First of all, Arnold would like to say:



2012? Not too shabby. The husband and I have been referring to it as the Year We Spent All That Money, what with road trips, buying a newer car, and fixing that g.d chimney that cost a small fortune. But it was all worth it, of course. Otherwise we would have sat at home all year because of a broken-down vehicle and then the house would have caught fire because of a leaky chimney.

The year started off with my 2012 To-Do List. Yeaahh, kinda fell off the wagon on that one. Here’s the list:

The 2012 Just-in-Case the World Should End To Do List, Which is in No Particular Order of Importance. Also called the2012 JCWSELWPOI, if you’re into brevity.

1.) I’m so making baked Alaska. BOOM. The gauntlet has been thrown, bitches.
2.) Learn how to play the guitar. (In progress!)
3.) Ride on a motorcycle. (Skedaddled out of that one by the skin of my teeth.)
4.) Sew a dress from a vintage pattern.
5.) Visit Taliesin. Here I come, Frank Lloyd Wright! This trip also may or may not include the House on the Rock.
6.) Buy a 1950s dress.
7.) Donate to the local animal shelter.
8.) Watch these classics: 
Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Pulp Fiction, North by Northwest, Schindler’s List, and To Kill a Mockingbird. (Still in progress. Obvi.)
9.) Make a souffle.
10.) Sleep under the stars. This one might be tricky, because I hate bugs. We’ll see.
11.) Watch 5 sunrises in a row.
12.) Get in the car one morning and take a road trip without knowing where we’re going.
13.) Go on a picnic.
14.) Have my favorite photos that I’ve taken printed, and hang them in my home.
15.) Plant a tree.

16.) Become a micro-lender on
17.) Make 2 vegan desserts.
18.) Eat 5 foods I’ve never eaten before. (Bear meat, collard greens, fresh pears (!), pasties, and I forgot the last one.)
19.) Print out all my digital photos and put them in albums, so that I actually have physical copies of them. I’m 4 years behind on this. Help.
20.) Finish reading Don Quixote.

Not bad! I accomplished over half the list, which is more than I thought I would do. Go me.  

The rest of the year went a little something like this:


First, we got a buttload of snow. A buttload is a technical term meaning “slightly less than an asston.” As you can see, said snow almost buried our rather large dog.

We found Arnold.

When the weather warmed up, we took the dog for lots and lots of walks.

I cut my hair and had bangs for the first time since 5th grade.

We went to Superior, WI to see my sister-in-law graduate from college.

And then to Wyoming to visit the kinfolk.

And then to Munising, MI. 

I canned and canned until I was thoroughly sick of looking at cucumbers, tomatoes, and any other vegetable.

I took way too many pictures of the moon,

and we went to the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh.

There are already a handful of plans in motion for next year (evil laugh) that will hopefully pan out and be wonderful.

As always, I am ever grateful to everyone that takes time out of their day to stop by this weird little corner of the internets to read my drivel.

Happy New Year,
– The Black Spruce Hound Gang

2 thoughts on “The Year in Review”

  1. Happy New Year, Beth. Looks like 2012 was a good year even with the unexpected expenses. May 2013 be just what you want it to be!

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