2016 is a year that will live in infamy. For me anyway. Bit up and down. Too much down.
Simplicity and frugality-wise, it wasn't terrible. I managed to re-supply my savings enough to think about getting the real cabin started in 2017.
And thank goodness, and frugality, I had enough savings to do what needed to be done during some rough times.
Starting last December, ok, end of 2015, but it rolled right on through the new year so I'm lumping it all into 2016. Why ruin 2 years?
Last December, I lost two people. First a really good old friend passed away suddenly. She was younger than me. I didn't stay to help her family because I was heading back to the folks to visit my father. He had the "big C"...no, not that one, cancer. It was bad. Really bad. He died. But at least I had the cash in savings to help my friend's family and to go back for the visit over the holidays and the vacation time to stay through the end times and the memorial.
Then, 11 days later, Gramma falls and breaks a hip. Frankly, I think the hip broke, and then she fell.
I didn't go home immediately. I already had another trip planned for Feb to help with my father's stuff. Instead, helped pack up Gramma's apartment as she had to move to a nursing home. I got to visit her and Mom and the rest which was good.
In June my godson graduated college which was/is AWESOME! SOOOO proud of him (he got out with very little debt..yeay him!!!). I went for the graduation, helped with a move. Then he and I took a celebratory road trip back to the family homesite for my father's memorial. Drove Idaho to Iowa, and back. We thought we could take a leisurely tour on the way back to Idaho, but alas, he GOT A JOB! Yeay him!!!!! So, we booked. The graduation and trip were the highlight of 2016. And again, glad I had saved up and could do this.
In Sept, another trip to Iowa. Flew out and an Aunt (a very young fun one) and I drove a moving van back to Idaho with my stuff and a couple of her things out of Gram's apartment. Got to visit Gram again. And Mom and the rest. The trip with the moving van went really well until the end. The end SUCKED. But the company and the scenery were excellent. Thanks Aunt!
Alas, a few weeks after I got back, a person I had worked with and who filled the role of uncle or grampa for me, passed away.
Next Gramma died. She had decided it was time and that there would be NO memorial or funeral or anything. Nothing. She did want my sister and I to take a vacation with Mom. So we went. It was great and once again I was glad I had saved up and had the money to do this for Gram. (We all paid our own way so actually: yeay all of us.)
Finally, I got word that a friend from college had passed suddenly. He was almost exactly my age. I miss him.
That's enough now. Just one more day of 2016 to go.
More on the good stuff:
The graduation and road trips were great!
The vacation with Mom and my sister was fabulous. We love Vancouver BC.
And I love my wee shed cabin thing! It is a BIT tough to keep warm when it is below 10degs F, and windy. The rest of the time it is awesome.
I splurged and spent 20$ on a sled! RETAIL and NEW. Very unlike me but I had enough screwing around looking at thrift stores and the snow wasn't going to last forever. I have been sledding and snow shoeing on my land. That is now my favorite thing.
The solar got fixed and the well works! I spent a bit to get the good electricians out, but now it works. That was worth it.
And I got bees!!!!!