Judy in yoga pose

Baby boomer blogger JudiBoomergirl caricatureLast week, I looked back at my daily journal. I flipped through the past 12 months to see what I did each day. My daily journal has become a nightly ritual. I write before I go to bed, jotting down the top three things I hope to accomplish the following day and the three things I’m grateful for. I also record a note about my health. Am I faring well or is something brewing that worries me? (BTW the health journal is very helpful when I go to my doctor, especially at my age when I forget things.)

Judy Freedman aka JudiBoomergirl

In 2023 I’m grateful for my family and friends and my health

Gratitude is overflowing

As I re-read the gratitude portion of my journal, it is interesting to note what I was grateful for each evening. Clearly what ranks first are the relationships in my life – my daughter A and my son D, my sister N, my long-term BFFs and my new BFFs, my BF E, and my extended family. I mustn’t forget my grandpups O and M – my fav non-humans. It is these relationships that nourished me throughout 2023. It is these relationships that brought me happiness and joy. It is these relationships that I will always cherish.

Family photo

I’m grateful for my family and my grandpups

The other grateful biggie at this age is my health. With each 2023 quarterly bladder scope my body has remained cancer-free. Thank you G-d. I’m grateful too that my 65 year old body can do all that it can do including active walks, yoga, Pickleball, bicycling, Zumba and more.  And when my IBS slows me down, as it often does, my heating pad warms me up and makes me feel better.

Today sitting at my new iMac (which I finally treated myself to with my 10+ years of savings from my blog earnings), I’m in awe of all that transpired the past 12 months. For sure there were difficult lows, yet now being on the other side of those lows I can say that the highs outweigh them.

2023 in the rearview mirror

I have so much to be thankful for. How about you? How was your 2023?

Ooh, ooh, ooh, I think I’ll share my year like The New York Times does – with a year-in-review of pictures. I wrote 55+ blog posts and filled them with pictures. In this post I’ve included ones that most represent the essence of 2023:

  • January brought my entry into seniorhood with the celebration of my 65th birthday. I’m grateful that I survived my Medicare health plan registration. In 2023, I took advantage of my AARP supplement and all the added benefits membership provides — like free Club Pilates classes and Stretch Lab sessions. I’m keeping my Medicare plans intact for 2024.
65th birthday blowing out candle

Making wishes for my 65th birthday

Pickleball at East Naples Park

I played pickleball on the grounds where the US Open Pickleball is held

  • My annual mother-daughter road trip home from Florida took us to St. Augustine, FL; Charleston, S.C.; and Alexandria, VA. It was so much fun that my daughter A and I are planning our 2024 homeward-bound road trip with a new route to include Asheville, NC. If you have any recos for this trip LMK.
mom and daughter on a road trip

It was another fab road trip with my daughter A this spring

Nancy and Judy in Ardeche country

My traveling companion for my Viking River cruise on the Rhône was my sister N (pictured left)

  • The September wedding of my son D to my new daughter-in-law S will go down as the most memorable event of 2023.  It was a rite of passage for D as well as for me. Walking my son down the aisle for his nuptials as mother of the groom was one of my happiest days ever. I never tire of rewatching the wedding video and viewing the wedding pics of this magical Malibu day.
Wedding picture

My son D’s wedding was the most memorable event of 2023

  • Going to 2023 Cornell Homecoming Weekend in the fall brought back memories of when I was a college student. Oh to be a young coed again. Would I want to go through my four-year stint a second time? Absolutely not but it was a hoot to be back almost 45 years later with some dollars in my pocket and a lot more smarts.
Judy at Cornell Homecoming

Revisiting my alma mater after more than four decades proved better with age

  •  In October, my BF E and I went on a road trip to Hudson Valley in New York State. It was a special getaway because we had had to cancel our plans in autumn 2022 due to E’s serious bout with Covid and subsequent 2023 battle with the infamous “C” disease. I spent a good amount of time as a caregiver to  E this year, helping nurture him back to health. While I chose not to share my caregiver journey this time around, I feel more open to now that we’re on the other side of that journey. I am pleased to say that E is stronger, “C” free, and back up on his feet. And our love for each other grows.
J and E

My boyfriend E and I went on a road trip to Hudson Valley

Holiday and new year greetings

There you have it. Before I sign off I want to thank you dear readers for continuing to be engaged in my blog and my life. Your readership, as always, means the world to me.

Santa

Best wishes for a happy holiday season

I wish you peace and love during this holiday season. May you have a happy and healthy new year. I look forward to seeing you back on the blog in 2024.

Judi