In some ways looking from back to front appealed to the natural historian in me, and also my ever-present need for self-examination. I wanted to know if I was a indeed better person than when I'd started, or if something about myself or my circumstances should be addressed. Most blank books are less costly than therapy!
I don't do this on the blog, because, well, it seems to be infinite. Sometimes I think I should put an end to it, since frankly I don't seem to have the readership of past times, but at this point I'm determined to make the ten year mark. That'll be in 2015, by the way. Still, I could combine the annual diary concept with the free journals and do a year end look-back. It's already January, so I'd better get on with it.
As I've said before, I don't like to get too personal here. It's not the place for it. This'll cover my blogging activity for the most part.
In January I attempted to start a 'favorite book of the month' feature, but this fizzled out by the spring. So I think from now on I'll stick to an occasional book review with its tea pairing. I was also still covering my December 2012 trip to London, which was good because I hardly made it out of town for the rest of 2013. I intend to change this, and certainly will, since I already have solid plans to visit San Antonio soon. I found out in the spring that my sister and her husband were moving there in October. Though I never intended to see Texas, I've heard good things about San Antonio, and frankly, on this frigid snowy day, I could use some of that sunshine.
What disappoints me the most is the dearth of tearoom reviews. PressTea is all well and good, but it doesn't make up for the lack of new spots. As it is, I did manage a few visits to Tea and Sympathy as well as Alice's Tea Cup. I went to a lovely outdoor garden tea party, but failed to give it proper coverage here. Having a dying laptop was my excuse at the time, but now that I've got a perfectly functioning one, I have to get it going again! Posting an occasional shot of a teapot on Instagram just doesn't do it for me.
Probably my most constant feature here was The Tea Gallery, and I plan to keep this coming. Eventually I can open a Tea Museum.
The main distraction and tragedy for me in 2013 was the sickness and death of Moofer. I spent a great amount of time trying to keep him in stable health, but renal failure is no joke. I still miss him, but Zenobia and I are doing all right. I have no immediate need for another cat, which is probably good for my allergies. I guess I'm not a Crazy Cat Person after all.
So, not one of my best years, but not a total disaster. See you again soon! I hope,.