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Kicking 2016 to the Curb

I hate to sound ungrateful. Really, I do….but I will be SO glad to see the end of 2016!


I can’t wait for this horrible, terrible, bad year to come to an end. Can’t come soon enough for me. Not that I’m bitter……..

This was the year that the husband fought cancer, got sick on chemo treatments and was in and out of the hospital so many times I got to know the hospital’s emergency unit way too well.

My mom passed away. I miss her. We didn’t always see eye to eye on things. Ok, hell, we hardly ever did but she was my mother and the last few years we got close for the first time in our lives and then I lost her. Figures.

The husband and I fought the bureaucratic offices for any kind of help we could get just so we wouldn’t go without food or important medications. It was a hard, long fight but we won in the end.

Many good singers, actors, and people died this past year and much too early in life.

This was the year I saw an egotistical, hate spewing, bigot with a very limited and sometimes made-up vocabulary become the president-elect of the USA. I feel so scared for my home country and wince when I think of what is to come. (This is the only time you will ever read how much I dislike, distrust and abhor Trump on this blog. I keep my politics to myself)

Because of the constant stress, my health is not the best. I am a fighter, though, a survivor so I will get better and stronger this coming year.

I hardly wrote anything worthwhile. My plans for coming out with a few new books fell to the wayside with a loud thump. I could barely keep up with this blog, much less new books. It made me feel so…..wasteful. Wasteful of time and energy and my dreams.

Yes, 2016 was a terrible year. But, like all things it is temporary. A new year is fast approaching and I welcome it with a hopeful heart and a wistful soul.


This coming year is when I plan to turn a few corners. With my health and with my writing.

I never make New Year’s resolutions. That’s just asking for failure. I have made a list of some things I want to work on this coming year.




Mental health

These are just a few things I want to change for the better. I want to write those books. Lose those pounds. Become happier. Get my health back.

And take more time for my friends.

So, here comes 2017! About fricking time!





10 thoughts on “Kicking 2016 to the Curb

  1. Here’s hoping that 2017 is a better year than 2016..and 2015..14…
    Seriously, Happy Friggin’ New Year, Jackie. ❤


  2. I’m hopeful and wistful too, Jackie. My last 2 years haven’t been as bad as yours but someone attached a vacuum to my bank account when I bought this house and then let the kid move in after I finally got the sister out. Your list looks much like mine. I’ll substitute actively pursuing positive cash flow instead of mental health. My mental health is going to be Jim dandy in the next week. 🙂 Want to lose those extra pounds and have made a Dr. appt in order to hold myself accountable. Writing will be a bit easier once I get some organization going on and no other major household projects. Though I did find out that my carport roof is not properly sloped and some of the wood is rotting so it will have to be replaced next summer. (crap). I trust that it will all work out perfectly. I got your card today. Hope mine made it to you. As for Tr*** I’m with you there. It took a week before I could stop the shakes I was so frightened. Nuff said. Here’s to a better year in 2017. Cheers.

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    1. I did get your card(s). Thank you so much for sending it. 🙂 2017 will be our year, my friend. At least we are still alive and kicking to work towards better things. Big hugs!

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  3. I can’t wait for this year to finally be over… since January when I’ve heard David Bowie died… than all the troubles in my life and my best friend’s life, all the deaths, terrorism, Donald Trump… seriously, I can’t wait… and hopefully, 2017 is going to be a little bit better (fingers crossed)… wish you all the best in a 2017!


  4. Right there with you, Jackie. 2016 wasn’t a good year for me either, although not nearly as bad as it was for you. My son was in and out of work so I had to make my funds stretch to help him with his bills. When he finally got a job it was down here so I’ve got him staying with me on weekends and while it’s good it’s been a hard transition for me to share my home. I spent months so tense over the primary and election here I was physically sore from it. Anyway, I’m telling myself 2017 will be a good year and trying to put myself in that mindset.


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