It started snowing about mid-morning, but only occasional flakes, and it is still at that level now at noon. Two to four inches of snow are predicted for this evening - evidently New Years Eve is nearly always snowy here. Even so, yesterday the construction crews behind our house were digging the foundations for several houses, and not having much trouble. The ground is not fully frozen yet.
This year has been a hard one. When it began, my mother was still able to live at home, with a lot of help. She and Richard were still in Connecticut. Now they have moved to Massachusetts (a four hours drive instead of two for me) and Mom is in a nursing home. Barring a miracle, she will not be leaving. That has all been difficult.
My own health is ok now but there were two hospital stays for me in this past year. I am now on regular medications, not a situation I like, but I'm grateful there are medications that do the trick. Every so often I think of what my health problems would have done to me a century ago - not a happy picture.
The good things this year? Marlene retired and I've really enjoyed seeing more of her - and of course she is enjoying her time a great deal. We went to Vermont in the early spring - mud season - for four days of retreat, and to Padma Samye Ling for a week at the end of July. Both great experiences. In September we went to Newburyport to visit Mom - a good thing to do - good in that sense, but also hard.
What else? I have done little writing this year - a lot started, almost nothing finished. I don't know if next year will be any better.
That is the personal side. As for the world as a whole, between disasters, natural and man-made, and criminal actions on a world-wide scale, it has been a very bad year indeed.