Looking forward to 2012


Sunrise in the Possum Kingdom

Morning walkies has compensations


So, here we are with January almost over and I  have been on radio silence. As always, it has less to do with desire and more to do with lack of time.

I was more than delighted to see the back of 2011, which has to go down as one of the worst years of my life. Of course, losing Mom had a lot to do with that, but it wasn’t the only thing. Somehow, it seemed to be a year filled with drama on the parental front (JM’s as well as mine), and there were many small, personal issues that left me with a general sense of being unhappy with life in general.

2012 has not begun great either, but I have high hopes that it will improve. I know that some of the lessons I learned in 2011 will stick with me: one of those lessons being that I am often way too trusting. I can see why our American openness can often be a handicap, but I am loathe to change too much.

At any rate, I see that I need to do some re-evaluating of life. I don’t think I will ever change from a glass half-full to a glass half-empty kind of person; that seems to be an attitude with which we’re born. However, I do think I will need to learn to check some of my enthusiasm and be slightly more cautious and suspicious before jumping into some types of decisions.

Sorry to be cryptic; but there are things one doesn’t really write in a blog. Especially if one is trying to be more cautious with their choices!

There are Possum Kingdom events to write about here, however. At Christmas, our friends Dave (also known as BD or Bikey Dave) and his charming wife Toni put on their second annual pantomime with a group of both French and British participants. It was great fun for all, and we surprised ourselves by not only enjoying it, but offering to become involved in their small repertory company to help them put on further  plays during the year. JM found a cute, one act French farce that we translated, and which will be performed sometime close to Easter. You can check outBD and Toni’s bike holidays at their website. Don’t forget that the Tour de France will, for an unprecedented second year in a row, be having a stage starting in Limoux!

I think that getting involved in more social events is really important for JM and I to help us get over the rather non-social attitude we had developed over the last couple of years with caring for Mom. It’s easy for that nesting instinct to kick in and keep you from doing outside activities. I know that will make us both feel happier.

We are also, in that spirit, starting a French conversation group for some of our English-speaking friends, to help them feel more comfortable integrating with the community at large. It should be both fun and helpful to all. For the moment, we’re holding it Saturday mornings at 10:00 here during the market. If it gets too large, then we’ll have to find a new location.

So on that more upbeat note:

Ciao for now,



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9 thoughts on “Looking forward to 2012

  1. Randy,

    I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your posts. We recently became dog owners and our cyber paths have crossed in other ways, so I try to check in here at times.

    Your comments on trust resonate. As do your comments on privacy. It reminds me of Polly Platt’s discourses on privacy, French vs. American.

    If you are so inspired, interested, and able, I would be interested in a post discussing whether your disappointments in trust were at all related to France/American cultural differences.

    Best wishes to you and JM in the upcoming year.


  2. Thanks for the kind words, Joel. In this case, the problems weren’t particularly cultural, although you’re right that that is a fascinating discussion.


  3. Glad to find you online again, please remember we still need regular updates on the four legged members of possumworld…esp photos so we know you’re properly indulging them…
    on another note, the link for BD & Toni’s bike holidays doesn’t work…goes to a generic site and same prefix (www.bespoke.) with com or fr go to different things…perhaps they have a hypen in there or (worse!) forgot to renew their website ‘thingie’ (I do so know all the correct terms!).
    Since 2011 wasn’t that great and like you I’ve not found much to like so far in 2012, I’ve decided I will adopt the Asian Lunar New Year and start celebrating the Year of the Water Dragon, esp since the asian festivities involve paying (and being paid) one’s debts, lots of good food and making loud noises to drive the bad/evil spirits away. I’m sure some dog barking would be useful, too…

  4. Oops! I must have typed the link wrong. I’ll fix it as soon as I get to my main computer. Thanks for the heads up. As to debts being paid; that would definitely improve our year to come. A big contract we were counting on collapsed, leaving the year so far less than prosperous.

  5. How nice to hear from you again & I hope 2012 is a better year for you. Thanks for the horoscope link. Of course I set absolutely no store at all by such things. BUT I always read them and this year is my year as I am a dragon, some would say in all senses of the word!

    Happy New Year.


  6. I just checked, Kathryn, and it appears I am also a dragon! I hope it portends well for us both. Although, my sink backed up while I was trying to make dinner and the dogs had a doggie .gastro for the last few days, so it’s not looking good! (Still waiting for my plumber, but at least the dogs are better!)

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