A Toast to Last Year


Let’s all lift up our beverage, tea, coffee, soda, water, alcohol, whatever is your drink of choice, and toast 2018, it was a good year. I know it’s the middle of January and New Year’s toasts and posts are in the past, but this thought has been on my mind. Overall, for most people, 2018 was not a bad year. Oh sure, there were some bumps in the road, but for most of us, most of the year was good.

Yet, I keep hearing and reading things like, “thank goodness 2018 is gone,” or “glad it’s a new year, sure hope it’s better than last year.” Of course, we all want a new year to be better than the previous year, if not we’re going backward. Except, it’s not just wanting to go bigger and better, it’s the idea that last year was horrible, bad, with no redeeming qualities.

If we go through our memory bank, and calendar, and journal, and anything else we use to note happenings, chances are we will find several good things. In no particular order, just as they came to mind, some of the pleasurable events of 2018 for me were:

I was able to attend several stock shows and watch my grandchildren carry on a family tradition and show their livestock.

Had the honor of seeing my first grandson show and make the premium sale at Tulsa which is a very big deal.


Compete in a speech contest (didn’t win, but the contest was fun.)Attended and sold books at two quilt shows

Attended several creative days.

Attended the Oklahoma Toastmaster Conference.

Spent Friday before Mother’s Day with my son.

Found someone who can, and will, fix the floor.

The floor is fixed and new linoleum

Spent the night in Dallas and enjoyed time with extended family after attending niece’s wedding.

Had a mom’s day with friends on Mother’s day, we went to the movies, lunch, and window shopped.

mothers day outing 2018

Attended another grandson’s graduation.

Was able to walk up the steps of Red Rock to watch graduation ceremony.

Found someone who would mow my one-acre lumpy yard for a reasonable fee. Did not have to mow my yard all summer.

Had an all-expense paid getaway two of them in fact. Spent time in OKC.

A shower is being added to my tiny bathroom.

Had Thanksgiving with my daughter and her family.

Found someone able, and willing, to upgrade electricity

Took a spontaneous trip to Memphis and Nashville Tennessee

Attended and set up at a craft show in Vinita, no charge

Had a booth at the Pontotoc County Fair, fee waived. enjoyed the generosity of a friend who invited me

Participated in my first every art show with textile art.

Attended Launch out – a conference for dreamers and builders, I am definitely a dreamer.

Watched a vintage baseball game.


Attended Sisters-in-Hand dinner in Ada with friends

Had family Thanksgiving with my sister and her family, brother and his wife, sons and their families

Helped all six grandkids celebrate their birthdays in one way or another

Attended Sisters-in-Hand dinner in Ada alone, made new friends

Participated in Dale Carnegie class, free

Had Friendsgiving with the creative ladies

Ate at a Farm to Table Dinner


Someone else paid for my Farm to Table Dinner

Guest of a generous friend to supper and a concert

Sent Christmas Eve with my sister and her family.

Celebrated Christmas night with one son and his family.

Participated in a quilting round robin

Had a special day to celebrate Christmas and eat an Italian dinner with my sons and their families.

Washer and dryer hook up moved.

Celebrated my birthday with a party, family, all showed up along with many friends.


That’s a lot of happy events for the year, and not to mention the birthdays of my children and their spouses or those of friends. It doesn’t count days I played with a friend’s grandchild or had a fried pie from Kim’s (oh my gosh, they are wonderful). With all of that good, how can the whole year be bad?

What good, better things will happen in 2019? I don’t know, but I’m willing to find out, I just don’t want to trash 2018 because it was good in its own right. So, lift your drinks,  “here’s to you 2018, you were okay, and in the words of Bob Hope “Thanks for the memories.”

hello goodbye collage







About Nita

Quilter, writer, speaker, mom and grandmom. I enjoy making quilts for my grandkids, and other children. I especially love hearing and sharing quilt stories with others, that's how the book came about and this blog will continue to share quilt stories and how God works with quilts to comfort and teach us.
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5 Responses to A Toast to Last Year

  1. Martha DeMeo says:

    I would say you had a super year! How wonderful to watch your grandson show and make a sale! My year, while there were a few downs, the birth of our 5th great grandbaby made up for it all! Her mom is our 5th grandchild so it was extra special! So I’m toasting the year with you and my glass of water!

  2. Someone to clean the yard and lovely family time plus all expense paid trips are definitely a year well spent.So true that we should toast each year.

  3. Doug Jarvie says:

    Hi Niita, That is a mighty big list. Are you starting the list for this year already? You would not want to get to end of the year and wonder about what you missed.
    Blog on.

    • Nita says:

      You’re right Doug I don’t want to miss out on anything. Next blog post is about keeping track of the good times. Thanks for stopping.

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