It seems it is time to start a new chapter…
2016 has been an interesting year. Took on a new job as crew coach for an adult rowing program, sang a solo in a Chorale performance, got a new knee, worked with BIR to start construction of the new Rowing Center, found out we are going to become grandparents in 2017 and lost two anchors.
Let’s get the hard part out of the way. Lost my mom after a two+ month health struggle. Her presence is not replaceable. Her absence leaves a void. She was a light and foundation. We all have a standard to live UP to. As I said to her on my last visit, “you will never leave us, you will always be with us.”
Found out yesterday that mentor Bob Day passed away. The man who gave music, guidance, and himself to so many now lives in our memory. The second anchor…
Okay coach what do we do now? I’ll let you know when I figure it out? What a joy to be on the water leading an eager bunch of women and men about Eagle Harbor searching for their perfect stroke. While coaching cuts into my on rowing time, it offers a whole new experience related to rowing. Doing both is extremely satisfying and rewarding.
The Bainbridge Chorale continues to be a highlight. Weekly rehearsals, daily practice, occasional performances, ensemble rehearsals, and then the insane volunteering to do a solo last spring. When all was done it was a good thing to have done, scary, but a good thing. Now it is out of my system… We begin rehearsals the first week of January for Carmina Burana and four other pieces by Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven and Hayden.
Bainbridge Island Rowing (BIR) continued to take a large portion of time, energy and effort. We broke ground on the new rowing center, moved everything off the old location, relocated enough of everything to continue our programs for the summer, and have completed phase one of the project, the boats storage basin.
New knee, wow. It put a crimp in the whole summer but in hind sight it was the right thing to do and the right time to do it. It seems that getting old is hard, parts are wearing out? I’ve had those parts that could be removed taken out and now am starting to have origin equipment replaced. Doctor said both knees need to be replaced so I am half way there.
Grandparents! Ian and Karlee announced that they are due in May. Its a girl! Linda has started shopping and gathering all of Ian’s baby items, which she had saved now to be shared and used again. Me? I just watch and giggle…
So as I look at 2016 I marvel at ll that has happened.
As I look at 2017 I marvel at all that is to come!