begins with a whiff —
So here we are, in 2015. I’m a few days late to the party, after protracted holiday projects and extended video game sessions filled up the time I wasn’t spending with my lovely little clan. 2014 went out predictably with Chinese take-out (our new tradition, since that’s what we did last New Years Eve when we were moving into our new-at-the-time house) and a movie. We didn’t watch the ball drop or go to a party, but that’s alright with us.
The Rice Bowl gave us a nice, new Chinese calendar. It looks like a mini-blind with this cutesy Chinese Zodiac artwork that is not quite as cool as last year’s calendar, which featured artwork of panda bears. According to the calendar, 2015 is the year of the goat — not a particularly cool animal, which would explain why I didn’t see any “year of the goat” Starbucks cards at the counter. What the Chinese calendar didn’t tell me was that 2015 is the year of exploration. It’s a good fit for me, and an excellent way to follow up 2014’s year of adventure; it’s like, “keep the adventure, but hold the fast-pace.” Heavy on the depth. Keep it coming. Is that enough? I don’t know . . . what else can I find?
Last year, Mme. Ross, Little Miss, and I dipped our toes in the world of geocaching. This year, we’re going to keep doing that (after Jack Frost releases his relentless talons, that is,) and we’re going to try canoeing as well. We’re going to attempt to plan a Summer road trip through Minnesota utilizing KOAs as a trial run at getting back to the west coast in the future; a scouting mission for a future home. Other ideas may pop up too, and I hope we will have a chance to employ them all.
Welcome, my friends, to 2015: The Year of Exploration. It begins today. I’m not promising frequent posts, but that is one of my wishes. I would like to share my explorations with you; may you find them somewhere in that range from interesting to profound.
So go and explore your world, why don’t you?
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Great haiku and that is cool that it is the year of exploration. What will we (NASA) find out there in space? Seems like we are on the cusp of finding something. Closer to home, I plan to explore more places to kayak and hike.
And goats are super cool! They can do all sorts of stuff and are really smart. I mean, how cute is this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbr3Tj9PeAQ
Okay, that is really cute. And it’s not that I was saying I didn’t think goats were cool, but that they’re not widely considered to be “cool” in the way that dragons are considered cool, or even horses and tigers. I should be a little sympathetic to that, though, since I ended up being a snake. Creepy snake people aside, that’s another creature that doesn’t get so much respectful treatment in the world at large, though the Chinese do think pretty well of a snake, according to the zodiac’s description.
At any rate, I’m glad to see you’re still about, I hope your explorations are fruitful and fulfilling and that they inspire you to even greater heights in your writing.
Thanks! I’m a snake, too. Together, we can be snakey (snaky?) explorers together.
Thats right, limbless ergo limitless!
Nicely done! 🙂
Thank you. 🙂
I LOVE that 2015 is the year of exploration! How exciting! Who knows what amazing things we will find! Growing up my family used to spend our summers in KOAs! I love that they are part of your summer plans! And if you do ever make it to SoCal, I can of course give you ideas on where to surf!! 🙂
Someday i will surf in Cali, Karen! My sister lives in Mission Viejo, and so I know someday we will have to make it down there and I wouldnt miss the surf for anything in the world. 🙂
Coincidentally Mme. Ross and I had never heard of KOAs until recently, so it’s good to know of someone who has experience with them.
I am glad to hear KOAs are still around…I visited them in the Stone Age 😉
In less than 12 hours The Kids (my son and daughter-in-law) and I will be looking at our dream home so this is definitely a year of adventure!
Make the most of it, Sandra!