Today, in fact this post, makes 366 HomeHinges posts. We have enough posts to make a full year and a day, or a leap year. I’m just saying, that’s quite the accomplishment.
That and I’m feeling a bit nostalgic. One of the greatest joys of this blog, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned more than a few dozen times, is watching our family interact and grow. It is fun to ask, “What was going on a year ago?” and then go to the blog and see. It is interesting to see the focus of the posts, the projects, the way everyone looked.
Last year at this time I was working on remodeling the living room, and now this year at this time I am sitting in that remodeled living room. Even more than that, I have a new kitchen, which if asked about a year ago, I would have said, “um, that’s not in the cards.” I guess it is curious to me to see our lives take shape and be able to review expectations and reality.
This week I’ve also been thinking a lot about cliches. They can seem so over used until life thrusts you into the middle of one and then it seems momentous. Like I’ve been thinking about how everything works out for the best, but you can’t plan for life. Oh, so cliche. And yet here I am living a life that is better than I could hope and yet more complicated than I could have imagined. It is surprising what limits the mind can place in the way of progress.
This year I am looking forward to a new job, not that I have it yet, but I know it’s coming. I’m looking forward to new projects, though at this moment I can’t imagine what else needs to be tended to. I’m looking forward to new adventures, I would like those to come in the form of moving to a new state and becoming an adult all over again, but if those adventures are simply a vacation and a relaxing weekend I’ll accept them.
Today with the blue skies, the snow dripping off the roof, and the sun out and warm I don’t mind that I don’t know what tomorrow brings. Looking back over a year I can see that it will, whatever it is, ultimately be good.