Busch Gardens and Sea World and who knows what else.  Onward into 2016.


Posted by

Sharon Lee

Comments (44)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Sharon -- wow -- talk about a lot of adventures in 2015 and it looks as if this year promises even more.   Happy 2016!

Jan 03, 2016 11:59 PM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Sounds like you had a great year of traveling with more on the books for 2016.  Now if you can only make it to Colorado.

Jan 04, 2016 01:22 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner -Indeed I did and am planning much more this year. Hope you get the opportunity to as well.

Michael Jacobs -Once my cage was opened it will never go back to being fully closed again til one day it will be forever open.

Belinda Spillman -I did indeed and Colorado is on the list for 2016 so I am hoping I will get to meet you and Erin. 

Jan 04, 2016 03:17 AM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Sharon Lee ~ it is weird, it seems like we have been friends for way longer. But becoming friends with you is special, and I feel very lucky to have you as a friend, THANK YOU. There are so many great people here, and I am so happy you're taking advantage of AR and all that it brings Plus, I am so happy you're taking such neat trips and sharing them here. You deserve the best!

Jan 04, 2016 03:29 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Jon Kolsky -It does seem a lot longer like I have known you all my life. I am very glad I have gotten to know you and one day I will be visiting your area and meeting you in person. Then I probably would be a nervous wreck. Smiling

Jan 04, 2016 03:37 AM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

There's got to be an RV show in Arizona you can come to! Especially during the Fall and Winter when all the seasonal visitors decend upon us!

Jan 04, 2016 05:08 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert -I checked and there isn't. Closest big show is in Sandy Utah.

Jan 04, 2016 06:32 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sharon, you're a new woman since the caregivers came into your world! YEAAAAAA!!!! What a life you're having. It's about damned time. So very glad that you got together with your best-friend. And that she's moving closer--so wonderful to hear! 

Give Kathy a hug for me, will ya???!!!

Happy New Year!

Jan 04, 2016 07:51 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 -Yes that gilded cage door opened some when I came to visit you and Debb and I haven't been the same since.  I think it is too and am glad she is too. Depending on where they settle it will only be about 4 hrs ago. Beats 12. I will indeed.

Jan 04, 2016 10:41 AM
Sondra Meyer:
EXP Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Good morning Sharon, it sounds like 2015 was an awesome and busy year for you that was filled with many blessings. I'm sorry about the tragic loss of your nephew.

Have I told you that because of you, I went RV shopping last year? like you, I'll take my time and get something when time is right.

Don't forget me when you come out and meet Debbie in person. You are always welcome at my place. - new one now
I hope this year is even better for you than last year was.

Jan 04, 2016 09:07 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Sondra Meyer: -It was a awesome year for travel and I did have many blessings.  My nephew dying so young was definitely tragic and a shock. It is hard on my brother.  I think that is so cool that you went RV shopping. Yes I will and have the time to make an informed decision. After all it will be my home on wheels. I could NEVER forget you or Dale. I most definitely plan on seeing you when I visit. I think I am going to see if I can plan it around a Super RV show that I found that is Sandy Utah Sept 8-11. I just found it online yesterday so I would have to figure out the best way that would work as if I do attend that one in Sept I would like to meet Wanda Kubat-Nerdin  who lives in Saint George Utah and Debbie Laity lives within I think if I remember right about 6-7 hours from there.  I have plenty of time to figure that out. I would like to see Debi Boucher again as well.  Hope to see you blogging more this year. P.S. i appreciate the invite to stay and I may take you up on that depending on how things work out.

Jan 04, 2016 11:02 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Sharon ... great list my friend, "Happy New Year" and your post has been featured to the group:


Jan 05, 2016 01:22 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thank you Robert (Alaska Bob) Swetz and Happy New Year to you.

Jan 05, 2016 10:12 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Sharon Lee ,

Sounds like a very eventful year in 2015! So glad you have the relief of those care you your life back which is so important. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes for a wonderful New Year in 2016!

Jan 05, 2016 10:45 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Dorie Dillard -It was a great year of travel and having some life back. Happy New Year to you.

Jan 06, 2016 02:50 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

You are so very welcome

Jan 06, 2016 03:02 AM
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

What an exciting Year you had gf!

Now I can catch up on all your news, & see all the places you've been!

Feb 08, 2016 06:51 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Peg Barcelo -Indeed I did and that was even with a bad year physically. Thank you for dropping by. Nice to see you in the rain again.

Feb 08, 2016 06:54 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, has changed for you since last year. I hope you can still make some time to get some traveling in. You deserve it. 

Jul 19, 2016 10:35 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debbie Laity -I probably won't do much this year but its OK life is easier in so many ways so I am good.

Jul 19, 2016 11:36 AM