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2017 was a long, strange year… at least it was for me. Was it for you as well?

My last post here was when I recapped the celebrations of my landmark birthday month of June. Then, I apparently took a long unexpected sabbatical. It just wasn’t meant to be a whole year of writing, I guess.

So on that note, how about a few photos of some of the people, places and things from my 2017?

In no particular order, here we go…


L -> R: Me, Debbie and Cyndi, cracking up at something or other
My son, Mark, and me
Alicia and I are watching the eclipse
Nick and I at the Self Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, CA
At lunch in San Diego with Jennifer
Lisa and I have known each other for something like 35 years
Charlene and I managed to have a quickie meet-up in a rest stop in Oregon
Franklin the Cat
Happy the Golden Retriever, being happy 🙂
With Silvianne at Dome Rock near Quartzsite, AZ
Poe… good ol’ Poe Boy sitting by the pool
Jeff and Sunny, the kitty brothers


Sunset, Parker, AZ
Women’s March in Los Angeles on January 21st
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
Gaviota State Park, CA, with Jane and Cyndi’s newly converted van
Cerro Alto National Forest Campground near Morro Bay, CA
Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Layla the Cat sitting in the roof rack, Dome Rock, Quartzsite, AZ
Morro Bay, CA
Moonrise over Anza Borrego State Park, CA
Stony Gorge Reservoir Campground, near Orland, CA
Sunset, Quartzsite, AZ
Campsite in the second-growth redwood trees, Mt. Madonna County Park, Watsonville, CA
Sunset, Yuma, AZ


Morrocan mint tea in Morro Bay, CA
Saguaro with plane fly-by, Dome Rock, Quartzsite, AZ
Cortado – Dripp, Chino Hills, CA
Second-growth redwoods, Mt. Madonna County Park, Watsonville, CA
The hardware that was removed from my wrist after being installed 2 years ago when I shattered the distal radius in a fall
Maple leaves turning red in Oregon
Latté at Blue Kangaroo Roasters in Sellwood, Portland, OR
Button collection at The Summer of Love Experience exhibit in San Francisco, CA celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love
Desert lily flower during Wildflower Super Bloom, Anza Borrego State Park, CA
Flower close-up, Wildflower Super Bloom, Anza Borrego State Park, CA
Blooming cactus during the Wildflower Super Bloom, Anza Borrego State Park, CA
Happy Buddha celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Rooster
Cholla cactus, Anza Borrego State Park, CA

During 2017, several long-time friends of mine left this planet including the first boy I ever had a crush on when I was 14, and the woman who was instrumental in helping me get my act cleaned up when I was 29. People I know had major accidents this year that have changed their lives forever, and my son, Mark, and Nick became godparents this year. The Wildflower Super Bloom in the Anza Borrego Desert happened in the spring, and we had a snowy white Christmas in Portland. I connected with far more people than are shown in the photos above and got to pet a lot more animals than I have pictures of. I’m fortunate to be able to travel and visit places I’ve never been even if they’re only a few miles from wherever I am at any given time. Yes, this year seemed to stretch on forever and I’m happy to see it come to a close.

I wish you all a Happy New Year! May 2018 bring you peace, accomplishment, adventure, connections with friends old and new, and whatever progress and success you want to call yours. Whatever 2018 brings, it’s bound to be a lot of fun, a little bit of non-fun, and a whole bunch of somethings happening one right after the other.

See you all in the new year!

2017 by the Pics… and Happy New Year!
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8 thoughts on “2017 by the Pics… and Happy New Year!

  • December 31, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Oooo WONDERFUL pictures!! Thanks for posting the Summer of Love buttons! I prob will never get to see that in person, that was cool!
    Lois, I love seeing the beautiful faces that enjoy your company, I’m so happy we are friends!
    Happy New Year 2018, safe travels along the way, thanking you that you keep us in the loop with your blog…its the best.!
    Happy Trails!!

    • December 31, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you! It was hard to pick out only a few pics, there were so many awesome adventures and people and pets and food and coffee…

      I wish I’d bought some of the recreations of the buttons. I especially like “don’t trust anyone over 30” – that was my mantra for years! The exhibit is long gone from San Francisco, I think it was only there a month or so. It was a lot of fun to see the clothes and hear the music – brought back a lot of memories!

      I’m happy we are friends, too! Next year, let’s plan on spending more time together! I’ve love that!

      Happy New Year to you!

  • January 1, 2018 at 6:18 am

    A picture is worth a thousand words “they” say! I hope you have a wonderful 2018 Lois!

    • January 3, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Happy New Year, Barbara! I hope your 2018 is full of fun, adventures, and good food 🙂

  • January 1, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Happy New Year Lois!
    Thanks for sharing pictures. It was nice to make a connection with you from viewing them

    • January 1, 2018 at 7:47 am

      Happy New Year, Susan! Hope you are well and that 2018 has many great things in store for you!

  • January 2, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Hope our paths cross this 2018
    We’re due for lunch again
    That was a cool post, thanks for the share.

    • January 3, 2018 at 11:39 am

      Thanks, Dave! I’m looking forward to our paths crossing again sometime soon! Happy New Year!

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